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Opinion: Private members bill key to dealing with abandoned vessels

To prepare the ground for proposed Bill C-695, I broke ranks with my fellow Conservatives and was the only Conservative MP to stand in support...

Town Tall: Fourth of July event squeaked in ahead of France's Bastille Day

This time they'll perform Songbird and the three-movement Primary Colours by B.C. composers Sarah Quartel and Kathleen Allen. They sang the first enchanting work during...

BC election 2017: Meet the war room operatives running the BC campaigns

Dewar, 64, has deep NDP roots. His brother is former NDP MP Paul Dewar. He was chief of staff to then Manitoba Premier Gary Doer...

An investigation into a watershed turns into a family road trip

“And we (Kidder and himself) are pitted in opposition to each other politically when she plays Orihel and I'm Joe Oliver.” Peterson's job is to...

NDP asks PM Justin Trudeau to review lawsuits against Richmond MP Joe Peschisolido

“These are serious allegations, and I would call on the prime minister to start looking into this,” Vancouver NDP MP Don Davies said in an...

Opinion: BC NDP MPs warn Justin Trudeau about pipeline decision

B.C. NDP Members of Parliament Kennedy Stewart, Rachel Blaney, Richard Cannings, Nathan Cullen, Don Davies, Fin Donnelly, Randall Garrison, Gord Johns, Peter Julian, Jenny Kwan,...

Federal government acts on 2012 report examining decline of BC salmon returns

TheTyee.caFederal Fisheries Minister Dominic LeBlanc delivered Tuesday the first official progress report on the 2012 Cohen Commission recommendations for protecting salmon in B.C., an effort...

Guest editorial: Campaign zeal sullies Greens

According to the flyers, new polling results showed Jo-Ann Roberts of the Greens one point behind NDP candidate Murray Rankin. The poll the party used...

"Anti-immigrant?" Or "Immigration skeptic?"

(blog)"Anti-immigrant?" Or "Immigration skeptic?" (blog)Photo: Canadian Immigration Minister John McCallum. Sean Kilpatrick ... {The issue reminds me of the ongoing discussion among journalists and...

Vaughn Palmer: Trudeau begins premier's 'get-to-yes' goal with Site C permits

“I should say a special thank-you to the fisheries minister, Dominic LeBlanc, because he was a real key player in making sure it happened on...

Feds won't fight 'sweetheart' Quebec immigration program despite BC fallout

'Once you are a permanent resident the Constitution allows you to live wherever you want to live in Canada,' says federal Immigration Minister John McCallum,...

Justin Trudeau won't be pinned down on BC oil tanker ban timing

Gavin Smith, staff counsel for the Vancouver-based organization West Coast Environmental Law, said federal Transport Minister Marc Garneau and his staff told his group in...

'I get this place': But will Justin Trudeau's BC roots help him survive unpopular decisions?

The Trudeau boys adored their visits to Grandpa Jimmy Sinclair's West Vancouver home, exploring the former federal Liberal cabinet minister's vast garden that had spots...

Justin Trudeau preaches pot patience: 'We need to do this right' on legalization

Earlier this week, NDP justice critic Murray Rankin said the existing “patchwork” system is unfair because in cities like St. John's, Nfld., and Vancouver, pot...

Justin Trudeau's pipelines predicament: 'Decisions always about trade-offs'

Both Trudeau and Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr have spoken about the federal government's role in getting resources to market, and a Liberal MP was...

Canadian airports face longer security lines without more funding, say experts

An extra $29 million in the Liberal government's first budget will help to maintain the current threshold this year. "Based on the long-term funding that...

As the whistles stop, New Westminster residents hope to get more sleep

Peter Julian, the NDP MP for the area, has introduced private members' bills at least three times since 2010 to try to quiet the railways,...

Politicians unite around drug overdose "Good Samaritan" law

Politicians unite around drug overdose "Good Samaritan" lawOne of the MPs who rose to support the Liberal backbencher's bill was Conservative Cathy McLeod, a former...

BC's Nightingale, Lamb re-elected to Tories' national council at Vancouver convention

Nightingale is a life long Conservative and former business professor who now lives in Victoria. He was elected to the national council eight months ago.

BC's Tory delegates keen to help shape policy

At 20, Derek Monsen represents that sweet spot for the Conservative Party, a young delegate to the national convention whose voice may help shape policies...

Province reduces number of exams required for graduation

NDP education critic Rob Fleming said the announcement is confusing. “The ministry is reducing exams in senior ... These timelines are very tight and provide...

Opinion: More women in politics? There is a way

One of these is Kennedy Stewart (NDP Burnaby South) who has introduced a private member's bill called the Candidate Gender Equity Act. This bill would...

Douglas Todd: Mixed motives fuel rise of foreign students

Although B.C.'s Liberal government continues to refuse to provide the information that would allow a researcher to ascertain whether any house buyer, including Tian Yu...

US softwood negotiations heading to Ottawa: Minister

FILE -- Logs are piled up at West Fraser Timber in Quesnel, B.C., Tuesday, April 21, 2009. The softwood lumber agreement between Canada and the...

Trudeau accused of breaking promise on West Coast marine safety

They need to fix these mistakes. We want our safety back,” said Abram. NDP MP Fin Donnelly (Port Moody-Coquitlam), who served on the committee with...

Douglas Todd: Can welfare societies survive mass migration?

Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship John McCallum has increased the number of immigrants, refugees and people arriving for family reunification. Economists say, on average,...

Opinion: Legalized assisted suicide increases total suicide rates

Liberal MP Robert-Falcon Ouellette (Winnipeg Centre), who is an indigenous Canadian, has said he will not vote for the legislation, citing concerns about the impact...

Rankin: Senate should change assisted death bill if Liberals don't fix it

OTTAWA — NDP justice critic Murray Rankin, while endorsing his party's view that the undemocratic Senate should be abolished, won't object to the upper chamber...

BC Liberal candidate battles backlash over 'racist' tweets

The tweets, many of which were directed at NDP affiliates and supporters, have been described as racist and in poor taste by critics. ... In...

BC MPs clash on gender equity in Commons

That puts Canada 61st out of 191 countries, noted New Democratic Party MP Kennedy Stewart, a former Simon Fraser University political scientist and sponsor of...

Half of Canadian evangelicals voted Conservative

(blog) (blog)"Only" 52 per cent of Canadian evangelicals voted for Stephen Harper's Conservatives in the last election, despite his party reaching out to this...

Daphne Bramham: A 'jewel' in need of polishing, Granville Island gets some needed attention

Maybe it's because Granville Island was the Liberals' idea; maybe it's because the tenants are a bunch of artisans, craftspeople and folks who can't always...

Broken Liberal election promise to cost small business $2.2 billion

The former Conservative government, after supporting an NDP motion calling for a small business tax break, announced in the 2015 budget that it would move...

Kitsilano Coast Guard station reopens May 1, Comox radio station to close May 10

Conservative Mark Strahl and the NDP's Fin Donnelly slammed Tootoo for not waiting for the committee to report on the wisdom of shutting the marine...

Peschisolido: Port of Vancouver must adjust to changed government in Ottawa

Problems with current port operations occurred recently when port officials issued a building permit for a jet fuel pipeline in Richmond without the knowledge of...

Mulcair survives challenge

OTTAWA — Tom Mulcair survived a challenge from caucus dissidents, including several Metro Vancouver MPs, to hang onto his role as NDP leader until his...

Former PavCo boss hired to lobby PavCo on proposed development

A month later, he started to lobby for medical app developer Think Research, naming Clark and Health Minister Terry Lake as lobbying targets. Garfinkel left...

Science, not politics will determine fate of Pacific NorthWest LNG: Minister

In its latest filings with the federal lobbyist registry, Wazuku Advisory Group Inc. disclosed it arranged meetings in February between the company and 15 Liberal...

Federal NDP leadership race could jeopardize Horgan's chances in BC, say party insiders

Veteran B.C. MPs Don Davies (Vancouver Kingsway), Fin Donnelly (Port Moody-Coquitlam) and Kennedy Stewart (Burnaby-South) did not respond to the survey. "Tom's speech is going...

Politics Blog

(blog)"I am not allowed to speak on certain topics". B.C. Conservative MP Mark Warawa's remarkable battle against Prime Minister Stephen Harper's don't-touch-anything-even-close-to-abortion edict was...

How the presidential contenders clash on religion

(blog) (blog)Billionaire Donald Trump admits the Bible is better than even his own best-selling book, The Art of the Deal. In regards to opposing...

Spending transparency should accompany new money for First Nations, say critics

That legislation, passed in 2013 by the previous Conservative government, requires public disclosure of financial statements and band council salaries. The law has already been...

Blood for money debate takes off in BC after Health Minister fails to reject the idea

The union is calling on its members to lobby provincial governments to pass legislation banning payment to donors for blood or blood products. It recommends...

Vaughn Palmer: BC health care premiums loom as an election issue

The regular increases have made premiums into a cash cow for the treasury. Revenues are scheduled to exceed $2.5 ... “We haven't said immediately this...

Fisheries Minister Gail Shea defends water pollution cuts

In response to questions raised by NDP fisheries critic Robert Chisholm, Shea also explained why the Department of Fisheries and Oceans pledged new grants to...

Vaughn Palmer: BC health care premiums loom as an election issue

The regular increases have made premiums into a cash cow for the treasury. Revenues are scheduled to exceed $2.5 ... “We haven't said immediately this...

BC cabinet might appoint interim privacy official

The uncertainty worries for freedom of information advocates and the Opposition NDP, because it would give the Clark government – which has been under fire...

BC cabinet might appoint interim privacy official

The uncertainty worries for freedom of information advocates and the Opposition NDP, because it would give the Clark government – which has been under fire...

BC needs a strong presence in Conservative leadership race, says Ed Fast

OTTAWA — B.C. must have a candidate in the upcoming Conservative leadership race, former federal trade minister Ed Fast said Friday. Fast, who didn't rule...

Vaughn Palmer: BC Green party platform is a work in progress

VICTORIA. Three months after taking on the leadership of the B.C. Green party, MLA Andrew Weaver is working to transform a hodgepodge of policies into...