Everyone's buzzing about what changes the upcoming Provincial Budget will bring. With so much expectation on the table, there's no better time to hear from our local political experts about what's on the horizon for our industry and the province.
UDI welcomes three respected media personalities who are sure to lead a provocative and informative discussion about the predictions and forecast on the upcoming budget. The panel will discuss the upcoming municipal elections as well as examine the BC Liberals leadership race. The political commentators will also provide perspective on the Feb. 13th Throne Speech, and Derek Corrigan's new role as the new chair of TransLink Mayors' Council.
The session will be moderated by our own Anne McMullin, President and CEO of the Urban Development Institute. Join us for what's sure to be a rousing discussion that will offer multiple viewpoints, arguments, and takeaways.
Keith Baldrey - Global News
Keith Baldrey is Global BC's legislative bureau chief based in Victoria, and one of B.C.'s best known political commentators. He joined the Vancouver Sun in 1984, and moved to its legislature bureau in 1986, becoming its legislature bureau chief in 1989. He joined BCTV (now Global BC) in 1995. He has covered nine premiers and the 2013 election will be the eighth B.C. election campaign he has covered (along with numerous federal campaigns and party leadership races). He also writes a weekly syndicated column on B.C. politics for a variety of Lower Mainland papers, including the North Shore News and the Now newspapers, and appears regularly on News Talk 980 CKNW. He makes public speaking appearances on B.C. politics, has written numerous magazine articles, and co-authored a book on former premier Bill Vander Zalm and his Social Credit government. He lives in Victoria with his wife and fellow journalist, Anne Mullens, their two daughters, and their Shiba Inu dog, Teddy.
Mike Smyth - The Province
Province columnist Michael Smyth, wanted to be a newspaperman ever since he was a kid watching his dad read the Toronto Star over breakfast every morning. Smyth was so keen to be a journalist he even started a family newsletter pounded out on a portable typewriter he got for Christmas when he was 10 years old. In high school, he started up another newspaper and tormented his teachers and student-council reps with hard-hitting columns and editorials. Some things never change. The journalism program at Toronto's Ryerson University was a natural fit for Smyth. It's a practical, hands-on school where students are taught by professional journalists. He graduated with a Bachelor of Applied Arts degree. Smyth's first job was in Wayne Gretzky's hometown with the Brantford Expositor, where he was amazed someone would actually pay him to interview NHL stars at Gretzky's annual charity tennis tournament. His next stop was the London Free Press in London, Ont. He covered the city beat and later served as the paper's bureau chief in Woodstock, where he covered everything from the courthouse to the cop shop. In 1988, Smyth joined The Canadian Press, Canada's national news agency. He worked four years on the Ontario Desk in Toronto, winning a CP award for his coverage of the Ben Johnson steroid scandal. In 1992, Smyth came to British Columbia as CP's correspondent at the Victoria legislature. Four years as a national writer caught the attention of editors at The Province. In 1996, Michael Smyth was hired by The Province as its political columnist.
Vaughn Palmer - Vancouver Sun
Vaughn Palmer has been the Vancouver Sun's provincial affairs political columnist, based in Victoria since 1984. His column appears on the Sun's page three five days a week. He has covered nine B.C. premiers -- and counting. Palmer was born in Gaspe, P.Q., in 1952. He moved to B.C. in 1967 and finished high school in Nanaimo. He attended the University of B.C. and worked on the student newspaper, the Ubyssey. He began working for the Sun in 1973, starting as reporter. He has also worked as an editorial writer and rock music critic, an experience he describes as only slightly crazier than covering the B.C. legislature. From 1980-82, he was city editor for The Sun. In 1982-83 Palmer attended Stanford University on a journalism fellowship. He is a winner of the Bruce Hutchison Award for Lifetime Achievement, given by the Jack Webster Foundation, of the Hyman Solomon Award for excellence in public policy journalism, given by the Public Policy Forum, and of the Jack Webster award for reporting.