Mayor Gregor Robertson announces he will not be seeking reelection this year, so this means more municipal coverage in 2018.
Meanwhile, Conservative Party leader Andrew Scheer is probably hoping Senator Lynn Beyak would take an early retirement from the Senate as she continues to cause problems for him, even after being ejected from caucus for posting racist emails on her website.
In our quick takes, we look at the BCNDP’s decision to increase the homeowner grant threshold, what it means the Michael Lee allegedly signed up the most members in the BC Liberal Leadership race, the new No BC Proportional Representation Society, Bill Morneau’s good news from the ethics commissioner and the first signs we may lose NAFTA this year.
Finally, we end with a brand new segment: The best of #bcpoli where we highlight some of the best Tweets on our radar from the past week. Nominate future tweets with #bestofbcpoli
This week’s inro music: Vancouver by Ligia Oancea
Best of BC music from: Canada Geography Song
Segment 1: Gregor’s off to a happier planet
Segment 2: The Senate’s racist relative
- Andrew Scheer more tolerant than Trudeau, says Scheer
- Robert Jago’s Walrus peice
- Stephen Maher’s alternate solutions for Beyak (and a good review of Canada’s racism problem)
- Independent Senate Group calls for Senate ethics probe into Beyak
- Residential school survivor says he wrote to Beyak months ago
- Beyak resign petition
- BC government increases homeowner grant
- Gary Mason in Globe: Micheal Lee signed up most in BC Liberal race
- What do you get when you combine an NDP strategist, a former BC Liberal attorney general and a former public servant? Apparently the No BC PR Society.
- Bill Morneau cleared in some ethics reviews
- As NAFTA circles the drain, Canada launches WTO complaints
Best of BC Poli
Bill Tieleman & Suzanne Anton unite against proportional representation because it might give party insiders too much power. YOU CAN’T MAKE THIS UP https://t.co/YzOF6eWuoS #electoralreform #bcpoli
— Derrick O’Keefe (@derrickokeefe) January 11, 2018
When 1 in 4 Austrians voted for a Party run by former Nazis, you have a Nazi problem, not an electoral system problem #bcpoli https://t.co/9UtvJga6kN
— Jillian Oliver (@Jillyoli) January 11, 2018
Sad to see @MayorGregor go. Well intentioned and open-minded. The bike lanes are freakin’ awesome, thank you.
— Tom Davidoff (@TomDavidoff) January 10, 2018
I know some people don’t like Mayor Robertson but aren’t the fireworks a bit much? #Vancouver
— Steve Burgess (@steveburgess1) January 11, 2018