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    Christy Clark (Province of BC/Flickr and John Horgan (BCNDP/Flickr)

    Rafe Mair: The BC election no one can win

    Rafe Mair details the blunders and flaws of both major BC parties and their leaders as we head into an election which the public is sure to lose.


    Justin Trudeau hasn't learned much about BC in the time he lived here and through visits like this one to the north coast in 2014 (Flickr/Justin Trudeau)

    Rafe’s New Year’s letter to Trudeau: Time for PM to get to know BC…for real

    Rafe Mair gives Justin Trudeau a lesson on BC: "The land between the Alberta Tar Sands and the Pacific Ocean is extremely important to us, not only economically but as part of the ecology that we must protect...We didn't ask fo...



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    Rafe: Site C Dam shows how broken our democracy is

    Our democracy is officially broken, says Rafe Mair. If you don't believe it, just look at the massively unpopular, multi-billion-dollar boondoggle that is Site C Dam and how our elected leaders have championed it over the publi...


    84 year-old retried librarian Barbara Grant getting arrested at Burnaby Mountain (Burnaby Mountain Updates/facebook)

    If not Civil Disobedience, what? Letters to the editor?…Rafe Mair on the necessary response to Site C Dam, Kinder Morgan

    Rafe Mair says the only appropriate response left to controversial energy projects like Kinder Morgan and Site C Dam is serious CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE.



    Justin Trudeau is greeted in Alberta by Rachel Notley (Premier of Alberta/Flickr CC licence)

    Rafe: Trudeau, Notley’s defence of Kinder Morgan doesn’t wash for BC

    Former BC Environment Minister Rafe Mair tells Justin Trudeau and Alberta Premier Rachel Notley where to go with their Kinder Morgan pipeline plans for BC: "We have the inherent right, like all good Canadians, to protect our ho...


    Justin Trudeau speaks at the Paris climate talks - flanked by Canadian premiers (Province of BC/Flickr)

    Rafe Mair to Justin Trudeau: BC is not yours to give away

    On the approval of Kinder Morgan, Rafe Mair goes inside the mind of a British Columbian, explaining to Justin Trudeau what he clearly doesn't get: Just how pissed off we really are.



    Recent Vancouver rally against Kinder Morgan (Photo: David Suzuki Foundation/Facebook)

    Rafe: Trudeau will have hell to pay in BC if he approves Kinder Morgan

    "British Columbians say, 'enough is enough!' From here on, our values speak as loudly as those from the businessmen's clubs of Bay Street and the nests of political party strategists," says Rafe Mair. "If you approve Kinder Mor...


    BCNDP Leader John Horgan (Flickr/BCNDP) and Premier Christy Clark (Flickr/Province of BC)

    Clark’s big loss to teachers is an opening for NDP’s Horgan…at last

    At long-last, BC NDP Leader John Horgan is handed a campaign lifeline in the form of Christy Clark's humiliating loss to teachers at the Supreme Court of Canada, says Rafe Mair...Now if only he can put it to good use.



    Photo: Gage Skidmore/Flickr CC Licence

    Rafe: Trump win was a vote against the “establishment” – but don’t count on them realizing it

    Rafe Mair predicted Trump's win in these pages two months ago. Here, he explains the result as a confused backlash against the "establishment" - who will no doubt fail to get the message.


    Christy Clark being sworn in as Premier of British Columbia in 2011, surrounded by her cabinet (Province of BC/Flickr)

    Rafe: How our “democracy” really works – the charade of party politics and whipped caucuses

    Former BC Cabinet Minister Rafe Mair explains how our parliamentary "democracy" really works - and why MLAs and MPs owe their allegiance not to the voter but their party leader.