David Eby has a lot to answer for if he dreams of being elected BC’s Premier.
Like that piddly $110 ICBC rebate to BC’s motorists ($165 for commercial drivers) … the bulk of them, middle class working people and families with kids … who had been suffering for two years under Covid and the BC NDP with North America’s most expensive gasoline … thanks to a plethora of taxes added on to each litre … including TWO provincial levies.
What makes that one-time rebate even more insulting, Eby announced it (costing the government $195 Million) after ICBC rang up NET PROFITS of $1 BILLION in 2020 and $1.5 BILLION in 2021.
So much for NDP Socialists sharing the province’s wealth with the “people”!
Does Eby’s action sound like someone who relates well and will look out for working singles, struggling couples, families, seniors?
Not to me!
I have known David Eby a long time. I used to enjoy interviewing him when he was Executive Director of the BC Civil Liberties Association: found him accessible, affable and articulate. … a true civil libertarian.
But power changes people … and my observations of him in recent years, based on his own statements, actions and the ensuing news coverage, exposes more of a cold, calculating, pushy ideologue: a politician less open and transparent than the libertarian I saw in the past.
NDP members, the media and the voters should closely look at Eby’s role in power: beginning with his record as BC Attorney General.
It has been on Eby’s watch that the revolving doors at BC’s Courts have been spinning at record speed! Giving almost free reign to criminals, drug pushers and crazies … while honest citizens and past victims live in fear of even going out to work, for a walk or shopping.
Just last Spring Eby and the NDP faced province-wide criticism from municipal leaders after huge increases in street crimes, shopliftings, vandalism, robberies and even violent assaults …but fewer and fewer prolific offenders were being prosecuted and those that were rarely ended up in jail.
Read all the details here: https://www.vicnews.com/news/every-excuse-in-the-book-eby-under-fire-over-b-c-s-handling-of-prolific-offenders/.
Eby blamed federal laws and even Covid. But I have never seen him take ANY responsibility himself for the growing chaos and fear on BC’s urban streets … despite being the province’s Attorney General.
(Maybe Premier John Horgan can teach Eby HOW to do a “mea culpa”?)
While an Attorney General cannot interfere in judges’ decisions, he (or she) DOES have the power to direct prosecution policies to make sure “catch and release”, if not eliminated, is at least curtailed.
Under Eby’s time in the job, the number of prosecutions of street crimes and other urban crime has fallen … while incidents have increased and the public feels less secure because, under the NDP, BC’s streets have become much less safe.
Surely this deserves more questioning by BC’s “working” media than it has received!
And then, there’s Eby’s handling of the administrative disasters at BC Housing, which is also his portfolio.
In a column July 11, Vancouver Sun columnist Vaughn Palmer described the “sneaky” way Eby announced the firing of several members of BC Housing’s Board of Directors, after receiving the results of a highly critical authorized study/external report.
“He received the government-commissioned review on May 10. He posted it online with next to no fanfare on June 30, the eve of the Canada Day long weekend.”
And Palmer noted more than just Eby’s timing.
“Because there are NDP fingerprints all over this mess, Eby could not fall back on his usual take-no-prisoners style of blame-placing, the way he did on money laundering and the ICBC dumpster fire, where the B.C. Liberals were entirely at fault.”
Read Palmer’s full column here: https://o.canada.com/opinion/columnists/vaughn-palmer-expect-government-secrecy-to-continue-if-eby-becomes-b-c-premier.
And just a month earlier, to push for greater density development, Eby threatened to INTERFERE with municipalities’ rights to regulate and approve zoning bylaws … that have preserved, protected so many family residential neighbourhoods for decades.
Read the details of that scary bullying threat here: https://vancouversun.com/news/local-news/b-c-housing-minister-doubles-down-on-threat-to-seize-zoning-powers-from-municipalities.
Talk about a “Big Brother” dictatorial attitude by a provincial government! Imagine if Eby had the powers of Premier!
Eby is also backing the plan to build a 13-storey social housing high-rise for homeless, low income and mental health challenged people right in the middle of a prime Vancouver residential area on Arbutus at West 8th Ave. https://vancouversun.com/news/local-news/eby-slams-group-using-bc-housing-shakeup-oppose-supportive-housing.
That project … I have NO doubt … WILL turn out to be disaster: piling people with serious economic/social/mental health needs into a segregated “housing” tower in any neighbourhood is an archaic, isolating throwback to the disgraceful warehousing and crime-breeding social housing policies of the 1930s to 1950s!
Of course, as soon as any residents there walk out the front door, they will realize how isolated they are: with very few social services or public health facilities nearby.
And wait till they see the prices at nearby West side neighbourhood grocers, restaurants, barbers, shoe repairs etc.!
This project is only being foisted on the proposed location, I believe, because the radical far left extremists running Vancouver City Hall, with provincial funding, want to “stick it” to the well-heeled West side.
With Eby’s full support!
Read the details of that coming disaster here: https://globalnews.ca/news/8953614/kits-social-housing-controversy/.
Nevertheless, the NDP will effortlessly crown Eby their new Leader and BC’s new Premier Dec. 3.
But with all his baggage, getting Eby ELECTED to the Premier’s job by the “working” tax-paying people of the province won’t be so easy!