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.
Unifor will be at the centre of the campaign for proportional representation when British Columbians vote in a fall 2018 referendum about changing the provinces electoral system.
Canadians from coast to coast to coast are burdened by rising healthcare costs, soaring infrastructure expenditures and major traffic congestion. Cycling is a low cost, environmentally-friendly, sustainable solution to these challenges. Today, Gord Johns, MP for Courtenay-Alberni, presented a petition with 4,247 signatures calling on the Government to support his private Members’ Bill C-312, and establish a National Cycling Strategy in Canada.
“We can foster a cycling culture in Canada by making people feel safe, by providing infrastructure that supports them, and by helping potential cyclists feel confident about the rules of the road,” said Johns who has consistently biked to work on Parliament Hill every season since being elected in 2015.
This April the Courtenay—Alberni Federal Green Party Association will host four Thursday afternoon chats in the Courtenay Westerly Hotel main lounge. Four experts will facilitate discussions regarding interesting Canadian issues, with local relevance and national significance that rarely make headlines. This is a great opportunity to delve into some interesting subjects and meet some local experts!
Our BC government has told us there is no choice but to proceed with the Site C Dam.
Many experts have challenged this decision arguing that cancelling Site C makes economic sense, as well as saving valuable agricultural land in the Peace River Valley, and honouring the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
Courtenay City Council member David Frisch announced early last week that he is running for mayor. Frisch is the second sitting councillor to enter the mayoral race, just 225 days away. Erik Eriksson launched his campaign for mayor several months ago. Then, late in the week, Bob Wells announced that he would also compete for the mayor’s chair.
Fair Vote Comox Valley launches its campaign to encourage British Columbians to vote ‘yes’ in the upcoming BC electoral reform referendum with Let’s Make Every Vote Count! Where? At the Stan Hagen Theatre. When? On March 14 with doors opening at 6:30.
“With the encouragement of family and friends it is with great excitement that I am announcing my candidacy for Mayor of Courtenay in the 2018 election. People have asked me “With such a busy family life, why are you running for mayor?” My answer is simple. I am running because of my family. ”
What could possibly be more absurd than hordes of American people and their legislators spending a lot of anxious time worrying over whether Russian agents injected game changing, Trump promoting “fake news” along with highly persuasive algorithm-informed bot-ature into the American election?