BC Election 2017

Barb Desjardins listens to a presentation during Capital Regional District sewage treatment discussions last year in Victoria. The Esquimalt mayor is currently running for the BC Liberals in the Esquimalt-Metchosin riding. Don Denton/Black Press

CANDIDATE PROFILE: Veteran politician banking on experience in Esquimalt-Metchosin

On-leave Esquimalt Mayor Barb Desjardins brings business frame of mind to campaign

Barb Desjardins listens to a presentation during Capital Regional District sewage treatment discussions last year in Victoria. The Esquimalt mayor is currently running for the BC Liberals in the Esquimalt-Metchosin riding. Don Denton/Black Press
Esquimalt resident Josh Steffler is running under the BC Libertarian Party banner in this year’s election after running as an independent four years ago. Photo courtesy Josh Steffler

CANDIDATE PROFILE: Libertarian voices optimism for chances in Esquimalt-Metchosin

Langford-raised Josh Steffler advocates for smaller government, more privatization

Esquimalt resident Josh Steffler is running under the BC Libertarian Party banner in this year’s election after running as an independent four years ago. Photo courtesy Josh Steffler
ELECTION 2017: Medical premiums and promises

ELECTION 2017: Medical premiums and promises

MSP is not only a tax, it’s a payroll tax for nearly half of those subject to it

ELECTION 2017: Medical premiums and promises
Advance voting starts Saturday

Advance voting starts Saturday

There will be six days of advance voting prior to B.C.’s general election day on May 9

Advance voting starts Saturday
ELECTION 2017: Parties try to get a grip on B.C.’s overdose deaths

ELECTION 2017: Parties try to get a grip on B.C.’s overdose deaths

The Greens pledge big funding, B.C. NDP wants a new ministry and B.C. Liberals commit to more beds

ELECTION 2017: Parties try to get a grip on B.C.’s overdose deaths
NDP candidate for Esquimalt-Metchosin Mitzi Dean’s committee and board work has given her knowledge of the political process. Photo contributed

CANDIDATE PROFILE: Family advocate Mitzi Dean brings wealth of personal experience to table

Esquimalt-Metchosin NDP hopeful wants to help enact structural change

NDP candidate for Esquimalt-Metchosin Mitzi Dean’s committee and board work has given her knowledge of the political process. Photo contributed
All six Esquimalt-Metchosin riding MLA hopefuls attended Pearson College UWC’s all-candidates forum Tuesday night. They included (from left) Barb Desjardins (BC Liberal Party), Mitzi Dean (NDP), Tyson Riel Strandlund (Communist Party of BC), Josh Steffler (BC Libertarian Party), Delmar Martay (Independent) and Andy MacKinnon (Green Party of B.C.). Photo by Brian Geary/Pearson College UWC

LEARNING POLITICS: Esquimalt-Metchosin candidates gather for student-led forum

Esquimalt-Metchosin candidates gather for student-led forum

  • Apr 26, 2017
All six Esquimalt-Metchosin riding MLA hopefuls attended Pearson College UWC’s all-candidates forum Tuesday night. They included (from left) Barb Desjardins (BC Liberal Party), Mitzi Dean (NDP), Tyson Riel Strandlund (Communist Party of BC), Josh Steffler (BC Libertarian Party), Delmar Martay (Independent) and Andy MacKinnon (Green Party of B.C.). Photo by Brian Geary/Pearson College UWC
Vancouver Island Party candidate William ‘Willie’ Nelson became interested in politics after his experience travelling in Australia and South America. The goal of his party is to have the Island become a separate province. Octavian Lacatusu/Sooke News Mirror

CANDIDATE PROFILE: William Nelson is the Vancouver Island Party candidate for the new riding of Langford-Juan de Fuca

Nelson spent much of his young life traveling and working in South America and Australia

Vancouver Island Party candidate William ‘Willie’ Nelson became interested in politics after his experience travelling in Australia and South America. The goal of his party is to have the Island become a separate province. Octavian Lacatusu/Sooke News Mirror
BC Liberal Leader Christy Clark, BC NDP Leader John Horgan, and BC Green Party Leader Andrew Weaver debated each other on TV Wednesday night in Vancouver. Image credit: CBC Broadcast Consortium

B.C. leaders square off in TV debate

Christy Clark, John Horgan and Andrew Weaver battle it out ahead of May 9 election

BC Liberal Leader Christy Clark, BC NDP Leader John Horgan, and BC Green Party Leader Andrew Weaver debated each other on TV Wednesday night in Vancouver. Image credit: CBC Broadcast Consortium
ELECTION 2017: Parties debate child care

ELECTION 2017: Parties debate child care

B.C. NDP and Green Party look to subsidize daycare costs while the B.C. Liberals aim to add spaces

ELECTION 2017: Parties debate child care
Andy MacKinnon, the Green party candidate for Esquimalt-Metchosin, has an extensive history in forestry and spends most of his free time exploring the natural environment of southern Vancouver Island. Photo contributed by Andy MacKinnon

CANDIDATE PROFILE: Retired botanist Andy MacKinnon’s outdoors background aligns him with Greens

Metchosin councillor hopes to give provincial electors somethign to vote ‘for’ on May 9

Andy MacKinnon, the Green party candidate for Esquimalt-Metchosin, has an extensive history in forestry and spends most of his free time exploring the natural environment of southern Vancouver Island. Photo contributed by Andy MacKinnon
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ELECTION 2017: No firm stance on marijuana from the three B.C. parties

Federal legislation leaves distribution and enforcement up to provinces

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Election signs along Island Highway in View Royal show support for Esquimalt-Metchosin candidates Mitzi Dean for the NDP, the Green Party’s Andy MacKinnon and the B.C. Liberals’ Barb Desjardins. The public can meet them and candidates from the Langford-Juan de Fuca riding at a meet and greet co-sponsored by the Esquimalt and Westshore chambers of commerce next Monday, April 24 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the Royal Colwood Golf Club. Don Descoteau/News Gazette staff

West Shore ridings featured in trio of all-candidate meetings

Langford-Juan de Fuca, Esquimalt-Metchosin MLA hopefuls in spotlight next week

  • Apr 21, 2017
Election signs along Island Highway in View Royal show support for Esquimalt-Metchosin candidates Mitzi Dean for the NDP, the Green Party’s Andy MacKinnon and the B.C. Liberals’ Barb Desjardins. The public can meet them and candidates from the Langford-Juan de Fuca riding at a meet and greet co-sponsored by the Esquimalt and Westshore chambers of commerce next Monday, April 24 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the Royal Colwood Golf Club. Don Descoteau/News Gazette staff
The Ruskin Dam. (File photo)

ELECTION 2017: What’s up with BC Hydro rates?

B.C. party leaders are making conflicting promises on utility rates

The Ruskin Dam. (File photo)
Langford-Juan de Fuca candidates meeting in Sooke

Langford-Juan de Fuca candidates meeting in Sooke

Event first for West Shore riding during B.C. election campaign

  • Apr 18, 2017
Langford-Juan de Fuca candidates meeting in Sooke
Tyson Strandlund is running for the Communist Party in the upcoming provincial election May 9 in the Esquimalt-Metchosin riding. Photo contributed

CANDIDATE PROFILE: Communist candidate to run in Esquimalt-Metchosin for B.C. election

University of Victoria student previously ran in 2015 federal election

Tyson Strandlund is running for the Communist Party in the upcoming provincial election May 9 in the Esquimalt-Metchosin riding. Photo contributed
NDP leader John Horgan speaks to supporters in Vancouver, promising a $400 tax credit for renters. (B.C. NDP)

NDP vows big spending, balanced budget

Horgan would begin raising carbon tax sooner

NDP leader John Horgan speaks to supporters in Vancouver, promising a $400 tax credit for renters. (B.C. NDP)
Green Party leader Andrew Weaver and NDP leader John Horgan take part in a forum on poverty in Vancouver April 4 (Metro Vancouver Alliance)

Greens, NDP aim for low-income support

Horgan promises renter tax credit, Weaver offers huge welfare rate increase

Green Party leader Andrew Weaver and NDP leader John Horgan take part in a forum on poverty in Vancouver April 4 (Metro Vancouver Alliance)
Premier Christy Clark takes questions outside Government House Tuesday. (Tom Fletcher/Black Press_

Election kicks off with promises, rallies

Visit to Government House officially begins campaign

Premier Christy Clark takes questions outside Government House Tuesday. (Tom Fletcher/Black Press_
Green Party campaign bus is unveiled in Vancouver last week. (BC GREEN PARTY)

Green Party policy still in daycare

Sweeping child care promises are unrealistic

Green Party campaign bus is unveiled in Vancouver last week. (BC GREEN PARTY)