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B.C. government proposes tightening lobbying rules

The B.C. government has committed to preventing former cabinet ministers and high-ranking public servants from lobbying government immediately after leaving their jobs.

B.C. government officially launches casino money laundering investigation

The B.C. government has hired an investigator to look into how widespread money laundering is at Lower Mainland casinos. Lawyer Peter German, the author of Canada's leading anti money laundering law textbook, has been asked to conduct the independent investigation.

Green Party Leader Andrew Weaver calls B.C. premier a 'hypocrite' for NDP insider hires

B.C. Green Party Leader Andrew Weaver is accusing Premier John Horgan of being a "hypocrite" for a spate of party insider hiring after years of criticizing the Liberals for doing the same thing.

Former B.C. Liberal finance minister Mike de Jong enters leadership race

Longtime Liberal MLA Mike de Jong says he is entering the race to lead "his team," the B.C. Liberals. The former finance minister was in charge of the province's books for five straight balanced budgets.

Shelved 2016 casino report flagged money laundering concerns, AG says on it now

The B.C. government is appointing an independent expert look into potential money laundering in Lower Mainland casinos, an issue explored in a year-old report that the previous government never released.

Previous B.C. Government scolded for late responses to FOI requests

British Columbia's Information and Privacy Commissioner is expressing "disappointment" at the previous provincial government's consistent delays in responding to Freedom of Information Requests.

B.C. premier defends flip-flop on public subsidies for political parties

A day after introducing legislation to ban union and corporate political donations, Premier John Horgan is defending his government's decision to put in place taxpayer subsidies for political parties.

B.C. government to ban union and corporate political donations

The B.C. government has introduced legislation to ban union and corporate political donations, including political donations from outside of British Columbia.

New Independent Investigations Office head vows 'timely' results

The new civilian head of the province's Independent Investigations Office says he is focused on concluding cases in a manner that is as 'timely as possible.' Ron MacDonald was introduced as the head of the police watchdog organization on Thursday morning.

11 things to know about B.C.'s 2017 budget update

Finance Minister Carole James delivered a balanced budget on Monday, which has the support of the B.C. Green Party.

Liberal MLA Darryl Plecas becomes new Speaker

In another political twist in Victoria, B.C., Liberal MLA Darryl Plecas has been named Speaker of the B.C. Legislature. Plecas was the only MLA to put his name forward.

ICBC report says rates could climb 30% in next 2 years

A review by Ernst & Young, commissioned by the former government and released today, warns drivers could face basic insurance increases of nearly 30 per cent in the next two years, unless the government overhauls the company's basic insurance program.

B.C. government set to increase welfare rates and disability assistance

The B.C. government is increasing income and disability assistance rates by $100 a month. The extra money will be tacked onto assistance cheques starting Sept. 20.
Analysis

'Missed opportunity': B.C.'s John Horgan will skip premiers meeting in Alberta

There will be an empty seat - British Columbia's - when premiers from across the country gather in Edmonton starting today. Premier-designate John Horgan will be too busy being sworn in Tuesday as B.C.'s 36th premier.
Analysis

In building new cabinet, NDP must avoid hurt feelings

NDP premier-designate John Horgan faces a number of challenges in building a cabinet including regional breakdown, gender diversity and keeping his MLAs happy.