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Cynical betrayal on Kinder Morgan galvanizes B.C. voters

11.29.16 | Let BC Vote, Media | 

Trudeau’s approval of Kinder Morgan will carry heavy political consequences VANCOUVER – Organizers with Dogwood Initiative are busy preparing canvass events in thirteen ridings across the province for this Saturday as British Columbians gear up to launch a citizens’ initiative to block bitumen transport to the West Coast. As acknowledged by Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould […]

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Justice Minister: Ottawa Can’t Force Kinder Morgan on B.C.

11.29.16 | Commentary, Let BC Vote | 

Jody Wilson-Raybould, in her own words In the lead-up to the 2015 federal election, Dogwood collected survey responses from candidates in every B.C. riding. We asked for their positions on key B.C. issues, so constituents could hold them to their word if elected. Here’s what Jody Wilson-Raybould wrote in response to this question: “Who do […]

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Corporate cash addiction corrodes B.C. politics

11.28.16 | Ban Big Money, Commentary | 

The tide is turning against corporate money in politics. Yet BC Liberals, NDP keep cashing cheques. Would you pay $20,000 to eat rubbery chicken, drink a couple glasses of wine, shake some hands and listen to boring political speeches? No, probably not. How about $5,000 or $10,000 a table? Or $1,000, $1,500 or $2,500 a […]

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Justin Trudeau dangerously underestimates British Columbians

11.25.16 | Commentary, Let BC Vote, Strategy | 

Backlash building as voters feel lied to, taken for granted Surprises are becoming the norm in recent elections. Last year Rachel Notley swept the NDP to an unprecedented majority in Alberta, then Justin Trudeau vaulted from third place to win a majority government in Ottawa. This year UK voters stunned pundits by voting to leave […]

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Take it from Hillary: money can’t buy everything

11.24.16 | Commentary, Strategy | 

The American election turned political campaigning on its head. Canadian politicians better heed the lessons. There is a well known theory in political campaigning: The candidate who raises the most money and spends more is likely to win. This seems logical. Money can buy solutions to most campaign problems: a first time candidate can pay […]

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Kinder Morgan could inflict political damage on Trudeau Liberals

11.23.16 | Commentary, Let BC Vote | 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 23, 2016 Oil tanker expansion a ballot-box issue for many 2015 Liberal voters, poll finds   VANCOUVER — A new poll by Insights West shows strong opposition to increased oil tanker traffic on British Columbia’s south coast, especially among voters who supported Justin Trudeau’s Liberal Party in the 2015 federal election. […]

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Organizing is Always the Answer

11.22.16 | General, Organizing, Strategy | 

I was born and raised in Oregon. Aside from my kids and partner, all my family and most of my dearest friends are Americans who, unlike me, still live in the communities that have been riven by political and social divisions this year’s presidential election has wrought. On election night I feared for the safety […]

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