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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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Mike Smyth: Yet another only-in-B.C. affair as legislature officials suspended

It was almost like B.C. was overdue for one of our patented, wild-and-crazy, only-in-B.C. political scandalpaloozas.

After all, it’s been years since a premier’s house was raided by the police with a TV camera filming through the kitchen window (Glen Clark). 535 more words

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Iain Black: Political accountability threatened by flawed referendum

We are getting down to the wire in the referendum on electoral reform, with only a few weeks left until the deadline for ballots to be received by Elections B.C. 742 more words

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Nick Loenen: Here are all my reasons for voting for proportional representation

As you know, British Columbians are being asked to vote on whether to adopt a new voting system. My own experience in the legislature confirms that we need less animosity, more respect. 588 more words

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Mike Smyth: Farnworth to illegal B.C. pot shops: Shut down if you want to go straight

When it comes to Canadian cannabis, the grass has always been greener in this province, the land of legendary B.C. Bud.

No one knows for sure how big the illegal B.C. 476 more words

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