BC politics

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has asked Canada’s top public servant to look into the government’s procurement process over what he called a seemingly “illogical and inefficient” contract to develop the ArriveCan app. A person holds a smartphone set to the opening screen of the app in a photo illustration made in Toronto on June 29, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Giordano Ciampini

Subcontracting ArriveCan development ‘seems highly illogical and inefficient:’ PM

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has asked Canada’s top public servant to look…

 

Premier David Eby announces Sheila Malcolmson as B.C.’s new minister of social development and poverty reduction on Wednesday, Dec. 7, at Government House in Victoria. (B.C. government photo)

B.C.’s new poverty reduction minister and all of cabinet asked to ‘work fast’ following shuffle

Former minister of mental health and addictions Sheila Malcolmson takes on new portfolio

 

Langley MLA Andrew Mercier speaking previously at a local business. (Langley Advance Times files)

Langley MLA joins cabinet, oversees workforce development

Andrew Mercier is taking up a new ministry of state int he B.C. government

Langley MLA Andrew Mercier speaking previously at a local business. (Langley Advance Times files)
B.C. Premier David Eby. (Photo: THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito)

IN OUR VIEW: Premier is in the hot seat

David Eby has a lot of work to do and two years to get going on it

  • Nov 26, 2022
B.C. Premier David Eby. (Photo: THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito)
B.C. Premier David Eby announces a new public safety plan in Vancouver on Sunday, Nov. 20, 2022. Plans by the B.C. government to confiscate suspected proceeds of crime via “unexplained wealth orders” are drawing praise from an expert in financial compliance as a way to make life harder from criminals. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

WEB POLL: Will Eby’s new housing rules make a difference?

The new premier is trying to tackle the housing affordability crisis

  • Nov 25, 2022
B.C. Premier David Eby announces a new public safety plan in Vancouver on Sunday, Nov. 20, 2022. Plans by the B.C. government to confiscate suspected proceeds of crime via “unexplained wealth orders” are drawing praise from an expert in financial compliance as a way to make life harder from criminals. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Jason St. Germain of Cit-E with an electric kick scooter. Langley Township is expected to create new rules for using the scooters on local roads as part of a provincial pilot project. (Matthew Claxton/Langley Advance Times)

Rules for electric scooter use coming to Langley Township

Langley is one of the communities test-driving new regulations for the province

Jason St. Germain of Cit-E with an electric kick scooter. Langley Township is expected to create new rules for using the scooters on local roads as part of a provincial pilot project. (Matthew Claxton/Langley Advance Times)
B.C. Premier David Eby speaks after being sworn in as the province’s 37th premier during a ceremony at the Musqueam Nation, in Vancouver, Nov. 18, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

VIDEO: B.C.’s new premier hits ‘ground running’

Eby promises $100 credit, action on housing and safety

B.C. Premier David Eby speaks after being sworn in as the province’s 37th premier during a ceremony at the Musqueam Nation, in Vancouver, Nov. 18, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
B.C. Liberal Party Leader Kevin Falcon speaks at the legislature in Victoria, Feb. 22, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

B.C. Liberal Party officially changing name to BC United

80 per cent of membership voted in favour

B.C. Liberal Party Leader Kevin Falcon speaks at the legislature in Victoria, Feb. 22, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
Longtime Langley City resident Sandra Brynjolfson, mayor-elect Nathan Pachal, Councillor Teri James attended the BC Electoral Boundaries Commission’s public hearing on Wednesday, Nov. 2 and expressed their concerns regarding the proposed boundary shifts. (Tanmay Ahluwalia/Langley Advance Times)

Langley residents express concerns about electoral boundaries shift

Keep Walnut Grove intact and Murrayville separated from City, were some of the suggestions

Longtime Langley City resident Sandra Brynjolfson, mayor-elect Nathan Pachal, Councillor Teri James attended the BC Electoral Boundaries Commission’s public hearing on Wednesday, Nov. 2 and expressed their concerns regarding the proposed boundary shifts. (Tanmay Ahluwalia/Langley Advance Times)
The Peace tower is seen on Parliament Hill, Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2022 in Ottawa. MPs unanimously passed legislation to temporarily double GST rebates to help low- and modest-income Canadians, and the bill will now be sent to the Senate.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

OUR VIEW: Less electoral chicken, more governing

We should have a few years before the next election. Maybe.

  • Oct 22, 2022
The Peace tower is seen on Parliament Hill, Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2022 in Ottawa. MPs unanimously passed legislation to temporarily double GST rebates to help low- and modest-income Canadians, and the bill will now be sent to the Senate.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
If changes or riding boundaries are approved, Langley’s two main ridings will become three: Langley Willoughby, Langley Murrayville, and Langley Aldergrove. (BC Electoral Boundaries Commission/Special to the Langley Advance Times)

Langley could get new riding in provincial boundary change

If approved, three MLAs will represent Langley after 2024 election

If changes or riding boundaries are approved, Langley’s two main ridings will become three: Langley Willoughby, Langley Murrayville, and Langley Aldergrove. (BC Electoral Boundaries Commission/Special to the Langley Advance Times)
Melanie Mark speaks to the media after becoming the first First Nations woman to serve in the B.C. legislature, at a swearing-in ceremony on Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2016. Mark has resigned her ministerial portfolios to go on medical leave. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

B.C. cabinet minister Melanie Mark resigns and takes medical leave

Mark was the minister for tourism, arts, culture and sport

Melanie Mark speaks to the media after becoming the first First Nations woman to serve in the B.C. legislature, at a swearing-in ceremony on Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2016. Mark has resigned her ministerial portfolios to go on medical leave. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
B.C. Liberal Party Leader Kevin Falcon is joined by Liberal critic Peter Milobar as they react to the budget speech during a press conference at legislature in Victoria, Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

B.C. Liberals could become BC United, vote to be held by end of the year

BC United top pick from over 2,000 names suggested since June

B.C. Liberal Party Leader Kevin Falcon is joined by Liberal critic Peter Milobar as they react to the budget speech during a press conference at legislature in Victoria, Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
B.C. Education Minister Jennifer Whiteside and Premier John Horgan meet students outside École Hammond Bay on Monday, Sept. 26. (Greg Sakaki/News Bulletin)

BC NDP retreats to central Vancouver Island as caucus shares summer stories

Horgan says team members will share what they’ve learned during meetings being held in Parksville

B.C. Education Minister Jennifer Whiteside and Premier John Horgan meet students outside École Hammond Bay on Monday, Sept. 26. (Greg Sakaki/News Bulletin)
Elenore Sturko, BC Liberal candidate has won the Surrey South byelection, based on preliminary results. Results of the final vote count will be confirmed on Sept. 14. (Contributed photo)

Voters choose BC Liberal Elenore Sturko to fill Surrey South seat in Victoria

Sept 10 byelection called in wake of Stephanie Cadieux’s resignation last April

Elenore Sturko, BC Liberal candidate has won the Surrey South byelection, based on preliminary results. Results of the final vote count will be confirmed on Sept. 14. (Contributed photo)
BC Liberal Leader Kevin Falcon at this summer’s Northwest Regional Airshow in Terrace. (Michael Bramadat-Willcock/Terrace Standard)

BC Liberal Leader Kevin Falcon makes northern B.C. pitch during Terrace visit

Falcon said northern communities are being “totally left out” by an “urban” NDP government

BC Liberal Leader Kevin Falcon at this summer’s Northwest Regional Airshow in Terrace. (Michael Bramadat-Willcock/Terrace Standard)
Education Minister Jennifer Whiteside at a previous school site announcement in Langley, earlier this year. (Langley Advance Times files)

Langley schools get $2.1 million provincial boost

One-time funding aimed at helping with rapidly rising costs

  • Aug 29, 2022
Education Minister Jennifer Whiteside at a previous school site announcement in Langley, earlier this year. (Langley Advance Times files)
A Langley school zone sign. (Matthew Claxton/Langley Advance Times)

OUR VIEW: Schools need more space, fast

Province may need emergency measures if enrolment keeps climing in Langley

  • Aug 29, 2022
A Langley school zone sign. (Matthew Claxton/Langley Advance Times)
John Rustad, MLA Nechako Lakes. (Submitted photo)

WEB POLL: Liberal MLA kicked out of caucus – good move by Falcon?

Do you agree with John Rustad being given the boot from the Liberal ranks over climate change?

John Rustad, MLA Nechako Lakes. (Submitted photo)
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