The Common Sense Canadian: Rafe: Weaver would be crazy to make pact with Christy; NDP should have nailed Libs on economy, LNG

The three BC leaders at the televised debate (Photo: Broadcast Consortium) It’s May 10, 2017 as I write this, an appropriate date to examine the election, being the anniversary of the Nazi invasion of France and the Low Countries in 1940 and the day Winston Churchill came to the rescue. Like then, much of the ...

The Common Sense Canadian: Green Party campaign manager quit over Andrew Weaver’s bullying, bad policies

Andrew Weraver attacks BCNDP Leader John Horgan during the televised leaders’ debate On the eve of his candidate’s kick-off event, Green Party campaign manager Troy Grant reached his breaking point with Andrew Weaver, causing him to resign. “I can’t support the BC Green Party because of Andrew Weaver,” Grant now admits. Here’s why. Troy Grant is ...

Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2017 Links

The latest from the federal NDP’s leadership campaign. – Several of the candidates have been doing plenty of touring over the past week. And while not all the stops have included media coverage, you’ll find features about Charlie Angus from Timmins, Sudbury (X2), North Bay, and Red Deer, along with Weyburn This Week’s report on ...

The Common Sense Canadian: Why the BC Liberal economic record is actually worse than the NDP’s in 90’s

Many people are ready for a change in Victoria. Christy Clark is one of the least popular candidates for premier in BC history and, after 16 years of scandal-filled rule, her Liberal Party has tried British Columbians’ patience to the extreme. Yet everyday on social media, I run across a familiar refrain: “Better than going back to the ...

The Common Sense Canadian: Rafe: It’s got to be the NDP to replace Lyin’ Liberals…but LNG complicates matters

NDP Leader John Horgan Like a large number of people in the WestVancouver- Sea-To-Sky constituency, I am breaking the usual rules – I want the NDP to form the next government but I am passionately opposed to Woodfibre LNG which the NDP candidate supports. If I were to support her, my neighbours, with every justification in ...

The Common Sense Canadian: Rafe Mair: How Liberal myths about the NDP distort BC’s political history

Christy Clark (Province of BC/Flickr and John Horgan (BCNDP/Flickr) Let’s look at some political myths and near-myths. The BC Liberals are hammering away at the NDP, saying that the last time they were in office,  it fiscally ruined the province; this from the government that in 16 years, in 2016 dollars, has doubled the provincial ...

The Common Sense Canadian: Rafe: Christy Clark must go!

British Columbians have had enough of Christy Clark, say Rafe Mair (Province of BC/Flickr) The Christy Clark government and Clark herself must go! I am not a socialist but neither are the NDP. Of course, we must have a thriving economy that supports our necessities and has room for earned luxuries. What we can no ...

The Common Sense Canadian: Rafe: BC Green candidate Lia Versaevel brings a lot to the table

MLA candidate for Nanaimo-North Cowichan Lia Versaevel (photo: BC Green Party) This coming election, May 9, is the most unsatisfactory one I can remember since, perhaps, 1952,  when the old Coalition broke up. Most people I talk to throw up their hands, saying such a terrible choice – a corrupt, cheating, lying, government and an ...

The Common Sense Canadian: Rafe: BC Liberals taking heavy fire, but NDP need to pour on the gasoline

BCNDP Leader John Horgan (Flickr/BCNDP) and Premier Christy Clark (Flickr/Province of BC) It’s not easy to write an article on politics in the quiet backwater of British Columbia in light of the tragedy in Quebec. I’m going to make this, then, a doubleheader.  This past weekend, the initial story, of course, was all President Trump as ...

The Common Sense Canadian: How rich elites took over BC…and the Liberals welcomed them

Imperial Metals’ Murray Edwards, Real Estate magnate Bob Rennie and Kinder Morgan’s Ian Anderson The following is re-published with permission from author Roy Hales and The Eco-Report. It’s been a fortnight since the New York Times carried the story. The author, Dan Levin, told Global News: If this were in Russia or China or the Balkans or some developing-world ...

The Common Sense Canadian: Clark’s big loss to teachers is an opening for NDP’s Horgan…at last

BCNDP Leader John Horgan (Flickr/BC NDP) and Premier Christy Clark (Flickr/Province of BC) You have to feel sorry for John Horgan, the BC NDP leader. He has had a hell of a time getting traction and seems unable to find an issue he’s comfortable with. Even when a decent one has come along, he’s found ...

The Common Sense Canadian: Rafe: How our “democracy” really works – the charade of party politics and whipped caucuses

Christy Clark being sworn in as Premier of British Columbia in 2011, surrounded by her cabinet (Province of BC/Flickr) Well, it’s the political silly season again, when we democratically come together to decide by secret ballot who will govern us for the next four years. It’s a system we’ve used with minor alterations for as ...

The Common Sense Canadian: Rafe: NDP’s LNG reversal is a game-changer for BC election

Important events don’t always seem to be so. So it is with the changes last month in both the Green party and the NDP. Going back, say a fortnight, the ruling Liberals were unpopular as hell, led by an airhead who likes to have her picture taken and ride in airplanes. Despite that, I would ...

The Common Sense Canadian: Rafe: Weaver, BC Greens should quit backing private river power sham

Dr. Andrew Weaver, leader of the BC Green Party, has long supported IPPs It’s been a disappointing week. We all have them. In a moment, I’ll get to my frustration with the BC Green Party and its leader Dr. Andrew Weaver – but my disappointment started with a letter from Fair Voting Canada (FVC) in ...

The Common Sense Canadian: The NDP’s only shot at winning in BC: Embrace the NEW ECONOMY

BCNDP Leader John Horgan has a tough road to hoe to win the next election (BCNDP/Flickr) The following is Damien Gillis’ rebuttal to colleague Rafe Mair’s recent piece, “By Backing LNG, the Horgan NDP lost election before it began” I agree with my colleague Rafe Mair on most things – including his commentary that John Horgan ...

The Common Sense Canadian: Politicians shouldn’t be cowed into keeping mum on Saanich LNG project, says eminent lawyer

Artist’s rendering of proposed floating LNG terminal in Saaninch Inlet – Malahat LNG A battle is brewing in Saanich Inlet over a proposed floating LNG terminal – long before the proponent, Steelhead LNG, has even filed its formal application. In recent weeks, an increasingly bizarre controversy has erupted over whether or not elected Cowichan Valley Regional ...

The Common Sense Canadian: Rafe: By backing LNG, the Horgan NDP lost election before it began

BCNDP leader John Horgan (BCNDP/Flickr) The following is the first in a two-part opinion letter series. In a sequel letter, Common Sense Canadian publisher Damien Gillis will do what he rarely does: disagree with his old pal and partner, Rafe Mair. Dear John Horgan, I hate to say this, but I told you so, and the flock of chickens ...

The Common Sense Canadian: Rafe: Tuesday is BC’s Annual “Deception Day” (a.k.a. Budget Day)

Minister of Finance Mike de Jong delivers a “balanced budget” in 2013 (Province of BC/Flickr) This coming Tuesday will be Annual Deception Day in the BC legislature as the Minister of Finance sets forth the budget for the coming year. That it is a deception, perhaps self-deception, can’t be blamed entirely on this government, since it’s ...

The Common Sense Canadian: Rafe: Shame on Premier Clark for playing Site C politics at Bill Bennett’s funeral

BC Premier Christy Clark speaks at former Premier Bill Bennett’s funeral (Province of BC/flickr) You will, I hope, overlook my coarse language, because I am really pissed off and have been for some time, the slow burn reaching a raging conflagration when I read a quote from the premier which I will give you in ...

The Common Sense Canadian: How the BC Liberals killed WAC Bennett’s dream of affordable public power, ferries, rail

Longtime BC Premier WAC Bennett’s dream is dead, says former Socred Minister Rafe Mair Well, it’s all over but the shouting. WAC Bennett’s dream of cheap power, cheap rail, and cheap ferry sevice has been murdered. Yes it’s murder – pre-meditated murder – not manslaughter. To compound this catastrophe, the mainstream print media, especially Postmedia ...

The Common Sense Canadian: Why the BC Liberals could easily win the next election

Christy Clark announcing her cabinet in 2013 (Flicker CC Licence / Government of BC) Can Christy Clark, the Gumshoe (Rich Coleman) and the other sad cast of characters occupying the cabinet offices in Victoria win the next election, about 17 months away? Your damn tooting they can and the way things look right now, I ...

The Common Sense Canadian: Rafe Mair on the perfect job opening for Christy Clark

Premier Christy Clark, hard at work building an LNG industry for BC (Flickr CC Licence / Govt of BC) I am a daydreamer who has had far too much time to daydream over the last months. I find I have brilliant ideas which seem fairly ridiculous once I move onto a new set of dreams, but ...

The Common Sense Canadian: Rafe: NDP Leader Horgan’s Site C Dam opposition is a game-changer

BC NDP and Official Opposition Leader John Horgan (BCNDP.ca/youtube) I suggest that everyone listen to this immediately – it is John Horgan, leader of the BC NDP, promising to shut down Site C and make up the energy difference through conservation, wind and solar power (listen here yourself to his CBC Daybreak North interview from ...

The Common Sense Canadian: Rafe: BCNDP convention shows they still don’t get it on LNG

BCNDP Leader John Horgan at the party’s recent convention (NDP/facebook) Political pundits are busy analyzing the recent NDP convention and I can tell you it’s easier to interpret the entrails of a rooster. Conventions organized to look like sunny expressions of the party’s solidarity and readiness for an election usually disguise more than they reveal. ...

The Common Sense Canadian: British Columbians reject premiers’ “Canadian Energy Strategy” – designed to push pipelines

Citizens on Burnaby Mountain the day Kinder Morgan’s injunction was read out (Mark Klotz/Flickr) Republished from the ECOreport. According to the Globe and Mail, Canadian Premiers are about to sign an agreement that would fast track pipeline projects. The 34-page-report describes how to deal with the opposition Energy East, Kinder Morgan, Northern Gateway and Keystone XL ...