Provincial

Close budget vote allows Premier to move on

Premier Christy Clark's government survived Tuesday's budget vote.

It was close, but the B.C. Liberal  government survived a key budget vote Tuesday.

The close vote comes on the heels of a stormy period over a leaked ethnic vote winning strategy.

Premier Christy Clark took the positive road, saying the 45 to 38 budget vote in her favour is a sign for her people to the start towards the government meeting its financial commitment of delivering a balanced budget next year.

BC goes to the polls in a May 14 election.

Discover Camping reservation site begins operation Friday

Kokanee Park is one of the more popular Provincial Park destinations in the Discover Camping inventory.

Don't get left behind on camping this summer in B.C. Provincial Parks.

Starting Friday (March 15) at 7 a.m. the Discover Camping phone lines are opening up to begin accepting reservations for campgrounds with reservable inventory.

"With camping being so popular, many British Columbian families are starting to plan for the upcoming camping season. Discover Camping makes planning and customizing camping vacations easy with its interactive features," said Terry Lake, Minister of Environment.

COMMENT: Senate

Reports about the behaviour of some Senators have once again unleashed a flurry of demands to either abandon or at least reform that venerable institution. Defenders refer to the Senate as the “Chamber of Sober Second Thought.” It is not how the Constitution defines it, although sobriety may have been a consideration in the days of Sir John A. Macdonald.

COMMENT: At $18.2 million, election campaigns don't come cheap in B.C.

COMMENT: At $18.2 million, election campaigns don't come cheap in B.C.
They're off. The start to B.C.'s official pre-campaign period for the 2013 election campaign is well underway. 
 
Day one of the pre-campaign would have been an easy miss, coming as it did on the same day a meteor crashed to earth and the Canucks fell to the Dallas Stars. 
 
Heck, Elections BC didn't even post a news release to honour the occasion on its website.
 

COMMENT: An Ambassador of Freedom FROM religion?

COMMENT: An Ambassador of Freedom FROM religion?

Canada now has an Ambassador of Religious Freedom. By definition the basis of religion is in the realm of metaphysics, but metaphysics surely cannot be the focus for our newest Ambassador. How does our federal government define religion?

Liberals setting next government up for failure, say independent MLAs

Liberals setting next government up for failure, say independent MLAs

Independent MLAs say the current government is putting a stranglehold on the post-election government by deliberately cutting short funding supply for operations. In a statement released this week, the four independents say that no government in the past has taken this approach in advance of an election.

LETTER: IntegrityBC recommends platform commitments for all parties before election

LETTER: IntegrityBC recommends platform commitments for all parties before election

IntegrityBC has released a letter that it has sent all 24 registered political parties in the province detailing a series of recommendations on electoral reform and government accountability for each party to consider putting forward in their respective platforms for the May 14th general election. The letter has also been sent to each BC Liberal and NDP MLA. IntegrityBC invites independent candidates to propose similar reforms.

Liberal minister decides to not seek re-election in May

Prince George-Mackenzie MLA Pat Bell

Pat Bell, MLA Prince George-Mackenzie is thanking his lucky stars an xray found a potential dangerous health problem that has forced the B.C. Jobs Minister not to seek re-election in the upcoming BC Election.

“Last fall I underwent a series of medical tests that were initiated to check for possible pneumonia," Bell said in a statement on his website.

BC Government unveils new CareCard

BC Government unveils new CareCard

British Columbians can now replace their CareCard with the new BC Services Card.

"Starting today, the old CareCard will be replaced by the BC Services Card, a highly secure form of identification," said Health Minister Margaret MacDiarmid.

"This new card will be a secure piece of photo identification with many anti-fraud and security features including secure design, an expiry date and enhanced features which will help to protect citizens' personal information."

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