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International group passes on monitoring election due to limited resources

OTTAWA — An international body that specializes in monitoring elections is skipping this year's contest in Canada despite concerns about the role of third-party groups, cybersecurity and social media in the campaign. The Organization for Security and Economic Co-operation in Europe, or OSCE, monitored Canada's federal election in 2015 and recently sent an advance team to determine whether it should return for...

A list of some of the Green Party’s promises

TORONTO — The Green Party released its platform Monday, with a focus on climate and reconciliation. Here are a selection of the party's promises: — Pass a law requiring a 60-per-cent cut in Canada's greenhouse-gas emissions below 2005 levels by 2030, reaching net zero in 2050. — Have 100 per cent of Canada's electricity come from renewable sources by 2030 and ban...

Promise tracker: What the parties are pitching on the campaign trail

OTTAWA — A running list of specific promises announced by the Liberals, Conservatives, NDP and Green party since the official start of the federal election campaign on Sept. 11. Liberals Sept. 22: Make the first $15,000 of income tax-free for Canadians earning $147,667 a year or less and lower cellphone bills by 25 per cent. Sept. 20: Ban all military-style assault rifles and work with provinces and...

Premier-designate John Horgan’s leadership team announced

VICTORIA, B.C. - BC NDP Leader and premier-designate John Horgan announced his leadership team on Tuesday afternoon. Former BCIT President and Central 1 Credit Union CEO, Don Wright, will serve as Deputy Minister of Executive Council, Cabinet Secretary, and Head of the Public Service. Write will resign from Central 1, effective July 7 according to a release. Vancouver City Councillor Geoff...

Eleven candidates running for Peace River North School Board

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. - Eleven candidates are running for the position of trustee with School District 60. The school district is broken up into five different zones with each zone being represented by one trustee except for zone five which is represented by three.  Five candidates are looking to fill the three seats in zone five and they include...

ICBA files for injunction to suspend proportional representation referendum

VANCOUVER, B.C. – The Independent Contractors and Businesses Association has filed for an injunction in B.C. Supreme Court to suspend the Province’s upcoming referendum on proportional representation until its court challenge to the referendum’s legality can be determined. At the end of June, the ICBA filed a Supreme Court petition against the provincial government, claiming that the upcoming proposed referendum violates the Canadian Charter...

Promise tracker: What the parties are pitching on the campaign trail

OTTAWA — A running list of specific promises made by the Liberals, Conservatives, NDP and Greens since the official start of the campaign on Sept. 11. Liberals Sept. 12: Impose a national one-per-cent tax on properties owned by non-Canadians and non-residents; raise the value of homes allowed under the First-Time Home Buyer Incentive to $789,000 from $505,000. Conservatives Sept. 12: Remove federal income tax from maternity...

Nearly 175 head to polls in second by-election advance poll

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Almost 175 eligible voters headed to the polls to cast ballots yesterday during the second advance poll for Saturday’s city council by-election. The City’s Communications Coordinator Julie Rogers said that a total of 173 voters came out to the Pomeroy Sport Centre yesterday. Of the 15,287 eligible voters in Fort St. John, that equates to...

City records notable uptick in municipal election votes after first advance poll compared to 2014

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Officials with the City of Fort St. John say that while it’s not a sure-fire way of determining the final voter turnout, this year’s municipal election has seen a notable increase in voter turnout after the first day of advance voting. The City’s Chief Election Officer Janet Prestley said that during the October 10th advance...

Baldonnel area residents growing frustrated with continued poor road conditions

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. - It isn't a topic that has just sprung up but rather one that has been ongoing and residents in the Baldonnel area have had enough. At a public meeting on Monday evening at the Baldonnel Elementary School, many residents voiced their concerns with MLA hopefuls also in attendance. Residents described frustration with maintenance of roads in...

Andrew Weaver and John Horgan accuse Christy Clark of ‘delaying’ and ‘distracting’

VICTORIA, B.C. - BC NDP leader John Horgan and BC Green Party leader Andrew Weaver held a joint press conference this morning in Victoria claiming that Christy Clark and the BC Liberal Party are not accepting the results of the Provincial Election on May 9 and are dragging things out. Horgan says that more than half of voters voted against...

‘We like to fall in love’: Which federal party will win over the fickle Quebec voter?

MONTREAL — As the federal election campaign began last week, Canada's main political parties couldn't escape Quebec's internal politics and a renewed nationalism championed by the provincial government. The Coalition Avenir Quebec government continues to enjoy broad support among Quebec's francophone majority, as do the government's recent moves to cut immigration and limit the rights of religious minorities in the name of protecting Quebecers' language, culture and identity. Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer and Bloc Quebecois Leader Yves-Francois Blanchet...

Indigenous candidates ‘hurt,’ ‘frustrated’ by Trudeau blackface photos

VANCOUVER — Indigenous candidates from multiple parties say they felt shock, pain and frustration when they saw newly surfaced photos of Justin Trudeau made up in brownface and blackface. Candidates reacted to the scandal engulfing the Liberal leader at the British Columbia Assembly of First Nations annual general meeting in Vancouver today. Joan Phillip, an NDP candidate in B.C.'s Interior, says it's...

Federal leaders scatter across country as campaign ramps up in earnest

OTTAWA — Federal party leaders have scattered across the country today as the election campaign starts to ramp up in earnest. Today was the legal deadline for Justin Trudeau to ask the Governor General to dissolve Parliament and call the election, but the Liberal leader got the jump on that by starting the campaign last Wednesday. The first six days were...

Where the party leaders are Friday

OTTAWA — The party leaders' scheduled public appearances on Friday, Sept. 20. All times are local. Will be updated as details are released.   Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau Toronto, Ont. 10:30 — Toronto Don Valley Hotel and Suites, 175 Wynford Dr. (announcement and availability)   Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer Saint John, N.B. 9 a.m. — University of New Brunswick, 100 Tucker Park Rd. (announcement and availability) Saint Andrews,...

Fort St. John Residents headed to the polls on September 9

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. - Councillor Dan Davies has officially handed in his resignation to City Council as of August 1, 2017, to take on the new role as MLA for Peace River North. That now leaves one Council seat vacant that needs to be filled before the next municipal election in November of 2018.  If Council approves the staff...

Jagmeet Singh promises NDP government would cap cellphone, internet bills

TORONTO — NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh is taking aim at Canada's telecommunications companies with a promise to put a price cap on cellphone and internet services. It's just the latest example of a New Democrat campaign strategy to appeal to voters concerned about pocketbook issues. Telecom companies have previously warned that government attempts to corral cellphone and internet costs will hurt service quality and investments...

Where the party leaders are Thursday

OTTAWA — The party leaders' scheduled public appearances on Thursday, Sept. 19. All times are local. Will be updated as details are released.   Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau TBD   Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer TBD   NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh TBD   Green Leader Elizabeth May Vancouver, B.C. 9 a.m. — Musqueam Community Centre, 6735 Salish Dr. (speech to Assembly of First Nations)   People's Party of Canada Leader Maxime Bernier TBD The Canadian...

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