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Rafe Mair

Stories by Rafe Mair

opinion

Quebec Vote Warms Heart of 'Canada's Most Dangerous Man'

Take a lesson, politicians who would pander.

By Rafe Mair, 14 Apr 2014


opinion

Loosening Liquor Laws: When It Makes Sense, or Doesn't

I helped BC pubs expand, but I'm against booze in grocery marts.

By Rafe Mair, 9 Dec 2013


opinion

What We Should Do with the Senate

Either abolish it or create one that better suits less populous provinces.

By Rafe Mair, 29 Nov 2013


opinion

More Arguments for a BC Pipeline Referendum

Premier Clark, help us break four bad habits of political laziness.

By Rafe Mair, 14 Nov 2013


opinion

Give Us a Referendum on Northern Gateway

Premiers Clark, Redford and feds are telling us the fix is in.

By Rafe Mair, 28 Oct 2013


opinion

News You Can Lose (If You're Not Careful)

Finding truth takes work. Don't settle for usual media sources.

By Rafe Mair, 14 Oct 2013


opinion

Why Minority Governments Are Better

And why British Columbia should shift to proportional representation.

By Rafe Mair, 1 Oct 2013


opinion

A Quiz for Premier Clark

Two predictions: She can't pass it. Creating a fail for BC.

By Rafe Mair, 16 Sep 2013


opinion

BC Hydro's Darkening Future

How BC Liberals are shutting off our province's energy options.

By Rafe Mair, 2 Sep 2013


opinion

We Need the CBC, but Be Real about Its Limits

How much dissent can be aired by Canada's public broadcaster?

By Rafe Mair, 19 Aug 2013


opinion

Who's More Bummed, BC's Enviros or New Dems?

Their shared nightmare unfolds: four more years of Liberal reign.

By Rafe Mair, 5 Aug 2013


opinion

Why Won't BC Cover More Preventative Health Care?

What ails Rafe Mair? The illogic of what MSP does and doesn't pay for.

By Rafe Mair, 22 Jul 2013


books

Conrad Black's American History

'Flight of the Eagle' is an entertaining showcase of the Lord's biases, but not without merit.

By Rafe Mair, 12 Jul 2013


opinion

A BC Gravel Mine Sound Off

Private profit and a few jobs aren't worth undoing Howe Sound's miraculous recovery.

By Rafe Mair, 8 Jul 2013


opinion

Memo to Media: Watchdog the Environment

Six issues the press must cover to hold power in this province accountable.

By Rafe Mair, 24 Jun 2013


opinion

The First Thing BC's NDP Needs to Change

Is their approach to campaigning and politics in general. Here's why.

By Rafe Mair, 10 Jun 2013


books

The Book to Thwart Energy Spin Doctors

Rafe Mair reviews Nikiforuk's 'theories be damned' look at our fossil fuel servitude.

By Rafe Mair, 30 May 2013


opinion

Surveying the Rubble after BC's Election

The future of our province was at stake; the results disastrous.

By Rafe Mair, 27 May 2013


opinion

Five Reasons to Turf Christy Clark's Liberal Crew

They've proven to be no friends to BC's finances, nature or the truth.

By Rafe Mair, 13 May 2013


opinion

Mair to Dix: Nice Guys Finish Last

Don't let Clark get away with her brazenly false 'Debt Free BC' claim.

By Rafe Mair, 3 May 2013


opinion

Dix Wise to Decline Debate Duel with Clark

Savvy tactics dictate avoiding the 'gotcha' trap set by one-on-one format.

By Rafe Mair, 15 Apr 2013


opinion

'In the Name of God, Go!'

Surveying the BC Liberal wreckage brings to mind Cromwell's famous exhortation.

By Rafe Mair, 1 Apr 2013


opinion

Finally Getting Serious about Fish Farm Dangers

At long last, muzzled DFO scientist Miller gets mandate to deepen risks study.

By Rafe Mair, 18 Mar 2013


opinion

Could Clark Quitting Revive Liberal Chances?

Realistically no. Only the NDP can make the NDP lose now.

By Rafe Mair, 4 Mar 2013


opinion

Will Dix Get Gassed by Clark?

Premier is betting the election on LNG. Where's the opposition?

By Rafe Mair, 18 Feb 2013


opinion

Rafe Mair to Adrian Dix: 'Row like Hell'

Keep coasting and your New Democrats could lose the May 14 election.

By Rafe Mair, 4 Feb 2013


opinion

Betting on Natural Gas Brings Public Concerns

Will politicians vying to lead BC forthrightly address two key fears?

By Rafe Mair, 21 Jan 2013


mediacheck

Memo to Media: Questions to Ask BC Candidates

Journalists wishing to be relevant this provincial election must zero in on environment.

By Rafe Mair, 7 Jan 2013


opinion

Rafe Mair: All I Want for Christmas

Is a May election that puts in power true defenders of BC's natural bounty.

By Rafe Mair, 24 Dec 2012


opinion

Baby, Ignore the Culture Scrooges

I'll show you my Christmas, you show me your Ramadan. Why are we afraid of holidays born of history?

By Rafe Mair, 10 Dec 2012


opinion

BC Politicians' Gaseous Dreams

Both parties seem oblivious to the coming natural gas glut and its economic impact.

By Rafe Mair, 26 Nov 2012


opinion

Two Fixes for Our Broken Democracy

How to give power back to the people and their members of parliament.

By Rafe Mair, 12 Nov 2012


opinion

Canada's Prime Minister Wields Monstrous Power

Why are we scared to say it? Are we afraid of a truly democratic government?

By Rafe Mair, 29 Oct 2012


opinion

Why John van Dongen Is a Political Zero

His exodus gives BC Cons no reason to mourn, nor for BC Libs to cheer.

By Rafe Mair, 1 Oct 2012


opinion

Province's Leaders Sold Us out in June 2010

That's when they surrendered BC's best chance to stop Enbridge's risky pipeline.

By Rafe Mair, 18 Sep 2012


opinion

Martyn Brown's Tepid Remedy

Rules of the game in BC prevent the new approach to politics he advises.

By Rafe Mair, 3 Sep 2012


opinion

Memo to Enbridge: Special Effects Don't Erase Risks

The pipeline company's promo video lowers peaks, vanishes islands in selling its project to the public.

By Rafe Mair, 20 Aug 2012


opinion

Premier Clark's Lousy Conditions

Why her five requirements for accepting Enbridge's Northern Gateway project don't add up.

By Rafe Mair, 6 Aug 2012


opinion

Thank You for Calling Me 'Alarmist'

Faced with Northern Gateway pipeline, no siren can be sounded too loudly.

By Rafe Mair, 23 Jul 2012


opinion

If the Dollar Rules, Let's Dam the Fraser

And other arguments against letting the 'economy' trump nature in BC.

By Rafe Mair, 9 Jul 2012


opinion

No Souls but Lots of Cash

BC's crucial environmental battles pit citizens against politicians' love of corporate money.

By Rafe Mair, 25 Jun 2012


opinion

BC to Become Alberta's Leaking Sewer Pipe?

Why we can't depend on our provincial leaders to protect our interests.

By Rafe Mair, 11 Jun 2012


opinion

What the Lucky Owe the Rest

Are we a society that cares for one another? Taxes are a key measure.

By Rafe Mair, 28 May 2012


opinion

Van Dongen No Hero to Me

Pundits celebrating BC Lib defector's Railgate statements should dredge up his fish farm file.

By Rafe Mair, 14 May 2012


opinion

Corporations' Fearsome Hold on Government

There was a time when BC's politicians had the nerve to say no.

By Rafe Mair, 30 Apr 2012


opinion

How Clark Can Truly Help the Mentally Ill

By bringing back the Mental Health Advocate her party yanked.

By Rafe Mair, 16 Apr 2012


opinion

Seeds of BC Liberal Rebellion

Why Premier Clark has her hands full keeping her own party in line.

By Rafe Mair, 2 Apr 2012


opinion

Put Power Back in MLA Hands

Under a premier's iron fist, our representatives quiver. Here's the fix.

By Rafe Mair, 19 Mar 2012


opinion

Why So Afraid, Board of Trade?

Driven by one irrational fear, business leaders ignore host of financial pratfalls by Campbell/Clark.

By Rafe Mair, 5 Mar 2012


opinion

Here Comes the Bribe

As opposition mounts to Northern Gateway, backers will promise big bucks for BC.

By Rafe Mair, 20 Feb 2012


opinion

Would You Buy a Used Car from These Libs?

Eight old dents in believability Clark's polish hasn't fixed.

By Rafe Mair, 6 Feb 2012


opinion

Tube the Pipelines, All Three

Keystone is no victory if dangerous bitumen instead pumps through Kitimat or Vancouver.

By Rafe Mair, 23 Jan 2012


opinion

Stopped in Our Tracks by a Sham Democracy

On decisions that matter most, how much say do you and I really have?

By Rafe Mair, 9 Jan 2012


opinion

Cummins' Conservatives Could Destroy BC Libs

Why the Tory factor gives Clark's party reason to fear for its life.

By Rafe Mair, 26 Dec 2011


opinion

Pipelines and Tankers: Recipe for Ugly Clash

We're on a collision course to violent conflict, with little to gain for BC.

By Rafe Mair, 12 Dec 2011


opinion

The Sultan, the Czar, and a Song Still True

If citizens of our age need a scathing anthem, here's one from 1927.

By Rafe Mair, 28 Nov 2011


opinion

Oil Spill Threats to BC Just Got Bigger

Enbridge and Kinder Morgan each aim to pump more tar sands gunk to our coast.

By Rafe Mair, 14 Nov 2011


opinion

America's Failure to Learn from 9-11

World Series was one more reminder that patriotism trumped reason after attacks.

By Rafe Mair, 31 Oct 2011


opinion

Elites Foolish to Dismiss Occupy Wall Street

The movement is inevitable, unstoppable and unpredictable.

By Rafe Mair, 17 Oct 2011


opinion

Why Hospitalizing Sexual Predators Is Not Mollycoddling

Remember, the goal is to protect society and deal with a dangerous sickness.

By Rafe Mair, 3 Oct 2011


opinion

A User's Guide to Rafe Mair

Ten things to know about the inner workings of your columnist's operating system.

By Rafe Mair, 19 Sep 2011


opinion

Will Violent Protest Rock BC?

That can happen when government shuts citizens out of critical decisions.

By Rafe Mair, 5 Sep 2011


opinion

HST Down, Christy Clark to Follow

Here's why I am hoping the premier calls an election as soon as possible.

By Rafe Mair, 29 Aug 2011


opinion

How to Read the Riots

As discipline waned and jobs fled, the rich flaunted mindless greed as their natural right.

By Rafe Mair, 22 Aug 2011


opinion

Dr. Mair Prescribes His Political Cure

How to make Parliament healthy, so MPs actually work for you and me.

By Rafe Mair, 8 Aug 2011


opinion

Do You Want the NDP Back in?

Good question. In asking it, a number of points to consider.

By Rafe Mair, 25 Jul 2011


opinion

Why I'm Not Liked at My Swish Club

And other consequences for daring to speak the plain truth as I see it.

By Rafe Mair, 11 Jul 2011


opinion

When Will We Vote for Integrity?

Public keeps letting governments with slimy records stay in office. Why?

By Rafe Mair, 27 Jun 2011


opinion

On Energy, Vancouver Sun Sees the Light!

Paper runs SFU prof's damning critique of BC Liberals' misnamed 'green' energy policies.

By Rafe Mair, 13 Jun 2011


opinion

Why John Cummins Shouldn't Scare Christy Clark

BC Conservatives overrated as vote splitter for potential Lib supporters.

By Rafe Mair, 30 May 2011


artsculture

A Book Lover's Lament

The pleasures of roaming a small bookshop, the joy of holding a bound tome. Fading fast?

By Rafe Mair, 16 May 2011


opinion

Thinking Through My Vote

Thanks for the advice, Vancouver Sun and Globe & Mail. Here's why I won't be taking it.

By Rafe Mair, 2 May 2011


opinion

BC Must Not Hand Harper His Majority

Minority governments are good things. Unchecked Conservatives? Not good at all.

By Rafe Mair, 18 Apr 2011


opinion

BC Liberals in Bed with P3 Industry

They're tucked in so tightly together it's a blatant, ongoing conflict of interest.

By Rafe Mair, 4 Apr 2011


opinion

Good Luck with Your New Team, Premier

Does Christy Clark know the difference between a caucus and a cactus? To survive, she'd better.

By Rafe Mair, 21 Mar 2011


opinion

Clark's Big Problem: Vander Zalm Syndrome

Incoming premier faces a raft of challenges. Hardest might be building a loyal cabinet.

By Rafe Mair, 7 Mar 2011


opinion

Being Old Is No Excuse to Give up on the Future

The more I age, the more I strive to care about the world my grandson will inhabit.

By Rafe Mair, 21 Feb 2011


opinion

The Whistler Dog Slaughter

When will we face the contradictory, dishonest way we nurture and kill animals?

By Rafe Mair, 7 Feb 2011


opinion

BC's May 2013 Election Starts Now

Lib leadership candidates already signaling they endorse Campbell's record.

By Rafe Mair, 26 Jan 2011


opinion

Put Your Money on de Jong

And province's New Dems are wise to troll federal ranks for a new leader.

By Rafe Mair, 10 Jan 2011


opinion

Why I'm Liberal, Yet Not a Liberal

I owe my allegiance to certain principles rather than any political party.

By Rafe Mair, 27 Dec 2010


opinion

Two Leadership Runs! Place Your Bets!

Rafe's reckless wagers on a wide open field of Lib and NDP candidates.

By Rafe Mair, 13 Dec 2010


opinion

The Honourable David Lam

His non-partisan commitment to service was an example to all. Including our prime minister.

By Rafe Mair, 29 Nov 2010


opinion

2011, Year of the Political Animal

Hang on tight, British Columbians, this is going to be quite a ride!

By Rafe Mair, 15 Nov 2010


opinion

Come Back Gordon Wilson!

Further thoughts on why BC could use a new party, and who might put it together.

By Rafe Mair, 1 Nov 2010


opinion

James Risks All By 'Riding It Out'

NDP leader should consider resigning and declaring a leadership convention this spring.

By Rafe Mair, 18 Oct 2010


opinion

The Zalm Factor

New Dems wise to keep their distance from Bill Vander Zalm, despite his HST-fighting success.

By Rafe Mair, 4 Oct 2010


opinion

Can the BC Liberal Party Survive?

It may not, if Premier Campbell can't learn from previous political meltdowns.

By Rafe Mair, 20 Sep 2010


books

Our Indifference Fostered the Pickton Horror

Cameron's 'On The Farm' makes us see the lethal double standards we allow to persist.

By Rafe Mair, 13 Sep 2010


opinion

Canada's Boring Pseudo-Democracy

When our MPs debate, there's nothing really at stake. Why even pay attention?

By Rafe Mair, 6 Sep 2010


opinion

Economist Calculates BC Hydro on Path to Ruin

Five 'vectors' spell doom for once-solid Crown corporation. Blame Campbell's energy policies.

By Rafe Mair, 23 Aug 2010


opinion

Census Ruckus: I'm with Harper on This One

They never say why they need so much info. I just don't trust them.

By Rafe Mair, 16 Aug 2010


opinion

Putting Molesters in Jail Won't Fix Them

They're sick. Which means longer jail sentences won't protect kids.

By Rafe Mair, 2 Aug 2010


opinion

Can NDP Tiptoe to Victory?

Polls show BC's Liberals are wounded. Carole James had better not assume they are dead.

By Rafe Mair, 19 Jul 2010


opinion

Economic Worst Is Yet to Come

Reform-averse world leaders will suffer the wrath of ignored citizens. In BC, too.

By Rafe Mair, 5 Jul 2010


opinion

The Tanker Threat to Georgia Strait and Vancouver

Why are we risking all to promote addiction to tar sands oil?

By Rafe Mair, 21 Jun 2010


opinion

My Deep Bond with The Sun and Province

I was a paper boy for The Province, and to this day, can't wait to read certain pages.

By Rafe Mair, 7 Jun 2010


books

Bill Clinton's Washington, Unzipped

'The Death of American Virtue' is a cautionary tale of justice and libidos out of control.

By Rafe Mair, 4 Jun 2010


mediacheck

Times-Colonist, Sun Shrink Protests, Ignore Crisis

Farmed salmon fighting rally, historic in size, rendered puny by BC's big Canwest papers.

By Rafe Mair, 24 May 2010


opinion

Where Is BC's Game Changing New Party?

Voters are mad as hell, but that's a long way from building a serious 'third party.'

By Rafe Mair, 10 May 2010


opinion

Site C Confirms Libs' Energy Claims Don't Compute

BC's river giveaway to private producers was never about self-sufficiency, we now see.

By Rafe Mair, 26 Apr 2010


opinion

Fighting a Good Fight, Against the Odds

Vander Zalm and colleagues should be proud of taking the fight against the HST into the public sphere.

By Rafe Mair, 12 Apr 2010


opinion

Mair: Time for a New BC Party?

If NDP can't win voters in middle, maybe someone else should try.

By Rafe Mair, 29 Mar 2010


opinion

In Search of 'Communist' Vietnam

Notes from a quick, guided visit to Saigon, er, Ho Chi Minh City.

By Rafe Mair, 16 Mar 2010


books

'After Her Brain Broke'

Susan Inman's memoir is a must read for any family faced with schizophrenia, and for our health system, too.

By Rafe Mair, 5 Mar 2010


opinion

Machines Sense My Fear

Each new wave of digital device takes an extreme disliking to me.

By Rafe Mair, 1 Mar 2010


opinion

Prorogue Revolt Based on False Beliefs

Why demand MPs go back to work if they can't do real work once there?

By Rafe Mair, 15 Feb 2010


opinion

Now They're Aiming Nukes at Me

My critics are wrong to say I 'support' nuclear power. Plus: Steve Fonyo's fall.

By Rafe Mair, 1 Feb 2010


opinion

Looking Back, Squinting Ahead

Some notes on 2009 and prognostications for the year underway.

By Rafe Mair, 18 Jan 2010


opinion

Vancouver Council's Sucker Punch

Given what's now known about concussions, there's no excuse for approving extreme fighting.

By Rafe Mair, 28 Dec 2009


opinion

Rafe Mair Goes Nuclear!

Well, he at least invites a hard look at nuclear energy as an option.

By Rafe Mair, 21 Dec 2009


opinion

Say It Ain't So, Tiger

I was your biggest fan. Now I say to your wife Elin, 'Sue the bastard!'

By Rafe Mair, 14 Dec 2009


opinion

NDP Doesn't Hide Its Divisions

Carole James is no autocrat -- and her party, for better or worse, lacks discipline.

By Rafe Mair, 6 Dec 2009


opinion

Layton Needs a BC Strategy

And here it is: campaign hard, with Carole James, on saving our natural environment.

By Rafe Mair, 30 Nov 2009


opinion

Just Don't Call Me Right-Wing

I was raised conservative, but look where I've ended up!

By Rafe Mair, 23 Nov 2009


opinion

SFU Profs Slam Campbell's Energy Plan

Hobbling BC Hydro so private firms can profit big is bad public policy.

By Rafe Mair, 16 Nov 2009


opinion

Campbell's Energy Plan: Music to Ears of Private Power

Far be it from me to ruin the happy tune, but here are three key questions.

By Rafe Mair, 8 Nov 2009


opinion

NDP Is Right to Call for Sockeye Inquiry

The catastrophe doesn't seem to concern Tories, Grits. In fact, they don't want to know.

By Rafe Mair, 2 Nov 2009


opinion

Chris Shaw Was Right!

My apologies to the early 2010 critic, now stalked by cops. He tried to tell me the Olympics were a bad bet.

By Rafe Mair, 18 Oct 2009


opinion

Best Reason for a Referendum

Because the BC government and its media friends don't want one.

By Rafe Mair, 12 Oct 2009


opinion

Campbell Is Damaged Goods

Like Socred Bill Bennett, he's made himself too disliked to win another election.

By Rafe Mair, 28 Sep 2009


opinion

Politicians and the Mirage of Popularity

They court your love, then seek to please unelected power brokers.

By Rafe Mair, 21 Sep 2009


opinion

Sorry, I'm an Editorialist

Those who complain I'm not even-handed don't get my purpose.

By Rafe Mair, 14 Sep 2009


opinion

Betrayed by Our Fisheries Minister

As BC's sockeye disaster unfolded, she flogged fish farms in Norway.

By Rafe Mair, 7 Sep 2009


opinion

Let Us Honour the Example of Roy Jacques

He belonged to a fierce group of BC news lions. Who roars now?

By Rafe Mair, 31 Aug 2009


opinion

Assassins of the Wild

Our rivers and fish face premeditated murder. To stand by is immoral.

By Rafe Mair, 24 Aug 2009


opinion

BC Liberals Need to Look for a New Leader

The premier is piling up political liabilities. His party will have to pay for them.

By Rafe Mair, 17 Aug 2009


opinion

The Ruinous Illogic of Private River Power

Memo to media: time to expose Campbell's fallacy.

By Rafe Mair, 10 Aug 2009


opinion

Will Campbell Rescue Plutonic?

Utilities commission nixed Libs' river power push. Now what?

By Rafe Mair, 3 Aug 2009


opinion

Simply Unbelievable

Dubious bluster from BC Libs on e-mails, river power.

By Rafe Mair, 27 Jul 2009


opinion

The 2010 Plan to Crush Our Freedoms

Olympics security overkill: Why so afraid of protest?

By Rafe Mair, 20 Jul 2009


opinion

Gordon Campbell's Big Fraser Institute Idea

Who inspired our premier to privatize nature? Michael Walker, maybe?

By Rafe Mair, 13 Jul 2009


opinion

In Kaslo, a Big No to River Power

More than 1,000 turn out to oppose Kootenay project.

By Rafe Mair, 6 Jul 2009


opinion

London, No Escape from Politics

I sought a holiday from BC's fights, but it's just the same here.

By Rafe Mair, 29 Jun 2009


opinion

Canada and the Big Powers

We should strive to play broker to China, Russia and the US.

By Rafe Mair, 22 Jun 2009


opinion

How Grits Can Win

Ignatieff's road to victory leads through BC. Here's a map.

By Rafe Mair, 15 Jun 2009


opinion

Let Lennikov Stay

In this nation of second chances, he's earned one.

By Rafe Mair, 8 Jun 2009


opinion

Can NDP Reinvent Itself?

Notes on Huntington's win, James's loss, Campbell's heir.

By Rafe Mair, 1 Jun 2009


opinion

Fight for Our Fish!

Now is the critical time to rise to the defence of salmon habitat.

By Rafe Mair, 25 May 2009


opinion

Where Was the Media?

I tried to raise key election issues. Some big enviro groups, and most reporters, looked away.

By Rafe Mair, 18 May 2009


opinion

It Hurts, and Here's Why

Fish farms won. Private river power won. STV is dead.

By Rafe Mair, 13 May 2009


opinion

No Sleaze, Please

Campbell set the bar so low, no wonder his team stoops.

By Rafe Mair, 4 May 2009


opinion

Campbell's Hypocrisy Habit

Libs' top cop has license yanked, stays in race. Too typical.

By Rafe Mair, 27 Apr 2009


opinion

Anger the Polls Don't Yet Catch

Three issues gaining traction as the campaigns unfold.

By Rafe Mair, 20 Apr 2009


opinion

Hey Gordo, What's Going on Here?

For Premier Campbell, unsavoury questions pile up.

By Rafe Mair, 13 Apr 2009


opinion

Our Soulless Government

Its war on nature speaks of a spiritual void.

By Rafe Mair, 6 Apr 2009


opinion

Goodbye Gag Law

Good riddance to Campbell's clamp down on free speech.

By Rafe Mair, 30 Mar 2009


opinion

Spare Us from Gullible Gord

He's star struck by big biz beyond BC's borders.

By Rafe Mair, 23 Mar 2009


opinion

Take Back our Waterways!

Harper and Campbell want to gut a good old law. Here's why.

By Rafe Mair, 16 Mar 2009


mediacheck

Mourning Media's Meltdown

First we lost muckrakers. Now we're losing newspapers.

By Rafe Mair, 9 Mar 2009


opinion

Campbell, Fudger of Finances

Wasn't his party supposed to have business brains?

By Rafe Mair, 2 Mar 2009


opinion

How to Fight Gang Killings

Take the profit out of their murderous business. Make drugs legal.

By Rafe Mair, 23 Feb 2009


opinion

Gordo's Eco-Credibility Is Shot

Premier strains belief on river power, sea lice.

By Rafe Mair, 16 Feb 2009


opinion

May Contest Is NDP's to Win

Eight issues pecking away at Campbell's re-election chances.

By Rafe Mair, 9 Feb 2009


opinion

Ten Timely Questions About Our Rivers and Electricity

Life is short. We want answers.

By Rafe Mair, 2 Feb 2009


opinion

The Path to Obama

His message of hope is hard won, and vital.

By Rafe Mair, 26 Jan 2009


opinion

WAC Bennett Would Be NDP Today

Who has preserved the Socred premier's province-building legacy? Not Gordon Campbell.

By Rafe Mair, 19 Jan 2009


opinion

Gordon Campbell, House Flipper

Offer to buy power line homes is cynical, bad business.

By Rafe Mair, 12 Jan 2009


opinion

How to Create a Depression

Why we're in this mess despite so many warning signs.

By Rafe Mair, 5 Jan 2009


opinion

2010? I've Changed My Mind

Why I went from Olympics booster to boo bird.

By Rafe Mair, 15 Dec 2008


opinion

Obama's Daunting Job

Can he fix entire economies? The world?

By Rafe Mair, 8 Dec 2008


opinion

Coalition? Tories? A Pox on All!

In crisis times, what childish games all parties are playing.

By Rafe Mair, 1 Dec 2008


opinion

Am I Paranoid?

Issues I fight for never seem to be 'news.' Wonder why?

By Rafe Mair, 24 Nov 2008


opinion

The Great Collapses

Communism and capitalism, two sides of a coin.

By Rafe Mair, 17 Nov 2008


opinion

Guess I'm a Leftist Now

Energy minister would rather cry conspiracy than address issues.

By Rafe Mair, 10 Nov 2008


opinion

Presidents I Have Known

I recall FDR's radio chats, an inept peanut farmer and an overrated Reagan.

By Rafe Mair, 3 Nov 2008


opinion

Premier Poised for Snap Election?

Last week's speech, pure politics, set table for early run.

By Rafe Mair, 27 Oct 2008


opinion

Harper Win Good for Campbell?

Provincial contest will be night and day different.

By Rafe Mair, 20 Oct 2008


opinion

When Wall Street 'Flu' Hits BC

Where will Campbell point the finger this time?

By Rafe Mair, 13 Oct 2008


blogs

Two cheers for minority governments

By Rafe Mair, 9 Oct 2008


opinion

Did Libs Shush Their Scientist?

Big real estate projects threaten Mission habitat.

By Rafe Mair, 6 Oct 2008


blogs

Collapse of Liberals in BC propels Layton to fore: Rafe

By Rafe Mair, 29 Sep 2008


opinion

Even I Sensed Bubble Must Pop

But then, I trusted my gut, not a broker.

By Rafe Mair, 29 Sep 2008


opinion

Vice Prez? It Matters

And not just because McCain's 71.

By Rafe Mair, 22 Sep 2008


blogs

Strong Economy Might Help BC's NDP

By Rafe Mair, 15 Sep 2008


opinion

Why Federal Elections Bore

The fun action happens at democracy's local level.

By Rafe Mair, 15 Sep 2008


opinion

Political Savvy Meter

Why Harper's smart, McCain's not and James needs to be.

By Rafe Mair, 8 Sep 2008


opinion

London Calling

Indulge me a last fling before the political season in BC.

By Rafe Mair, 1 Sep 2008


opinion

How I Changed Libel Law

My victory in Canada’s Supreme Court should free up speech.

By Rafe Mair, 25 Aug 2008


opinion

The Gizmo Gods Hate Me

Must electronic gadgets toy with me so cruelly?

By Rafe Mair, 18 Aug 2008


opinion

A Killer Commute

Even after its upgrade, the road to Whistler won't be safe.

By Rafe Mair, 11 Aug 2008


opinion

I'll Vote NDP in May

BC's stakes are so huge and lasting, change is a must.

By Rafe Mair, 4 Aug 2008


books

Sailing into History

Summer reading voyages with Captain Vancouver and Gandhi.

By Rafe Mair, 28 Jul 2008


opinion

All Buda, No Pest

A tale of two cities. And why Budapest beats Paris.

By Rafe Mair, 21 Jul 2008


opinion

How Much Pay Is Too Much?

Five guys running Canaccord make $35 million.

By Rafe Mair, 7 Jul 2008


opinion

Taking Liberties

Ban the NFL here? Prevent men from running for office? No, and no!

By Rafe Mair, 30 Jun 2008


opinion

Stumbles and Comebacks

Notes to Premier Campbell and Tiger Woods.

By Rafe Mair, 23 Jun 2008


opinion

Behind the 'Green' Screen

Despite premier's emissions progress, BC nature is under attack.

By Rafe Mair, 16 Jun 2008


opinion

Obama Tests US Progress

Let's hope voters are ready for a black president.

By Rafe Mair, 9 Jun 2008


opinion

Don't Feed the Americans!

Why risk our rivers to satisfy US energy hunger?

By Rafe Mair, 2 Jun 2008


opinion

Let's Get Our Own King and Queen

Peter and Autumn will do just fine.

By Rafe Mair, 26 May 2008


opinion

Don't Count Out NDP

Campbell provides issues to attack this year.

By Rafe Mair, 19 May 2008


opinion

End of Public Power in BC?

That's where the Liberals are taking Hydro.

By Rafe Mair, 12 May 2008


opinion

Raised on Cricket

The great global game has some BC roots.

By Rafe Mair, 5 May 2008


opinion

London, a Spring Tonic

In search of happiness again, I knew where to look.

By Rafe Mair, 28 Apr 2008


opinion

BC's New Enviro Moment

Lots of new faces at eco-protests these days.

By Rafe Mair, 21 Apr 2008


opinion

Save Our Rivers, Indeed

Why the private power battle is so critical.

By Rafe Mair, 14 Apr 2008


opinion

Kosovo and Quebec

How our Balkan decision may haunt us.

By Rafe Mair, 7 Apr 2008


opinion

Pitt River Victory

Will stopped power project start a citizens' revolt?

By Rafe Mair, 31 Mar 2008


opinion

How to 'Fix' Big Ridings

Give rural voters more service, not more MLAs.

By Rafe Mair, 24 Mar 2008


opinion

Hubris Is Gordo's Enemy

High flying governments can get too cocky.

By Rafe Mair, 17 Mar 2008


opinion

Why I'm for Clinton

As US stumbles in risky world, she's our best hope.

By Rafe Mair, 10 Mar 2008


books

How Zhou Survived Mao

No mere puppet, Zhou-Enlai was China's 'last perfect revolutionary.'

By Rafe Mair, 5 Mar 2008


opinion

Go in Peace, Church Dividers

This Anglican says get lost to anti-gay wing.

By Rafe Mair, 3 Mar 2008


opinion

Campbell's Power to Harm Rivers

500 BC streams risked for private profit.

By Rafe Mair, 25 Feb 2008


opinion

Hong Kong Notebook

Pundit takes holiday, sends postcard.

By Rafe Mair, 18 Feb 2008


opinion

Albertans' Power

Thumbing their noses at Harper and the rest of Canada.

By Rafe Mair, 11 Feb 2008


opinion

The Big US Vote

Maybe Clinton, Obama should run united.

By Rafe Mair, 4 Feb 2008


opinion

Don't Let Me Near the Kids

I refuse to tell students political fairy tales.

By Rafe Mair, 28 Jan 2008


opinion

Kiwis' Political Journey

How New Zealand's Labour party turned right.

By Rafe Mair, 21 Jan 2008


opinion

Apology

Dec. 24 column contained errors.

By Rafe Mair, 17 Jan 2008


opinion

Who Crowned Gordo?

Our premier acts like Louis the Sun King.

By Rafe Mair, 14 Jan 2008


opinion

Cut Our Losses

Bhutto's murder magnifies the Middle East mess.

By Rafe Mair, 7 Jan 2008


opinion

City State on the Fraser

Metro Vancouver remains hobbled by provincial tendency to strong-arm municipalities.

By Rafe Mair, 31 Dec 2007


opinion

TransLink Hijacked

How Gordon Campbell stole your vote on region's fate.

By Rafe Mair, 17 Dec 2007


opinion

Bet on Mayor Taylor

Why she'd win Vancouver's civic crown.

By Rafe Mair, 10 Dec 2007


opinion

Charge Mulroney

If the former PM lied, he owes us $2.1 million.

By Rafe Mair, 3 Dec 2007


opinion

Memo to the Mulroney 'Probe'

Some vital questions that need answering.

By Rafe Mair, 26 Nov 2007


opinion

We've Broken Faith with the Poor

The gap, to our shame, is widening.

By Rafe Mair, 19 Nov 2007


opinion

Remember the Brave Civilians, Too

Citizens in war-torn places are also heroes.

By Rafe Mair, 12 Nov 2007


opinion

Belgium's Lesson for Canadian Unity

Separatism never dies, and will rear its ugly head.

By Rafe Mair, 5 Nov 2007


opinion

Mair Argues Religion with Tyee Readers

Focus: Catholic hierarchy.

By Rafe Mair, 29 Oct 2007


opinion

Sex, Religion and, Yes, Politics

Harper's party too sure God is on its side.

By Rafe Mair, 22 Oct 2007


opinion

BC Needs a Truth Squad

Campbell shuns facts, gets away with it.

By Rafe Mair, 15 Oct 2007


opinion

Texada Gas Project Raises Safety Fears

Scared islanders mad at no-show politicians.

By Rafe Mair, 8 Oct 2007


opinion

Bruce Allen's 'Shut Up and Fit In' Blast

Punish him? How?

By Rafe Mair, 1 Oct 2007


opinion

Sea Lice Letter to Campbell, Harper Deserves Honest Answer

Fish farms threaten wild smolts: 18 scientists.

By Rafe Mair, 24 Sep 2007


opinion

The Russians Are Coming!

And we'd better take them damn seriously.

By Rafe Mair, 17 Sep 2007


opinion

Do We Still Need the Lt-Gov?

Why the job of lieutenant-governor is obsolete.

By Rafe Mair, 10 Sep 2007


opinion

Raise the Driving Age

The privilege should go to 19 and up.

By Rafe Mair, 13 Aug 2007


opinion

How to Handle Sex Criminals

Step one: forget jails.

By Rafe Mair, 6 Aug 2007


opinion

Memo to NDP: Oppose!

Tsawwassen treaty another missed chance.

By Rafe Mair, 30 Jul 2007


opinion

Debacle in Delta

How the Campbell government is engineering a disaster.

By Rafe Mair, 23 Jul 2007


opinion

Shilling for Sea Lice

How to detect fish farm swill.

By Rafe Mair, 16 Jul 2007


opinion

Who Is Your BC Hero?

Let us make a list of our history’s giants.

By Rafe Mair, 9 Jul 2007


opinion

The Art of the Politics of Art

What gets funded?

By Rafe Mair, 2 Jul 2007


opinion

NDP Needs New Leader

Why I don't see James getting it done.

By Rafe Mair, 25 Jun 2007


opinion

How Campbell Killed Debate

And why the NDP should make it their issue.

By Rafe Mair, 18 Jun 2007


opinion

God and Science, Riddle Me This

What gave existence its first shove?

By Rafe Mair, 11 Jun 2007


opinion

Progress Without Brakes

Monster road in Delta runs over local rights.

By Rafe Mair, 4 Jun 2007


opinion

Give MLAs a Real Job

With pay raise should come responsibilities.

By Rafe Mair, 28 May 2007


opinion

Fish Farm Committee Nails It

Lice harm is real. But Campbell won't act.

By Rafe Mair, 21 May 2007


opinion

Boisclair's Bye Bye

Don't think it bodes well for a unified Canada.

By Rafe Mair, 14 May 2007


opinion

MLAs Paid Too Much Now

But here's how they could earn a raise.

By Rafe Mair, 7 May 2007


opinion

Confession of a Dirty Trickster

But at least we never paid to fake support.

By Rafe Mair, 30 Apr 2007


opinion

If Quebec Goes

Could Ontario's elite be trusted to remake Canada?

By Rafe Mair, 23 Apr 2007


opinion

Get Your Act Together, Carole

NDP leader must hammer a theme. Here's one.

By Rafe Mair, 16 Apr 2007


opinion

Democracy, Gordon Campbell Style

His 'process' angers even conservative people.

By Rafe Mair, 10 Apr 2007


opinion

Quebec Vote Signals Canada's Split

How most of the media got it wrong.

By Rafe Mair, 2 Apr 2007


opinion

Comuzzi's Mortal Sin

Egads! Grit MP put good of his riding first!

By Rafe Mair, 26 Mar 2007


opinion

Lousy Judgment

Bad politics, weird decisions: a system in need of reform.

By Rafe Mair, 19 Mar 2007


opinion

This Time, Abusers Are Lawyers

Residential school victims endure shameful legal process.

By Rafe Mair, 12 Mar 2007


opinion

Harriet Nahanee Did Not Die in Vain

Let's learn from Eagleridge Bluffs protest.

By Rafe Mair, 5 Mar 2007


opinion

Free Speech: A True Test

Should anti-Semitic rants be made criminal?

By Rafe Mair, 26 Feb 2007


opinion

Harper's Judge of Judges

Why he can get away with court stacking, and how BC does it better.

By Rafe Mair, 19 Feb 2007


opinion

Bennett Should Have Stayed

E-mail flaming MP was a damn fool. So what. Tell us more.

By Rafe Mair, 12 Feb 2007


opinion

The Years the Locusts Ate

Shame on enemies of action on global warming.

By Rafe Mair, 5 Feb 2007


opinion

News Hounds Sleep

While questions linger over 'Airbus affair.'

By Rafe Mair, 29 Jan 2007


opinion

Why BC's Fish Farms Threaten Patagonia's Penguins

We're stealing their food.

By Rafe Mair, 22 Jan 2007


opinion

Rewriting Israel's Story

Nation's claim to moral high ground attacked by Israeli authors.

By Rafe Mair, 15 Jan 2007


opinion

Why Nature's a Loser

Eco-priorities will lag until our system of government changes.

By Rafe Mair, 8 Jan 2007


opinion

New Year, New Leader, Last Chance?

Dion might be able to keep Canada alive and in the game.

By Rafe Mair, 1 Jan 2007


opinion

Merry Christmas. It Can't Hurt

Where's the harm in celebrating peace and good will?

By Rafe Mair, 25 Dec 2006


opinion

Bring Back the Mental Health Advocate

Campbell can show he really cares about the mentally ill.

By Rafe Mair, 18 Dec 2006


opinion

With Grits, Canada Splits?

Country keeps drifting towards the big break-up.

By Rafe Mair, 11 Dec 2006


opinion

Why Grits Will Rule Again

Tories come off nasty and rich. Liberals get along to win.

By Rafe Mair, 4 Dec 2006


opinion

If Salmon Could Vote

Where are Lib candidates on fishery? Nowhere.

By Rafe Mair, 27 Nov 2006


opinion

Why A-G Oppal Must Resign

His dumb comment could cause a mistrial.

By Rafe Mair, 20 Nov 2006


opinion

'I Did Not Have Public Relations with that Fish'

And other PR half-truths.

By Rafe Mair, 13 Nov 2006


opinion

Fish Crash No Surprise

But it's not too late for us to spring into action.

By Rafe Mair, 6 Nov 2006


opinion

As Nature Dies

What does it take to end industry's denial?

By Rafe Mair, 30 Oct 2006


opinion

Endangered Free Speech

Eroded by 9-11 fears and anal retentive pussyfooters.

By Rafe Mair, 23 Oct 2006


opinion

Can I Still Root for Dryden?

I’d like to, given who’s left.

By Rafe Mair, 16 Oct 2006


opinion

A Fish Farm Critic Vindicated

New research bolsters Morton's claims of sea lice devastation.

By Rafe Mair, 9 Oct 2006


mediacheck

I Miss My Panic Button

And a few other things about being on radio.

By Rafe Mair, 2 Oct 2006


opinion

Now Quebec's a 'Nation'?

Ignatieff's term bodes ill for a united Canada.

By Rafe Mair, 25 Sep 2006


opinion

Fixing Our Democracy Disconnect

In which I dare to disagree with Will McMartin.

By Rafe Mair, 18 Sep 2006


opinion

The Truth about Stockbrokers

And why I don't have one anymore...

By Rafe Mair, 11 Sep 2006


opinion

Today's Sermon against Dogma

How the Church made Jesus a mean guy.

By Rafe Mair, 4 Sep 2006


opinion

News Media, Defanged

Politicians, not too long ago, feared the press.

By Rafe Mair, 28 Aug 2006


opinion

How to Tell if a Politician Is Brave

If he's in power, and would change what got him there.

By Rafe Mair, 21 Aug 2006


opinion

J'Accuse! Sauvez la Terre!

I accuse our officials of failing to protect our future.

By Rafe Mair, 14 Aug 2006


opinion

How Lawyers Get Rich

And why the late Dugald Christie was deemed eccentric for trying to redeem his profession's reputation.

By Rafe Mair, 7 Aug 2006


opinion

Farmland's Fate in Local Hands

Those who rule on removing farmland unduly susceptible to community pressure.

By Rafe Mair, 31 Jul 2006


opinion

What to Do with Pedophiles

Don't let them out unless and until they are cured.

By Rafe Mair, 24 Jul 2006


opinion

What Will Native Kids Learn?

Deal could open, or close, doors of learning.

By Rafe Mair, 17 Jul 2006


opinion

Prediction: Next Liberal Leader

And why it won't be Michael Ignatieff.

By Rafe Mair, 10 Jul 2006


opinion

Nice: The Most Useless Word in Politics

Carole James doesn’t understand the legislature’s limited purpose.

By Rafe Mair, 30 Jun 2006


opinion

Oil May Grease Quebec Separatism

Nation could split over Alberta's resources.

By Rafe Mair, 26 Jun 2006


opinion

Get Used to Gay Marriage

God's not the issue. He's not even in the game.

By Rafe Mair, 19 Jun 2006


opinion

Pick Your Middle East Myth

Western, Israeli or Muslim leaders: no one is innocent.

By Rafe Mair, 12 Jun 2006


opinion

Make Justice Swift and Cheap

AG Oppal could overhaul BC's civil system if he wanted.

By Rafe Mair, 5 Jun 2006


opinion

Harper May Slip on Oil

Because some are more 'equalized' than others.

By Rafe Mair, 29 May 2006


opinion

Law Requires More Common Sense

RCMP independence and jury-trial reform should be federal priorities.

By Rafe Mair, 22 May 2006


opinion

Holy Papal Hypocrisy!

My quarrel with the Roman Catholic Church.

By Rafe Mair, 15 May 2006


opinion

Better Parole, Not More Prisons

Catering to vengeance isn't cost effective.

By Rafe Mair, 8 May 2006


opinion

Defrost, Drill, Guzzle

Oil companies have a recipe for the Arctic. Enjoy!

By Rafe Mair, 1 May 2006


opinion

Mulroney the Eco-PM?

And other assaults on natural common sense.

By Rafe Mair, 24 Apr 2006


opinion

A Palestinian Viewpoint

To gain a Muslim perspective, listen to Ali.

By Rafe Mair, 17 Apr 2006


opinion

Rafe Mair's Family Secret

My father 'legally' stole assets from interned Japanese-Canadians.

By Rafe Mair, 10 Apr 2006


opinion

Free the Trained Seals

Create a parliament for grown-ups who represent us.

By Rafe Mair, 3 Apr 2006


opinion

Jottings from a Cruise Ship

Notes on privilege, luck and how nations pull apart.

By Rafe Mair, 27 Mar 2006


opinion

Running up the Middle

Libs, New Dems take shaky aim at the centre.

By Rafe Mair, 20 Mar 2006


opinion

In Denial about Mental Illness

Humane care? Government doesn't want to know.

By Rafe Mair, 13 Mar 2006


opinion

The Dam Truth?

The war on fish, and a motive, perhaps, to kill off BC salmon runs.

By Rafe Mair, 6 Mar 2006


opinion

Beware of 'Subsidarity'

Governments don't download out of generosity.

By Rafe Mair, 27 Feb 2006


opinion

John Reynolds' Fun New Job

Guru? Enabler? Just don't call it lobbying!

By Rafe Mair, 20 Feb 2006


opinion

Fastest Flip-Flop on Record

Who's responsible for the most breathtaking broken promises?

By Rafe Mair, 13 Feb 2006


opinion

Emerson's Jump: 'Immoral' and 'Cynical'

Even old political hands Mair and Schreck are queasy.

By Rafe Mair and David Schreck, 7 Feb 2006


opinion

How Deep the Liberal Divide?

Rift could hand Conservatives a long reign.

By Rafe Mair, 6 Feb 2006


opinion

Liberals' Strength Surprised Me

But Harper has a huge opportunity.

By Rafe Mair, 30 Jan 2006


opinion

Don't Call My Vote 'Wasted'

I'm buying influence on the environment.

By Rafe Mair, 22 Jan 2006


opinion

Liberal Panic

How Martin's fumbling spooked the troops.

By Rafe Mair, 17 Jan 2006


opinion

Martin Badly Needs a Break

Harper surfing strong wave of voter anger.

By Rafe Mair, 9 Jan 2006


opinion

The Lure of Nuclear Power

It grows with opposition to other options.

By Rafe Mair, 2 Jan 2006


opinion

Harper's Appeasing of Quebec

Suddenly it's the Conservatives who look soft on sovereignty.

By Rafe Mair, 26 Dec 2005


opinion

Give Us a Real Debate

Friday's was more like a picnic sack race.

By Rafe Mair, 19 Dec 2005


opinion

Why I'm Voting Green

The big parties are puny on the biggest issues.

By Rafe Mair, 12 Dec 2005


opinion

The 'X Factor' Working for Harper

Sometimes it's enough that people are just fed up.

By Rafe Mair, 5 Dec 2005


opinion

Larry Campbell's RAV Reward

The route he pushed may have saved MP Owen's seat.

By Rafe Mair, 28 Nov 2005


opinion

Oil May Be Canada's Undoing

Political pressure bubbles and flows.

By Rafe Mair, 21 Nov 2005


opinion

Petroleum Armageddon

Why the election cycle is our worst enemy.

By Rafe Mair, 14 Nov 2005


opinion

What I Told the Gomery Commission

Wimpy media enables corrupt officials.

By Rafe Mair, 7 Nov 2005


opinion

A Teachers' Strike Postmortem

A political war without end?

By Rafe Mair, 31 Oct 2005


opinion

Where Was James?

NDP leader shrewdly ducked while everyone else got spattered.

By Rafe Mair, 24 Oct 2005


mediacheck

On Being Yanked Off the Air

What it says about free, fierce speech.

By Rafe Mair, 17 Oct 2005


opinion

Untangle Libs and BCTF

Change a losing game. Try compulsory arbitration.

By Rafe Mair, 10 Oct 2005


opinion

More Wild Salmon Wiped Out

How long can officials ignore sea lice connection?

By Rafe Mair, 2 Oct 2005


opinion

Is the United Nations Worth It?

In defense of the mother of all 'talk shops'.

By Rafe Mair, 27 Sep 2005


opinion

Mulroney's Whoppers

The failed PM's worst BS.

By Rafe Mair, 19 Sep 2005


opinion

Get Real about BC's Next Disaster

Threats loom. Politicians cross their fingers rather than lead.

By Rafe Mair, 11 Sep 2005


opinion

Does Winston Churchill Still Matter?

A visit to London's new Churchill Museum confirms the answer.

By Rafe Mair, 5 Sep 2005


opinion

A Press that's All Bark and No Bite

Today's big news outlets are losing their teeth. Witness CKNW.

By Rafe Mair, 28 Aug 2005


opinion

Wanted: A Real Governor General

Don't get me wrong – I'm not upset about separatism or lack of qualifications.

By Rafe Mair, 22 Aug 2005


opinion

How We Got Screwed on Terasen Deal

Thanks to BC Libs, Texans control our gas profits, and supply.

By Rafe Mair, 15 Aug 2005


opinion

Revisiting the Hiroshima Horror

Did US have to use the Bomb? And wipe out Nagasaki?

By Rafe Mair, 8 Aug 2005


opinion

Sea Lice and Lousy Excuses

Are a BC ministry and the DFO in cahoots to explain away wild salmon toll?

By Rafe Mair, 31 Jul 2005


opinion

Campbell, James, Swim for the Centre

But does going for the middle just muddle their politics?

By Rafe Mair, 25 Jul 2005


opinion

Questions about Power in BC

Offered here, a handful of dots that may, or may not, connect.

By Rafe Mair, 18 Jul 2005


opinion

Gay Marriage and the Church

Sure, religions are entitled to their opinions -- but these have no bearing on civil law.

By Rafe Mair, 11 Jul 2005


opinion

Roll Over Tommy Douglas!

I say take money from Medicare to pay for more important services.

By Rafe Mair, 4 Jul 2005


opinion

How to Deal with Our Next Unity Crisis

We must rethink Canada. And raise stakes high for a seceded Quebec.

By Rafe Mair, 27 Jun 2005


opinion

Why Canada Is Unraveling Again

Add up the bumbling by Trudeau, Mulroney and Chretien.

By Rafe Mair, 20 Jun 2005


opinion

Beware the Tory God Squad

The problem with pre-programmed politicians.

By Rafe Mair, 13 Jun 2005


opinion

Why Tories Can't Win

Sorry BC. It's all about Ontario appeasing Quebec.

By Rafe Mair, 6 Jun 2005


opinion

An Elephant Named STV

Politicians who ignore the majority will get stomped.

By Rafe Mair, 30 May 2005


opinion

The Truth about a 'Strong Opposition'

It's vital. But don’t expect the 'level of debate' to improve.

By Rafe Mair, 23 May 2005


opinion

Campbell Skillfully Picked His Enemies

Most victims of his policies never would have voted Liberal anyway.

By Rafe Mair, 16 May 2005


opinion

Sea Lice and Government Lies

The Premier sounded fishy when farmed salmon came up in the TV debate.

By Rafe Mair, 9 May 2005


opinion

Libs' Lead Is Big but Soft

If the NDP gets a bit lucky there’s still room for an upset.

By Rafe Mair, 2 May 2005


opinion

Free the MLAs! Vote STV!

Vote reform would give reps spine – instead of the Liberals’ appalling enviro record.

By Rafe Mair, 25 Apr 2005


opinion

Campbell’s Liberals Are Fat Targets

But the NDP and its ‘nice gal’ leader have yet to hit them.

By Rafe Mair, 18 Apr 2005


opinion

Why I'm for STV

I’ll gladly take on opponents, because the way we vote now produces bizarre results.

By Rafe Mair, 14 Apr 2005


opinion

Mair: Salmon a Huge Election Issue

Given dire findings, I asked Premier Campbell if he’d close fish farms. His emphatic answer: No!

By Rafe Mair, 11 Apr 2005


opinion

The Soft Muzzle

Fear, and self-censorship, muffles the muckraking in Canadian journalism.

By Rafe Mair, 28 Mar 2005