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Pie in the Sky Throne Speech Reveals Contempt for Electorate

February 13th, 2013 · 33 Comments

Okay…I’ve stopped laughing!  What freedom I have now that I’m retired: I used to have report … without mocking them outright … the various Throne Speeches, provincially and federally, of a variety of political stripes.  And although I always reminded viewers that Throne Speeches exaggerated the possibilities, to put it mildly, they did reveal the government’splanned  basic legislative thrust for the next few years.

Not this one.

I couldn’t believe anything it contained … because it all ran so contrary to the actual  record of the Liberals in power in BC over the past TWELVE years, under both Gordon Campbell and Christy Clark.

For example, here is Clark touting such wealth coming our way so relatively soon that we will not only be able to retire B.C.’s $56 Billion debt in just six years, but even totally get rid of our provincial sales tax not that long after!

This … form a government that has REPEATEDLY been raising even our basic Medical Service Plan premiums year after year, when so many other provinces, some much poorer than ours,   don’t charge their taxpayers MSP premiums at all (did you know this?).

Now, we’re all going to be rolling in BILLIONS in a relatively short time!

The Magic Formula Potion:  FIVE (not even two or three …or even four so far announced/approved by any company) … FIVE new Liquefied Natural Gas plants that will trigger ONE TRILLION DOLLARS in economic benefits to BC, along with a HUNDRED BILLION DOLLARS in added revenues to BC.

Get rid of the debt; get rid of the provincial  sales tax; produce BILLIONS more for health care and education!

Fantastic!  But I have a question (here I go again!!!) … Christy, why have you waited till now?  Why aren’t we well along on these plans by now?  THAT might have even given the idea … and you …. credibility

Just like that!  Presto! Change-O!  Forget your troubles, c’mon get happy ….”

What Christy Clark should have with her when trying to sell this to voters on the election trail is not just a podium, but bottles of that Special Secret Potent Elixir that will also cure all your other ills … from fatigue with political bull to relief from the headaches that struggling under the Liberals has imposed on so many BC families.

“But wait … if you act NOW, we will double our offer,” Clark could even vow … knowing full well that the “shipping and handling charges” for her message will go from bank accounts to her new government before we realize the magic elixir fixed nothing and all our ailments remained …or got worse.

And … as an added bonus ..a SECRET SURPRISE?   Maybe a NEW IMPROVED HST …  (temporarily of course until the BILLIONS flow))  now that Clark at last would have an elected mandate?

This pie in the sky Throne Speech gave me gas, alright.

But thankfully it wasn’t liquified.

Harv Oberfeld



Tags: British Columbia

33 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Gary T // Feb 13, 2013 at 5:06 pm

    Good article Harvey. I’m glad that I didn’t watch this on TV, sounds like it was enough to make you chuck up a perfectly good dinner. I just can’t believe that the Bobble Head believes that we are this stupid, and will believe this Pie in the Sky crap. Can we please have an election tomorrow ? Pretty please !

    (Response: What! And deny us political junkies the fun of an election campaign!!! And so much to blog about! Never. h.o)

  • 2 Hugh // Feb 13, 2013 at 5:40 pm

    Ha, ha, no, the benefits will be $100 trillion! How will we spend all that?

    What happened to the benefits from BC Hydro exporting ‘green’ IPP power? That didn’t work out too well.

    (Response: Amazing…they can’t even handle this “pipe” dream properly …refusing to release the two “independent” reports that say the plan will work. How do they think that will impress the public? Especially with the Liberal track record when it comes to credibility. Ridiculous! h.o)

  • 3 Scotty on Denman // Feb 13, 2013 at 6:30 pm

    Whopper pie in the sky! Ingredients trumpeting a dubious recipe; but which follows the other: hyperbole or licence?

    It’s a pity Christy’s delusional LNG $trillion (!) would in her mind licence picking a fight with teachers, her favourite ideological scapegoats. Is it again or just a continuation? Just over a decade ago as Education Minister herself, Christy fomented this current round of bad blood, bailed when the going got tough and jeered from the sidelines as BC taxpayers were forced to defend ripping up fairly bargained labour contracts, nine years in court that cost tens of millions of tax dollars; it was a foregone conclusion the teachers would win ( from the beginning, lawyers would have advised the BC Liberal’s action was unconstitutional) but an ideological point had to be made, the same one in other ways to all organized workers but especially public sector unions. Are we to believe that Christy would flog this dead horse once again (as insinuated in the Throne Speech)? Does it only make sense to use our kids and grandkids as ideological pawns if we are bedazzled by fantastically huge, pie in the sky numbers?
    We’ve been demanding where all our money went.
    Christy’s rebuttal seems to be to tell a bigger whopper.

  • 4 Ian Fromme-Nelson // Feb 13, 2013 at 8:57 pm

    Thanks, Harvey! I’m really looking forward to reading your artices during the campaign… only thing is, if you’re covering electioneering will you have to change the name of your blog?

    It should be a pretty interesting campaign from the BC LIbERalS — I’m pretty sure they’ve brought in Dr. Evil as an advisor… I can just see him sitting at the table with CC, Rich and Harry, putting his extended finger to the side of his mouth, saying “Never mind billions from LNG… how about… one TRILLION DOLLARS?!”

    Cheers, Harv, thanks again! Gung Hey Fat Choy!

    (Response: Gung Hei Fat Choy!!! I wonder if there’s any coincidence the election will take place in the Year of the Snake. As for keeping it real, I intend to try my best to do that…and probably by the time the campaign ends, partisan supporters of every party will be accusing me of favoring the other side. And that will make me believe I fulfilled my task …on behalf of voters who are not pre-programmed. h.o)

  • 5 Bruce W // Feb 13, 2013 at 9:06 pm

    Good article Harvey. The biggest problem with he throne speech was keeping my dinner down after it. That Snooki BooHoo is “truth challenged” isn’t really news, but this whopper takes the cake. How she can put this out in public with a straight face, and expect us to buy into it, is beyond me. If she and her inept, corrupt bunch of hangers-oners really believe this, then the province is in far more trouble than we realize. We’ll be paying for their 12 years of thievery for decades to come.

    (Response: I wonder if they have other promises still to come: like a super dome over the Lower Mainland to keep out the rain; sprinkler systems throughout BC forests to prevent forest fires; and, of course, construction of the Evergreeen line. h.o)

  • 6 e.a.f. // Feb 13, 2013 at 10:51 pm

    She really thinks anybody is going to believe any of that bull she had the L.G. shovelling? making trillions and billions at some future date. sounds great but the rent is due at the end of this month and most people on welfare or disability are going to have any other big problem trying to pay that. Does Christie and crew think B.C. creditors are going to be willing to extend more credit based on future billions and trillions of dollars of income on L.N.G.?

    the budget didn’t mention anything about education, health care, the ministry for children. In case she may have forgotten there was a report issued about a child left with abusive foster parents, which the social workers knew about. the child stabbed a social worker and then a cop tazered the kid. things are going very well there chrisite. Just tell me how you are going to clean up that mess. Perhaps the cops could arrest her and her government for child abuse and neglect. The budget did not address any of the issues in this province, just talked about some “gas”. must be something she is smoking and toking. if her own party votes for this budget, they should all be voted out of office asap.

  • 7 Seven // Feb 14, 2013 at 6:59 am


    You have captured the essential “essence” emanating from Victoria.

  • 8 G. Barry Stewart // Feb 14, 2013 at 8:41 am

    “This pie in the sky Throne Speech gave me gas, alright.

    But thankfully it wasn’t liquified.”

    Not a great image, Harvey — but hilarious!

  • 9 Larry Bennett // Feb 14, 2013 at 8:42 am

    Uh, Scotty – and just who are using our kids and grandchildren as ideological pawns in this game? Please, spare us your great postulation that all teacher union contracts are sacred and nothing else in the entire universe, galaxy, cosmos – matters!

  • 10 Larry Bennett // Feb 14, 2013 at 8:48 am

    Actually Harve, your reply to Bruce W sounds more like something we could expect from our beknighted Mayor. Of course you probably don’t travel by transit or SkyTrain, but if you did you’d notice that they are crammed at all hours of the day, because of the dearth of, or shocking cost of parking down town.

  • 11 dan // Feb 14, 2013 at 9:04 am

    Special Secret Potent Elixir
    I found out what that elixir is. But I think the product is out of date.

  • 12 morry // Feb 14, 2013 at 9:53 am

    i laughed so as i listened to her….

    Wind Power and too much gas. Two resources she has in abundance

    This week even the sleepy MSM have awoken and are mocking the Photo Op Party.

  • 13 Keith E. // Feb 14, 2013 at 10:10 am

    Hi Harvey,

    cristy plans to create a new tax and royalties on the L.N.G. exporters to take us to the land of milk and honey with hundreds of billions, while those exporters are lobbying the feds. for tax relief.

    cristy may want to kiss and make up with Alison Redford to see how the prosperiy fund will end up. Probably the same as the boom after the Olympics.

  • 14 kootcoot // Feb 14, 2013 at 10:21 am

    Maybe Christy our not-Premier is gonna catch “farts in bottles” and liquefy that! (While crushing beer cans between her tatas)

    There is so much natural gas everywhere these days they’ll be paying folks to take it soon!

  • 15 212Degrees // Feb 14, 2013 at 2:02 pm

    I fail to see why Clark and the Liberals think they are the only ones capable of developing LNG. The NDP are on record of supporting the same development, but are at lest more realistic and measured on their support. The Liberals are merely showing their political desperation and arrogance by insisting they are the only alternative to take advantage of this natural resource. The cross roads they speak about is completely fictional and manufactured for political reasons.

    (Response: I wonder if their secret (why???) reports discussed environmental, first nations and protestor challenges with building and delivering enough LNG through pipelines for FIVE new plants. And coastal transportation issues. We MUST see those reports. GET with it, MSM!!! h.o)

  • 16 Scotty on Denman // Feb 14, 2013 at 5:03 pm

    Tell it to the Judge, Larry.

  • 17 j // Feb 14, 2013 at 6:07 pm

  • 18 13 // Feb 14, 2013 at 9:56 pm

    Harvey, as a BC Lib supporter I am hoping for a quick painless end to this car wreck. It seems that I will have to watch this desperate pathetic bunch bang a gong to the bitter end. If they are using advisors or spin docs.or a PR firm I hope they arent paying much money. ( yeah I know their spending tax dollars).Like I said very bad advice.

    (Response: I too wonder who is advising them? Seems they are still gambling that enough British Columbians won’t ever vote NDP and that the Conservatives have self-destructed enough to give the Libs a chance.And they’re robably still hoping the corporate MSM will start pushing for them to be given another chance. h.o)

  • 19 Sean in Vancouver // Feb 14, 2013 at 11:05 pm

    Typical politicking! If the BC Liberals get reelected, or the NDP sweeps into power, they’ll have their own high and lofty sounding throne speech.

    Just like Obama’s State of the Union address! Wastes of time.

    I am interested, however, which public assets that the current government wishes to sell to help it with the upcoming budget?

  • 20 Ed Seedhouse // Feb 14, 2013 at 11:14 pm

    I see that in Australia both Wind and Solar power are now cheaper than coal. Than coal!

    So, since the advances in both types of “green” power sources will no doubt continue apace, we may get our first LNG plant just in time to mothball it since no one wants to spend money on expensive natural gas anymore.

    Now that’s what I call long term thinking! After the wind and sun run down we’ll be ready to corner the market in gas. Oh wait.

  • 21 Crankypants // Feb 15, 2013 at 1:40 am

    Considering our provincial government is loathe to be anywhere the Legislature unless they absolutely cannot avoid it, do we really need to continue the ritual of a throne speech?

    The Lieutenant Governors, past and present, look as if they would rather be in a hospital having a vital organ removed without the aid of any anasthetic. The contents are long on verbiage and short on substance. And finally, the cost of this excercise could probably fund the Union Gospel Mission’s special occasion meals for at least a year or two.

  • 22 Larry Bennett // Feb 15, 2013 at 11:20 am

    Scotty – I don’t discuss anything with beaks, they are appointed, or hadn’t you heard?

  • 23 Islander // Feb 15, 2013 at 12:10 pm

    Great post, Harvey.

    Talking about LNG would not be a bad a thing, per se — if Christy was not fictionalizing the simplicity of BC collecting benefits from it.

    T Boone Pickins makes a good case that LNG could nearly — and eventually — eliminate North America’s dependence on oil. It would be an economic ‘game changer’ for us to have lots of American (and offshore) dollars flowing into BC for LNG, rather than to the middle east for their ‘black gold’.

    But we have to go about it slowly and carefully. There are too many examples of folks living near ‘fracking’ sites, who’s tapwater will burn almost like kerosene…. We certainly do not need that in BC…

    We do need to develop this industry, but responsibly. Not as the ‘hail Mary’ that our desperate delusional Premier is trying to foist on us….

    (Response: Readers of this blog know I am no foe of LNG etc….but let’s keep it real! To have the Liet Governor sit there and read…with a straight face..that the governmrent will get FIVE built in just a few few years… complete with financing, pipeline routes, with inland and coastal environmental issues and first nations issues ALL resolved and conastruction completed…the point of producing enough revenues to eventually wipe out or entire debt and cancel our sales tax, just boggles the mind ….and defies credibilty. Especially when they refuse to release the two “independent” reports they say makes it all feasible. h.o)

  • 24 Ara Hepburn // Feb 15, 2013 at 3:22 pm

    @ Sean in Vancouver who asked: I am interested, however, which public assets that the current government wishes to sell to help it with the upcoming budget?

    Our Crown forests: and no one in the MSM mentions it:
    Ben Parfitt: SNEAKY LIBERALS ARE PLANNING A a B.C. forest giveaway

  • 25 Scotty on Denman // Feb 16, 2013 at 2:54 am

    I agree, Larry, it was disappointing how long the judge on the Torn Up Teacher’s Treaty Case let BC Liberal layers drag this out–nine years, I believe–at the expense of taxpayers and school kids. This was an ideological skirmish to the detriment of education.

    Maybe your implication that the judge in this case, being appointed, was somehow biased is correct; prob’ly could have pushed it through quicker by handing out some contempt convictions. There was really no question that ripping up those contracts was unconstitutional.

  • 26 CGHZD // Feb 16, 2013 at 10:49 am

    12Weeks3Days9Hours12Minutes until the nightmare ends.


  • 27 R // Feb 16, 2013 at 5:02 pm


  • 28 Gini // Feb 17, 2013 at 12:19 am

    Something is really wrong with our government when a B.C. entrepreneur is forced to take his solar panel idea to Bellingham and start up his (very successful, BTW) business there.

    Instead of promoting alternative energy, Christy continues to flog a dead (and deadly, thanks to fracking) horse.

    The state of Texas, that ‘big oil’ giant, now is powered by alternative energy to the tune of 25%. I don’t know about you, but that makes me ashamed of my province. Are the BC Liberals so far behind that they think they’re ahead?

    I hope the NDP, if elected, put a stop to fracking in B.C. and decide to put our tax dollars into alternative energy instead of LNG.

  • 29 G. Barry Stewart // Feb 17, 2013 at 10:24 am

    Gini, can you give us a link to that story? I’m very interested in solar power.

  • 30 Larry Bennett // Feb 17, 2013 at 12:17 pm

    Gini – The motto of Texas is “Friendhip”, but having just discovered a virtual ocean of new oil deep below it, you might associate Texas more with the old “Don’t Tread on Me”, byline.

  • 31 born vancouverite // Feb 17, 2013 at 2:16 pm

    Christy seems to have forgotten the BC long term liabilities,ipp’s etc that adds about 50b to our debt.

  • 32 Gini // Feb 17, 2013 at 2:31 pm

    @G. Barry Stewart:
    It was on ‘the National’ one night last week, but I can’t recall which night it was. Perhaps if you google National, you can find it.

  • 33 Alexandra // Feb 19, 2013 at 10:54 pm

    So answer me this Harvey, What exactly has my tax dollars and those of my fellow British Columbians been paying for in regards to Pamela Martin’s 135,000 per year salary???, while our healthcare is crumbling, and children are being taught in trailers??
    so give me the goods, is the money taken off my paycheque paying for her wardrobe or her manicures???

    (Response: Not sure, but I think she’s helping improve Clark’s community relations links on social issues. Maybe some intrepid journalist should check out/do her “progress” report? And while at it, defintely ask what her severance package would give her(just in case, of course). h.o)