daveberta.ca – Alberta Politics: Looking past pipelines, the NDP-Green agreement looks pretty good for BC

“Mark my words, that pipeline will be built, the decisions have been made.” – Alberta Premier Rachel Notley Alberta politicians, media and pundits are unsurprisingly focused on what the governing agreement between British Columbia New Democratic Party leader John Horgan and Green Party leader Andrew Weaver will mean for the future of the Kinder Morgan ...

daveberta.ca – Alberta Politics: Pipelines, pipelines, pipelines – An Alberta view of the BC election

British Columbia voters reduced Christy Clark’s BC Liberals to minority status in the provincial election this week. The BC Liberals, who have formed government since 2001, elected candidates in 43 of the province’s 87 legislative constituencies (pending recounts). The official opposition New Democratic Party led by John Horgan boosted their numbers by electing 41 MLAs. And ...

daveberta.ca – Alberta Politics: Jason Kenney emerges from hiding at Conservative fundraising dinner in Vancouver

As Premier Rachel Notley returns from leading a ten-day economic trade mission to China and Japan, political watchers have been wondering where the recently elected leader of the Progressive Conservative Party has been? Jason Kenney appeared to go into hiding around a month ago after he sparked controversy with his comments about Gay-Straight Alliances and outing gay kids in Alberta schools ...

Cowichan Conversations: The NDPs LNG dithering and insistence on housing becoming the election issue, is a recipe for failure

By Kevin Logan The BC liberals offer a target rich environment the NDP could readily attack, based entirely on their dreadful governing record, which would work to move votes into their column and out of Read more…

Cowichan Conversations: An Anatomy of a Water Win

Dara Quast On March 21, 2016, a Supreme Court ruling confirmed the Cowichan Valley’s Regional District’s authority regarding permitted land use. Contaminated soil will cease to be dumped into the community watershed that provides Read more…

Cowichan Conversations: Video: Conversations that Matter with John Horgan

Stuart McNish interviews BC NDP leader John Horgan carried in the Vancouver Sun (Video) NDP John Horgan says, “everyone’s a New Democrat they just don’t know it yet”. Horgan talks about everything from resources to Read more…

Cowichan Conversations: Harper, BC Tory MPs have oil on their hands from English Bay spill

Richard Hughes-Cowichan Conversations It is when events like the recent bunker oil spill in English Bay take place that the value of independent writers, thinkers, and bloggers like Rafe Mair display their real value. Here is Rafe’s take on this mess in English Bay that has spread around the harbour. It is a disgusting,  but ...

Cowichan Conversations: Rafe: With fracking, tankers “world-class safety” is a weasel word

It is great to read more from Rafe Mair once again. He is still on the mend but has come a long way and is reading and writing once again. I had believed every word from our Premier but Rafe has set me straight! I feel so much better now. Enjoy. BC Premier Christy Clark ...

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: Who wants to be leader of the Alberta NDP?

TweetWhile most political chatter in Alberta is focused on how big Jim Prentice’s victory will be on the first ballot of the Progressive Conservative leadership vote on September 6, there is another race about to begin – the race to become the leader of the Alberta NDP. At his press conference announcing departure, outgoing NDP ...

Cowichan Conversations: Hang on to your Hats-Here comes Horgan!

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger Look for a rejuvenated BC NDP under Horgan’s leadership. He will engage and entertain voters so tired of seeing a dull plodding uncertain opposition. Yes, politics in BC is about to become interesting again. The Damien Gillis piece above focuses on the  foibles of the ‘Christy Clark Choir’ singing in unison about the ...

Cowichan Conversations: The BC NDP Leadership Race Is Rigged To Protect Status Quo

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger I just Facebook liked Lana Popham for BC NDP Leader. Now before you assess my support for her, it is beyond that. The BC NDP needs a flat out gloves off brawl over the abandonment of anything remotely left of centre. The inner circle has rigged the leadership race by requiring 25 ...

Cowichan Conversations: The BC Liberals Energy Fiasco Continues As Site ‘C’ Now Slated To Supply Energy To California

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger Do we have anybody in the Christy Clark BC Liberal Government who has any idea of what they are doing when it comes to energy issues in this province? What happened to cause this flip-flop from needing ‘Site C’ water for LNG energy production of the fracking variety to supplying Californians with ...

Cowichan Conversations: BC Fed and Christy Clark Join In an Unholy But Sadly Predictable Alliance!

Richard ‘Hub’ Hughes-Political Blogger Well the cat has been set out with the canaries now. We are going to get a real good look at who stands where in this province. Premier Clark scammed the voters with promises of wealth and abundance to be made in the LNG game via fracking, threatening our drinking water ...

Cowichan Conversations: BC NDP – A New Leader is only one step in a long and winding road ahead.

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger The BC NDP has lost its’ edge. The feisty Glen Clark victory in 1996 was the last. That was four elections ago. NDP victories and effectiveness depend on winning on the ground, but the inner controlling circle has gone the so-called respectable corporate style route tilting the table and our money to ...

Cowichan Conversations: Sean Holman on Corky Evans-The Failure of Discipline

Former NDP MLA Corky Evans Sean Holman former ‘Public Eye Online’ blogger is now living in Calgary and teaching Journalism at the University of Alberta. More recently he produced the documentary ‘Whipped’ that reveals the real story of political control over elected officials. It has been welcomed by many politicos although many of the controllers ...

Cowichan Conversations: Longtime NDP MLA Corky Evans On Todays BC NDP

Richard Hub Hughes-Political Blogger The BC Liberals scored a surprise upset and were re-elected as the government of BC on May 14th, 2013 Since that time members, supporters and pundits along with some current and former MLA’s have been speaking up questioning the so called middle of the road positioning, sarcastically termed ‘Liberal Lite’ that ...

Cowichan Conversations: Poll on the Future of the BC NDP

This is how Cowichan Conversations participants responded. Although not scientific it is a signal to the BC NDP about their lack of relevance and appeal.

Cowichan Conversations: It is Time for the BC NDP to Clean House. No More Reviews are Needed.

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger I have been a member of the BC NDP since the early 70′s. Like so many others I have been on a full tour of duty including a ‘Mission Impossible’ run to be the Malahat Juan de Fuca MLA back in 2001. Today we face yet another leadership crisis following the mind ...

Cowichan Conversations: Green Party MLA Andrew Weaver Changes Colours-Green Mixed with Red Makes Brown

Richard ‘Hub’ Hughes- Political Blogger Andrew Weaver is not wasting much time putting his oar in the water. As the only and BC’s first Green MLA he is under a lot of pressure. I wish him every success pushing both the Liberals and the NDP into greener pastures. Some of his earlier moves are puzzling ...

Cowichan Conversations: Josh Fox on Gasland Part 2, the Fracking-Earthquake Link & the Natural Gas Industry’s Use of PSYOPs

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger When Gasland first hit for many it was an early wake up call. Nominated for an Academy award Jeff Fox blew the lid of the dangerous risks and terrible damages done by fracking for natural gas. The same threats face BC residents as the BC Liberal government accelerates catering to the ‘Fracking ...

Politics, Re-Spun: Fixing the BC NDP, 2013 Version

Can the BC NDP actually Think Forward? About 4 years ago, there was a movement within the BC NDP to make it more relevant. It was called Think Forward BC NDP. The party had just lost the election and there was some soul-searching about what went wrong and what was systemically broken in the party. ...

Cowichan Conversations: Rafe Mair Offers the BCNDP A Basic Primer On Campaigning and Politics

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger It is hard to imagine how things could be much worse for British Columbian’s now that the BC NDP tanked in the May 14th election. Yes, the party is now officially on its’ ass but that is the good part. The really bad news is the people that needed the NDP to stand ...

Cowichan Conversations: Has Christy Clark Outmanouevered the BCNDP and PM Harper on Enbridge?

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger Well it appears that Christy Clark may have pulled off a magnificent move leaving the BC NDP, PM Harper and Alberta Premier Alison Redford in the dust over the Northern Pipeline. If it holds the BC NDP will be able to possibly claim some credit for their part in turning BC residents against the ...

Cowichan Conversations: BC New Democrats Have Lost Their Swagger and Don’t Know Where to Find It.

Richard ‘Hub’ Hughes- Political Blogger OK so the BC Election is over and we can get back to normal, sort of, but let’s face it folks we are in for a rough ride. What a mess we are  facing politically. The BC NDP has lost its way. They have distanced themselves from left leaning policies and ...

Cowichan Conversations: The Answer to the BC Election is No!

Jerry West Jerry West is the Publisher, Editor and Janitor of the Gold River Record. He is also a regular contributor to Rabble.ca. Here is his wind up look at what happened in the May 14th Provincial Election, what will not happen as a result and a little bit of why. The Record May 29, ...