Mike Smyth: Agriculture minister put Liberal cash cows before real cows

Liberal party cash cows were more important than real cows.

That was the bottom line for B.C. Agriculture Minister Norm Letnick when he bailed out of an agriculture policy debate originally scheduled for this week in Abbotsford. 553 more words

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Sask. last province to accept salary top up from provincial parties, NDP calls for practice to end

Brad Wall is now the only premier in Canada still accepting a “top-up” payment from the party he represents.

Over the weekend, B.C. Premier Christy Clark announced she is no longer getting a $50,000 stipend from the Liberal Party because the payment has become too much of a distraction. 401 more words

Saskatchewan

Mike Smyth: Sorry B.C. farmers, Christy's cash comes first

On Jan. 26, somewhere at an undisclosed location in Kelowna, Christy Clark will sit down to a private dinner with a group of deep-pocketed political supporters. 1,030 more words

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Mike Smyth: Enter the Dragon — O'Leary set to shake up Conservative leadership race

Kevin O’Leary may be only half Irish, but he must have kissed every square inch of the blarney stone.

Few politicians possess a gift of the gab quite like the Canadian businessman and reality-TV star, who confirmed the country’s worst-kept secret Wednesday by announcing a bid for the federal Conservative leadership. 548 more words

Politics

Dermod Travis: Political cash-for-access events are everywhere

After 15 months on the job, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is embarking on a cross-Canada tour, ostensibly to reconnect with Canadians — or at least those who can’t afford $1,525 to bend his ear in private.  652 more words

Opinion

Mike Smyth: Dubious highlights of another wacky year in B.C. politics

The super-secret results of the 20th annual Awards for Dubious Political Distinction were kept in a sealed Mason jar at the Trump International Hotel and Tower — until they were hacked by the Russians. 609 more words

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Mike Smyth: Legal threats fly in internal B.C. NDP battle

As a potential NDP candidate in the approaching May election, Georgia Collins seemed to have it all.

Smart, friendly and photogenic, the Vancouver Island single mom had emerged as a tireless and effective opponent of a controversial contaminated-soil dump near Shawnigan Lake. 1,331 more words

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