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    Premier Christy Clark’s cabinet has awarded former Liberal leader Gordon Wilson a four-month extension to a job he received after endorsing the premier in the last election.

    Wilson was re-appointed Friday as the government’s liquefied natural gas “Buy B.C. Advocate” for a term ending June 20, with a salary of $50,000.

    That’s an extension to a four-month contract he was initially given in October, also worth $50,000.

    Critics have called Wilson’s contract a patronage appointment ...


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    The B.C. government has once again extended the contract of former Liberal leader Gordon Wilson, who will earn $150,000 by the end of October.

    Premier Christy Clark’s cabinet extended Wilson’s contract as “LNG – Buy BC Advocate” for another four months, to run between June 20 and Oct. 25, 2014. He’ll earn $50,000, according to the June 20 Order in Council appointment.

    It is the second time the government has extended Wilson’s contract. He was ...


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    B.C. Jobs Minister Shirley Bond says almost $8,000 in expenses filed so far by her LNG-Buy BC Advocate, Gordon Wilson, is an acceptable amount of money.

    Wilson’s expenses for flights, hotels, food and transportation totaled $7,857.47 between Oct. 29 2013 (shortly after he was hire), and June 25, 2014, according to a Freedom of Information request by the Vancouver Sun. That’s almost $1,000 a month.

    “The Buy-BC LNG Advocate was hired to engage with communities ...


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    The incoming NDP government's plan to spend public money on a new office to manage its political relationship with the Green party is a misuse of taxpayer funds, the B.C. Liberals allege.

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    B.C.'s New Democrats will introduce a gender-balanced cabinet Tuesday, as the party transitions to power a day after laying off more than 100 Liberal political appointees at the legislature.

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    Premier John Horgan handed key responsibilities in his new cabinet to Metro Vancouver MLAs Tuesday, giving the region, and the NDP's political power base, a massive voice.

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    The inner circle • FINANCE & DEPUTY PREMIER — Carole James (Victoria-Beacon Hill) Arguably the most important ministry in government, finance will oversee an almost $51-billion budget, and a booming provincial treasury that closed the last fiscal year April 30 with a $2.8 billion surplus ($1.3 billion higher than expected). It will also be in […]

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    VICTORIA — Premier John Horgan’s government has rounded out the top ranks of its new administration with a flurry of hires by the new premier. Mira Oreck was named director of stakeholder relations, with a salary of $120,000. She’s a former federal NDP candidate with deep roots in Vancouver politics, having worked on Gregor Robertson’s provincial […]

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    VICTORIA — Premier John Horgan has extended the provincial state of emergency for wildfires by an additional two weeks and boosted aid payments to those who were forced to evacuate their homes. Horgan emerged Wednesday from his new government’s first cabinet meeting at the legislature to announce additional payments of $600 for each household for […]

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    VICTORIA — Premier John Horgan announced Thursday his government would follow through on a campaign promise to raise welfare and disability rates by $100 a month. Horgan said the increases will take effect with the Sept. 20 assistance payments. “Lifting families out of poverty starts with raising income assistance rates and assistance for people with […]

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    VICTORIA — The new NDP government’s transition to power cost taxpayers $11.3 million in severance packages for fired Liberal political staffers. The NDP terminated 133 Liberal appointees, including ministerial assistants, public relations staffers and a few deputy ministers. The total bill for severance packages was $11,322,206, the government revealed Friday, or an average of about […]

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    The fingerpointing is underway in earnest after a leaked report warned B.C. motorists will get hit with auto insurance rate hikes of almost 30 per cent in the next two years if the government doesn’t massively overhaul ICBC’s basic insurance system. The 203-page report by Ernst & Young says drastic measures are needed that could […]

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    "As a leader you know when it’s your time to leave – and this was my time to leave"

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    VICTORIA — Former Liberal cabinet minister Ben Stewart, who gave up his Kelowna-area riding in 2013 for then-premier Christy Clark, wants to return to politics as an MLA. Stewart said Tuesday he’ll seek the Liberal nomination in Kelowna West to replace Clark, who has announced she will resign as the Liberal leader and as an […]

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    VICTORIA — Former premier Christy Clark’s deputy minister, Kim Henderson, has agreed to provide advice to the new NDP government. Henderson was fired, with severance pay, during the NDP’s transition to power. She was replaced by Don Wright, who is now Premier John Horgan’s deputy minister and head of the public service.  Henderson has agreed […]

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    VICTORIA – B.C.’s new NDP government fired former Liberal leader Gordon Wilson from a well-paid advisory job on Tuesday, citing a lack of written work. But Wilson argued that was not a true measurement of his performance. Jobs Minister Bruce Ralston said an internal review concluded there’s no evidence of any written reports to back […]

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    VICTORIA — B.C.’s new NDP government has referred the largest construction project in the province’s history, the Site C dam, to an independent review to see whether it should continue, be paused or completely cancelled. Energy Minister Michelle Mungall made the announcement at the legislature Wednesday. The review will start on Aug. 9. “Rather than […]

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    Adult basic education and english as a second language courses will once again be free in B.C., Premier John Horgan announced Tuesday.

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    Another in a series of interviews with B.C.’s new cabinet ministers. VICTORIA — B.C.’s new NDP government will introduce an updated budget in September, but will largely leave in place the core financial plan of the previous Liberal government until next year, says Finance Minister Carole James. James said she and her colleagues are still […]

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    VICTORIA — B.C.’s Minister of Justice and Attorney General David Eby is juggling several high-priority items under the new NDP administration, including electoral reform, auto insurance and campaign finance reform. Eby, a lawyer who worked with the Pivot Legal Society and was director of the B.C. Civil Liberties Association, sat down with Postmedia News recently […]

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