Tag Archives: Parties Speak

Canada’s National Debt

By Roy L Hales

The current Trudeau government is expected to have added at least $73 billion to the national debt. This greatly exceeds their original forecast of “modest short-term deficits of less than $10 billion in each of the next two fiscal years” – but is Canada’s National Debt a problem?

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Unresolved Indigenous Issues

By Roy L Hales

They occupied Cortes Radio’s broadcast area for thousands of years before the European advent. The Homalco, Tla’amin, Klahoose, and K’ómoks nations’ shared language testifies to their common ancestry. Their neighbours, the Laich-kwil-tach were fierce warriors, whose canoes carried raiders into the southern Georgia Strait, Puget Sound and up the Fraser River. (They attacked the Hudsons Bay Company post at Fort Langley in 1837). When the influx of settlers was sufficiently numerous, they took over. The indigenous population was deprived of lands they had occupied for generations. Their customs and governance was superseded. Prior to 1960, the native population could not vote in a Federal election unless they first surrendered their treaty rights and Indian status. This situation is slowly improving. The BC Treaty Commission was set up in 1992, but so far has only signed a single treaty within our area. So I asked the candidates running in the Powell River – North Island what their parties will do about unresolved indigenous issues  

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Canada’s Emissions

By Roy L Hales

The ravages are already upon us. Extreme weather events: flooding, more heatwaves in the summer; snowstorms and longer fire seasons. While there still are Canadians who do not take Climate Change seriously,  a recent CBC poll found that 65% do not believe the nation is doing enough and 42% view climate change as a national emergency. So I asked the candidates about Canada’s emissions.

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Who Should I Vote For?

On October 21, Canadians will once again get a chance to exercise their right to decide which political party will guide the nation for the next four years. So I emailed each of the candidates in our riding, requesting an interview. Hopefully their answers will help each of us decide,  who should I vote for? 

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Conservatives Refuse To Participate In Cortes’ All Candidates Meeting

By Roy L Hales

Cortes Island’s All Candidates Meeting will be at Mansons Hall on October 12. The Liberals, Green Party, and NDP candidates will all be there. However the Conservatives refuse to participate. 

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