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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: Will B.C.’s World Cup costs go up? Of course they will

Les Leyne: Will B.C.’s World Cup costs go up? Of course they will

Having an entire continent host the World Cup doesn’t stop the cost creep. It just spreads it around so that more taxpayers can take part.
Les Leyne: Flipping tax long time coming, late arriving

Les Leyne: Flipping tax long time coming, late arriving

The flipping fire truck will be arriving in January 2025, but the blaze looks to be under control
Les Leyne: How was my budget experience? So glad you asked

Les Leyne: How was my budget experience? So glad you asked

In the interests of open government and transparency, which we are all big on, I’m filling it out publicly.
Les Leyne: One-time goodies designed to smooth path to fall vote

Les Leyne: One-time goodies designed to smooth path to fall vote

Good luck to whoever is running things in 2025 when it comes time to cancel the benefits offered in the 2024 budget.
Les Leyne: NDP retreats on Land Act, blames 'dog whistle politics'

Les Leyne: NDP retreats on Land Act, blames 'dog whistle politics'

Despite constant government reassurances, concern and suspicion have been building around B.C. for weeks.
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
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