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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.

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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.

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

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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.’

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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

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

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

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

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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.

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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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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.

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No LNG in the Saanich Inlet.

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By Peter Rusland-South Cowichan Echo

No LNG in the Saanich Inlet.

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

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

He embraced Islam changing his name from Cassius Clay.

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Overwhelming Opposition Voiced at The Rigged Town Hall Meeting

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

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Standing applause for Chief Don Tom and Dr

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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.

This

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

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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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HISTORIC QUAMICHAN INN LOST TO FIRE FRIDAY NIGHT:

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By Peter Rusland-Duncan Free Press

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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.

 

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By Andrew Duffy-Times Colonist

The Malahat First Nation,

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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.

Here

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