BC Business Magazine - - Contents - Nick Rockel, Ed­i­tor-in-chief bcb@canadaw­ide.com / @Bcbusi­ness

The world is yours, B.C.

OK, what's in store for Bri­tish Columbia? As I write this on a July evening, I bet you're still wait­ing to find out. The BC Lib­er­als have packed up their tent af­ter 16 years in charge, fall­ing to an NDP mi­nor­ity govern­ment led by John Hor­gan and sup­ported by An­drew Weaver's Green Party. The NDP couldn't wait to see the end of de­feated premier Christy Clark, but they've al­ready been re­minded that run­ning this prov­ince, as they did in the old days, is no easy task. If any­thing, it's tougher than when a Clark named Glen ruled the land.

From youth un­em­ploy­ment and un­af­ford­able housing to health-care costs and the pipe­line de­bate, Premier Hor­gan faces a raft of prob­lems with no quick fixes. How ably will he re­spond, and how much will he back­track on elec­tion pledges as fis­cal and po­lit­i­cal re­al­ity take hold?

What­ever the new gang in Vic­to­ria does, it's bound to dis­ap­point peo­ple who voted NDP as well as those who didn't. Pow­er­ful in­ter­ests can't be happy about a promised ban on cor­po­rate and union do­na­tions; At­tor­ney Gen­eral David Eby's re­cent state­ment that his govern­ment won't de­lib­er­ately de­lay per­mits for Kinder Mor­gan Canada Ltd.'s Trans Moun­tain pipe­line ex­pan­sion—for fear of costly law­suits—must have ran­kled believ­ers in Hor­gan's bi­tu­men-jar rou­tine on the cam­paign trail.

One thing I'd like the NDP to reaf­firm is the value of in­ter­na­tional trade, de­spite pro­tec­tion­ist moves by govern­ments in the U. S. and else­where. For B.C. busi­nesses of all stripes and sizes, ex­ports are a growth en­gine. In our cover fea­ture, “Trade School” ( p. 28), as­so­ciate ed­i­tor Mar­cie Good fo­cuses on four smaller com­pa­nies that have been re­warded for seek­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties abroad. Be­sides mak­ing in­no­va­tive prod­ucts that cus­tomers in other coun­tries want, they keep an open mind in a world where some are push­ing to close bor­ders. I hope their stories, elo­quently told by Good, will in­spire you to do the same.

“Trade School” is the lat­est col­lab­o­ra­tion with our part­ner the BC Cham­ber of Com­merce, which re­cently un­veiled a smart re­brand­ing un­der pres­i­dent and CEO Val Litwin. He and his team, whose mis­sion is to know what's on B.C.'S mind, take an ev­i­dence-based ap­proach by can­vass­ing their 36,000 mem­bers at ev­ery turn. For the BC Cham­ber, that means bet­ter data with which to rep­re­sent busi­nesses in ev­ery cor­ner of the prov­ince. For us, it means ac­cess to those com­pa­nies so we can share their suc­cesses with you. Stay tuned for more.

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