Honest Government

Honest and Open Government Platform Backgrounder

Integrity is fundamental to democracy and to the public’s confidence in their government. Standards and processes must be in place to give assurance that government is acting in the best interests of all British Columbians, not in the personal interests of politicians, their friends and insiders.

The last decade has seen the open government advances of the 1990’s stalled or turned back: Read more

Opening band rules the night

Down to earth and pragmatic, Horgan would make a fine leader. If his style remains true then Horgan might have the ability to earn plenty of converts.

Nobody’s going to accuse me of being a provincial NDP supporter. In fact, most people will wrongly accuse me of being a Liberal backer. Truth is, I’m all over the map. Come election time I tend to move past ideology and choose the most worthy — the candidate I can most relate to and who is most approachable.

Basically, it’s the person I’d want to sit down with and have a chat over an ice cold pint. Admittedly throwing beer in the equation may not be the most professional way to cast my ballot, but it’s the most fun. Read more

NDP leadership candidate visits Grand Forks

On Friday, B.C. NDP leadership candidate John Horgan (MLA for Juan de Fuca) was at the Omega Restaurant in Grand Forks to meet and talk to residents.

He says that inclusion in the Columbia Basin Trust is one of the things that concern locals.

“One of the issues that’s brought me to Grand Forks is to talk about expanding the Columbia Basin Trust (CBT), to include the Boundary country,” he explains. Read more

John Fryer and Paul Summerville Join Team Horgan

VICTORIA—NDP leadership candidate and Juan de Fuca MLA John Horgan announced that former BCGEU General Secretary John Fryer and former RBC Dominion Securities Chief Economist Paul Summerville are supporting his leadership bid. Read more

Horgan Calls on Coleman to Explain Hydro Rate Review

VICTORIA—NDP leadership candidate and Juan de Fuca MLA John Horgan today called on Energy Minister Rich Coleman to provide the public with details of his plans to review proposed rate increases at BC Hydro. Horgan made the call after BC Hydro adjourned a recent rate increase application hearing at the BC Utilities Commission Friday just as it was about to begin. Read more

Representation and Legal Aid

John answers a question from the floor on representation and legal aid. John talks about the injustice of convicted Liberals having to make no repayment of their $6 million legal bill, while income assistance recipients get chased down for every last dollar.

Coons throws support behind Horgan for NDP leader

The cross-province tour of the NDP debates began earlier this week, and the Member of the Legislative Assembly for the North Coast has made up his mind about who he’ll be supporting for the party leadership.

Yesterday, Gary Coons announced he supports John Horgan, the MLA for Juan de Fuca, for the leadership contest, which will be decided on April 17. (Coons & Horgan are pictured in a submitted photo above.) He made the announcement in a joint press release with Skeena MLA Robin Austin. Read more

Austin hoping Horgan will be NDP's hero

Skeena MLA Robin Austin has decided who he’ll be backing in the NDP leadership race.

“I’m very happy to endorse John Horgan for leader of the NDP,” he said, adding that there’s two main reasons he chose him over the two other main candidates, Mike Farnworth and Adrian Dix.

“I believe that of the three candidates, he has the best ability to communicate....an alternate vision to the current Liberal government,” Austin said of Horgan, an MLA representing Juan de Fuca in the suburbs west of Victoria. Read more

‘90s legacy should be selling point for NDP, says Horgan

The provincial NDP should embrace rather than bury its 1990s record if it wants to attract voters, according to aspiring party leader and Juan de Fuca MLA John Horgan.

“The mythology…is very difficult for us to overcome,” Horgan told NDP supporters at the Merritt Desert Inn Monday afternoon. “The big challenge is demonstrating competence.”

Christy Clark commits to recycling--staff that is

On March 14 Premier Christy Clark attempted to refashion Gordon Campbell’s BC Liberal government by shuffling her cabinet. While she dumped some high profile ministers, she didn’t really have much to work with when it came to putting a new face on her cabinet. So by and large, what British Columbians saw was a new arrangement of the same old faces. Read more

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