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Andrew Weaver praises those who plan to demonstrate at Vancouver City Hall against anti-immigrant views

... and honestly addressed so we can move forward on the path towards equality together." Weaver's comments came after similar statements had been issued by...

Calls for Vancouver to stop an anti-immigration rally ahead of ...

Two demonstrations are scheduled to converge on Vancouver city hall this Saturday (August 19).and more »...

The left is back—and that could change the face of Canadian politics for years to come

The next big test of the left's strength in Canada is the upcoming federal NDP leadership vote. In the party's 2012 contest, Manitoba MP Niki...

Federal NDP candidates Niki Ashton and Guy Caron attend Vancouver Pride parade

In 2015, NDP Leader Tom Mulcair was supposed to attend the Vancouver Pride parade. But when Stephen Harper called an election, Mulcair cancelled his trip...

Justin Trudeau maintains that the fentanyl crisis is still no reason to regulate hard drugs

And in February 2017, Dr. Hedy Fry, the Liberal MP for Vancouver Centre and a member of Trudeau's own party, told the Straight: “This is...

Where Vancouver leads in LGBT progress: Local politicians make history in Canada

It's well known that the first openly gay Canadian MP was the NDP's Svend Robinson. The long-time Burnaby-Douglas parliamentarian was first elected in 1979 and...

BC NDP cabinet includes bright minds, but there are still political potholes to avoid

Giving a respected human rights advocate an influential position—like former MP Libby Davies or immigration lawyer Zool Suleman or former human-rights commissioner Harinder Mahil or...

Liberal MPs in BC could be among biggest losers in Green-NDP alliance

New Westminster-Burnaby NDP MP Peter Julian, Victoria NDP MP Murray Rankin, Port Moody-Coquitlam NDP Fin Donnelly, and Green Leader May have been putting climate change...

John Horgan, other NDP politicians, and Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan name their favourite Canadian films

Standing beside Heyman, Vancouver Kingsway NDP MP Don Davies quipped that The Barbarian Invasions "may even be timely" today, given that Kellie Leitch and Kevin...

MP Peter Julian puts climate change at centre of federal NDP leadership bid

The others are Pierre-Luc Dusseault, Robert Aubin, Brigitte Sansoucy, and François Choquette, as well as Saskatchewan MP Erin Weir. Julian says there are two reasons...

Who loses the BC election could be almost as interesting as who wins

Another potential candidate who would attract a lot of labour support is Don Davies, the MP for Vancouver Kingsway. He's given no indication that he's...

Were ageist cabinet choices by Justin Trudeau a factor in slow federal response to fentanyl-linked overdose deaths?

Moreover, the Liberal health critic at the time, Vancouver Centre MP Dr. Hedy Fry, was well aware of the shortcomings of the Harper government's clampdown...

Reading the minds of NDP MPs in the wake of a pipeline announcement

(blog) (blog)Peter Julian: "I can win the federal leadership and become prime minister with an NDP minority government in 2019. And it's all thanks...

Vancouver Quadra Liberal MP Joyce Murray calls approval of Kinder Morgan pipeline incredibly disappointing

"Cabinet's decision to approve the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Expansion project is incredibly disappointing for me and for many in Vancouver Quadra and British Columbia,"...

Libby Davies still tries to beat back cynicism

Nearly a year after leaving federal politics, Libby Davies is in a reflective mood. The former NDP MP and city councillor told the Georgia Straight...

Fin Donnelly and Rivershed Society of B.C. prime next generation to fight for the Fraser River

Fin Donnelly's love affair with the Fraser River began more than two decades ago. As a young man, the Port Moody–Coquitlam NDP MP was a...

Taipei Economic and Cultural Office shows how diplomatic soft power works on the ground in Vancouver

Vancouver Centre Liberal MP Hedy Fry joined TECO in Vancouver director general Tom Lee at this year's Vancouver Taiwanese Film Festival. Charlie Smith. In addition,...

Photos: Vancouver Pride parade 2016

Justin Trudeau was surrounded by family members, several Liberal MPs, and Mayor Gregor Robertson. Justin Trudeau Facebook. Coun. ... It wouldn't be Pride without a...

Poll shows 90 percent of Metro Vancouver residents support taxing foreign buyers of housing

... Vancouver residents support taxing foreign buyers of housing. by Charlie Smith on July 29th, 2016 at 6:52 AM ... The Angus Reid Institute reported...

Generational divisions underlie debate over Vancouver's housing market

Perhaps he's been influenced by Martin Collacott, a former Canadian diplomat and long-time critic of Canadian immigration policies. In his columns, Todd has sometimes cited...

Wendy Holm: Why all the fuss over the Site C dam?

Its families are struggling under what then opposition Liberal MP and current Indigenous and Northern Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett has called the "abject failure" of...

Marc Emery: Why did Justin Trudeau put a past kingpin of prohibition in charge of marijuana legalization task force?

But with former Toronto police chief Bill Blair and McLellan heading up the legalization file, is it any wonder NDP MP Anne Minh-Thu Quach rose...

Mark Mac Lean and Michael Conlon: Faculty awaken to the university governance crisis in B.C.

At the University of Northern British Columbia, the board of governors, by a narrow 7-6 vote, recently appointed former Conservative cabinet minister James Moore as...

Liberal MP Hedy Fry brings greetings from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to opening of Vancouver Taiwan Film Festival

Vancouver Centre Liberal MP Hedy Fry read the letter aloud today (June 10) at the Vancity Theatre. “It is with pleasure that I welcome you...

Video: Interim Conservative leader Rona Ambrose cracks zingers at Stephen Harper's expense

(blog) (blog)Last night's parliamentary press gallery dinner marked the first time that a leader of the Conservative leader had made an appearance on-stage. And...

NDP MPs Jenny Kwan and Fin Donnelly write to port authority about proposed pier expansion near CRAB Park

Jenny Kwan and Fin Donnelly (centre) were joined by several community members when they visited Port Metro Vancouver president and CEO Robin Silvester. Since its...

Justin Trudeau appoints Dominic Leblanc as fisheries minister following resignation of Hunter Tootoo

Trudeau announced that Dominic Leblanc is the new minister of fisheries, oceans, and the Canadian Coast Guard. He will retain his position as government house...

Dr. Hedy Fry: Why I did not vote in favour of Bill C-14 on physician-assisted dying

Liberal MP Dr. Hedy Fry is not ready to support Bill C-14 in its current form. I do not support Bill C14 in its present...

Kennedy Stewart: Trudeau needs to stop Kinder Morgan

News1130It is a rare day indeed when the B.C. Liberals, B.C. NDP and Green party all agree on an issue. But that's what has happened.

Martyn Brown: An essay on B.C.'s housing crisis and what to do about it

It wants to hike taxes that would only further add to the costs of new homes and existing homes alike. And now it has the...

In Losing True North, book author claims Justin Trudeau going in the wrong direction on immigration policies

The article caught the attention of Candice Malcolm, a columnist with the Toronto Sun and a former press secretary to then Conservative immigration minister Jason...

Liberal government to introduce Canadian transgender rights bill

Previously, Esquimalt-Saanich-Sooke MP Randall Garrison, the LGBT critic for the NDP, had twice introduced bills to amend the Human Rights Act and Criminal Code to...

First online petition submitted to Parliament calls for ban on electric shock collars for pets

After more than 5,400 Canadians added their signatures, Burnaby South NDP MP Kennedy Stewart formally tabled the petition in Parliament. It's the first official e-petition...

Why NDP Leader Tom Mulcair failed to win a mandate at his party's convention

When Layton was NDP leader, Mulcair spoke out after another NDP MP and deputy leader, Libby Davies, expressed public support for the boycott-divestment-sanctions movement against...

NDP icon Stephen Lewis skewers Justin Trudeau and the Liberals for six policy shortcomings

The economist, Joseph Stiglitz recently said that he'd met with Chrystia Freeland, the Liberal Minister for International Trade, at the World Economic Forum in Davos,...

Metro Vancouver board will vote on seeking federal assessment of George Massey Tunnel replacement

... tie-ups northbound on Highway 99 approaching the Oak Street Bridge. Delta elected a Liberal MP, Carla Qualtrough, in the last federal election. Richmond has...

NDP environment critic Nathan Cullen puts federal feet to the fire on Site C dam

This hasn't the only NDP salvo on indigenous issues. Last week, NDP House Leader Charlie Angus previously demanded to know why wheelchairs, medication, and emergency...

Politicians and kids enjoy rain-drenched Vancouver Chinese New Year parade

(blog) (blog)Like every other year, there were lots of lion dancers. And there were probably even more politicians and police officers on hand. As...

Marc Emery: Why the appointment of Bill Blair is the harbinger of the New Prohibition

My wife Jodie asked for a brief meeting with her MP, Liberal Hedy Fry, to urge her to consider the social-justice implications of the impending...

NDP MP Kennedy Stewart says Justin Trudeau's new rules will delay pipeline

Burnaby South's Kennedy Stewart said he suspects that although Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said there will be additional requirements in the ongoing evaluation by...

Trudeau government buys time to decide on Kinder Morgan plan to expand Trans Mountain pipeline

In an interview with the Georgia Straight on Tuesday (January 26), Burnaby South MP Kennedy Stewart of the NDP suggested that the interim measures expected...

While Canada waits for legalization, marijuana activists call for moratorium on arrests

The federal Liberals' plan to legalize recreational marijuana is officially underway. Canada's new ... She told the Straight she has requested a meeting with her...

Conservative Leader and marijuana-is-not-a-medicine messenger Rona Ambrose returns to Vancouver

That's because she'll remain interim leader of the Conservative Party of Canada until May 27, 2017, when a permanent leader will be chosen. Ambrose lit...

Finance Minister Bill Morneau had good reasons for dropping in on Surrey and ...

The Liberals won four of the five seats covering Surrey, as well as the only seat in neighbouring Delta. Despite this show of ... Instead,...

Why it might matter that Dan Brooks has resigned as leader of the B.C ...

And for good reason. That's because the vast majority of British Columbians have no idea that the northern wilderness and tourism resort operator has been...

Poll reports that most Canadians want buildings in Vancouver and Toronto to ...

... in Vancouver and Toronto to dump the Trump name. by Charlie Smith on December 18th, 2015 at 6:53 AM ... The online poll of...

B.C. union leader David Black launches petition to ban Donald Trump from Canada

Most B.C. New Democrats know David Black as the president of MoveUP, the Movement of United Professionals. Formerly called Canadian Office and Professional Employees Union...

NDP environment critic Nathan Cullen wants action from Trudeau government on ...

NDP environment critic Nathan Cullen has called the accord reached today in Paris "a good first step towards combatting climate change". In a statement released...

Video: Baba Brinkman releases carbon-pricing rap called "Make It Hot"

(blog)Video: Baba Brinkman releases carbon-pricing rap called "Make It Hot" (blog)His mother is Vancouver-Quadra Liberal MP Joyce Murray and his father is Dirk Brinkman,...

Varied takes on marijuana turn Metro Vancouver into a patchwork of ...

Murray Rankin, opposition critic for justice and NDP MP for Victoria, told the Straight that stories such as Bowman's should serve as a warning. He...