Stephen Smart

B.C. Politics

Stephen Smart is the legislative bureau chief in British Columbia for CBC News.

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Christy Clark's LNG dreams to be tested in rare fall legislative session

The B.C. Legislature convenes on Monday for what has become something of a rare event — a fall legislative session — where Premier Christy Clark's liquefied natural gas (LNG) dreams will be put to the test of public scrutiny.

B.C. teachers' strike: Could it have ended much sooner, asks Stephen Smart

There is no denying that a negotiated contract between the B.C. government and striking public school teachers is a good thing, but did it need to take three months?

B.C. teachers' strike drags on with no end in sight

Rhetoric, rather than realistic solutions, fueling a standoff with no end in sight.

B.C. teachers' strike: After a wasted summer, stalemate rules

Instead of working on a compromise, something to allow both parties to save face and achieve some of their goals, the government and the B.C. Teachers' Federation are both waiting for the other side to blink, Stephen Smart writes.

Northern Gateway: Ottawa’s green light for Enbridge has many in B.C. seeing red

The daunting engineering challenges facing the Northern Gateway pipeline project are shaping up to be nothing compared to the landscape of anti-pipeline opposition standing in Enbridge’s way, writes Stephen Smart.

B.C. teachers' strike: Make or break time with last ditch negotiations

As a full-scale teachers' strike looms, the CBC's B.C. legislative bureau chief Stephen Smart examines the potential for an 11th hour deal before the end of the school year.

The political stakes in the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline decision

Given the heightening concerns on several fronts, there will be a political price to pay no matter what Ottawa's decision is in the coming days about the Northern Gateway oil pipeline to the B.C. coast, Stephen Smart writes.

B.C. teachers' strike fund running out ahead of vote

As B.C. teachers prepare to vote next week on whether to escalate their contract dispute to a full-scale strike, they do so knowing it might have a bigger than usual impact on their wallets.

B.C. teachers' strike and lockout: 8 things you need to know

What's going to happen to Grade 12 exams and grad ceremonies? Can parents meet with teachers? Who is supervising recess? What happens next? And whose fault is this anyway?

Same rhetoric but different rules in this B.C. teachers' strike

The CBC's legislative bureau chief Stephen Smart shares his thoughts on the imminent B.C. teachers' strike and what this means for stalled contract talks with the government.

Why B.C., Alberta are ending their pipeline standoff

The self-described "frosty" relationship between premiers Christy Clark and Alison Redford over a West Coast oil pipeline seems to be quickly melting in the wake of economic realities. But, Stephen Smart asks, can the interprovincial thaw stand the test of B.C.'s acute environmental politics?

B.C. election day may prove more than a 2-party affair

It is election day in B.C., and while this is still largely a contest between Christy Clark's Liberals and Adrian Dix and the NDP, there is a different dynamic this time out, Stephen Smart writes. Small parties and independents may yet be difference makers.

Stephen Smart: Brace for Fortress B.C. whoever wins on Tuesday

Whether Liberal Leader Christy Clark or the NDP's Adrian Dix forms the next B.C. government, the Ottawa-Alberta alliance next door will be sorely tested, Stephen Smart writes. Both provincial leaders are setting the stage for a federal-provincial impasse.