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Conservative Party of BC latest to announce candidate in the up-coming Vancouver-Quilchena by-election

  With the Conservative Party of BC’s announcement this afternoon, of their candidate for the up-coming by-election in the riding of Vancouver – Quilchena, there is now a four-way race to become the next MLA. Premier Horgan called the by-election just one week ago, following the resignation of former BC Liberal leader Andrew Wilkinson.   Of all candidates declared to date, including the new Liberal leader Kevin Falcon, only the Conservative candidate actually resides in the riding.   A source in the party, that I’ve been acquainted with for several years, told me yesterday, “ I’m more excited than at any point in the last five years with the party. Our candidate is an absolute perfect fit! ”   And who will carry the banner for BC’s Conservatives? It’s now retired Dallas Brodie, who after attending Princeton had a long and successful career as a lawyer including working in Legal Aid and with the BC Tenancy Act.  She also happens to be the daughter of Robert Gordon Bro
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DAN ALBAS -- Playing politics with military procurement does little more than leave our forces with aging, less effective aircraft that are very costly to fly

  Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has long held a firm position on the Lockheed Martin F-35 multi-role jet fighter aircraft. In 2015 his promise to Canadians was clear “ We will not buy the F-35 stealth fighter bomber ”. PM Trudeau further stated the F-35 “ did not work ” and that “ It no longer makes sense, if it ever did, to have a stealth, first-strike capacity fifth-generation fighter ". Things changed this week as the Trudeau Liberal Government announced that it has now decided that the F-35 will be the preferred replacement aircraft for the CF-18. Negotiations will now begin to purchase 88 new F-35 fighter jets at a currently estimated cost of around $19 billion. What was also very interesting about this Liberal decision was that recently released documents obtained under 'Access to Information' revealed the Liberal government communication strategy to justify purchasing the F-35 was developed two years ago, in 2020. Why was a “communications strategy” requir

FORSETH: Who’s next? Should mechanics and carpenters get a grant to replace their tools, rather than ensuring they have what they need for the job?

 BC Agriculture Minister Lana Popham Yesterday, the BC NDP government of Premier John Horgan announced new funding was going to be made available to raspberry growers for a ‘replant program”. Said Agriculture Minister Lana Popham, “ The new investment in this program will help more B.C. growers replant their fields with varieties that will support their businesses and increase the amount and improve the quality of local berries. Planting varieties that grow well in our climate and produce berries suitable for fresh, specialized frozen and value-added markets will ensure B.C. raspberries continue to be on many of our menus and part of B.C.’s food economy .” Here’s a good question ... should raspberry growers not be looking after their own crops, and finding what’s best for growing in our BC climate, and that will provide for larger crops? Who’s next?   Should mechanics and carpenters get a grant to replace their tools, rather than ensuring they have what they need for the job? Should


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