Commentary

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Referendum on electoral reform is bound to end badly for B.C.

The municipal campaign was truly draining and frustrating to watch: too many choices, too many new people to assess, too little time to sort it through. Now, with a dozen rookie mayors and hundreds...

B.C.’s electoral reform referendum a seriously flawed initiative

There is nothing more fundamental to democracy than free elections and the rules by which our legislative representatives are chosen. Changing this system is a serious undertaking – one that demands...

Local debate brewing over location of cannabis retail outlets

For the past decade, surveys have consistently showed that Canadians, and British Columbians, support legalizing marijuana. Centre-left minded voters were more likely to say they have enjoyed...

Editorial: Vote for better budget books at city hall

Big-picture campaign bromides aside, what mayoral candidates dare not address in any meaningful way is the state of local government finances. Spending is more palatable to most voters than reining...

Late to the party, Canada needs to kick-start China courtship now

This much is clear: we need China. China needs us. We can figure out why; we have some difficulty with the how. The economic benefits of a bond are clear, as are the perils of ignoring it. Let’s...

Vancouverites’ views varied on Vision’s municipal vision

For the first time in a decade, Vancouver’s municipal government will not be dominated by Vision Vancouver. After three victories for Gregor Robertson and his team, the party is running several...

Widespread winds of change discourage incumbent candidates

By the end of this month, British Columbians will have chosen new mayors and councils all across the province. A sizable number of incumbents decided not to seek office again this year, opening the...

Tips for tapping into Western Canada’s red-hot M&A deal flow

Frothy valuations in public equity markets are turning more investors to private markets for returns, and there are lots of opportunities to be had, if you know where to look. According to Export...

Editorial: Trumpland increases its faux free-trade exports

Negotiators and politicians got one thing right when they christened the North American Free Trade Agreement replacement: it contains no reference to free trade. In Donald Trump’s world, free trade...

BC Liberals tapping the fear factor in the electoral reform debate

Fear is an accomplished, even admired weapon of politics. It stirs our fight-or-flight instincts and moves people more swiftly than anything to support or oppose. Much as we would like to think...