MLA Report 8th May, 2014

Two key pieces of the BC Liberals’ agenda, which will have a direct impact on the future of the province, were discussed this week in Victoria – Bill 2, the Electoral Boundaries Commission Amendment Act, and Bill 24 the Agricultural …

MLA Report 1st May, 2014

While I usually open my report by the weekly happenings in the Legislature, I think everyone’s week has been overshadowed by the terrible shooting at the Western Forest Products mill in Nanaimo. It shook everyone, and perhaps was especially felt …

MLA Report 10th April, 2014

One of the interesting aspects of being the official Opposition critic for transportation is that it enables me to reflect on similar needs for communities in what would appear to be very differing circumstances. For our province to have a …

MLA Report 3rd April, 2014

The focus of our week at the Legislature in Victoria was affordability: the cost of living for most people skyrocketed between Monday and Tuesday, In Question Period, we challenged the government over the inflated increase in BC Hydro rates. They …

MLA Report 27th March, 2014

The BC Liberals set the tone of the week in the Legislature by tabling back-to-work legislation in their attempt to end the strike at Port Metro Vancouver. While there was eventually a negotiated settlement, this heavy-handed approach is symptomatic of …

MLA Report 13th March, 2014

Ferries took central stage at the Legislature this week – both inside and outside the building. A large rally brought together Islanders and other residents of coastal communities, while inside during Question Period, I joined the Leader of the Opposition …

MLA Report, 7th March 2014

There is little surprise that the BC Liberal budget passed second reading earlier this week. After two weeks in which we as opposition argued that it was not good for BC, the government used its majority and the support of …

MLA Report 27th February, 2014

Much of the debate in the Legislature this week centred on the budget. That is normal the week after it is tabled, but the focus tightened after the premier’s extraordinary claim that there are no new taxes. She also said …

MLA Report 20th February, 2014

It is interesting how quickly BC Liberal government promises are broken. A week ago we had the Throne Speech, with its skimpy and pessimistic Legislative agenda. It was followed this week by the Budget, which made no mention of how …

MLA Report 14th February, 2014

After 200 days we are back in the Legislature and immediately the BC Liberal government held it in contempt. The first day was the Speech from the Throne. This is usually the opportunity for a government to provide a vision …