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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: 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: 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: Attempt at 'clarity and guidance' on shelters fails on both counts

Les Leyne: Attempt at 'clarity and guidance' on shelters fails on both counts

What started as a legal definition setting a province-wide standard for dealing with homeless encampments has evolved into an embarrassing mess
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: Convention speech shows Eby prefers to play offence

Les Leyne: Convention speech shows Eby prefers to play offence

Premier David Eby’s speech to NDP delegates shows he’s more interested in staying in attack mode than explaining why the NDP is still playing catch-up in dealing with many of the problems he acknowledges
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