Bob Simpson

Unsustainable jobs plan

A fundamental shift occurred when Premier Christy Clark announced her job plan.

Get big money out of B.C. politics

The political corruption scandal in Quebec makes me wonder.

Carbon neutral sham

This week I introduced a Private Members Bill to repeal the government’s “carbon neutral” legislation.

Who do we serve?

I was pleasantly surprised with Premier Christy Clark’s first Throne Speech last week because it contained more than just her “jobs strategy.”

A year of independence

It’s hard to believe a year has passed since my weekly column sparked a chain of events, which led to a change in the leadership of the BC NDP and my decision to leave the party system and represent Cariboo North as an Independent.

Promises, promises

Last week Premier Christy Clark rolled out her “jobs plan” for BC. labelled “Canada Starts Here,” the plan starts out stating B.C. is Canada’s “westernmost province” and “the first port of call for people and goods that come to Canada.” I’m pretty sure there are other provinces with ports, railways, roads and airports where people and goods can come into Canada.

An ounce of prevention

I ran in the Terry Fox event in Quesnel this year. It’s part of my effort to stop “decaying.”

It’s all about disposable income

During the 1992 election, Bill Clinton won the U.S. presidential race, in part due to his election slogan: “It’s the economy, stupid.”

Time to end the electioneering

It’s a relief to have the uncertainty associated with the possibility of a snap election put to an end. But I’m concerned that the leaders of B.C.’s main political parties won’t be able to rise above the petty partisanship that’s characterized their relationship to date.

Stay active on other issues

Twice the people of B.C. have had an opportunity to have their say on the HST. The first time, of course, was the very successful initiative petition which set up the referendum vote, the results of which were reported out last week.

Reflections on Jack Layton’s death

Like many others, I was shocked at how frail Jack Layton looked at the press conference when he announced he was fighting another form of cancer and would be taking leave from his duties as the leader of the federal NDP.

A vote for change?

One of the most interesting outcomes of the HST referendum has little to do with taxes and fiscal policy: the participation rate in the referendum.

It’s over – hopefully

The HST votes are in – at least from those who took the time to vote and from those who were able to get a ballot and get it in on time.

PCT — your tax money at work?

Originally, I thought the idea of carbon neutrality was reasonable and that positioning B.C. on the forefront of ‘carbon offsetting’ via the Pacific Carbon Trust was a proactive approach to this emerging economic opportunity.

Trickle down or shake down?

By happenstance I put on a Bruce Cockburn CD last night while I was thinking about how to capture my thoughts on the recent U.S. debate over their debt ceiling and a report issued by the Conference Board on income inequality in Canada.

The on again/off again B.C. election

B.C. has been in election mode for too long. Since the introduction of the HST after the 2009 election, both political parties have simply been posturing toward the next election and little governance has taken place.

People power

I recently joked with my staff that there are two indicators of the human-resource challenge confronting us: the difficulty organizations are having recruiting volunteers and the list of vacant paper routes in our community.

Austerity measures in our future?

It’s hard to watch the images of the rioting in Greece and not feel like I’m watching a rerun of the Canucks riot in Vancouver; the images of riot-gear-clad police fighting against mostly young people involved in damaging public and private property are eerily similar.

One more right eroded

Many of the progressive policies and rights we enjoy have come from hard-won public protests; battles that were won only through personal sacrifice by our predecessors, often involving bloodshed, sometimes even death.

The HST debacle continues

During the legislative session I raised the possibility that the HST referendum would be interrupted by a mail strike that could create the possibility of a legal challenge to the referendum outcome on the grounds that Elections BC could not guarantee every British Columbian received a ballot in a timely manner and that all marked ballots were received by Elections BC in time to be counted.