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The shape of campaigns to come

By now, you’ve seen the video. Transportation Minister and North…

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#BCPOLI Hotstove: Gaffes, laughs, and big asks

Maclean and Jordan break down Trudeau’s boom mike gaffe, Horgan’s…

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#BCPOLI Hotstove: Laborious labour files, and taxes, taxes, taxes

Maclean and Jordan talk about the final week of the…

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The incredible shrinking surplus

Second verse, same as the first. Finance Minister Carole James’…

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#BCPOLI Hotstove: Of bus strikes, cabinets, turkeys, and councils gone bad

Maclean and Jordan talk about the impending transit strike in…

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Some good news in the north

While it may not be an existential threat such as…

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#BCPOLI Hotstove: Bawls and Strikes

Maclean and Jordan talk government hypocrisy, quiet Ottawa, another mill…

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#BCPOLI Hotstove: Who’s in Cabinet, Power 50, and (another) prop rep revival

Maclean and Jordan ponder the quiet start to Justin Trudeau’s…

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The last Mayday

After more than 13 years, Canada’s longest-serving national party leader…

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#BCPOLI Hotstove: farm fights, Green leaders and making up with Mike de Jong

Maclean and Jordan talk all things #bcpoli – including an…

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Course correction

What would you say was the top issue of the…

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#BCPOLI Hotstove: federal election fallout

Jordan heads overseas to have an in-person visit with Maclean,…

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What next?

The short version is a Liberal minority government. The long…

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Election night predictions

Liberals Best case: Voters shrug off the scandals, stick to…

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#BCPOLI Hotstove: Five days ’til the election

Maclean and Jordan talk federal election early turnout, ICBC, Hulk…

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#BCPOLI Hotstove LIVE: Weaver, Sims and an epic Massey rant

Maclean and Jordan talk about the beginning of Andrew Weaver’s…

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Legends of the fall session

Three days ahead of what looked like a fairly unremarkable…

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#BCPOLI Hotstove: The Orca turns 1 and the NDP struggle at UBCM

Maclean and Jordan get together to chat about the Orca’s…

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A far cry from ‘goody bags’

Last week at UBCM, Premier John Horgan was direct, bordering…

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The Orca, 1 year in

On October 1st 2018, The Orca took to the waters…

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Adding up

The legislative spending scandal didn’t start when Clerk Craig James…

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#BCPOLI Hotstove: breaking down week 1 of the federal election

Maclean and Jordan talk about the leaders, the campaign launch,…

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#BCPOLI Hotstove: On dropping writs and fiscal fortunes

Maclean and Jordan talk some federal politics on Day 1…

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Bad news day

As Finance Minister Carole James and her staff put the…

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Stranded

There’s really no way around it: ride sharing in British…

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#BCPOLI Hotstove: TMX in court – chapter 19,657

Maclean and Jordan talk about ANOTHER TransMountain court appeal, the…

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A toast to – and at – Site C

One of the least-appreciated but most interesting aspects of Site…

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#BCPOLI Hotstove: A Midsummer’s Podcast Dream

Maclean and Jordan talk about all the big issues: the…

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Going too far — again

This week, B.C.’s employer community – represented by 46 associations…

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#BCPOLI Hotstove: Heat on ethics, cabinet grades, and Jody’s social media

After a short summer break, the Hotstove returns to discover…

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Mayday

It would be hard to imagine a worse summer. This…

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Is B.C.’s economy slowing down?

Earlier this week, the Business Council of British Columbia issued…

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Boom & Bust: The story of Telegraph Cove

Editor’s note – Telegraph Cove, one of Vancouver Island’s most…

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Three observations from the latest Twitterstorm

By now, you’ve seen the fallout. But how did we…

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Indigenomics goes national

One of the contributors I’ve been most proud to have…

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Among the fray

When history is being made every day, it’s easy to…

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#BCPOLI HOTSTOVE: We know what the parties must do this summer

Maclean and Jordan break down the latest craziness in the…

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Mutiny in the Legislature

I don’t even know where to begin, so let’s start…

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#BCPOLI Hotstove – no gas tax criticism, and Jinny says Jinny did nothing wrong

Maclean and Jordan work through all the big issues, including…

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Observations from the McLachlin Report

Beverley McLachlin’s report into the BC Legislature spending scandal indicates…

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NDP minister in trouble for using private emails – and more

Over the course of two days, a series of allegations…

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Progress, or a step back?

Much has been made of the Green Party’s victory in…

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We’re keeping the secret ballot – and have Andrew Weaver to thank.

This week, BC’s business community breathed a sigh of relief….

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Peering into PEI

This week, Prince Edward Island was the focus of the…

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Exclusive: BC Ferries to start selling beer and wine in June

This summer, ferry passengers will be able to raise a…

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Why a debate over heckling means much more

Despite centuries of tradition around it, heckling halted the legislature…

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B.C.’s ‘Trojan Horse’

This week, the BC Court of Appeal heard arguments from…

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Making history

The Orca’s very own resident historian Daniel Marshall has received…

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An evening with Barack Obama

Eight observations from Barack Obama’s Q&A at the Greater Vancouver…

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Another day, another report, another set of questions

Once again, reporters lined the halls of the legislature outside…

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Budget 2019: no big splashes

18 months into their term – and just their second…

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Five things you didn’t know about Alan Mullen

  Five things you didn’t know about Alan Mullen. He…

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Throne Speech: not many details

I’m going to be honest: having written a few of…

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On auto insurance, BC has spoken. Will the parties listen?

Yesterday’s poll made it clear: British Columbians want choice in…

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British Columbians want auto insurance choice – regardless who they vote for

British Columbians want choice in auto insurance – regardless of…

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The Mother of All Previews

What’s at stake? Short answer: Everything. Long answer: The way…

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Down to the wire in Nanaimo

The Nanaimo byelection is a virtual dead heat between the…

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Who’s against voting rights?

This week, the Supreme Court ruled that Canadians living abroad…

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On ‘consent,’ NDP walking a tightrope

This time, it was supposed to be different. On October…

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Another rollercoaster

Around this time last year, I tried to prophesize about…

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Year-end questions for Premier John Horgan

Note: this was written before referendum results were announced –…

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What happened?

As Finance Minister Carole James said, “electoral reform is finished.”…

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The Big Year

Few BC politicians had a more eventful year than Andrew…

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‘Good faith and no surprises’ – and yet, some surprises

Andrew Weaver is BC politics’ kingmaker, with a government secretariat…

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A study in gridlock

Nearly a year-and-a-half after cancelling the Massey Tunnel Replacement Project,…

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The mood of BC business

BC businesses are increasingly in favour of free trade with…

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BC Moments – Week Nine

In The Orca‘s BC Moments, we invite readers to share their…

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BC Moments – Week Eight

In The Orca‘s BC Moments, we invite readers to share their…

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Mixed messages

This week, B.C.’s finance minister Carole James proudly delivered the…

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BC Moments, Week Seven

In The Orca‘s BC Moments, we invite readers to share their…

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Crazier and crazier in Victoria

*Note – this story has been updated to include Alan…

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A unique day in the legislature

The word “unique” is overused. But Tuesday, November 20, was…

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BC Moments, Week Six

In The Orca‘s BC Moments, we invite readers to share their…

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#BCPOLI Hotstove V

It’s an all-V edition of #BCPOLI Hotstove! From the vainglory…

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BC Moments, Week Five

In The Orca‘s BC Moments, we invite readers to share their…

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A field guide to heckling

After a particularly raucous Question Period – where it was…

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BC Moments, Week Four

In The Orca‘s BC Moments, we invite readers to share their…

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Kelowna, 13 years later

After 18 months of painstakingly crafted consultations and negotiations, Prime…

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BC Moments, Week Three

In The Orca‘s BC Moments, we invite readers to share their…

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The referendum campaign is underway – and so are the complaints

Whether it’s a general election, byelection, recall campaign (cough) or…

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The Orca’s BC Moments – Week Two

In The Orca‘s BC Moments, we invite readers to share their…

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What makes an Opposition?

Recently, The Orca received a note from an official in…

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Vancouver ready to ‘throw the bums out’

Vancouverites are ready for a change at city hall, according…

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In Nanaimo, a very civil civil war

When NDP MLA Leonard Krog announced his decision to run…

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The Orca’s BC Moments – Week One

Last week, we debuted The Orca‘s BC Moments. We invited…

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Oh, the vanity

The Orca’s Poll Series asked important questions like: is the…

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ORCA Poll Series: Heading the wrong way?

British Columbians are increasingly dubious about the direction their province…

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ORCA Poll Series: Political Horse Race

B.C.’s political horse race is heating up, with the NDP…

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ORCA Poll Series: Leaders Impressions

British Columbians like Premier John Horgan, might be changing their…

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NDP voters, like most British Columbians – support secret ballot

According to a poll done exclusively for The Orca, only…

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The Orca’s BC Moments

At The Orca, we want to get to know this…

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Standing out in a crowded field, what happened to Vision, and the ‘mushy middle’

In a Vancouver municipal election with few incumbents, many observers…

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Compulsory unionization goes too far: poll

Mandatory union membership on public transportation construction projects is tilting…

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Support for PR wavering: poll

Don’t look now, but we have a race. As British…

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NDP supports LNG – but do its voters?

This weekend, Bloomberg reported that LNG Canada will announce it…

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Welcome to The Orca

Welcome to The Orca. B.C. has long had a vibrant…

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