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Vaughn Palmer

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Past articles by Vaughn:

Vaughn Palmer: Cheaper, enhanced ICBC is more 'framework' than reality despite hype

OPINION: The new era in auto insurance is scheduled to debut May 1, 2021. Then compensation will be fair, the lawyers will be driven out of the temple and rates will plummet. Perhaps. But for now, count me as a skeptic → Read More

Vaughn Palmer: Polls slam Horgan for dubious handling of pipeline protests, blockades

OPINION: “I'm doing my level best to try and find that balance between the absolute requirement of dissent in a democratic society, but also ensuring that people don't behave in an unlawful manner that disrupts the lives of other people who did not ask to participate in the debate but are drawn into it” → Read More

Vaughn Palmer: Horgan calls on Cullen to resolve bitter pipeline standoff

OPINION: Will two former NDP MPs make the difference where one did not? Premier John Horgan better hope so, because time is running out → Read More

Vaughn Palmer: Never the yes man, Lekstrom wants no part of NDP's caribou rescue plan

OPINION: Rather than preside over a sham consultation that was designed to make Premier John Horgan look good, Blair Lekstrom resigned in frustration → Read More

Vaughn Palmer: BCTF draws up internal plan for escalating job action

OPINION: Not likely will Carole James or John Horgan budge from their determination to hold the line, even if the BCTF proceeds all the way through their plan to stage-three or stage-four disruptions of the schools. → Read More

Vaughn Palmer: Money-laundering inquiry is a big ask legally, plus deadline is costly

OPINION: The New Democrats did indeed ask a lot of the inquiry. Commissioner Cullen and his team are supposed to examine money laundering in “gaming, casinos, horse racing, real estate, the professional and corporate sector, accounting and legal services, financial institutions, luxury goods, automobile sales, cryptocurrency, trade and asset recovery → Read More

Vaughn Palmer: Activism or pragmatism, the divide between Weaver and the Green caucus

OPINION: Activism of interim Green leader could cause some heat at NDP-Green power-sharing meetings. → Read More

Vaughn Palmer: Judges throw a costly wrench into Horgan's pointless pipeline tool box

OPINION: When B.C. lost the first round, Alberta Premier Rachel Notley said Horgan’s tool box was less like something from the power tools section of the hardware store, more like a product of toymaker Fisher Price → Read More

Vaughn Palmer: Judges throw a costly wrench into Horgan's pointless pipeline tool box

OPINION: When B.C. lost the first round, Alberta Premier Rachel Notley said Horgan’s tool box was less like something from the power tools section of the hardware store, more like a product of toymaker Fisher Price → Read More

Vaughn Palmer: Horgan hailed, assailed over his handling of Coastal GasLink project

OPINION: Mere weeks after Premier Horgan collected accolades for his embrace of the UN Declaration, he finds himself in the midst of a controversy that perfectly illustrates the contradictions of his position → Read More

Vaughn Palmer: Weaver downplays PR loss, but some Greens see it as tremendous setback

Green leader Andrew Weaver was reminded that proportional representation, being an underpinning of participatory democracy, is a fundamental goal in the party he leads. → Read More

Vaughn Palmer: Promising everything in Nanaimo ahead of significant byelection

If Nanaimo byelection voters choose the Liberals later this month, they’ll be sending the whole province a message to prepare for another election sooner rather than later. → Read More

Vaughn Palmer: Win or lose, the outcome of electoral reform vote rests on Horgan

Arguably, the Greens have more to gain than the New Democrats from PR. But Premier Horgan has made the switch a test of his own powers of persuasion. Win or lose, he gets to wear the outcome. → Read More

Vaughn Palmer: Secrecy over details of new speculation tax almost rivals HST hubbub

Six months after the New Democrats announced a new tax on real estate speculation, they continue to withhold key details about the rationale for the measure and how it would actually be applied. → Read More

Vaughn Palmer: New ICBC legislation will face inevitable legal challenge

VICTORIA — The New Democrats relied heavily on advice from the Insurance Corp. of B.C. in crafting legislation to cap payouts to victims of minor injuries and burgeoning legal costs, Attorney-General David Eby confirmed Monday. → Read More

Vaughn Palmer: Under NDP, B.C. Hydro backs off independent power deals

VICTORIA — Tucked into the last paragraph of a B.C. Hydro press release on Wednesday was news about the B.C. Liberal government’s experiment with buying electricity from large-scale independent power producers. “B.C. → Read More

Vaughn Palmer: Wilkinson's first challenge as B.C. Liberal leader is to show change

VICTORIA — B.C. Liberal voters sent a strong message about what they were looking for in a leader through the first three rounds of balloting at the convention that concluded early Saturday e… → Read More

Vaughn Palmer: NDP can only kick funding cans so far down the road

VICTORIA — Cabinet minister David Eby provided an advance look at the challenges ahead for the New Democrats in 2018, during a daylong debate this week over the current budget for his Ministr… → Read More

Canada 150: Bruce Hutchison, B.C. journalistic legend

Bruce Hutchison rose from humble beginnings in rural B.C. to become one of the most respected and influential Canadians of the 20th century. Hutchison’s career spanned nine decades, starting … → Read More

Vaughn Palmer: B.C. Liberals odds of deal with Greens fading fast

VICTORIA — While the B.C. Liberals hope for the best from next week’s final count of the ballots from the May 9 election, the prepare-for-the-worst folks in the party must be contemplating a turn on the opposition benches. The Liberals most realistic hope for the final count is to hold the 43 seats they had […] → Read More