Posts by Lisa Sammartino

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Wilson-Raybould shows us how power really works in Ottawa

03.05.19 | Commentary, Democracy, No Tankers |  Lisa Sammartino

SNC-Lavalin held 89 meetings with government. Guess how often oil companies lobby Trudeau? I, like many Canadians, sat in awe during the testimony of former Attorney General and Minister of Justice Jody Wilson-Raybould last week. I was impressed by her courage, her commitment to ethics, her attention to detail and her perseverance. I was not, […]

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SNC-Lavalin tentacles reach deep into B.C.

02.25.19 | Commentary, Corruption Inquiry |  Lisa Sammartino

Banned internationally, jailed in Quebec, controversial in Ottawa — but it’s business as usual in B.C. It isn’t a surprise to anyone familiar with the company that SNC-Lavalin is back in the news again. The allegations coming out of Ottawa against the engineering giant are fascinating, but not shocking. SNC-Lavalin featured prominently in Quebec’s Charbonneau […]

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Mayors, councillors demand corruption inquiry

02.15.19 | Commentary, Corruption Inquiry |  Lisa Sammartino

Reeling from the impacts of money-laundering, cities look to the Premier for real action This week city councils in Richmond, Vancouver and Victoria unanimously passed motions of support for a public inquiry into money laundering. This sends a clear and significant message to the provincial government about its priorities for 2019. Together the three cities […]

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How can you help launch a public inquiry?

02.07.19 | Commentary, Corruption Inquiry, Strategy |  Lisa Sammartino

MLAs, of all political stripes, need to know how serious this is The calls are growing. The Mayor of Port Coquitlam, the BC Government and Service Employees Union, a former crown prosecutor, a Vancouver city councillor, a money-laundering expert — all clamouring for a public inquiry into money laundering. When we launched our call for a […]

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No time to waste

01.31.19 | Beyond Coal, Commentary, Corruption Inquiry, Democracy, No Tankers |  Lisa Sammartino

After Nanaimo win, BC NDP can’t take progressive voters for granted With Sheila Malcolmson’s big win in Nanaimo’s by-election yesterday, the BC NDP are no doubt walking a little taller today. After all, the governing party rarely wins by-elections. The BC Liberals poured significant resources into the riding. Malcolmson was behind in the polls. The […]

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Rotten to the core

01.23.19 | Commentary, Corruption Inquiry |  Lisa Sammartino

When did the B.C. legislature become a nest of greed and corruption? Time to find out what previous Speakers hid from the public. Isn’t it amazing what comes out when the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly is not beholden to a political party? Darryl Plecas, MLA for Abbotsford South, was booted out of the BC […]

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Big donors, developers desperate to stop Pro Rep

11.02.18 | Commentary, Democracy, Proportional Representation |  Lisa Sammartino

British Columbia’s political elites line up behind the status quo In November 2017, British Columbia finally banned corporate and union donations in politics. This was not an easy feat. Many politicians, donors and lobbyists worked very hard to make sure that ride did not come to an end. But everyday British Columbians won that battle […]

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Podcast for October 2018: The case for Pro Rep

10.30.18 | Actions, News, Organizing, Podcast, Proportional Representation |  Lisa Sammartino

In this Pro Rep deep dive, Seth Klein, the director of the B.C. chapter of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, dispels the myths of the No side, explains what proportional representation really is and how it will fix our democracy, and describes what your three Pro Rep options on the ballot are. This episode […]

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