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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: B.C. Liberals now stressing addiction treatment

Les Leyne: B.C. Liberals now stressing addiction treatment

After pulling together during the pandemic and opioid overdose emergencies, B.C. Liberals have been trying to differentiate themselves from the NDP since the 2020 election
Les Leyne: B.C.'s windfall surplus earmarked for 'storm' ahead

Les Leyne: B.C.'s windfall surplus earmarked for 'storm' ahead

The agenda-setting speech explicitly stated that the $5.7 billion surplus reported last November is a one-off.
Les Leyne: Big B.C. surplus, meet big B.C. cabinet

Les Leyne: Big B.C. surplus, meet big B.C. cabinet

B.C. Premier David Eby insists he won’t call an early election: “I didn’t hear one British Columbian say: ‘Gosh what I really hope happens now is a provincial election.’ ”
Les Leyne: As reality intrudes, Eby changes his views about police

Les Leyne: As reality intrudes, Eby changes his views about police

Premier produced $230 million and announced that B.C. is providing funding for about 277 more RCMP officers
Les Leyne: Housing debate squelched, but arguments will rage

Les Leyne: Housing debate squelched, but arguments will rage

Get ready for pitched battles on countless urban blocks as new housing is shoehorned in by decree.
Les Leyne: Leaked audit found rampant mismanagement of housing money

Les Leyne: Leaked audit found rampant mismanagement of housing money

B.C. Liberal critics said the full story was suppressed and minimized under Eby’s watch.
Les Leyne: David Eby's burst of ideas leaves you wondering

Les Leyne: David Eby's burst of ideas leaves you wondering

Eby has noted a few times that a lot of work has gone into the announcements he used to launch his premiership.
Les Leyne: Committee urges same response to drug crisis as to pandemic

Les Leyne: Committee urges same response to drug crisis as to pandemic

Ten thousand people have died in the six years since the emergency was declared — illicit drug toxicity is the leading cause of unnatural death in B.C., more than homicides, car crashes, drowning and fires combined
Les Leyne: Why B.C. government bailed on backing 2030 Olympics bid

Les Leyne: Why B.C. government bailed on backing 2030 Olympics bid

The B.C. government has resisted the temptation of trying to replicate an Expo 86 economic bounce
Les Leyne: Eby eyes 'profound' crime intervention

Les Leyne: Eby eyes 'profound' crime intervention

Left hanging in the air is the point that he was minister responsible for it over five full years.
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