Peter O'Neil, Financial Post

Peter O'Neil

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Ottawa, ON, Canada

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Past articles by Peter:

Help us hire foreigners or we may leave Canada, Lululemon tells Ottawa

One of Vancouver's most successful companies is warning it may be forced to move its head office outside the country because of problems with the federal Temporary Foreign Worker Program → Read More

Feds flying to Vancouver for historic LNG decision, expected to OK megaproject

The federal government is to announce its decision later today in Vancouver on whether to approve an $11.4-billion liquefied natural gas megaproject that has been central to Premier Christy Clark's plans to boost B.C.'s economy — and her hopes of re-election next spring. → Read More

Federal government won't appeal court ruling against Northern Gateway pipeline

OTTAWA — The federal government is joining Enbridge Inc. in not appealing a Federal Court of Appeal ruling quashing a 2014 Conservative decision to approve the $7.9 billion Northern Gateway pipeline, Postmedia has learned. “Were not appealing because we’re not going to contradict the court’s judgment that the Harper government did not do its job on […] → Read More

Justin Trudeau 'open' to $1-billion B.C. power line into Alberta

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he’s open to the idea of supporting a new grid that would ship surplus B.C. electricity to Alberta to help that province reduce its reliance on dirty coal. → Read More

Broken Liberal election promise on small business tax will cost sector $2.2 billion, data shows

The calculation was obtained from the department of finance after Parliamentary Budget Officer Jean-Denis Frechette made a formal request → Read More

McKenna to B.C.: Great job on climate, don't rest on laurels

Canada needs the B.C. government, which is hedging on whether to follow an expert panel's recommendation to hike carbon taxes in 2018, to remain a climate action leader, says federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna. → Read More

Ottawa lays out new rules for pipeline, LNG projects

A revamped federal environmental review process aimed at restoring public faith in assessments like the current one involving the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion proposal got a cool reception Wednesday. → Read More

Grouse Grind ad created B.C. momentum for Justin Trudeau

OTTAWA — There’s a framed photograph in Bruce Young’s downtown Vancouver showing him as a sturdy but obscure left tackle on the University of B.C.’s football team, creating space for fleet all-Canadian running back Jimmy Stewart. “I spent four years on the team and never once touched the ball,” Young recalls. “I’ve spent my life blocking for others.” → Read More

Party leaders headed here for last B.C. rallies of the campaign

Battleground B.C. will be the site of major end-of-campaign rallies this weekend as the leaders of the three major parties try to rally their troops and sway British Columbians heading into Monday’s vote. Prime Minister Stephen Harper will be at a rally in Abbotsford early Sunday evening, in a riding the party won by a staggering 48 percentage points in 2011. → Read More

Leadnow accused of pro-NDP bias, conflict of interest

Leadnow, the highest-profile organization raising money and recruiting volunteers to encourage “strategic voting” aimed at defeating Prime Minister Stephen Harper, has been accused of a pro-NDP bias and an apparent conflict of interest. That charge came after Leadnow endorsed on Thursday the NDP’s Mira Oreck over Liberal Jody Wilson-Raybould in Vancouver Granville, even though… → Read More

Conservatives noticeably absent from many B.C. ‘all-candidates’ debates

Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s B.C. candidates are being accused of hiding from the public spotlight during the 2015 election campaign. Opponents and a number of Vancouver Sun letter-writers say Tory candidates here are either avoiding all-candidates’ meetings and local media — or being highly selective. → Read More

B.C. MP’s travel from Prince George to Ottawa to distant home cost taxpayers a bundle

The House of Commons is refusing to either back up or refute a longtime Conservative MP who says the institution approved of his huge expense claims while he lived hundreds of kilometres from his northern B.C. riding. → Read More

Energy giant Petronas which plans project in B.C. faced ‘catastrophic’ safety issues at home

Internal audit of company fuelling B.C's LNG ambitions warned of potentially lethal lack of training, inspections and maintenance at offshore platforms in Malaysia, Postmedia News has learned → Read More

Energy giant Petronas faced 'catastrophic' safety issues

Petronas, the Malaysian state-owned global energy giant at the heart of B.C.'s LNG ambitions, was told in late 2013 that it was dealing with "very serious" safety and integrity issues throughout its offshore Malaysian operations, The Vancouver Sun has learned. → Read More

Stephen Harper’s support in B.C. cut in half, poll suggests, with NDP support at 41 per cent

The poll is the latest of several to suggest the NDP is in a position to take a majority of B.C.’s 42 seats → Read More

Former Liberal MP Raymond Chan denies he is a kingmaker

Former federal Liberal cabinet minister Raymond Chan has angrily rejected allegations that he interfered to block a candidate’s nomination and may have personally profited from his work as Justin Trudeau’s top organizer in the Chinese-Canadian community. Those allegations, made in two affidavits released by rejected Steveston-Richmond East candidate Wendy Yuan, were followed by… → Read More

Top federal Conservatives back Tom Mulcair’s explanation for 2007 talks, contradicting Maclean’s report

The Maclean's article quoted sources alleging Mulcair decided against joining the government for financial reasons, before agreeing to become the late Jack Layton’s NDP lieutenant in Quebec. Two... → Read More

No Senate? No problem, says Christy Clark

OTTAWA — Christy Clark is among premiers who won’t object to the federal NDP’s plan to abolish the Senate if the party forms government after the October election. But New Democrat leader Thomas Mulcair, whose ascent in the polls is drawing considerable attention to the party’s various promises, faces major obstacles and skepticism as he vows to vanquish the scandal-plagued upper chamber. → Read More

NDP leads Conservatives in four key B.C. ridings: poll

The federal New Democratic Party is leading the Conservatives in four key B.C. battleground ridings, according to a poll financed by the Dogwood Initiative, a B.C.-based environmental non-profit organization. The poll found solid NDP leads in all four, with the Greens the only other party besides the Conservatives showing any strength at all — and solely in the new riding of Burnaby… → Read More

Academics slam tactics of Vancouver group behind anti-union law

A B.C. Conservative MP and a Vancouver-based advocacy group are fighting for a tough union disclosure law using tactics that showed disregard for the very principles the legislation is attempting to entrench, according to a new academic paper. MP Russ Hiebert and the anti-union organization LabourWatch are the key players behind C-377, a bill that would require unions to publicly disclose… → Read More