Two issues that seemed almost buried by the COVID-19 pandemic resurfaced in the B.C. election campaign on Friday.
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Keith Baldrey is Global BC’s legislative bureau chief based in Victoria, and one of B.C.’s best known political commentators.
He joined the Vancouver Sun in 1984, and moved to its legislature bureau in 1986, becoming its legislature bureau chief in 1989.
He joined BCTV (now Global BC) in 1995.
He has covered nine premiers and the 2017 election was the ninth B.C. election campaign he has covered (along with numerous federal campaigns and party leadership races).
He also writes a weekly syndicated column on B.C. politics for a variety of Lower Mainland papers, including the North Shore News and the Now newspapers, and appears regularly on News Talk 980 CKNW.
He makes public speaking appearances on B.C. politics, has written numerous magazine articles, and co-authored a book on former premier Bill Vander Zalm and his Social Credit government.
He lives in Victoria with his wife and fellow journalist, Anne Mullens, their two daughters, and their Shiba Inu dog, Teddy.
The BC NDP will need to hold both Maple Ridge ridings to win a majority, while the BC Liberals likely need to pick at least one off for a chance at forming government.
We’re only a couple of days into an election campaign and it is already clear that the riding-rich municipality of Surrey is considered key to the election hopes of both the NDP and the B.C. Liberals.
The COVID-19 situation in the United States is almost out of control in many places, unlike in Canada where the curve has largely been flattened.
A new and popular television show is taking off in B.C. and everyone hopes it doesn’t run for much longer.
Dr. Henry is the public face in B.C. of the efforts to combat the virus, as well she should be, Keith Baldrey writes.
The former leader’s exit from the Green caucus could stall the party’s chance for further growth in the next election, Keith Baldrey writes.
This NDP government has proven itself to be far tougher than the last time the party was in power in the 1990s, Keith Baldrey writes.
Ridesharing has now set up shop in B.C. and depending on how you look at it, this development is either a tremendous breakthrough for consumers or the worst thing to come along in quite a while.
The NDP finds itself at cross purposes over the issue, as it wants the pipeline built while at the same time insisting it will do all it can to accommodate First Nations’ interests.
Keith Baldrey says the recently released report by a labour mediator on the bargaining situation for teachers and their employers makes for very bleak reading.
The initiative is being touted as by far the biggest effort by any Canadian province to fight vaping among teens.
A full-scale walkout by bus drivers would pose a tremendous challenge to the Horgan government, writes Keith Baldrey.
B.C. voters made a seismic shift to Justin Trudeau’s Liberals in 2015. Keith Baldrey asks whether there will be another shift in this election.
For the first time since the NDP came to power, the B.C. government is no longer in control of the money-laundering issue, writes Keith Baldrey.