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Who’s afraid of Pro Rep?

10.19.18 | Commentary, Proportional Representation |  Lisa Sammartino

 And what exactly are they so worried about?   “A proportional representation system will elect neo-nazis and right-wing extremists.” “This system is too confusing for regular people to understand.” “Under Pro Rep, rural communities will have no representation.” There is a lot of misinformation about Pro Rep flying around right now. (We’ve debunked these myths […]

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We are the company we keep

10.17.18 | Commentary, Proportional Representation |  Lisa Sammartino

Radical right-wing extremists are elected under first-past-the-post. Huh. You’ve probably heard this: proportional representation will elect more far-right extremists, white supremacists, sexists and general bad guys. It’s the No-to-pro-rep side’s favourite (only?) argument. They cite recent examples of Poland, Hungary and Austria to prove their claims. Part of this is true. Poland, Hungary and Austria […]

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Podcast for September 2018: We quashed the Trans Mountain pipeline. Now what?

09.20.18 | Actions, Campaigns, Democracy, No Tankers, Organizing, Podcast, Proportional Representation |  Noal Amir

On August 30 2018, the Federal Court of Appeal ruled on fourteen different court cases brought forward against the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion’s NEB review process. And they all won. The court invalidated the permit approval on the basis of two claims: 1. The NEB under Trudeau’s government did not adequately consult First Nations and […]

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Where are all the women?

09.13.18 | Commentary, Democracy, Proportional Representation |  Lisa Sammartino

There is one simple way to make politics better: elect more women. Look at these people: To me, with the exception of Christy Clark, B.C.’s former premiers all look the same. None of them look like me — they don’t reflect more than half of B.C.’s population. Not enough has changed since the “founding fathers.” […]

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Clam scam casts a stink over other fishy decisions

09.13.18 | Commentary, No Tankers |  Kai Nagata

Minister’s favour to family member raises questions about lucrative DFO contract Justin Trudeau’s greatest feat to date may be his rehabilitation of the Liberal Party brand. Gone is the grubby clique of old-money frat boys, robbing the Canadian taxpayer to line the pockets of their friends and political donors. Hello, hope and change. But the […]

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Lies and losses

09.11.18 | Commentary, No Tankers |  Sophie Harrison

Trudeau’s broken promises loom large in federal court decision Last month’s Federal Court of Appeal ruling dealt a crushing blow to the Trans Mountain pipeline and tanker expansion. The decision was a huge victory for the First Nations — in particular, the Tsleil-Waututh, Squamish, Sto:lo (Aitchelitz, Skowkale Shxwa:y Village, Soowahlie, Squiala, Tzeachten, Yakweakwioose, Skwah, Kwaw-Kwaw-Aplit […]

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No consequences

09.07.18 | Commentary, Proportional Representation |  Lisa Sammartino

Why lying politicians love first-past-the-post Court rulings have a funny way of cutting through political talking points. Last week the Federal Court of Appeal made it clear: Justin Trudeau was bullshitting all along. His government did not honourably or adequately consult B.C. First Nations, and it approved a major oil tanker project without considering the […]

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Podcast for July 2018: Money-laundering in B.C. — who is to blame?

07.31.18 | Actions, Democracy, Organizing, Podcast |  Mike Soron

In the wake of the explosive Peter German report which connected money-laundering in B.C. to the fentanyl crisis and housing market, we look at reactions from journalists, politicians and the public, talk about who is to blame and discuss the growing calls for a public inquiry. This episode was recorded on unceded Coast Salish territory. […]

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