Mario Canseco

Canadians, Americans open to allowing permanent residents to vote: poll

As the United States awaits the final certification of the results of the latest federal election, a few things are patently clear. Democratic Party nominee Joe Biden has secured a majority of all...

Perceptions and reality collide over crime levels in Western Canada

When British Columbians pondered which party to support in last month’s provincial election, “crime and public safety” was mentioned by only 4% of likely voters as the most important issue facing the...

Vancouver voters support ward system, tougher nomination rules: poll

More than two years have passed since the last time voters in British Columbia participated in a municipal election. The victories of some high-profile candidates in last month’s provincial ballot...

Pollution, climate change weigh on most British Columbians’ minds: poll

In this year of the COVID-19 pandemic, the proportion of British Columbians who refer to the environment as the most important issue facing the province has remained in single digits. Concerns...

Proportion of non-gamblers rises in B.C. as pandemic changes industry's odds: poll

For the past few months, British Columbians have cursed their luck at various times and for different reasons. The COVID-19 pandemic continues, and we are now in a period of semi-lockdown after an...

Less pipeline politics polarization now between B.C. and Alberta

In April 2019, right after the United Conservative Party (UCP) secured a majority mandate in Alberta’s election, the prospect of a unique conflict between provincial governments was palpable. Premier...

Poll shows 72% support but only 15% usage for ride-hailing in British Columbia

It was only three and a half years ago that the issue of ride-hailing took plenty of airtime and ink as British Columbians pondered their vote in the provincial election that ended in a tie in the...

U.S. presidential election math: unravelling unknown unknowns

Almost four years have passed since Republican Party nominee Donald Trump announced to the world that he had won a majority of the vote in the Electoral College to become the 45th president of the...

Dog-eared Tory playbook failed to score for BC Liberals

British Columbia’s unique pandemic snap election is over, and while we wait for postal votes to be counted, the outcome of a majority mandate for the BC New Democratic Party (NDP) is not in doubt....

Where there’s smoke there remains fiery opposition in Canada

A few years ago, I found a copy of Vancouver magazine from 1979. The remarkably thick volume was a monthly edition that included lengthy articles on current events, politics and lifestyle. It was...