BILLION DOLLAR Museum an NDP Scheme to “Brownwash” BC History

The only history worthy of telling … and memorializing … is the unblemished, unfiltered absolute truth.

Good museums are invaluable assets in any local community, province, state or country. Future generations can … and should … learn from the accomplishments and failings of the past.

But beware when governments and politicians take an active role in planning, organizing and recounting the history of any people or region … through museums!

The rewriting of history to fit the propaganda/ideological goals favored by the politicians in power is very dangerous.

Which is what I believe is happening in BC … and there is mounting evidence to prove it.

If British Columbians (and the BC media) had the time and interest in putting two and two together, they would realize political interference in the Royal BC Museum ESCALATED long before Premier John Horgan’s announcement of the new BILLION DOLLAR museum.

It began last December, with the closure and dismantling of the museum’s hugely popular Old Town exhibit.

Old Town showed how BC’s early settlers first lived/shopped in their new environment. And it showcased thousands of artifacts (tools, clothing, household goods) and early urban living conditions.

But they were European …and white. Under the NDP, It had to go! And so did the Captain Vancouver’s ship’s cabin depiction.

This from the Victoria Times Columnist announcing the closure:

“The museum will close the entire third floor, which also includes the First ­Peoples Gallery, on Dec. 31, in what it calls a “decolonization” of exhibits in a step toward eliminating racism and the start of ­reconciliation with Indigenous peoples.

“Exhibits in the Becoming B.C. Gallery, chronicling early European settler ­history — including the Old Town replica, displays on the logging, fishery and mining ­industries and Capt. George Vancouver’s ship ­Discovery — will disappear after more than 50 years.”

Yes … key elements depicting BC’s REAL history will “disappear”.

“Elements of those displays could eventually return in a new form as the museum develops a “new narrative.”

“New narrative”?

Sounds like a new “woke” propaganda attempt to me!!

I have no doubt the First Nations exhibits and celebration of culture will return in the “new” museum in fawning expanded form and content: the European brave explorers, rugged pioneers and accomplishments not so much … and likely not to the same degree of the prior celebration of their culture/contributions.

You can read the full story here: https://www.timescolonist.com/islander/royal-bc-museum-sees-rush-for-last-look-at-old-town-before-its-dismantled-4880069.

Still think BC’s “new” history WON’T be politically tainted?

“Government has committed to modernization of the Royal BC Museum ….” said the Museum’s own press release at the time.

“Modernization” ?

Whenever government gets involved in “modernization” of any history museum …. be scared, be very scared!

In fact, Vancouver Sun columnist Vaughn Palmer noted just last week that it was Tourism Minister Melanie Mark months ago who “presided over the permanent closure and removal of Old Town on grounds that it was part of an institution that needed to be “decolonized” forthwith.”

“Only after an outcry by capital region residents who really did love Old Town, did Mark drop the “decolonialization” rhetoric and begin referring to the need to “modernize” and seismically upgrade the museum.”

You can read Palmer’s full column here: https://vancouversun.com/opinion/columnists/vaughn-palmer-horgan-can-only-blame-himself-for-museum-faux-pas.

The BC NDP government is interfering in … and rewriting BC history.

No doubt to FIT the NDP’s historic, ideological and political narrative … the truth be damned!

And WHO will ultimately decide how/what the “new” museum will tell BC’s history?

This from the Museum’s own website:

“The Royal BC Museum Corporation is governed by an eleven-member Board of Directors, appointed by the Province, and accountable to the Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sport. The Board appoints a Chief Executive Officer to implement policies and corporate goals.”

Can’t be any more political than that!

Be skeptical … be scared.

In fact, from what NDP MLA Aman Singh (Richmond-Queensborough), said in the Legislature last week, I believe government (political) interference will soon extend well beyond the BC Museum.

“Our government understands the pivotal role museums, art galleries, historic sites and cultural centres have in preserving and showcasing the history, culture and contributions of specific communities in BC,” Singh proffered.

Governments should have NO ROLE in deciding/telling the stories, the history, the truth in ANY of these institutions.

Is anyone naive enough to believe that the new NDP museum will tell the FULL truth of European, First Nations and immigrant interactions and history … the good, the bad and, yes, the ugly … on ALL sides?

No way!!

We all know governments and politicians deal in propaganda, spin … even sometimes outright lying … to suit their own agendas, ideology and political goals.

And the evidence is growing that, in BC, the NDP government is too actively participating in and manipulating the affairs of the Royal BC Museum … and likely even more areas to come.

The truth will set us free … but I doubt “truth” will be front and centre at the Billion Dollar “NDP Museum of BC History”.

Harv Oberfeld

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How the BC and Federal Governments PROFIT From YOUR Suffering!

I saw it! In Vancouver Sunday, gasoline hit $2.33.9 a litre.

Self-serve!

It’s unconscionable … and I don’t buy the oil industry’s bull**** that it’s because of the Ukraine war, refinery maintenance shutdowns, changeover to summer grades … or whatever other excuses they regularly dredge up.

It’s EXPLOITATION!

This is from CTV News just five days ago:

“As drivers from coast to coast face record prices at the pump, Canadian oil companies have seen profits surge. Cenovus recently announced its best first-quarter profit ever as the company raked in $1.6-billion, compared to $220-million dollars in the first quarter of last year.”

See the full CTV story by Ben Miljure here: https://bc.ctvnews.ca/oil-company-profits-soar-as-b-c-pump-prices-hit-record-highs-1.5897620#:~:text=As%20drivers%20from%20coast%20to,first%20quarter%20of%20last%20year.

“Imperial Oil had its best opening quarter in 30 years as it posted profits of $1.17-billion. Canadian Natural resources more than doubled its year-over-year first quarter numbers with a profit of $3.1-billion. And Suncor brought home $2.95-billion in quarter one, nearly quadrupling last year’s results of $800-million,” CTV reported.

And making it all worse, governments are not protesting/resisting or even questioning: they have actually JOINED the oil companies in pillaging motorists and, in fact, every consumer who buys groceries, clothing, ANY products moved by truck (which is almost EVERYTHING!).

The Vancouver Sun recently outlined ALL the taxes that have been PILED ON by the BC NDP and federal Liberal governments.

“In Vancouver, drivers pay 56 cents per litre in taxes while drivers in Victoria pay 47 cents per litre, according to the B.C. Utilities Commission. Drivers in the rest of B.C. pay 43 cents in taxes per litre of gasoline,” The Vancouver Sun reported May 10 , when gasoline was selling in the Lower Mainland for $2.23 a litre.

It went on to give the breakdown:

“That can be further broken down to 11 cents per litre in carbon tax, 10 cents per litre in the federal excise tax, 8.5 cents per litre in the provincial excise tax, and 9.5 cents a litre in GST. The transit levy varies depending on jurisdiction but it’s the highest in Metro Vancouver at 18.5 cents a litre.”

You can read the full Sun story here: https://vancouversun.com/news/local-news/will-cutting-bc-gas-tax-lower-fuel-costs#:~:text=In%20Vancouver%2C%20drivers%20pay%2056,taxes%20per%20litre%20of%20gasoline.

This all adds up to BIG BUCKS for Translink and the BC government … as the provincial government PROFITS from your suffering

This year, the BC government will collect about $935 Million in fuel taxes and $1.6 Billion in carbon taxes … not to mention an estimated $705 million in ICBC revenues. Translink reportedly pulls in more than $300 Million a year from gas taxes.

And those figures are projected to keep increasing!

According to the government’s own Budget and Fiscal Plan for
2021/22 – 2023/24 tabled in the Legislature in April:

“Motor fuel tax revenue growth is expected to average 1.3 per cent annually over the
three-year plan. Diesel volumes are forecasted to grow 2 per cent annually and other fuel
volumes rise in line with real GDP growth. In 2023/24 the forecast assumes that gasoline
purchases decline due to provincial policy measures relating to clean energy initiatives.
Carbon tax revenue is forecast to rise an average of 8.9 per cent annually over the next
three years as the carbon tax rate increases from $45/tonne of CO2 equivalent emissions
in 2021/22 to $50 in 2022/23.”

Ka-ching! Ka-ching! Ka-ching!

Think about all that when you get your piddly $110 ICBC rebate ($165 for commercial drivers) … and apply it to your weekly gas purchases at $2.33.9 a litre!!!

And that’s just part of the story how the paychecks, wallets and bank accounts British Columbians (in fact, all Canadians) are being plundered by the politicians in power.

The Horgan NDP government’s PROFIT-making on the backs of struggling BC working families and businesses pales in comparison to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his federal Liberal government!

Because the GST component in our Fuel Taxes is NOT a fixed amount … but FIVE PERCENT of the TOTAL gas price.

So the federal take RISES MILLIONS OF DOLLARS with EVERY penny a litre of gas goes up!

And gas prices in the Lower Mainland are expected to reach $2.50.9 a litre by Summer.

Ka-ching! Ka-ching! Ka-ching!

It’s all a legalized shakedown! A ripoff of taxpayers! The rape of those who cannot fight back!

So WHY would the provincial or federal government LOWER their take from gasoline purchases???

BECAUSE it’s the DECENT thing to do in the face of the hardships their current WHOPPING taxes (56 cents on EVERY litre sold in the Lower Mainland … THE HIGHEST IN NORTH AMERICA !!) are inflicting on WORKING individuals, families, small businesses, seniors …. those who trusted them … and put them in office.

Unfortunately, when it comes to gasoline tax revenues, that DECENCY has so far eluded Horgan and Trudeau.

Harv Oberfeld

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