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Rafe Mair

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Mair on Media’s ‘Unholiest of Alliances’ With Energy Industry

In new book Politically Incorrect, the late Rafe Mair dissects democracy’s decline.

By Rafe Mair, 14 Nov 2017


Trudeau Was Right to Call Out Racist Past

Canada's list of wrongs against minorities is long.

By Rafe Mair, 23 Mar 2015


The Establishment Has 'Ridiculed' our Democracy

Young and old are fed up with mounting betrayals from their 'betters.'

By Rafe Mair, 9 Mar 2015


Exploiting Fear Is 'Wrong and Racist'

Harper's niqab stand seems 'deliciously timed' for a fall election.

By Rafe Mair, 23 Feb 2015


How Quickly Politics of Fear Could Transform Canada

Is Harper pushing us towards a new McCarthyism?

By Rafe Mair, 16 Feb 2015


Thanks Vancouver Sun, for the 'View from Alberta'

Tankers safe! Protests rude! National Energy Board fair! Save Albertans' asses!

By Rafe Mair, 2 Feb 2015


Mair Predicts: Greens Will Hold Balance of Power

Coming election a chance to register protest by voting in maverick MPs.

By Rafe Mair, 19 Jan 2015


Canada Needs Proportional Representation Now

Fix our democracy's mess, ignore boo birds' silly myths.

By Rafe Mair, 5 Jan 2015


Mair to Horgan: Your Pro-LNG Points Don't Wash

Betting on mirage jobs, NDP leader downplays huge risks to citizens and nature.

By Rafe Mair, 22 Dec 2014


Mair to Horgan: You Really Blew It on LNG

Your New Dems backed Clark's Libs for all the wrong reasons.

By Rafe Mair, 8 Dec 2014


What We Forgot on Remembrance Day

Where is the democracy our brave soldiers fought and died for?

By Rafe Mair, 24 Nov 2014


VIEW: Media muffs, enviros gain, and more Rafe Mair takes on civic elections

By Rafe Mair, 18 Nov 2014


Public Will Need to Seize Control of Energy

Radical as it sounds, government intervention is key to our survival.

By Rafe Mair, 10 Nov 2014


A Better Way to Deal with Sexual Predators

We need a stronger option for hospital imprisonment.

By Rafe Mair, 27 Oct 2014


Four Questions about LNG that Demand Answers

As BC's promised gas boom goes pffft, Premier Clark must come clean.

By Rafe Mair, 13 Oct 2014


Dianne Watts, You Seemed So Smart

But then you decided to run for the Tories. Big mistake.

By Rafe Mair, 29 Sep 2014


Mulroney Knocks Harper? Oh This Is Rich!

And ruminations on the federal election we must soon endure.

By Rafe Mair, 15 Sep 2014


Mine Disaster: Who Will Investigate Gov't Failings?

Mount Polley panel picked to be expert in engineering, not legal, technicalities.

By Rafe Mair, 1 Sep 2014


Why Bill Bennett Needs to Resign

Tradition decrees he take 'ministerial responsibility' for Mount Polley mess on his watch.

By Rafe Mair, 18 Aug 2014


On BC Day, a Fervent British Columbian's Gift to Canada

Rafe Mair's cost free way to fix our democracy deficit.

By Rafe Mair, 4 Aug 2014


Stand up for BC!

Why I am a British Columbian first, a Canadian second. How about you?

By Rafe Mair, 21 Jul 2014


Tsilhqot'in Decision: Time to Grow up, Canada

Gone are childish notions dismissive of native land claims.

By Rafe Mair, 7 Jul 2014


Rafe Mair: Why I'm for Massive Civil Disobedience

Gateway approved, now 'British Columbians will learn the stuff they're made of.'

By Rafe Mair, 21 Jun 2014


Help Rafe Mair Lift His Gloom Today

The system is fixed against the public and nature. How do we fix that?

By Rafe Mair, 9 Jun 2014


Super Industrialized BC

We need a real political debate about oil, gas and water. Who will step up?

By Rafe Mair, 26 May 2014


Dear John Horgan: Oppose the Libs' Jobs Myth

Where is the profit in transporting other people's petroleum products?

By Rafe Mair, 12 May 2014


In Praise of Nurses

And more ruminations from Rafe Mair while preparing to leave the hospital.

By Rafe Mair, 28 Apr 2014


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

Take a lesson, politicians who would pander.

By Rafe Mair, 14 Apr 2014


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


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


More Arguments for a BC Pipeline Referendum

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

By Rafe Mair, 14 Nov 2013


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


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


Why Minority Governments Are Better

And why British Columbia should shift to proportional representation.

By Rafe Mair, 1 Oct 2013


A Quiz for Premier Clark

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

By Rafe Mair, 16 Sep 2013


BC Hydro's Darkening Future

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

By Rafe Mair, 2 Sep 2013


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Surveying the Rubble after BC's Election

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

By Rafe Mair, 27 May 2013


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


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


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


'In the Name of God, Go!'

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

By Rafe Mair, 1 Apr 2013


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


Could Clark Quitting Revive Liberal Chances?

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

By Rafe Mair, 4 Mar 2013


Will Dix Get Gassed by Clark?

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

By Rafe Mair, 18 Feb 2013


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


Betting on Natural Gas Brings Public Concerns

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

By Rafe Mair, 21 Jan 2013


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


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


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


BC Politicians' Gaseous Dreams

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

By Rafe Mair, 26 Nov 2012


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Thank You for Calling Me 'Alarmist'

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

By Rafe Mair, 23 Jul 2012


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


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


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


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


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


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


How Clark Can Truly Help the Mentally Ill

By bringing back the Mental Health Advocate her party yanked.

By Rafe Mair, 16 Apr 2012


Seeds of BC Liberal Rebellion

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

By Rafe Mair, 2 Apr 2012


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


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


Here Comes the Bribe

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

By Rafe Mair, 20 Feb 2012


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


Tube the Pipelines, All Three

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

By Rafe Mair, 23 Jan 2012


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


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


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


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


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


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


Elites Foolish to Dismiss Occupy Wall Street

The movement is inevitable, unstoppable and unpredictable.

By Rafe Mair, 17 Oct 2011


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


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


Will Violent Protest Rock BC?

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

By Rafe Mair, 5 Sep 2011


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


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


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


Do You Want the NDP Back in?

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

By Rafe Mair, 25 Jul 2011


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


When Will We Vote for Integrity?

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

By Rafe Mair, 27 Jun 2011


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


Why John Cummins Shouldn't Scare Christy Clark

BC Conservatives overrated as vote splitter for potential Lib supporters.

By Rafe Mair, 30 May 2011


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


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


BC Must Not Hand Harper His Majority

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

By Rafe Mair, 18 Apr 2011


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


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


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


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


The Whistler Dog Slaughter

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

By Rafe Mair, 7 Feb 2011


BC's May 2013 Election Starts Now

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

By Rafe Mair, 26 Jan 2011


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


In Search of 'Communist' Vietnam

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

By Rafe Mair, 16 Mar 2010


'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


Machines Sense My Fear

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

By Rafe Mair, 1 Mar 2010


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


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


Looking Back, Squinting Ahead

Some notes on 2009 and prognostications for the year underway.

By Rafe Mair, 18 Jan 2010


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


Rafe Mair Goes Nuclear!

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

By Rafe Mair, 21 Dec 2009


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


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


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


Just Don't Call Me Right-Wing

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

By Rafe Mair, 23 Nov 2009


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


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


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


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


Best Reason for a Referendum

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

By Rafe Mair, 12 Oct 2009


Campbell Is Damaged Goods

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

By Rafe Mair, 28 Sep 2009


Politicians and the Mirage of Popularity

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

By Rafe Mair, 21 Sep 2009


Sorry, I'm an Editorialist

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

By Rafe Mair, 14 Sep 2009


Betrayed by Our Fisheries Minister

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

By Rafe Mair, 7 Sep 2009


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


Assassins of the Wild

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

By Rafe Mair, 24 Aug 2009


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


The Ruinous Illogic of Private River Power

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

By Rafe Mair, 10 Aug 2009


Will Campbell Rescue Plutonic?

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

By Rafe Mair, 3 Aug 2009


Simply Unbelievable

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

By Rafe Mair, 27 Jul 2009


The 2010 Plan to Crush Our Freedoms

Olympics security overkill: Why so afraid of protest?

By Rafe Mair, 20 Jul 2009


Gordon Campbell's Big Fraser Institute Idea

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

By Rafe Mair, 13 Jul 2009


In Kaslo, a Big No to River Power

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

By Rafe Mair, 6 Jul 2009


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


Canada and the Big Powers

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

By Rafe Mair, 22 Jun 2009


How Grits Can Win

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

By Rafe Mair, 15 Jun 2009


Let Lennikov Stay

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

By Rafe Mair, 8 Jun 2009


Can NDP Reinvent Itself?

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

By Rafe Mair, 1 Jun 2009


Fight for Our Fish!

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

By Rafe Mair, 25 May 2009


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


It Hurts, and Here's Why

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

By Rafe Mair, 13 May 2009


No Sleaze, Please

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

By Rafe Mair, 4 May 2009


Campbell's Hypocrisy Habit

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

By Rafe Mair, 27 Apr 2009


Anger the Polls Don't Yet Catch

Three issues gaining traction as the campaigns unfold.

By Rafe Mair, 20 Apr 2009


Hey Gordo, What's Going on Here?

For Premier Campbell, unsavoury questions pile up.

By Rafe Mair, 13 Apr 2009


Our Soulless Government

Its war on nature speaks of a spiritual void.

By Rafe Mair, 6 Apr 2009


Goodbye Gag Law

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

By Rafe Mair, 30 Mar 2009


Spare Us from Gullible Gord

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

By Rafe Mair, 23 Mar 2009


Take Back our Waterways!

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

By Rafe Mair, 16 Mar 2009


Mourning Media's Meltdown

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

By Rafe Mair, 9 Mar 2009


Campbell, Fudger of Finances

Wasn't his party supposed to have business brains?

By Rafe Mair, 2 Mar 2009


How to Fight Gang Killings

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

By Rafe Mair, 23 Feb 2009


Gordo's Eco-Credibility Is Shot

Premier strains belief on river power, sea lice.

By Rafe Mair, 16 Feb 2009


May Contest Is NDP's to Win

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

By Rafe Mair, 9 Feb 2009


Ten Timely Questions About Our Rivers and Electricity

Life is short. We want answers.

By Rafe Mair, 2 Feb 2009


The Path to Obama

His message of hope is hard won, and vital.

By Rafe Mair, 26 Jan 2009


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


Gordon Campbell, House Flipper

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

By Rafe Mair, 12 Jan 2009


How to Create a Depression

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

By Rafe Mair, 5 Jan 2009


2010? I've Changed My Mind

Why I went from Olympics booster to boo bird.

By Rafe Mair, 15 Dec 2008


Obama's Daunting Job

Can he fix entire economies? The world?

By Rafe Mair, 8 Dec 2008


Coalition? Tories? A Pox on All!

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

By Rafe Mair, 1 Dec 2008


Am I Paranoid?

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

By Rafe Mair, 24 Nov 2008


The Great Collapses

Communism and capitalism, two sides of a coin.

By Rafe Mair, 17 Nov 2008


Guess I'm a Leftist Now

Energy minister would rather cry conspiracy than address issues.

By Rafe Mair, 10 Nov 2008


Presidents I Have Known

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

By Rafe Mair, 3 Nov 2008


Premier Poised for Snap Election?

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

By Rafe Mair, 27 Oct 2008


Harper Win Good for Campbell?

Provincial contest will be night and day different.

By Rafe Mair, 20 Oct 2008


When Wall Street 'Flu' Hits BC

Where will Campbell point the finger this time?

By Rafe Mair, 13 Oct 2008


Two cheers for minority governments

By Rafe Mair, 9 Oct 2008


Did Libs Shush Their Scientist?

Big real estate projects threaten Mission habitat.

By Rafe Mair, 6 Oct 2008


Collapse of Liberals in BC propels Layton to fore: Rafe

By Rafe Mair, 29 Sep 2008


Even I Sensed Bubble Must Pop

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

By Rafe Mair, 29 Sep 2008


Vice Prez? It Matters

And not just because McCain's 71.

By Rafe Mair, 22 Sep 2008


Strong Economy Might Help BC's NDP

By Rafe Mair, 15 Sep 2008


Why Federal Elections Bore

The fun action happens at democracy's local level.

By Rafe Mair, 15 Sep 2008


Political Savvy Meter

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

By Rafe Mair, 8 Sep 2008


London Calling

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

By Rafe Mair, 1 Sep 2008


How I Changed Libel Law

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

By Rafe Mair, 25 Aug 2008


The Gizmo Gods Hate Me

Must electronic gadgets toy with me so cruelly?

By Rafe Mair, 18 Aug 2008


A Killer Commute

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

By Rafe Mair, 11 Aug 2008


I'll Vote NDP in May

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

By Rafe Mair, 4 Aug 2008


Sailing into History

Summer reading voyages with Captain Vancouver and Gandhi.

By Rafe Mair, 28 Jul 2008


All Buda, No Pest

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

By Rafe Mair, 21 Jul 2008


How Much Pay Is Too Much?

Five guys running Canaccord make $35 million.

By Rafe Mair, 7 Jul 2008


Taking Liberties

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

By Rafe Mair, 30 Jun 2008


Stumbles and Comebacks

Notes to Premier Campbell and Tiger Woods.

By Rafe Mair, 23 Jun 2008


Behind the 'Green' Screen

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

By Rafe Mair, 16 Jun 2008


Obama Tests US Progress

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

By Rafe Mair, 9 Jun 2008


Don't Feed the Americans!

Why risk our rivers to satisfy US energy hunger?

By Rafe Mair, 2 Jun 2008


Let's Get Our Own King and Queen

Peter and Autumn will do just fine.

By Rafe Mair, 26 May 2008


Don't Count Out NDP

Campbell provides issues to attack this year.

By Rafe Mair, 19 May 2008


End of Public Power in BC?

That's where the Liberals are taking Hydro.

By Rafe Mair, 12 May 2008


Raised on Cricket

The great global game has some BC roots.

By Rafe Mair, 5 May 2008


London, a Spring Tonic

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

By Rafe Mair, 28 Apr 2008


BC's New Enviro Moment

Lots of new faces at eco-protests these days.

By Rafe Mair, 21 Apr 2008


Save Our Rivers, Indeed

Why the private power battle is so critical.

By Rafe Mair, 14 Apr 2008


Kosovo and Quebec

How our Balkan decision may haunt us.

By Rafe Mair, 7 Apr 2008


Pitt River Victory

Will stopped power project start a citizens' revolt?

By Rafe Mair, 31 Mar 2008


How to 'Fix' Big Ridings

Give rural voters more service, not more MLAs.

By Rafe Mair, 24 Mar 2008


Hubris Is Gordo's Enemy

High flying governments can get too cocky.

By Rafe Mair, 17 Mar 2008


Why I'm for Clinton

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

By Rafe Mair, 10 Mar 2008


How Zhou Survived Mao

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

By Rafe Mair, 5 Mar 2008


Go in Peace, Church Dividers

This Anglican says get lost to anti-gay wing.

By Rafe Mair, 3 Mar 2008


Campbell's Power to Harm Rivers

500 BC streams risked for private profit.

By Rafe Mair, 25 Feb 2008


Hong Kong Notebook

Pundit takes holiday, sends postcard.

By Rafe Mair, 18 Feb 2008


Albertans' Power

Thumbing their noses at Harper and the rest of Canada.

By Rafe Mair, 11 Feb 2008


The Big US Vote

Maybe Clinton, Obama should run united.

By Rafe Mair, 4 Feb 2008


Don't Let Me Near the Kids

I refuse to tell students political fairy tales.

By Rafe Mair, 28 Jan 2008


Kiwis' Political Journey

How New Zealand's Labour party turned right.

By Rafe Mair, 21 Jan 2008



Dec. 24 column contained errors.

By Rafe Mair, 17 Jan 2008


Who Crowned Gordo?

Our premier acts like Louis the Sun King.

By Rafe Mair, 14 Jan 2008


Cut Our Losses

Bhutto's murder magnifies the Middle East mess.

By Rafe Mair, 7 Jan 2008


City State on the Fraser

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

By Rafe Mair, 31 Dec 2007


TransLink Hijacked

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

By Rafe Mair, 17 Dec 2007


Bet on Mayor Taylor

Why she'd win Vancouver's civic crown.

By Rafe Mair, 10 Dec 2007


Charge Mulroney

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

By Rafe Mair, 3 Dec 2007


Memo to the Mulroney 'Probe'

Some vital questions that need answering.

By Rafe Mair, 26 Nov 2007


We've Broken Faith with the Poor

The gap, to our shame, is widening.

By Rafe Mair, 19 Nov 2007


Remember the Brave Civilians, Too

Citizens in war-torn places are also heroes.

By Rafe Mair, 12 Nov 2007


Belgium's Lesson for Canadian Unity

Separatism never dies, and will rear its ugly head.

By Rafe Mair, 5 Nov 2007


Mair Argues Religion with Tyee Readers

Focus: Catholic hierarchy.

By Rafe Mair, 29 Oct 2007


Sex, Religion and, Yes, Politics

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

By Rafe Mair, 22 Oct 2007


BC Needs a Truth Squad

Campbell shuns facts, gets away with it.

By Rafe Mair, 15 Oct 2007


Texada Gas Project Raises Safety Fears

Scared islanders mad at no-show politicians.

By Rafe Mair, 8 Oct 2007


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

Punish him? How?

By Rafe Mair, 1 Oct 2007


Sea Lice Letter to Campbell, Harper Deserves Honest Answer

Fish farms threaten wild smolts: 18 scientists.

By Rafe Mair, 24 Sep 2007


The Russians Are Coming!

And we'd better take them damn seriously.

By Rafe Mair, 17 Sep 2007


Do We Still Need the Lt-Gov?

Why the job of lieutenant-governor is obsolete.

By Rafe Mair, 10 Sep 2007


Raise the Driving Age

The privilege should go to 19 and up.

By Rafe Mair, 13 Aug 2007


How to Handle Sex Criminals

Step one: forget jails.

By Rafe Mair, 6 Aug 2007


Memo to NDP: Oppose!

Tsawwassen treaty another missed chance.

By Rafe Mair, 30 Jul 2007


Debacle in Delta

How the Campbell government is engineering a disaster.

By Rafe Mair, 23 Jul 2007


Shilling for Sea Lice

How to detect fish farm swill.

By Rafe Mair, 16 Jul 2007


Who Is Your BC Hero?

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

By Rafe Mair, 9 Jul 2007


The Art of the Politics of Art

What gets funded?

By Rafe Mair, 2 Jul 2007


NDP Needs New Leader

Why I don't see James getting it done.

By Rafe Mair, 25 Jun 2007


How Campbell Killed Debate

And why the NDP should make it their issue.

By Rafe Mair, 18 Jun 2007


God and Science, Riddle Me This

What gave existence its first shove?

By Rafe Mair, 11 Jun 2007


Progress Without Brakes

Monster road in Delta runs over local rights.

By Rafe Mair, 4 Jun 2007


Give MLAs a Real Job

With pay raise should come responsibilities.

By Rafe Mair, 28 May 2007


Fish Farm Committee Nails It

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

By Rafe Mair, 21 May 2007


Boisclair's Bye Bye

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

By Rafe Mair, 14 May 2007


MLAs Paid Too Much Now

But here's how they could earn a raise.

By Rafe Mair, 7 May 2007


Confession of a Dirty Trickster

But at least we never paid to fake support.

By Rafe Mair, 30 Apr 2007


If Quebec Goes

Could Ontario's elite be trusted to remake Canada?

By Rafe Mair, 23 Apr 2007


Get Your Act Together, Carole

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

By Rafe Mair, 16 Apr 2007


Democracy, Gordon Campbell Style

His 'process' angers even conservative people.

By Rafe Mair, 10 Apr 2007


Quebec Vote Signals Canada's Split

How most of the media got it wrong.

By Rafe Mair, 2 Apr 2007


Comuzzi's Mortal Sin

Egads! Grit MP put good of his riding first!

By Rafe Mair, 26 Mar 2007


Lousy Judgment

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

By Rafe Mair, 19 Mar 2007


This Time, Abusers Are Lawyers

Residential school victims endure shameful legal process.

By Rafe Mair, 12 Mar 2007


Harriet Nahanee Did Not Die in Vain

Let's learn from Eagleridge Bluffs protest.

By Rafe Mair, 5 Mar 2007


Free Speech: A True Test

Should anti-Semitic rants be made criminal?

By Rafe Mair, 26 Feb 2007


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


Bennett Should Have Stayed

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

By Rafe Mair, 12 Feb 2007


The Years the Locusts Ate

Shame on enemies of action on global warming.

By Rafe Mair, 5 Feb 2007


News Hounds Sleep

While questions linger over 'Airbus affair.'

By Rafe Mair, 29 Jan 2007


Why BC's Fish Farms Threaten Patagonia's Penguins

We're stealing their food.

By Rafe Mair, 22 Jan 2007


Rewriting Israel's Story

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

By Rafe Mair, 15 Jan 2007


Why Nature's a Loser

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

By Rafe Mair, 8 Jan 2007


New Year, New Leader, Last Chance?

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

By Rafe Mair, 1 Jan 2007


Merry Christmas. It Can't Hurt

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

By Rafe Mair, 25 Dec 2006


Bring Back the Mental Health Advocate

Campbell can show he really cares about the mentally ill.

By Rafe Mair, 18 Dec 2006


With Grits, Canada Splits?

Country keeps drifting towards the big break-up.

By Rafe Mair, 11 Dec 2006


Why Grits Will Rule Again

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

By Rafe Mair, 4 Dec 2006


If Salmon Could Vote

Where are Lib candidates on fishery? Nowhere.

By Rafe Mair, 27 Nov 2006


Why A-G Oppal Must Resign

His dumb comment could cause a mistrial.

By Rafe Mair, 20 Nov 2006


'I Did Not Have Public Relations with that Fish'

And other PR half-truths.

By Rafe Mair, 13 Nov 2006


Fish Crash No Surprise

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

By Rafe Mair, 6 Nov 2006


As Nature Dies

What does it take to end industry's denial?

By Rafe Mair, 30 Oct 2006


Endangered Free Speech

Eroded by 9-11 fears and anal retentive pussyfooters.

By Rafe Mair, 23 Oct 2006


Can I Still Root for Dryden?

I’d like to, given who’s left.

By Rafe Mair, 16 Oct 2006


A Fish Farm Critic Vindicated

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

By Rafe Mair, 9 Oct 2006


I Miss My Panic Button

And a few other things about being on radio.

By Rafe Mair, 2 Oct 2006


Now Quebec's a 'Nation'?

Ignatieff's term bodes ill for a united Canada.

By Rafe Mair, 25 Sep 2006


Fixing Our Democracy Disconnect

In which I dare to disagree with Will McMartin.

By Rafe Mair, 18 Sep 2006


The Truth about Stockbrokers

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

By Rafe Mair, 11 Sep 2006


Today's Sermon against Dogma

How the Church made Jesus a mean guy.

By Rafe Mair, 4 Sep 2006


News Media, Defanged

Politicians, not too long ago, feared the press.

By Rafe Mair, 28 Aug 2006


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


J'Accuse! Sauvez la Terre!

I accuse our officials of failing to protect our future.

By Rafe Mair, 14 Aug 2006


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


Farmland's Fate in Local Hands

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

By Rafe Mair, 31 Jul 2006


What to Do with Pedophiles

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

By Rafe Mair, 24 Jul 2006


What Will Native Kids Learn?

Deal could open, or close, doors of learning.

By Rafe Mair, 17 Jul 2006


Prediction: Next Liberal Leader

And why it won't be Michael Ignatieff.

By Rafe Mair, 10 Jul 2006


Nice: The Most Useless Word in Politics

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

By Rafe Mair, 30 Jun 2006


Oil May Grease Quebec Separatism

Nation could split over Alberta's resources.

By Rafe Mair, 26 Jun 2006


Get Used to Gay Marriage

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

By Rafe Mair, 19 Jun 2006


Pick Your Middle East Myth

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

By Rafe Mair, 12 Jun 2006


Make Justice Swift and Cheap

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

By Rafe Mair, 5 Jun 2006


Harper May Slip on Oil

Because some are more 'equalized' than others.

By Rafe Mair, 29 May 2006


Law Requires More Common Sense

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

By Rafe Mair, 22 May 2006


Holy Papal Hypocrisy!

My quarrel with the Roman Catholic Church.

By Rafe Mair, 15 May 2006


Better Parole, Not More Prisons

Catering to vengeance isn't cost effective.

By Rafe Mair, 8 May 2006


Defrost, Drill, Guzzle

Oil companies have a recipe for the Arctic. Enjoy!

By Rafe Mair, 1 May 2006


Mulroney the Eco-PM?

And other assaults on natural common sense.

By Rafe Mair, 24 Apr 2006


A Palestinian Viewpoint

To gain a Muslim perspective, listen to Ali.

By Rafe Mair, 17 Apr 2006


Rafe Mair's Family Secret

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

By Rafe Mair, 10 Apr 2006


Free the Trained Seals

Create a parliament for grown-ups who represent us.

By Rafe Mair, 3 Apr 2006


Jottings from a Cruise Ship

Notes on privilege, luck and how nations pull apart.

By Rafe Mair, 27 Mar 2006


Running up the Middle

Libs, New Dems take shaky aim at the centre.

By Rafe Mair, 20 Mar 2006


In Denial about Mental Illness

Humane care? Government doesn't want to know.

By Rafe Mair, 13 Mar 2006


The Dam Truth?

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

By Rafe Mair, 6 Mar 2006


Beware of 'Subsidarity'

Governments don't download out of generosity.

By Rafe Mair, 27 Feb 2006


John Reynolds' Fun New Job

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

By Rafe Mair, 20 Feb 2006


Fastest Flip-Flop on Record

Who's responsible for the most breathtaking broken promises?

By Rafe Mair, 13 Feb 2006


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

Even old political hands Mair and Schreck are queasy.

By Rafe Mair and David Schreck, 7 Feb 2006


How Deep the Liberal Divide?

Rift could hand Conservatives a long reign.

By Rafe Mair, 6 Feb 2006


Liberals' Strength Surprised Me

But Harper has a huge opportunity.

By Rafe Mair, 30 Jan 2006


Don't Call My Vote 'Wasted'

I'm buying influence on the environment.

By Rafe Mair, 22 Jan 2006


Liberal Panic

How Martin's fumbling spooked the troops.

By Rafe Mair, 17 Jan 2006


Martin Badly Needs a Break

Harper surfing strong wave of voter anger.

By Rafe Mair, 9 Jan 2006


The Lure of Nuclear Power

It grows with opposition to other options.

By Rafe Mair, 2 Jan 2006


Harper's Appeasing of Quebec

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

By Rafe Mair, 26 Dec 2005


Give Us a Real Debate

Friday's was more like a picnic sack race.

By Rafe Mair, 19 Dec 2005


Why I'm Voting Green

The big parties are puny on the biggest issues.

By Rafe Mair, 12 Dec 2005


The 'X Factor' Working for Harper

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

By Rafe Mair, 5 Dec 2005


Larry Campbell's RAV Reward

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

By Rafe Mair, 28 Nov 2005


Oil May Be Canada's Undoing

Political pressure bubbles and flows.

By Rafe Mair, 21 Nov 2005


Petroleum Armageddon

Why the election cycle is our worst enemy.

By Rafe Mair, 14 Nov 2005


What I Told the Gomery Commission

Wimpy media enables corrupt officials.

By Rafe Mair, 7 Nov 2005


A Teachers' Strike Postmortem

A political war without end?

By Rafe Mair, 31 Oct 2005


Where Was James?

NDP leader shrewdly ducked while everyone else got spattered.

By Rafe Mair, 24 Oct 2005


On Being Yanked Off the Air

What it says about free, fierce speech.

By Rafe Mair, 17 Oct 2005


Untangle Libs and BCTF

Change a losing game. Try compulsory arbitration.

By Rafe Mair, 10 Oct 2005


More Wild Salmon Wiped Out

How long can officials ignore sea lice connection?

By Rafe Mair, 2 Oct 2005


Is the United Nations Worth It?

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

By Rafe Mair, 27 Sep 2005


Mulroney's Whoppers

The failed PM's worst BS.

By Rafe Mair, 19 Sep 2005


Get Real about BC's Next Disaster

Threats loom. Politicians cross their fingers rather than lead.

By Rafe Mair, 11 Sep 2005


Does Winston Churchill Still Matter?

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

By Rafe Mair, 5 Sep 2005


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


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


How We Got Screwed on Terasen Deal

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

By Rafe Mair, 15 Aug 2005


Revisiting the Hiroshima Horror

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

By Rafe Mair, 8 Aug 2005


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


Campbell, James, Swim for the Centre

But does going for the middle just muddle their politics?

By Rafe Mair, 25 Jul 2005


Questions about Power in BC

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

By Rafe Mair, 18 Jul 2005


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


Roll Over Tommy Douglas!

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

By Rafe Mair, 4 Jul 2005


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


Why Canada Is Unraveling Again

Add up the bumbling by Trudeau, Mulroney and Chretien.

By Rafe Mair, 20 Jun 2005


Beware the Tory God Squad

The problem with pre-programmed politicians.

By Rafe Mair, 13 Jun 2005


Why Tories Can't Win

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

By Rafe Mair, 6 Jun 2005


An Elephant Named STV

Politicians who ignore the majority will get stomped.

By Rafe Mair, 30 May 2005


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


Campbell Skillfully Picked His Enemies

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

By Rafe Mair, 16 May 2005


Sea Lice and Government Lies

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

By Rafe Mair, 9 May 2005


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


Free the MLAs! Vote STV!

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

By Rafe Mair, 25 Apr 2005


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


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


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


The Soft Muzzle

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

By Rafe Mair, 28 Mar 2005