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  • A critical look at BC’s new tax breaks and subsidies for LNG May 7, 2019
    The BC government has offered much more to the LNG industry than the previous government. Read the report by senior economist Marc Lee.  
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  • The 2019 living wage for Metro Vancouver April 30, 2019
    The 2019 living wage for Metro Vancouver is $19.50/hour. This is the amount needed for a family of four with each of two parents working full-time at this hourly rate to pay for necessities, support the healthy development of their children, escape severe financial stress and participate in the social, civic and cultural lives of […]
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  • Time to regulate gas prices in BC and stop industry gouging April 29, 2019
    Drivers in Metro Vancouver are reeling from record high gas prices, and many commentators are blaming taxes. But it’s not taxes causing pain at the pump — it’s industry gouging. Our latest research shows that gas prices have gone up by 55 cents per litre since 2016 — and the vast majority of that increase […]
    Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
  • CCPA welcomes Randy Robinson as new Ontario Director March 27, 2019
    The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives is pleased to announce the appointment of Randy Robinson as the new Director of our Ontario Office.  Randy’s areas of expertise include public sector finance, the gendered rise of precarious work, neoliberalism, and labour rights. He has extensive experience in communications and research, and has been engaged in Ontario’s […]
    Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
  • 2019 Federal Budget Analysis February 27, 2019
    Watch this space for response and analysis of the federal budget from CCPA staff and our Alternative Federal Budget partners. More information will be added as it is available. Commentary and Analysis  Aim high, spend low: Federal budget 2019 by David MacDonald (CCPA) Budget 2019 fiddles while climate crisis looms by Hadrian Mertins-Kirkwood (CCPA) Budget hints at priorities for upcoming […]
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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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