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.
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Tuesday’s provincial budget signals the NDP is in no rush to test the electorate, and the party appears set to govern until the next scheduled election in October of 2021. Continue reading →
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The BC Liberals look on and can only shake their heads at the tone-deaf approach their government took to dealing with big budget surpluses. Continue reading →
The possibility of another strike by B.C.’s teachers when their contract expires next June cannot be discounted or minimized. Continue reading →
Voters are being asked if they wish to keep the current first-past-the-post system or switch to one of three systems of proportional representation. Continue reading →
Can the BC NDP government’s plan to hike the province’s carbon tax to $50 a tonne by 2021 hold up in the face of a growing number of premiers opposed to the very idea of such a tax? Continue reading →
The plan, to be released later this fall, is expected to contain some ambitious targets to reduce B.C.’s greenhouse gas emissions. Continue reading →
Two issues are coming to the fore that may ultimately strain the relationship between the NDP and the party that is propping it up into power. Continue reading →
Whether it is the Liberals’ Justin Trudeau or the Conservatives’ Andrew Scheer running things, building that pipeline remains a priority for both of them. Continue reading →
It is hard to argue against penalizing bad drivers and ‘rewarding’ good drivers, although the word ‘rewarding’ may be overstating things a bit. Continue reading →
Not only has the party matured, but it has left behind some internal baggage that dogged it for years. Continue reading →
It is not going to happen any time soon, which means Metro Vancouver will continue to operate in the last century when it comes to taxi services. Continue reading →
Much of B.C. will soon be without a bus service and that’s alarming. But should the B.C. government step in and fill the looming void with a taxpayer-subsidized bus program? Continue reading →