January 23, 2018

Clark says she won’t resign over bungled ethnic outreach plan

Premier Christy Clark wants to set the record straight: She will not resign as a result of the botched ethnic outreach strategy. Clark was asked if she might step down if an ongoing investigation leads back to her. She says it won't.  "I've never seen the document, I had no involvement in the creation of the document so I can tell you I'm … [Read more...]

First Nation says it has unanswered questions after B.C.’s LNG conference

A coastal First Nation is responding to comments made by the premier at last week's conference on liquefied natural gas. Marven Robinson, of the Gitga'at First Nation in Hartley Bay, says members came away from the conference in Vancouver with many unanswered questions. "You know, we're not against it, but we're not fully informed yet. We have to … [Read more...]

Premier says further action possible on ethnic outreach scandal

Premier Christy Clark says she expects to take further action to deal with the fallout from the ethnic voter outreach strategy and she is not ruling out her own resignation. This after the resignation of Advanced Education and Multiculturalism minister John Yap today. Yap wasn't even the minister when the ethnic outreach plan was written but still … [Read more...]

Minister of Citizen Services says communications staff under the microscope following ethnic voting strategy leak

The Minister of Citizens' Services and Open Government is condemning the quick wins ethnic voting strategy his own government cooked up. Government Communications falls in Ben Stewart's ministerial responsibilities and he says the strategy is absolutely inappropriate. Stewart was asked if he will take a hard look at the communications staff and if … [Read more...]

Surrey Gurdwara says meetings of BC Liberals calling for Premier’s resignation didn’t happen at their facilities

The Guru Nanak Sikh Gurdwara says contrary to claims by registered BC Liberal Vikram Bajwa, there haven't been meetings of Indo-Canadian Community calling for Premier Christy Clark's resignation at temples in Surrey. Guru Nanak says they've been in communication with other temples across the Lower Mainland, and none of the non-partisan charitable … [Read more...]

Premier says few options left to re-open Kits Coast Guard base

Premier Christy Clark held a teleconference in her riding of Vancouver Point Grey where she told constituents that the closing of the Kitsilano Coast Guard base is the biggest issue locally. Clark says she pressed federal Natural Resources minister Joe Oliver on the Monday over the sudden closing of Kits base. "And I said to him you know minister … [Read more...]

Surrey’s Mayor says next transit project isn’t up to Metro Van mayors

The Mayor of Surrey says despite what the Transportation Minister says it is not the role of mayors to chose the next transit project to go ahead. Dianne Watts says both skytrain expansion in Surrey and rapid transit along Broadway can both go ahead. "I am sure the minister well knows that the independent board has that task and it is within … [Read more...]

Witness says weather not an issue in Queen of the North sinking

The latest witness at the trial resulting from the fatal sinking of a BC Ferry seven years ago started the day talking about notes he took after he was rescued. Keven Hilton was the second officer on the Queen of the North who took three pages worth of notes  in the hours immediately after the vessel sank. He says the man now accused of … [Read more...]

Finance Minister says budget revamped to include indepenent feedback

Finance minister Mike De Jong says the government quickly revised its provincial budget over the last few days to lower its expected revenue from natural gas royalties in the next year. De Jong says the change was made after advice from independent economist Tim O'Neill, who found the  government over-estimated natural gas revenues in five of … [Read more...]

Independent economist says BC Budget revenue projections are, mostly, solid

An independent expert hired by the provincial government says the revenue projections in tomorrow's budget are solid, with one exception. Former Bank of Montreal chief economist Doctor Tim O'Neill says he found no glaring problems with the budget's revenue projections, citing ample evidence of professional competence and caution. But O'Neill is … [Read more...]