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Vaughn Palmer

Hard-Hitting Provincial Political Columnist

Vaughn Palmer’s hard-hitting columns have seen him cover the feats and follies of British Columbia’s premiers for 30 years.

Victoria, British Columbia, Canada


Palmer on Politics & Current Events
Mixing wit and humour with insight his talk is an up-to-the-minute update on the current state of affairs in our political scene.

BC’s Political Pulse Panel
with Bill Good & Keith Baldrey

Borderland & Foreign Relations
Canada / U.S. Relations and Victoria, Ottawa and Washington relations  

Platform Plus

Event Moderator
Panelist/In Conversation

  • An excellent, topical speech by a man who knows his business thoroughly; loves it and conveys that passion in a very humorous way, all while ensuring the material is relevant to the audience.

    - BC Human Resource Management Association Event
  • Vaughn was wonderful! Everyone thoroughly enjoyed his speech. Simply fabulous. He is a great guy . . . showed up early, chatted with the CEO’s and stayed until all the questions were answered. Perfect! - BC CEO Network Association
  • Vaughn was very well received and kept the crowd enlightened with his expertise. We were very pleased with his speech and he was very easy to work with, we all quite enjoyed him.

    - Event & Marketing Specialist, ConstructConnect
  • Vaughn Palmer was fantastic. You can tell he was a real pro.

    - Base Services Advisor, Metro Vancouver
  • Your talk was very informative and you got rave reviews from everyone. It’s a rare gift to be able to keep the rapt attention of 200 people who had to spend all morning listening to me talk – your humor and insightful comments were just what the doctor ordered!

    - West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd
  • Your insights into the political and policy making arena was very much appreciated especially since you present it in such a witty and entertaining fashion. Based on the evaluation received, your presentation was enthusiastically received by all those present and you ensured that the conference ended on a high note.

    - Pricare- B.C. Association of Private Care
  • Informative, straight from the shoulder and very humorous. Great overview of the political climate in BC. Well-balanced and useful. Vaughn knows his stuff!

    - BCB
  • He was witty, entertaining and a valued addition to our program…he handled the questions from our audience in a professional and sensitive manner.

    - Dumont and Associates; Forestry Consultants
  • I offer my own personal appreciation of the outstanding job you did in moderating our panel... The debate itself was extremely well received, and spanned a bunch of very meaty issues that benefitted from your expert handling. Commentary from participants was overwhelmingly positive, and you can take credit for that.

    - Metro Vancouver
  • He was awesome! He was really great and everyone marked him with extremely high scores on the evaluation.

    - Real Estate Institute of BC

Summary Profile

Vaughn Palmer’s hard-hitting columns have seen him cover the feats and follies of B.C.’s premiers  for 30 years. An award-winning journalist, Palmer is the Vancouver Sun’s provincial political columnist, based in Victoria. He also hosts the weekly program Voice of BC on Shaw TV and is a regular commentator on radio station CKNW in Vancouver and on KUOW, the National Public Radio station in Seattle.

Palmer is the recipient of the Bruce Hutchison Lifetime Achievement Award from the Jack Webster foundation, a co-winner of the Jack Webster award for reporting, and a recipient of the Hyman Solomon award for excellence in public policy journalism from the Canadian Public Policy Forum. Since 1984, Palmer has examined an extensive range of issues, personalities and scandals that have come to define B.C.’s political scene.

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