I wish the Malahat First Nation luck in developing economic capacity in their community, but I will not support LNG in the Saanich Inlet. Furthermore, I do not support the "sellout" of British Columbia by the B.C. Liberals or inability of the B.C. NDP to take a clear position as they search for whatever position appears to be politically popular.
To put it in a local context: the B.C. government is providing unprecedented tax breaks to what is effectively a foreign Crown corporation, where the prime minister is suspected of siphoning off US$700 million from one of its other Crown corporations to his personal bank accounts. Doesn't inspire confidence.
While the charges themselves are a drop in the bucket of a $44.4 billion budget, sometimes they offer a peak at a ministry's attitudes or priorities.
This cabinet shuffle shows clear signs of Christy Clark trying to further tie our children's education and future to LNG.
Things are worse. They are so much worse. I cannot express how bad things are getting. It's because I love the work so much, that I have to leave. I've spent the last two years thinking about going. I've felt increasingly sorrowful that I simply cannot do all that these kids need and deserve me to do.
They have closed 24 out of 68 courthouses, 10 jails, 176 schools and 85 per cent of legal aid offices. It's really not hard to see where all the extra money came from.
In B.C., a 12 per cent sales tax plus three per cent luxury vehicle surtax means there is still quite a bit of room to move up. If the province implements a five to eight per cent super-luxury vehicle surtax, the revenue collected should be able to cover the 0.5 per cent sales tax that was rejected.
I'm still confused at how no one in her close circle of advisors could see the impending backlash that would follow this brain-dead idea.
Forget the dirty money "jobs and billions" dreams Premier Christy Clark and her cabinet cronies sell. Their sleight of hand is clumsy, bad for B.C., bad for our planet and the children to come.
You can only hide behind your "Families First" catch phrase for so long before families start to wake up and realize that we all deserve so much better then what you have to offer.
It may look like one at night, but the B.C. legislature isn't a movie set, even though some government staffers seem to be living out their own screenplays along the corridors of power.
While the provincial government might want to wish this crisis away, the facts have a way of hanging around.
There is absolutely no benefit to students to have full-to-the-brim classrooms; if there is why do private schools advertise small class sizes for a better learning environment?
It seems with every passing day, there is a new story out about Vancouver's red-hot real estate market. As mayor, Vancouver's lack of affordable housing is one of the most complex challenges I've faced at City Hall.
"Heaven help us all if government does nothing and this real estate bubble pops because of off-shore factors... This inaction would make for a real made-in-B.C. recession, the effects of which the entire economy would be feeling for years."
B.C.'s Charter for Public Education is a public owned document, which stands as a testament to everything we as a community want and expect from our public school system. It is a document long forgotten somewhere between the never ending war against our public schools, funding cuts and dragged out court cases.