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Mike Smyth: 'Wrecking ball' hits two capital cities, where scandals continue to rage

Two capital cities, two raging scandals.

In Ottawa, the SNC-Lavalin affair is producing steady eruptions of bad news for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

And in Victoria, Speaker Darry Plecas keeps swinging his political wrecking ball in the shocking legislature spending scandal. 902 more words

Politics

Mike Smyth: NDP sure loves talking — and talking — about money laundering

VICTORIA — Back when Christy Clark and her B.C. Liberals were in power, critics quickly caught on to one of her favourite political diversion tactics. 778 more words

Columnists

Matthew Nathanson: Like Trump, B.C. AG Eby's politicking undermines public confidence in our institutions

Politics and law are like apples and oranges. But in the office of Attorney General David Eby, those very different fruit have somehow got mixed up in the same cart. 798 more words

Op-Ed

Mike Smyth: Sickening indeed! B.C. taxpayers taken to the woodshed in shocking report

Speaker Darryl Plecas predicted B.C. taxpayers would “throw up” in disgust when they discovered the financial follies going on at the B.C. legislature.

Now you’d better stock up on your barf bags. 895 more words

Columnists

Mike Smyth: A wild year of B.C. politics — and it could get crazier next year!

The hallowed halls of the B.C. legislature have witnessed wild stuff over the years — from misbehaving politicians dragged out of the chamber to cops executing search warrants to a riot in the stately rotunda. 1,618 more words

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Mike Smyth: The Speaker's man at the legislature has ironic resumé

There is much ironic reading in the court documents detailing Alan Mullen’s interrupted career in casino security.

Mullen was hired as an adviser by Speaker Darryl Plecas in January, partly to investigate Craig James, the B.C. 598 more words

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Mike Smyth: Mystery at the B.C. legislature after top officials perp-walked out

One of the more bizarre elements of this week’s intrigue at the legislature is why the top two appointed officials in the place were subjected to a humiliating perp-walk in front of TV cameras. 569 more words

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