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  • Unpacking the details of Manitoba Hydro September 9, 2019
    What would a love view of Manitoba Hydro all entail.  Read report here.
    Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
  • CCPA submission to Treasury Board consultation on regulatory modernization September 6, 2019
    On June 29, 2019, the federal government launched a public consultation on initiatives intended to "modernize" the Canadian regulatory system. Interested Canadians were invited to provide input on four current initiatives: Targeted Regulatory Reviews (Round 2) Review of the Red Tape Reduction Act Exploring options to legislate changes to regulator mandates Suggestions for the next […]
    Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
  • Join us in November for the 2019 CCPA-BC Gala, featuring Nancy MacLean September 3, 2019
    Tickets are available for our 2019 Annual Gala Fundraiser, which will take place in Vancouver on November 21. This year’s featured speaker will be Nancy MacLean, an award-winning historian and author whose talk, The rise of the radical right: How libertarian intellectuals, billionaires and white supremacists shaped today’s politics, is very timely both in the US and here in […]
    Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
  • Report looks at captured nature of BC’s Oil and Gas Commission August 6, 2019
    From an early stage, BC’s Oil and Gas Commission bore the hallmarks of a captured regulator. The very industry that the Commission was formed to regulate had a significant hand in its creation and, too often, the interests of the industry it regulates take precedence over the public interest. This report looks at the evolution […]
    Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
  • Correcting the Record July 26, 2019
    Earlier this week Kris Sims and Franco Terrazzano of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation wrote an opinion piece that was published in the Calgary Sun, Edmonton Sun, Winnipeg Sun, Ottawa Sun and Toronto Sun. The opinion piece makes several false claims and connections regarding the Corporate Mapping Project (CMP), which we would like to correct. The […]
    Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
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Peeking over the Rockies

For those who love BC (and who doesn’t?), there is a new blog for you. The CCPA has started The Lead-Up, a blog about BC public policy with coverage of next week’s provincial budget, and all the political follies one might hope for with an election three months away and an economy in free-fall. A large swath of our BC research associates are blogging over there along with yours truly, covering all the key issues facing Lotuslanders.

Not convinced? How about this yarn: For years the BC government has promised to twin the Port Mann bridge, the span over the Trans-Canada Highway crossing the mighty Fraser River, connecting the growing outer suburb of Surrey to the Burrard peninsula where the City of Vancouver lies. Highly controversial, as noted in a previous post. Last week, the government announced, as it made its ceremonial shoveling to launch the project that the new bridge is no longer a twin but a ten-lane super-bridge that will replace the current bridge, which is about half-way through its useful life. The cost of this vote-getter is double the original estimates, now $3.3 billion (and likely much higher). And because the government insisted that this be a P3, ie privately financed, faced with the financial crisis, the government will now be providing one-third of the financing! The punchline: it will be the only tolled road or bridge over the Trans-Canada Highway, and it will be full with congestion within a couple years of opening as development moves up the Fraser Valley.

Yes, nothing but BC politics can provide this level of entertainment value. You’ll laugh; you’ll cry; your eyes will widen with astonishment. And it is all here.

Before you dive in, you might be interested in a primer on the BC situation, so check out our CCPA-BC Reality Check, published today. We review the key economic and fiscal trends in anticipation of the budget.

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