July 25: Pipelines, Pot and Protectionism


Stress Lines Along the World’s Longest, (still) Undefended Border

City Club’s favorite Canadian, Vaughn Palmer, columnist for the Vancouver Sun, will join us with his latest thoughts  about the US relationship with our neighbors to the North.

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. Palmer was a long time contributor to KUOW and is still their go to person for comment on Canadian politics.
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.