Connect the dots … and the picture of modern life emerging in British Columbia is not a pretty one: that is, if you respect those nagging little things like freedom and democracy.
The trouble is most of us …and most of the BC media (who should be professional enough to know better) … look at life and issues individually, so we often fail to put it all together in a bigger picture.
Let me help you.
First … a very troubling fact: we have a premier and a government that have NEVER received a mandate from the people of the province. That is old news, but it’s now becoming very apparent of what that has since wrought for the province.
As I have previously discussed on this blog, Christy Clark herself has made it VERY CLEAR … especially when questions about BC RAIL, the original disgraceful way the HST was imposed etc. etc … that her government is NOT Campbell’s government. So totally different, in fact, that she vowed, when running in the Point Grey by-election for a a seat as an MLA, to hold a general election AS SOON AS POSSIBLE if elected.
Then she was elected as an MLA … and promptly ignored her promise. And since then, democracy has clearly proved to be an inconvenience. I guess if you don’t hold an election, you don’t have to follow all kinds of other rules or traditions either.
That’s where the dots started: with an unelected premier, leading an unelected government and introducing all kinds of legislation without any public mandate to do so.
With that kind of governing standard, how could we be surprised when, de facto, the Clark government decided to ignore the vote of the people on the HST. Does anyone really believe they couldn’t get rid of the hated tax (that’s bringing the government hundreds of millions in extra revenues) before 2013???
The Clark administration reminds me of the oil companies: ever notice how FAST prices go up when “world conditions” can be used as an excuse …but how SLOW they fall when stability and supplies are doing fine? That’s exactly how the will of the BC voters is being ignored, for so long, allowing Clark to exploit every last possible gouging dollar out of the taxpayers. (Filling the goody bank to buy votes next spring?).
No doubt easy to do for a premier who disdained even getting a mandate from those same taxpayers.
Another dot … the cavalier trampling of BC teachers’ democratic rights … without even allowing the appointment of an INDEPENDENT mediator.
Sure, no one wants BC kids to suffer; no one wants working parents to suffer through the dilemma of finding daycare for their children with schools closed; no one wants the government to give in to all the demands of the BCTF.
BUT there are decent responsible ways to solve the dispute when negotiations fail: with an INDEPENDENT mediator to get both sides to try to work things out… or binding arbitration through an INDEPENDENT arbitrator.
Even that apparently is too much for the current governmewnt ..and given how THEY themselves achieved power … why should we be surprised!
So first came the newest dot: shooting down the decision of the BC Labour Relations Board to allow limited and restricted job action by the teachers.
By imposing another HUGE dot: legislation outlawing any strike or lockout in the dispute, and IMPOSING a GOVERNMENT-SELECTED AND APPOINTED mediator. Any bets on how successful that process will be???
Then there was the dictatorial dot: even cutting short debate in the legislature to ram the legislation through.
Are you starting to connect the dots .. and see how politicans who don’t respect the voters also don’t respect tradition or citizens’ rights, and apparently feel they can just impose their will through Draconian legislation, enforced with massive penalties to be imposed by the courts … and pretty well accommodated by a complacent media, most of whom dropped the “outrage” from their journalistic backbones a decade ago.
With all this, it’s also now easy to understand how Clark is getting away with one of the biggest dots in the emerging picture of how she governs: delaying TWO by-elections as long as possible … denying taxpayers not only a VOTE but REPRESENTATION for as long as possible.
The people of Port Moody/Coquitlam haven’t had an MLA since OCT 1, when their LIBERAL MLA resigned to take a job in private business. It’s now MARCH: has there really been not enough time yet to call a by-election. Of course, there has …unless you fear losing to the NDP , or even worse, the Conservatives! So ignore democracy and voters’ rights!
In Chilliwack-Hope, the MLA (another Liberal) announced in November he would leave in January..and did. Still no by-election date there either. Surprise!
Enough dots yet to see the real picture?
Well how about a couple more to frame the BIG picture or where democracy now stands in BC.
Even though Clark hasn’t called the two by-election dates (she has until Spril 7 in the first and July 30 in the latter) that hasn’t stopped her from campagning in both!!!
When you ignore democracy in your own case, it’s easy to also shunt it aside in the cases of others … and even have cronies who act illegally.
In Chilliwack, the aspiring local Liberal hopeful has even had election signs up …until those were ruled illegal, because no by-electon had yet been called and no permits (otherwise required) had been applied for or obtained from the municipality to erect advertising signs.
But when the leader ignores that which she finds inconvenient, why shouldn’t her supporters!
This is BC today.
Connect the dots … and the picture that emerges is NOT a pretty one.