In a parliamentary system, a premier has nearly unbridled power. Christy Clark chooses the cabinet, house leader, party whip, and parliamentary secretaries.
All of these positions come with extra pay. The premier can also determine who sits on legislative committees, which can boost MLAs’ profiles and pave the way for future promotions.
If a B.C. Liberal MLA opposes Clark, the premier can have the politician kicked out of caucus. That invariably means they’ll be defeated in the next election. Former NDP MLA Bob Simpson learned this in 2013 after he took on his leader.
Opposing a leader also raises the risk that the MLA will face a nomination challenge before the next election.
It takes a remarkable amount of courage for a member of the government side of the house to say the premier is making a serious blunder. That’s because it can be a career killer.
But still, some politicians with backbone and principles take this risk.
Couldn’t make it out last night? You the recently stripped down Midge Ure at the Rickshaw.
Most weekdays and occasionally on the weekend, the Straight highlights a shot from one of the previous night’s music events. It’s our Concert Pic of the Morning. Interested in submitting your photos for consideration? Check out our Flickr group or post your stuff on Twitter or Instagram and tag the act’s name.
The 2014 Vancouver Fringe Festival is upon us!
Cover photo by Kaarina Venalainen.
Her family’s past informs much of Meena Wong’s quest to become mayor of her adopted city.
When she says Vancouver should be “a city for all and not just for people with power and connections”, part of that goes back to the values of her ancestors in China.
“You are responsible to the people in your village,” Wong said in an interview at the Georgia Straight offices.
The 53-year-old community organizer is seeking the nomination of Vancouver’s best-known left-wing party, the Coalition of Progressive Electors, as its mayoral candidate in the November 15 municipal election.
“So when there’s a famine, when there’s a flood, and there’s a lot of refugees flowing in,” Wong continued about her forebears, “they open up their granaries, and they do feed the people, because you have to support the people in need. That’s what they always believed. Because in their way, they say that if you don’t look after the people in need, it’s like the water, people are like water: the water can hold a boat; it can also sink the boat.”
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Bungie will forever be known as the studio that created Halo. Destiny, the new game from the Bellevue, Washington–based video-game developer, was designed with similar ambitions.
Microsoft acquired Bungie in 2000, just in time to turn Halo: Combat Evolved into an Xbox exclusive. The franchise, with eight original games and sales in excess of US$2 billion, is key to the continued success of Microsoft’s gaming division.