Newsroom 2006

At Issue 2006


DRBC Wishes British Columbians a Happy Earth Day

Vancouver – April 22, 2006 – “With the marking of Earth Day, there is sadly little to celebrate this year in British Columbia,” said DRBC spokesman Matthew Laird.

DR BC Demands Halt to Fish Farm Expansion Pending Review

April 7, 2006 – DRBC asks why the BC Liberals have approved another fish farm in an ecologically sensitive area before a multi-party committee examining the issue has even had its initial meeting.

Open Letter to Minister Ida Chong

March 30, 2006 – DRBC President Erle Martz pens an open letter to Minister Ida Chong regarding the recent “Highway of Tears symposium.”

DR BC Commends the People of Hartley Bay

March 23, 2006 – DR BC takes its hat off to the people of the tiny First Nation fishing village of Hartley Bay. Unless one was there, the magnitude of this can not be fully appreciated. The village has a population of about two hundred people, and the victims of the ferry sinking amounted to half of their entire local population.

DR BC Responds to Queen of the North Tragedy

Vancouver – Match 22, 2006 – “On this challenging day we would like to express our best wishes to all those who survived this traumatic event, it is a testament to the dedication and training of the BC Ferries staff, the Canadian Coast Guard, and the residents of Hartley Bay that the outcome of this event didn’t have a more tragic end,” expressed DRBC spokesman Matthew Laird over the sinking of the Queen of the North this morning.

Democratic Reform BC Unveils Gateway Proposal

Vancouver – March 13, 2006 – DRBC has consulted with a wide spectrum of stakeholers in producing the DRBC Gateway Project: An Alternative Vision. We hope the public will find it engaging and that it helps spark debate about future development in the Lower Mainland.

DR BC Condemns Liberal Handling of Elderly Care

Vancouver – February 27, 2006 – DRBC’s Matthew Laird asks where Gordon Campbell’s promised 5,000 long term beds have gone.

Campbell Budget More Damage Control than Substance, says Laird

Vancouver – February 21, 2006 – DRBC spokesman Matthew Laird today had little praise for the BC Liberals’ 2006 budget

DR BC Response to Throne Speech

Vancouver – February 14, 2006 – DRBC Spokesman Matthew Laird today voiced his response to the bland Throne Speech presented by the Campbell Liberals.

DR BC Calls on Liberals to Protect Public Healthcare

Vancouver – February 2, 2006 – DRBC representative Matthew Laird today applauded BC Health Minister George Abbott for finally taking a small step in defending the Canadian health system, but believes Mr. Abbott must go further.

DR BC Transport Critic Calls Gateway Project Short-sighted

Vancouver – January 31, 2006 – “The plan presented by the Campbell Liberals is typical to his government’s style, unilateral, short sighted, not addressing the real problems, and completely secretive until they feel the public should be let in on the plan,” said DRBC Transport Critic Matthew Laird.

ALR “Land Values for Farm Land Regulation” Raises More Question

January 27, 2006 – An Open Letter from DRBC Agriculture Critic Alan Clarke

Upon further analysis, the internal government documents DRBC obtained through a whistle blower appear much more damaging to both the Campbell Liberals and James NDP. The schedules described in the 152 page document have never been updated or revised since 1972. The methodology and data are based on three main criteria – agricultural capability, soil capability, and productivity.

BC Farmers Deceived for 33 Years

Kelowna – January 19, 2006 – Democratic Reform BC Agriculture Critic Alan Clarke and DRBC Vice-President Garry Rieger today released an internal government document alleging a systematic deception of BC farmers spanning the period of three decades.

DR BC Newsgram

January 20, 2006 – The tax receipts for all cash donations to Democratic Reform BC in 2005 were mailed on January 15, 2006. This mailout does not include receipts for donations which may have been made directly to any of the candidates campaigns which are the responsibility of the candidates Financial Agents.

Happy Birthday DR BC

Vancouver – January 15, 2006 – On January 15 2005, citizens of British Columbia founded Democratic Reform BC Party and today the party celebrates its one year anniversary on the provincial political scene.