Category: Dermod Travis

B.C. Hydro’s little fibs on Site C

The hissing sound you may hear is the unmistakable sound of the air coming out of Site C’s tires.
As the B.C. Utilities Commission continues its inquiry on the project, it’s becoming more and more apparent that B.C. Hydro has been playing a bit loose with telling the whole truth when it comes to Site C.
Case in point: in December 2014, when the B.C. government announced its decision to move ahead with Site C, B.C. Hydro boasted that an independent analyst had reviewed its methodologies for future demand forecasts and found them to be “state-of-the-art methods.”

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The nitty-gritty to B.C.’s campaign finance reforms

The B.C. government’s proposed public subsidies for political parties may be hogging the media spotlight, but there are some other important aspects to the government’s proposed changes on how political parties and elections are financed.

The legislation proposes a cut of 25 per cent to the province’s campaign spending limits.

For a political party running a full-slate of 87 candidates, the overall limit would drop from roughly $11.6 million to $8.7 million.

It’s a start, but at an estimated $2.75 per voter, it would still be twice that of the federal limit and higher than Québec ($1.37), Ontario ($2.08) and Alberta ($2.43).

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How much money does a B.C. political party really need?

The headlines should have read “B.C.’s Wild West reputation laid to rest.”

Instead, British Columbians woke up to “Taxpayers would give millions to political parties in NDP plan,” all thanks to an ill-advised decision to slide two unexpected provisions into the government’s campaign finance reform package: a transitional allowance for political parties – otherwise known as the golden handshake fund – and election expense rebates.

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B.C. government’s credit card charges added up in 2016/17

There’s nothing quite like poring through 87,527 credit card charges to the B.C. government’s plastic in 2016/17.
Charges that can often be on top of a company’s billings to existing government accounts. For instance, last year, Sensus Communications billed the government $79,286, while various ministries put an additional $58,059 on plastic.

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Money can’t buy you love, but it can buy you votes

B.C.’s 2017 election will go down in the history books and in more ways than one. The province’s closest election also turned out to be its most expensive.

While the final numbers will increase as a few stragglers report and additional candidate spending is tacked on, the B.C. Green party spent $905,000 on its campaign, the NDP ($7.9 million) and the B.C. Liberal party ($13.6 million), for a grand total of $20.3 million.

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