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Les Leyne

Les Leyne

Les Leyne covers legislature sittings. He has written an opinion column since 1995 and was a political, municipal and general assignment reporter prior to that. He grew up in Qualicum Beach and worked on the West Shore and in Duncan prior to joining the Times Colonist.

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lleyne@timescolonist.com

Recent Work by Les

Les Leyne: Throne speech has people programs to help NDP stay atop polls

Les Leyne: Throne speech has people programs to help NDP stay atop polls

Premier David (I’m a people person) Eby set out the NDP government’s itinerary to get from where they are now (top of the polls) to where they want to be come voting day this fall (exactly the same spot).
Les Leyne: No crystal ball needed to predict 2024 will be a year of electioneering in B.C.

Les Leyne: No crystal ball needed to predict 2024 will be a year of electioneering in B.C.

Everything for the next 10 months will be aimed at getting your vote
Les Leyne: Doukhobor children's lifelong wait for apology continues after 'screw up'

Les Leyne: Doukhobor children's lifelong wait for apology continues after 'screw up'

Seventy years ago, about 200 Doukhobor children were snatched from their homes and confined for several years in a remote institution in the Kootenays
Les Leyne: Conservative duo heats up debate with talk of chickens, pots and edible insects

Les Leyne: Conservative duo heats up debate with talk of chickens, pots and edible insects

For the first time in 50 years, the Conservative Party of B.C. had two MLAs in the house, and their hawkish views have people literally rolling their eyes at times.
Les Leyne: Finance Ministry lowballs housing start forecast

Les Leyne: Finance Ministry lowballs housing start forecast

Either the government’s economic analysts are pessimistic to the point of hopelessness, or the NDP is vastly overselling the effect of the zoning and building bonanza it is trying to create
Les Leyne: Housing push has to meet labour needs

Les Leyne: Housing push has to meet labour needs

The province’s excitement about jobs is tempered by anxiety about the housing shortage
Les Leyne: Underplayed CleanBC costs under fire

Les Leyne: Underplayed CleanBC costs under fire

BC United Leader Kevin Falcon says CleanBC costs will hit households hard
Les Leyne: Ombudsman finds COVID benefits clawback unfair

Les Leyne: Ombudsman finds COVID benefits clawback unfair

He released a report on how midstream changes to the B.C. Emergency Benefit mean thousands of people are being asked to return $1,000 grants.
Les Leyne: An appointed premier readies for his first election

Les Leyne: An appointed premier readies for his first election

After a year as an appointed premier, B.C. Premier David Eby won a 93 per cent approval rating from NDP delegates on Saturday. Now he has 11 months — at most — to prepare for an election.
Les Leyne: Court finds province violated labour deal with prosecutors

Les Leyne: Court finds province violated labour deal with prosecutors

B.C. Supreme Court ruling stems from Premier David Eby’s attempt when he was attorney general to change how bail hearings are dealt with
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