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Voter reconnection a priority for federal leaders in leadup to 2019

The possibility of a new centre-right party led by Maxime Bernier has given rise to the idea that the 2019 federal election will conclude in a new victory for the Liberal Party of Canada. The...

Editorial: NAFTA’s trade school of hard knocks

Regardless of what any new North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) might look like, the political winds that have been whipped up around it have cleared the air on one important issue for...

Tee time following breakfast for Vincent

Vincent was alone in the hotel restaurant when I arrived before 7 to see a friend for breakfast, and I hadn’t seen him in the flesh for ages. He was reading the paper, trim for 70, quick and cheery...

Politicians, corporations falling short in major project promotion

The federal government’s approval of the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline expansion was overturned by the Federal Court of Appeal last week, handing a victory to First Nations and environmental...

Trudeau, taxpayers take it on the chin in Trans Mountain fight

If you think Donald Trump had a rough month, what with his major aides flipping on him, think of Justin Trudeau, what with his major issues flipping on him. First, his government was bullied and...

Editorial: Wanted: more Crown corporation accounting accountability

This year’s delay in the release of B.C.’s year-end fiscal reports likely had red lights flashing in more than the offices of auditor general Carol Bellringer. As they say in high finance circles,...

No easy prescription for overreliance on online medical advice

For decades, British Columbia has been a popular destination for Canadian retirees. Two years ago, the number of seniors in our province prompted the previous provincial government to call for...

How to navigate the taxing business of selling your business

For entrepreneurs thinking about selling their company, maximizing after-tax sale proceeds is a key objective. The most successful sales result from a co-ordinated effort by a team consisting of a...

Dash cams, automated speed enforcement can put brakes on B.C. car-crash rate

Last year, as discussions about the future of the Insurance Corp. of British Columbia (ICBC) intensified, our province achieved a dubious distinction. The total number of vehicle crashes reported in...

Canada should emulate U.S. attack on public-sector unions

U.S. taxpayers and workers won a big victory recently, with the Supreme Court of the United States ruling 5-4 in Janus vs. American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) that...