Politics

Climate to take Centre Stage in Courtenay All-Candidates Forum

Climate to take Centre Stage in Courtenay All-Candidates Forum

On Friday, October 4, residents of the Courtenay-Alberni riding have an opportunity to hear where their candidates stand on the issue at an all-candidates forum titled ‘Canada and the Climate Crisis.’ Join the conversation at 6:30 p.m at the Florence Filberg Centre in Courtenay. If you wish to attend indicate you are going on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1234774306725002/ Space is limited to 400 people.

Rachel Blaney Given New Role As NDP’s Critic For Veterans Affairs

Rachel Blaney, Member of Parliament for North Island – Powell River, has been given a new role as the NDP’s Critic for Veterans Affairs. This will be in addition to her current roles of Critic for Seniors’ Issues and Vice-Chair of the Indigenous and Northern Affairs Committee.

NDP Call to Build Half a Million Affordable Housing Units

On January 21st in Burnaby, Jagmeet Singh challenged Justin Trudeau to take immediate action to combat the housing crisis and bring relief to Canadians across the country. The NDP Leader announced the first part of his plan to build half a million affordable housing units over the next decade starting with the removal of the federal tax on the building of new affordable housing in the upcoming federal budget.

MP Rachel Blaney Shares Concerns About Wet’suwet’en Blockade in Northern BC

Member of Parliament for North Island-Powell River expressed serious concerns regarding the Wet’suwet’sen blockade in Northern British Columbia. “I am very concerned with the ongoing situation at the Wet’suwet’en blockade, and disappointed that the Prime Minister is remaining silent” said MP Blaney. “The government does a lot of talk about reconciliation, but that means showing up and doing the tough work, especially in difficult situations”.

Rachel Blaney Given New Role As NDP’s Critic For Veterans Affairs

Rachel Blaney Given New Role As NDP’s Critic For Veterans Affairs

Rachel Blaney, Member of Parliament for North Island – Powell River, has been given a new role as the NDP’s Critic for Veterans Affairs. This will be in addition to her current roles of Critic for Seniors’ Issues and Vice-Chair of the Indigenous and Northern Affairs Committee.

NDP Call to Build Half a Million Affordable Housing Units

NDP Call to Build Half a Million Affordable Housing Units

On January 21st in Burnaby, Jagmeet Singh challenged Justin Trudeau to take immediate action to combat the housing crisis and bring relief to Canadians across the country. The NDP Leader announced the first part of his plan to build half a million affordable housing units over the next decade starting with the removal of the federal tax on the building of new affordable housing in the upcoming federal budget.

MP Gord Johns Hosts World Oceans Day Celebration in Parksville on June 8

MP Gord Johns Hosts World Oceans Day Celebration in Parksville on June 8

Parksville – Leaders from eight B.C. environmental organizations will join Member of Parliament Gord Johns (Courtenay-Alberni) to celebrate World Oceans Day on June 8th at Parksville Community Park Beach. The celebration will include a beach clean-up, a public discussion with environmental experts, and fun activities for children.

Fair Vote Comox Valley Applauds Clear Referendum Questions

Fair Vote Comox Valley Applauds Clear Referendum Questions

COURTENAY, BC – On May 30, BC’s Attorney General, David Eby, released the provincial referendum questions and regulations. The announcement was welcomed by local proportional representation group, Fair Vote Comox Valley (FVCV).

“We’re pleased to have clear questions for the citizens of BC. FVCV has been working since January 2018 to reach as many voters as possible in our community, and we’ll be continuing to spread the word over the next six months,” says Barb Berger, Chair of the FVCV Steering Committee.

“The referendum issue is about fairness,” Berger continues. “It’s a choice between the old system that works for parties and a modern system that works for voters. No party with less than 40 percent of the vote should be handed all the power. It’s time for a new kind of politics.”

Is Fairness Enough?

Is Fairness Enough?

He knew somehow, as I didn’t, that I was about to get an ear-full. It went something like this:

“My friends and I want to know what the question is going to be,” she said. “I get that proportional representation is fairer than first-past-the-post. But that’s not enough for me and my friends. We like things the way they are. Some of my friends are Conservatives, but I’m not. But I agree with them.  Just because first-past-the-post isn’t fair, well that’s not enough.”

Fairness isn’t enough.

Electoral Reform: A game changer, not a game winner

Electoral Reform: A game changer, not a game winner

I’m a big-time college basketball fan. Men’s or women’s basketball, it doesn’t matter. If a college game’s on, I’m glued to ESPN. Other big-time fans know that a basket at the buzzer won Notre Dame the 2018 NCAA Women’s National Championship on April 1. What a way to win the game!

Unlike Notre Dame’s game-winning Hail Mary basket, should the majority of voters support electoral reform in BC’s November referendum, we have only a game changer, not a game winner. In fact, the game’s not over at all because the hard work is really just beginning.

Why?

National strategies on table for seniors and pharmacare

Special to TideChange Two important proposals are under discussion in parliament, affecting seniors and pharmacare, according to North Island-Powell River MP, Rachel Blaney. Blaney has been a member of the committee investigating the gaps in current programs for...

Catalyst Paper tariffs threatening good jobs

Special to TideChange The Federal Government has been asked to address the issue of US tariffs imposed on Catalyst Paper's exports, according to North Island-Powell River MP, Rachel Blaney. In March, United States Department of Commerce slapped a 22.16% protectionist...

Blaney blasts Kinder Morgan deadline

Special to TideChange There are 157 issues to be addressed regarding the Kinder Morgan pipeline, and the company is “nowhere close to resolving these goals”, according to North Island-Powell River MP, Rachel Blaney. In a media teleconference, she blasted the company...

DAY OF ACTION TO HIGHLIGHT PROPORTIONAL REPRESENTATION

DAY OF ACTION TO HIGHLIGHT PROPORTIONAL REPRESENTATION

Fair Vote BC’s call for a Day of Action is being answered by Fair Vote Comox Valley on Saturday, April 21 from 10:00 to 12:00 on the NE side of the 17th Street bridge. Help us raise our banner and public awareness about BC’s upcoming referendum on electoral reform.

An Alternate Universe: Clark for Proportional Representation

An Alternate Universe: Clark for Proportional Representation

While Liberal opposition to proportional representation is no secret, there is a BC Liberal insider whose thoughts regarding proportional representation they probably wish didn’t exist in the public domain. But they do exist, and the words are from none other than Christy Clark. Yes, you read that right. Clark articulates a thoughtful, informed case for changing our voting system and, at the same time, levels a powerful indictment against the politicians who are fighting tooth and nail to keep first past the post.