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Mike Smyth: Carbon-tax criticism is music to Premier Clark's ears

Richmond, BC: AUGUST 19, 2016 -- BC Premier Christy Clark with BC Environment Minister Mary Pollak at the Carbon Capture Institute in Richmond, BC Friday,...

Christy Clark's political timetable is driving the 10-lane, $3.5-billion Massey Bridge project

In 2011, Christy Clark became Liberal leader and premier (narrowly beating Falcon for the job) and the Massey Tunnel repair-and-recycle idea was quickly dropped. In...

Pressure is on Christy Clark as overdose death-toll rises

Christy Clark, left, embraces Leslie McBain, whose son died of an opioid overdose in 2014. McBain says she's glad the premier recognizes there's a problem,...

B.C. gov't warned us about foreign-buyers tax risk — but not anymore

Back when Premier Christy Clark wanted nothing to do with intervening in Metro Vancouver's overheated housing market, the government had dire warnings about the dangers...

It's summertime flip-flops for Christy Clark on housing crisis

Premier Christy Clark and Finance Minister Michael de Jong, discuss amendments regarding housing issues in Greater Vancouver from the South lawn during a press conference...

Christy Clark's plan to makes homes affordable: will it work?

Now, after fiddling for a year while the real estate market burned, Premier Christy Clark and her Liberal government are finally taking the issue on.

Examine links between income tax and real estate title: David Eby

NDP housing critic David Eby says the provincial government needs to take a closer look at why some Metro Vancouver residents who own expensive houses...

BC to allow Vancouver to tax vacant homes

The Globe and MailNDP housing critic David Eby slammed the government on Monday for not acting fast enough on the affordability crisis, saying the only...

Michael Smyth: Hot summer for Clark as political battles come to a boil

This will be no quiet summer in B.C. politics. Premier Christy Clark and her Liberals find themselves embroiled in multiple showdowns with other levels of...

Smyth: Is Premier Clark underpaid? Green party leader Weaver thinks so

Weaver was especially appalled at NDP pit bull David Eby, who accused the Liberals of&nbsp;“laundering” their payments to Clark. Eby said the 50 grand paid...

BC real estate loses self-governance as Christy Clark shakes up industry

The days of self-regulation are over for B.C.'s real estate industry following a series of changes outlined Wednesday by Premier Christy Clark. The changes —...

Letters: Student owned mansion, David Eby, Peter Brown, NDP, Vision policies, bike lanes

When a student is listed as owner, no income is declared, yet he or she benefits from getting a cheaper education, pays no taxes due...

Michael Smyth: Premier Clark's $50000 Liberal party 'stipend' stirs more controversy

Because NDP pit bull David Eby had accused Clark of effectively pocketing a “commission” on Liberal party donations to finance her $50,000 annual “stipend” as...

Letters: Premier Christy Clark, house prices, war resister, AWOL, interest rates, women prisonersPosted on Jun 14, 2016

(blog)I agree with NDP MLA and housing critic David Eby's suggestion in Michael Smyth's column that the real-estate moguls must have pulled some strings...

Letters: Christy Clark, Party of No, Bob Rennie, nudists, Pattullo Bridge, distracted driving, China human ...

(blog)But Christy Clark might want to listen to her own attempts at hilarity. Her party gorges on contributions from the real-estate industry while effectively...

Smyth: Premier Clark has 'new plan' to keep Metro Vancouver homes affordable

Why “pretending”? Because the government's moves so far have been “laughable,” the NDP critic said, including those 2,000 new affordable-housing units. “That's over five years...

Letters: Transit funding, property taxes, gorilla, Michael Smyth, Christy Clark, trade mission, studies, Gordon ...

(blog)Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson and Surrey Mayor Linda Hepner are smiling about federal money becoming available for transit but behind those smiles is another...

Smyth: Uproar over Christy Clark's real-estate road trip

Premier Christy Clark wants everyone to know that those two real-estate companies on her Asian trade mission are not using the trip to sell Metro...

Angry parents, NDP put heat on Premier Christy Clark over school system

Angry parents are putting increasing pressure on Premier Christy Clark's government to do something about deteriorating, overcrowded public schools. So, with less than a year...

Smyth: Who's bankrolling Premier Christy Clark's BC Liberal Party?

With less than a year to go before the next B.C. election, that's exactly how Premier Christy Clark likes it. “We have full disclosure on...

Premier Christy Clark backs density around new transit, but won't commit to density charges

(blog) (blog)B.C. Premier Christy Clark says she expects Metro Vancouver municipalities to allow high density around the billion-dollar rapid transit projects proposed for Surrey...

Letters: Student owned mansion, David Eby, Peter Brown, NDP, ...

(blog)To that I say, could it be that people like Brown donate to the Liberals simply to help keep the horrors of an NDP...

Letters: Andrew Weaver, Christy Clark salary, dog poop, ICBC salaries, Todd Stone, distracted driving

(blog)I wonder why the Green Party's Andrew Weaver is suddenly Christy Clark's cheerleader? Is there something in it for him? She's underpaid? Wow, all...

Smyth: Can Christy Clark be beaten? Topsy-turvy pollsters can't decide

On Tuesday, a new Insights West poll put the Opposition NDP in first place by six points over Premier Christy Clark's Liberals. The New Democrats...

Smyth: Christy Clark is actually underpaid, says Weaver

The opposition benches were in full mouth-foaming fury over Premier Christy Clark's $50,000 salary “top-up” from the governing Liberals, but not all opposition members were...

Smyth: Liberals on defensive over Christy Clark's party cash

Christy Clark's Liberals seem very sensitive to any criticism about all that money they're flowing into the premier's personal bank account. E-mail this Video Link;...

Smyth: B.C. Liberals on the defensive over Christy Clark's party cash

Christy Clark's Liberals seem very sensitive to any criticism about all that money they're flowing into the premier's personal bank account. The governing Libs acknowledged...

Smyth: Why Christy Clark loves B.C.'s Green Party

It was one of the most blatant examples of Christy Clark's Liberals trying to prop up the Green Party as a way to split the...

Premier Christy Clark to make announcement about housing affordablility today

B.C. Premier Christy Clark will be in Vancouver Friday morning to make an announcement about housing affordability. Earlier this week, during a housing forum organized...

Premier Christy Clark to make announcement about housing affordablility today

B.C. Premier Christy Clark will be in Vancouver Friday morning to make an announcement about housing affordability. Earlier this week, during a housing forum organized...

Smyth: On her fifth anniversary as premier, Christy Clark can look back on some improbable victories

Christy Clark was sworn in as premier exactly five years ago on Monday. In the process she has become the longest-serving female premier in Canadian...

Christy Clark government takes on staff from Harper's and Alberta's ousted Conservative ranks

Max Cameron, a professor of political science at UBC, said the wave of appointments raises an interesting question as to the political alignment of Christy...

Video: Smyth: Christy Clark government delivers cruel cuts to people living with disabilities

Comment. 0. Province columnist Michael Smyth says the Christy Clark government must examine its priorities when dealing with people living with disabilities. E-mail this Video...

Video: Smyth: Christy Clark government delivers cruel cuts to people living with disabilities

Province columnist Michael Smyth says the Christy Clark government must examine its priorities when dealing with people living with disabilities. E-mail this Video Link; Share...

Smyth: NDP reject Christy Clark's contemptuous nickname for them as 'the forces of no'

And Horgan turned the tables on Clark, saying she leads the forces of division in the province. “When we have a premier who divides us,...

NDP reject Christy Clark's contemptuous nickname of them as 'the forces of no'

Ever since Premier Christy Clark slapped a contemptuous new nickname on the NDP — “the forces of No” — her governing Liberals have piled on...

Christy Clark gets top marks for influence, but not for job performance

(blog)“BC Premier Christy Clark's approval rating is statistically unchanged – down three points from last quarter to 31 per cent,” says the Angus Reid...

Christy Clark repeats warning to B.C.'s realtors

Premier Christy Clark reissued a stern warning to B.C.'s realtors on Wednesday, saying she has no patience for unethical behaviour and will personally intervene if...

Letters: BC budget, Christy Clark, affordable housing, pot...

(blog)Finance Minister Mike de Jong touts what a great job the Clark government is doing but B.C. is the only province that charges Medical...

Letters: Refugees, free dental, Gerald Butts, hydro rates, green energy, Christy Clark, sailors' spending

(blog)My mother spent two years fleeing Ukraine from the Russian communists, living in the back of a wagon. She emigrated with her husband and...

NDP's David Eby slams B.C. Real Estate Council for inaction over realtor deals

The B.C. Real Estate Council “is refusing to investigate realtors alleged to be involved in fraud and money laundering,” the NDP's housing critic charged in...

Gordon Clark: Is it OK to covet your neighbour's pricey house...

(blog)But the Globe and Mail's breathless investigation a few days ago into house flipping involving “assignment clauses” — and the reaction by NDP housing...

Video: NDP housing critic not sold on government real estate probe

Opposition housing critic David Eby is taking issue with a plan that will see a self-regulating government agency that oversees B.C.'s realtors and brokerage firms...

NDP sets sights on Christy Clark's Liberals after byelection sweep

In unseating the Liberals in Coquitlam-Burke Mountain, and maintaining an eight-decade hold on the eastside Vancouver riding of Vancouver-Mount Pleasant, the NDP tapped into a...

Letters: School closures, trophy hunting, Christy Clark, photo...

(blog)Letters: School closures, trophy hunting, Christy Clark, photo ops, Const. James Forcillo, seawall death, suicide railings. January 28, 2016. 4:22 pm • Section: Opinion.

Smyth: Christy Clark's government makes a U-turn on Uber

The Christy Clark government is warming up to Uber, the popular but controversial ride-sharing smartphone app. After earlier threatening to block Uber from operating in...

Smyth: Christy Clark's government makes a U-turn on Uber

The Christy Clark government is warming up to Uber, the popular but controversial ride-sharing smartphone app. After earlier threatening to block Uber from operating in...

Smyth: Clark government must act on Metro Vancouver housing-price spiral

“You certainly hear all that speculation out there, but I don't think any of those explanations are true,” said NDP housing critic David Eby. “I...

Smyth: Premier Clark needs to step up and call byelections in two ridings

I'd say the fact that she was the Liberal candidate had something to do with it. Clark originally ran in Vancouver in the general election...

Michael Smyth: Time for Christy Clark to step up and call byelections in two ...

The last time Premier Christy Clark had to call a byelection she wasted little time in sending voters to the polls. Why was Clark in...