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Vaughn Palmer

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Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

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 almost 40 years. 

In the News

Vaughn Palmer in the media January 1, 2024

Keynote Speeches

Palmer on Politics & Current Events

Mixing wit and humour with insights, Palmer provides an up-to-the-minute update on the current state of affairs in our political scene.


BC's Political Pulse Panel

In collaboration with BC’s leading political commentators, Bill Good & Keith Baldrey.

Topics include:

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

You’ll hear the most current insights from three of BC’s leading political commentators who will debate, entertain, and discuss the key issues impacting the BC region within the current political landscape – locally, provincially, and nationally.

With elections and politics on the minds of many, our NSB political panel “BC Political Pulse” is ready to go!

Veteran journalists Vaughn Palmer, Bill Good and Keith Baldrey are the “go to” guys when it comes to understanding the British Columbia political landscape, past and present. Now they can appear live on stage at your meeting or event to comment, debate, take questions and entertain; and audiences love the “BC Political Pulse”.

“Funny, insightful, topical, relevant, provocative, informative, engaging and great entertainment” are some responses we hear from audiences who have experienced the BC panel.  Bill, Vaughn and Keith take their popular CKNW radio segment Cutting Edge of the Ledge to the platform live and current.

The format and time for “BC Political Pulse” varies and can be customized for your meeting and program.  Speak to your NSB Agent or VP about your meeting design and needs.

Vaughn Palmer has been writing a column about provincial politics for over 25 years for the Vancouver Sun. An award winning journalist, Palmer has covered multiple premiers, with a range of issues, personalities and scandals along the way.

Bill Good is one of British Columbia’s best known and respected broadcasters.  He anchored CBC’s evening news for ten years, and he also anchored Canada Tonight and the CTV Evening news.  Bill has hosted CKNW radio’s weekly the Bill Good Show  where Cutting Edge of the Ledge became one of the most popular segments of that show.

Keith Baldrey is the Legislative Bureau Chief for Global News; an author, a radio commentator and a syndicated columnist for Postmedia. Prior to Global, Keith was the Vancouver Sun Legislature Bureau Chief for over a decade.


Borderland & Foreign Relations

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

Platform Plus Presentations

Unique formats and ways to connect with audiences.
Event Moderator
Whether you are hosting a high profile debate or need a dynamic moderator to move your audience through a day-long event, Vaughn has proven track record for making political discussions engaging and meaningful.
Panelist/In Conversation
Drawing on his 30+ years of hard-hitting political journalism, Vaughn lends his tenured insights to every panel discussion or one-on-one interview he participates in.

Audience reviews:

  • Absolutely fantastic. He’s a pro, commands attention, and the feedback from the audience was overwhelmingly positive. - Communications Manager, Interior Lumber Manufacturers' Association
  • 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
  • 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 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 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 did a great job as usual. His knowledge and memory on BC politics is amazing. Our conference participants enjoyed his speech as confirmed by our survey results.

    - Acting Chief Operating Officer, Post-Secondary Employers' Association
  • 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
  • Vaughn was great! Really engaging and the audience could have listened to him all day long.

    - Regional Director - British Columbia, Progressive Contractors Association of Canada
  • Vaughn was excellent! He did a great job engaging with speakers, moderating questions, providing his own commentary and knowledge of forestry and updates on forestry related news as it was happening, and keeping the event on track. We’d like to book Vaughn again for next year’s convention. - Director of Communications, Truck Loggers Association
  • Vaughn and Keith were fantastic last week, of course a huge hit with our crowd and we will most definitely be booking them again for next year. - Director, Events and Partnerships, British Columbia Chamber of Commerce
  • The Cutting Edge of the Ledge Panel [Vaughn Palmer, Keith Baldrey and Bill Good] was terrific! - Director, Finance and Administration, British Columbia Chamber of Commerce
  • Vaughn kicked off the panel discussion and quickly stole the show. He did an outstanding job once again – hope to have him participate in the future! - Division Manager, Media Relations & Issues Management, Metro Vancouver Regional District

Speaker Biography

Vaughn Palmer’s hard-hitting columns have seen him cover the feats and follies of B.C.’s premiers for almost 40 years. An award-winning journalist, Palmer is the Vancouver Sun’s provincial political columnist, based in Victoria. Palmer is a regular commentator on radio station CKNW in Vancouver.

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.