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The NDP’s LNG dithering and insistence on housing becoming the election issue, is a recipe for failure

Kevin LoganThe BC liberals offer a target rich environment the NDP could readily attack, based entirely on their dreadful governing record, which would work to move votes into their column and out of the BC liberals in order to win the election.

However, if you listen to the corporate media these days, as well as, Bill Tielman and David Eby, it would seem that BC’s political forces are working to put housing at the centre of the election debate.

It might make sense in the backrooms due to no cohesive policy approach on LNG making it difficult to get ahead of the liberals on that central issue but given the NDP’s orientation and opponent’s branding, (No Development Party etc) they will not sway votes from the development crowd or those dependent on a strong housing market.

Michael Smyth

Michael Smyth

As its shaping up,if the BC NDP cannot or will not change the narrative they are facing an uphill battle to form the next government. Don’t take it from me, even Michael Smyth will tell you how hot housing revenues are stuffing public coffers and bailing Christy out while playing to her political favour.

By keeping the focus on housing they are taking the focus off of the rest of the carnage the Liberals have wrought and they are shining the light on the only so-called “good news” economic story under their tutelage.

If housing is the ballot question come the next election whose party would you vote for to protect your housing nest egg? The Government that ushered in the boom and is reluctant to rein it in who also has innumerable industry allies and associates? Or the wannabe government’s policy of taxing more and redistributing that wealth, who also is commonly understood to be despised by developers and their industry?

See this piece, understand just how “house dependent” many people are in Vancouver:

Excerpt: Top-paying jobs aren’t easy to come by in the City of Vancouver, which partly explains its spiralling unaffordability. But there are at least 75,000 tireless workers here who last year made the incredible average rate of C$126 per hour.

Sadly, these workers are not among the city’s human inhabitants.

They are its single-family homes.

In fact, the quiet efforts of these houses (or, more accurately, the dirt on which they sit) were rewarded so handsomely last year that they made their owners about C$25 billion, compared to an estimated C$19 billion in citywide employment earnings.

That’s right: the owners of single-family houses in Vancouver made more by sitting on their assets than everyone in the entire city did by actually going to work.

75,000 single family homes is a roof over the heads of a quarter million or more people and it comes with an in-house ATM.

That is potentially hundreds of thousands of votes in Vancouver City alone.

Does the NDP want those folks thinking about who is best for the real estate industry while casting their ballots or who is the best party to bring real change? Change that won’t threaten their bottom line.

If housing is the ballot issue in May 2017 as many are encouraging the Liberals are likely to remain in power.


Climate change and the inevitable collapse of the over priced housing market


The ever increasing housing prices in Greater Vancouver and to a somewhat lesser extent Greater Victoria will eventually fall to the physical reality that what goes up must come down.

The hot market cannot last

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Tsartlip Elder Takes Gordon Wilson To Task At North Saanich-Steelhead LNG Meeting

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Independent film maker Gary McNutt captured this exchange at the Sidney LNG meeting a couple of weeks ago. Tsartlip Elder Fraser Smith was not taking any bullshit from Premier Christy Clark’s LNG pimp Gordon Wilson.

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The BC NDP’s so called ‘Gender Equity Mandate’ is an ‘Orwellian Distortion.’


Originally published in the Duncan Free Press. We are soon approaching the ‘Silly Season’ in political circles throughout British Columbia. We will go to the polls in May 2017 but in many cases, the real

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Orlando Remembered-Local Eye Online


Nice to see Duncan City Council’s response to the massive deadly attack that took place at “Pulse’ a Gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida.

The here, there and everywhere blogger Susan Down covered the event

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Rafe: Clark getting free ride from media, Horgan just dropping ball


Rafe is going after Christy, John Horgan and the mostly missing in action corporate media.

It will be damn interesting to see how Horgan rolls out his election campaign in what can be described as

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John Horgan says NDP will target foreign owners in fight for housing affordability

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It could be billed as Greed versus Need.

NDP’s John Horgan has flung down the gauntlet in what will become a hot election issue in the Greater Vancouver area as we head towards a May

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BC’S LNG Plans- Is Shell’s Decision This Week The Beginning Of The End?



No one wants to see our economy flounder in BC, but without divestment, it will crawl to a halt. The plan for BC to invest so much of its future on LNG has

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The shine on the B.C. Liberals’ liquefied natural gas dream has dulled considerably


It was a comfort to read this Times Colonist editorial driven in part by the appalling behaviour and economy with accuracy of Christy Clark’s LNG pimp Gordon Wilson.

The former leader of the BC Liberal’s,

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Farm advocates take Future of Farming on road


There are some meetings that you just do not want to miss, but somehow I missed this one.

One of the main drivers to create the ALR was Harold Steeves MLA Richmond. Harold was a

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NDP MPP Cheri DiNovo to seek leadership of Federal New Democrats


Finally a candidate with a proven track record, who does not accept the shift to the ‘Mushy Middle’, who is comfortable speaking of Socialism.

Cheri DiNovo is the first NDP’er in a long time to

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No LNG in the Saanich Inlet.

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Photo Credit Peter Rusland


By Peter Rusland-South Cowichan Echo

No LNG in the Saanich Inlet.

That resounding message was handed to the Malahat First Nation, Steelhead LNG and the feds during an emotionally

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Luke Cross At The Elizabeth May-Chief Don Tom, Dr. Eion Finn LNG Meeting


The Lead up to the BC Election is on-Will it be Premier Christy Clark or Premier John Horgan?


If the voter turnout is strong John Horgan will become Premier and form an NDP government in BC in June 2017.

Increased turnout is usually a vote for change, bad news for a sitting government.

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Mohammad Ali has died-He was the Greatest!


Mohammad Ali made his mark inside and perhaps more importantly outside the boxing ring.

He embraced Islam changing his name from Cassius Clay.

He was the most famous celebrity to refuse the draft, he was

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Steelhead LNG Sponsored The North Saanich Town Hall Meeting On The Proposed Floating LNG Facility

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Overwhelming Opposition Voiced at The Rigged Town Hall Meeting

The near 600 people who attended the May 31st ‘Town Hall Meeting’ held in Sidney called by North Saanich Council faced a security check from

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Environmental News Network Vancouver Island- The North Saanich LNG Town Hall Meeting-Video

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Luke Cross put this together using a smartphone. Very well done.

Thank you Luke for your dedication and marvelous work.

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The Chill In Shawnigan Lake Heats Up-SLAPP Suits Alleged


Libel Chill has been a part of the arsenal corporations have used for years to stifle debate, discussion and criticism of controversial matters of conflict. Of course from their view, it is to protect themselves

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RAFE: ‘Responsible Government’ and how it blocks democracy – Pt.1


Rafe is revealing what some will be surprised to learn. Jaded blogger types and other seasoned politicos have understood the party control aspect for years but somehow it still flies under the radar.


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No part of the word ‘clean’ should be used in association with LNG

Brenda Broughton

One thing that folks living in and around Howe Sound and those of us on the Islands is that we are both facing LNG developments that fly in the face of need, economic benefits, threaten

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Signs that B.C. premier is moving to ‘yes’ on pipeline-Video


John Ivison’s National Post article is a sign that Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will roll over for BC Liberal Premier Christy Clark on pipeline approvals. Same as Steve, just better looking.

Ugly packaged

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Overwhelming Majority Opposed to Proposed Steelhead LNG-Malahat Nation

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Nearly 600 people attended North Saanich Council’s Town Hall meeting in Sidney Tuesday afternoon-evening.

The overwhelming majority were opposed to the Steelhead LNG-Malahat Nation proposal for Bamberton.

Standing applause for Chief Don Tom and Dr

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Ecole Cobble Hill Parents Opposed To CVRD Selling Parkland That Would Block Students Trail Access To School


Parents and concerned residents have raised valid concerns regarding Cobble Hill Director Matteus Clements efforts to convince the CVRD Board to sell off a small piece of parkland that serves an alternate and safe access

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Alistair MacGregor Tables Bill To Limit Federal Election Period

Alistair MacGregor

Alistair MacGregor

OTTAWA- Alistair MacGregor, Member of Parliament for Cowichan—Malahat—Langford, introduced a bill today to ensure that governments cannot set an election period longer than 46 days in order to spend more money.


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Important Town Hall Meeting On Steelhead Malahat LNG Proposal-Tuesday 5PM – 8PM


The Peninsula communities are actively investigating the impacts of the proposed Steelhead LNG facility at Bamberton. As neighbouring comunities they would face many negative impacts and they are actually acting on their residents’ behalf.


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A war hero who was a stranger in his own land

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This is the most moving story I have read in years. I urge you take a few minutes, well spent, and read this account that will always stay with you. I know it

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By Peter Rusland-Duncan Free Press

A precious piece of Cowichan’s history went up in flames late Friday night as fire destroyed the iconic Quamichan Inn. About 50 firefighters from two halls battled

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CWAV Fundraiser – Wine- 3 Course Meal and Music By Ron Ingram’s Sweet Island Soul

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June 4th, 2016, Doors open at 5PM Vinoteca at Zanatta 5039 MARSHALL RD, Duncan, British Columbia V9L 6S3

Come enjoy a 3 course meal prepared by Fatima at Vinoteca Restaurant, while listening to the

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Times Colonist Editorial Judgment Unbalanced Regarding Steelhead LNG-Malahat Nation Proposal- Updated

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Here is a Classic Spin Job Courtesy of the Times Colonist.


Renee Racette, chief executive of the Malahat Nation. Photograph By BRUCE STOTESBURY, Times Colonist

By Andrew Duffy-Times Colonist

The Malahat First Nation,

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Will Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump Actually Debate Before The June 7th California Primary?

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The New York Times–Hillary Clinton has declined an invitation to debate Senator Bernie Sanders before the California primary election next month, but he may have found a willing replacement: Donald J. Trump.


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