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Minister Rustad's not-so-new approach

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Late last week, the provincial government decided to unceremoniously dump former B.C. Liberal Cabinet Minister, George Abbott as the incoming First Nations Treaty Commissioner. My thinking was that Mr. Abbott was a good choice. He served twice as the Minister of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation (MARR) and had the support of First Nations leadership and the federal government. But just a few days before he was supposed to begin his new role, Minister John Rustad, current MARR, who recruited Abbott, contacted him to say he was unable to get the necessary support from Cabinet for the appointment.

Open letter to Premier Christy Clark on education

RE: Public Education

Dear Premier Christy Clark,

I am concerned by your approach to public education. As you may know, I have two small children. My son is in grade two, and my daughter, who is almost three, is already very excited about joining her big brother at school.

Time to address the real issues facing local governments

When the provincial government appointed the Auditor General for Local Governments in 2011, I was a Councillor in the District of Central Saanich. The auditor was supposed to add value for local governments, but as we have learned this week, it appears the cost of the office has far outweighed its benefits.

B.C. Greens support democratic reform

Rep-the-Vote-2012-ballot-box-11-3-12.jpgThe Legislature was put on notice that the B.C. NDP will introduce private member’s legislation on democratic reform to move our electoral system from its current first-past-the-post to a form of proportional representation. The B.C. Green Party welcomes this effort by our colleagues in the Opposition.

Adam Olsen on the BC Greens (CFAX 1070, Victoria)

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