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Throne Speech Exposes Clark Liberals’ Nastiness

June 23rd, 2017 · 37 Comments

For a while, I wondered if I had been pick-pocketed … and so had everyone else in B.C.!

The list of promises in the Throne Speech would suddenly make possible so many wonderful things … even more than most had ever asked for  … that Premier Christy Clark and her Liberal ministers/candidates had told us for weeks, months and years we simply could not YET afford.

But there they were: $1 Billion over four years for 60,000 childcare spaces; 150,000 childcare subsidies; free school tuition for children in care; $100 a month more for those on social assistance (after 10 years without a penny boost); elimination of tolls on the Port Mann Bridge; legal aid funding up 25%; a whole new ministry for mental health, addiction and recovery; a ban on corporate, union and third party political donations; and, even 50,000 new housing units to be built and made available to middle class families on a rent-to-own basis.

Wow!

And, according to the Premier  (she would not lie to us, would she!) all this CAN be accomplished without raising taxes or the deficit!

“These changes are affordable with the province’s strong fiscal position,” intoned a straight-faced Lt. Gov. Guichon, ” without compromising our commitment to a balanced budget.”

Seems the Clark government did have BILLIONS more of OUR money hidden away … unavailable for the public good … until they found themselves facing loss of power and their own personal prestige,  privileges and perks.

And then Presto, Change-O, here … take it… it’s yours … just let us keep ourselves in power!

Of course, it will NOT work: the Clark government WILL be defeated next week … and these latest death-bed mea-culpas will make things even worse for the Liberals.

Had they gone out defending their positions and their principles, Clark could have taken the fall … but other party stalwarts would have maintained at least some credibility and dignity.

Now, they ALL look sleazy: liars and deceivers.

Who would believe anything they say about BC’s fiscal fitness in the future???

In fact, even their own base must be disgusted with their sudden abandoning of conservative fiscal principles, prudent public spending policies and even the willingness to turn away corporate or third party donations.

Is nothing sacred to Clark and her puppets!

Apparently not.

Harv Oberfeld

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NDP/Greens Deserve Chance to Govern

June 19th, 2017 · 47 Comments

The Liberals say they are just following proper Parliamentary procedures … but there’s MUCH more to it than that.

The party knows it WILL be defeated on its Throne Speech after the Legislature returns Thursday … so why is it trying to delay the vote for another week or two beyond that?

They are no doubt hoping … and behind the scenes, directly and/or indirectly, pressuring Lt. Gov. Judith Guichon to  call another election.

For this to happen, Guichon need only conclude that the closeness of the party standings and the instability that could develop once a Speaker diminishes the NDP/Greens coalition ranks would prove too unmanageable, disruptive to the province … and thus, another vote should be held.

This would be political interference in the public democratic process … not something a politically appointed representative of Her Majesty the Queen should dare undertake.

The NDP/Greens coalition deserve a chance to govern. … until they are defeated or break up and decide to call an election themselves.

And that’s a stance … and a principle … that should be supported by all BC voters … even those who voted Liberal or Conservative etc.

I understand … and to some extent … share their concerns about what an NDP/Greens government would do; the impact on the economy; jobs; environmental rules; giveaways to supporters; and the impact on taxes; the debt/deficit.

Frankly, though, I think it would be good to have serious reviews of key areas, such as BC Hydro funding and pricing,  Site C dam (without the government’s mind made up in advance) , ICBC, Ferry and Transit  funding and operations, and, yes, what REALLY happened in the BC Rail scandal and selloff.

However, I don’t believe the NDP (not sure about the Greens) would be so foolish to bring in for short-term political reasons such job-killing and investment-destroying changes to ensure that whenever the next election takes place, they will be sent back into Opposition for another 15 years  … or even political oblivion.

And they would not be the first party to back off …or at least delay …some of the promises/stances/rhetoric they dished out during the election campaign … and even the years leading up to it.

But that’s not the point: the NDP/Greens  have agreed to work together; they have the numbers to defeat a Liberal government; and if they do, they should be given the chance to govern.

Period!

Harv Oberfeld

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