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Adrian Dix's Election Grit Came Too Little Too Late

Adrian Dix's Election Grit Came Too Little Too Late

Commented May 16, 2013 at 20:44:01 in Canada British Columbia

“Seriously, one wonders at this point. And now Moe is saying that no one in the party is calling for his head... which I happen to know isn't true.”
Christy Clark Stunning Example Of Blind Ambition, Bad Politics

Christy Clark Stunning Example Of Blind Ambition, Bad Politics

Commented Mar 6, 2013 at 10:00:04 in Canada British Columbia

“Thanks scotty!

I couldnt imagine online voting in the hands of a government where Christy is leading. Shudder !! Nor could I imagine electronic boxes that have been shown to be easily compromised in several cases in the US.”
Christy Clark Stunning Example Of Blind Ambition, Bad Politics

Christy Clark Stunning Example Of Blind Ambition, Bad Politics

Commented Mar 6, 2013 at 09:57:39 in Canada British Columbia

“My personal opinion is that the premier is 'sorry' not because this document was made... but because they were caught redhanded.

Yes, nearly every party goes out of their way to connect with multi-cultural communities, in particular the asian and Indo-Canadian vote. But I don't like the verging on racist tone or the innuendo in many of the comments below.

Let's not forget this this isn't about race or ethnic background. We are all Canadians, British Columbians. We all vote.

This isn't even about Ethnicgate.

It's about a systematic abuse of power in the hands of a premier who has yet to even be elected to that position!

She hasn't faced the voters of BC. She faced the voters in her riding to become an MLA. That's it. As leader of the party, she became premier by default, if you wish.

Then she shut down the legislature for hmm.. how long? Because she didn't like the 'sick' culture there, despite that's where policy is made, governance occurs.

No, this is not about ethnic pandering, it is about ethics, or a lack of them in this case.

This isn't the first or the last incident from this particular government that speaks to support that statement.

Let's not forget that.”
Christy Clark Stunning Example Of Blind Ambition, Bad Politics

Christy Clark Stunning Example Of Blind Ambition, Bad Politics

Commented Mar 5, 2013 at 12:00:08 in Canada British Columbia

“The Liberals don't have their own finances together... between debt and those nifty contractual obligations courtesy of the many P3's in the province,and other deals like IPP contracts, the BC Hydro debt.. I could go on, but it's clear the Liberals have not done as well at managing the province as you think.”
Christy Clark Stunning Example Of Blind Ambition, Bad Politics

Christy Clark Stunning Example Of Blind Ambition, Bad Politics

Commented Mar 4, 2013 at 22:39:03 in Canada British Columbia

“As long as they don't use the electronic voting boxes they used in Surrey's last election.

There were quite a few machines that stopped working for a period of time during that vote, and the people watching them were putting ballots in a cardboard box below the machine ! I couldnt imagine that on a provincial level.”

scotty on denman on Mar 5, 2013 at 14:44:54

“Hooray for Laila who brings up an important matter. I'd been worried for some time the doomed BC Liberal government would pull a fast one by introducing online voting to somehow save their worthless political asses (they have an ethical profile and political record of cheating to win traditional paper-ballot elections and could never be trusted with the inherently inferior online alternative.) Christy has ruminated out loud about it just like she did about an early election two years ago--- she even commissioned an exploratory report--a scary thought.

Then I read the Chief Electoral Officer's report and was much relieved. It examines online voting where it's used around the world, focusing mainly on federal jurisdictions. Among interesting factoids (Germany rescinded their online voting system; voters may cast votes repeatedly in Estonia until settling on a final decision after perusing trends) the CEO repeatedly points out the superiority of our hand-counted, scrutinized paper ballot system and the many shortcomings of online voting. The report tactfully condemns online voting from introduction to conclusion so it's not to worry too much about it.

Too late: the voters expect to end the BC Liberal regime in two months and bills have already started to crowd off the order paper. If Christy would have to endure an long, hot summer if the fixed-date was moved back to accommodate passing an online voting bill. Christy will have a hard enough time making it to the day as it is.”

Whitey McWhite on Mar 5, 2013 at 10:51:42

“Sucking up to immigrants in a place like BC is standard fare for politics. Case in point that picture of Christy Clark dressed up like she's in a Bollywood film. It's completely hypocritical for the other parties to moan about what she did and then they will turn around and suck up to and promise goodies to the immigrant communities come election time.”

DA-Europe S on Mar 5, 2013 at 01:27:45

“Already got your lame excuses ready if the Liberals win? To quote someone else on this site: I'd sooner vote for a hamster as leader of the Liberals than the NDP.
Half of British Columbians would never vote for the NDP no matter what...it runs against people who have their finances together. They have peaked in polling...now what?”
B.C. Government Denies Cancelling Christmas Gifts For Kids In Care

B.C. Government Denies Cancelling Christmas Gifts For Kids In Care

Commented Dec 20, 2012 at 16:36:05 in Canada British Columbia

“I did ask the ministry as to where concerned citizens could send presents,asking for only ages and gender so to make the gifts appropriate, and this was their response :

"We appreciate the kind offer however, as the Director of Child Welfare pointed out in his email to staff the vast majority of children in care are placed with foster care families and part of the maintenance payment they receive from the ministry is to cover presents. For those children and youth who are living under arrangements other than foster care the social workers are able to purchase a gift up to a maximum yearly amount of $100 per child or youth. And in fact are encouraged to do so. Again, there has been no provincial direction to change this practice.

Our privacy legislation prevents us from making public the names of children involved with the ministry. As you know, there are numerous community service agencies that would accept a donation of a gift for a child who may be in need of one during the holiday."

So, as per the ministry, if you wish to send a gift, please send this to your local community service agency who may be able to help you on this.

I wish I had more to tell you, but unfortunately, this is the best I could get.”
B.C. Government Denies Cancelling Christmas Gifts For Kids In Care

B.C. Government Denies Cancelling Christmas Gifts For Kids In Care

Commented Dec 20, 2012 at 13:51:00 in Canada British Columbia

“Sorry for the delay in reply, I have been trying to get a response from the ministry on this. I've gotten a ton of emails from people wanting to donate to kids in care, and so it's important at this late date, that we try and make this happen, and in a manner that works quickly.”
B.C. Government Denies Cancelling Christmas Gifts For Kids In Care

B.C. Government Denies Cancelling Christmas Gifts For Kids In Care

Commented Dec 19, 2012 at 10:30:25 in Canada British Columbia

“In my opinion, I also find it quite odd that while the ministry of Children and family development expressed so much concern about what they claim is not factual information sent in the email, they didnt ask any questions about it, or any of the information I blacked out when sending it to them.

In fact, there was no follow up at all in an attempt to correct what they claim is erroneous information by a social worker.

Doesn't that strike you as odd? Unless of course, the information in the email is correct and there is no need for the ministry to follow up on what they claim, is a mistake.

Either way, their concern ended with their response.”
B.C. Government Denies Cancelling Christmas Gifts For Kids In Care

B.C. Government Denies Cancelling Christmas Gifts For Kids In Care

Commented Dec 18, 2012 at 22:10:36 in Canada British Columbia

“I agree as well Robert. This is very carefully worded and clearly an issue the ministry would rather not talk about.

RossK, I belive your source also indicated or mentioned children who were not in foster homes yet, which is another matter altogether - my sources email doesnt differentiate anything, simply stating simply 'children in care'.

Either way, something stinks. I couldn't imagine what a parent who couldnt afford to give a gift, or wasnt in a position to do so, would feel like getting this email.

There is much more digging to do on this one.”

Canadian Bud on Dec 19, 2012 at 14:08:02

“At the reception desk at the disability office in Victoria, you will be told that ANY money for presents and such was INCLUDED in the November check issue.
It not for myself I speak, but I have witnessed agonizing conversations between clients and ministry staff (there's not much privacy for people there anymore) and parents asking how they are expected to buy presents and then get through what is known as the most expensive drain on expenses time of year. Add to that the long 5 weeks between checks, and how pricey everything has become (especially healthy foods, notice that?)

And then, what about those children who rely on some stranger adult to provide a gift (if they were in some foster warehouse or other such holding place during what has to be a traumatic time for them), who's looking out for them? Who ensures they get something? Where's the proof?”
Santa's Top 5 Naughty B.C. Liberals

Santa's Top 5 Naughty B.C. Liberals

Commented Dec 13, 2012 at 22:40:54 in Canada British Columbia

“Believe me, it would have been a top ten if space allowed!”
Santa's Top 5 Naughty B.C. Liberals

Santa's Top 5 Naughty B.C. Liberals

Commented Dec 12, 2012 at 12:37:44 in Canada British Columbia

“Excuse me, that should read Charbonneau, not Charbonneay.. : ) I hit submit instead of preview!!”
Santa's Top 5 Naughty B.C. Liberals

Santa's Top 5 Naughty B.C. Liberals

Commented Dec 12, 2012 at 12:36:12 in Canada British Columbia

“Hi Clarkey!

I hear you, I really really do... but welcome to how this government operates. There is sometimes a fine line between what is unethical, and criminal, and in many cases the two are one and the same.

I find it appalling there is so little accountability in government as a whole, for any elected official. I have been calling for the creation of a white collar corruption squad in BC, similar to the one in Quebec that has resulted in the Chabonneay Commission and non stop revelations of provincial, municipal corruption and collusion in every level of government.

Unfortunately for the people of BC, there doesn't seem to be any politician willing to take on the challenge..... and one has to ask : Why is that?”
Santa's Top 5 Naughty B.C. Liberals

Santa's Top 5 Naughty B.C. Liberals

Commented Dec 11, 2012 at 19:08:04 in Canada British Columbia

“Ack- how could we forget?

I've always wondered... how long do you have to be a politican before you forget what your job really is and concentrate on everything BUT good government and policy?”
Santa's Top 5 Naughty B.C. Liberals

Santa's Top 5 Naughty B.C. Liberals

Commented Dec 11, 2012 at 19:06:35 in Canada British Columbia

“How could I forget Falcon? I've written about every move and deal he was involved in as Transportation minister and followed him through finance.In fact,I supplied commentary to CBC and other publications regarding his career and public perception during the Liberal leadership race.

Falcon's follies are all documented on the Best Of page on my site, linked to above or www.lailayuile.com He will make the expanded post on my site when I share this there.”
Santa's Top 5 Naughty B.C. Liberals

Santa's Top 5 Naughty B.C. Liberals

Commented Dec 11, 2012 at 19:02:16 in Canada British Columbia

“How could I forget? I've been writing about Falcon for years, covering every move he made as transportation minister and every deal he's ever been involved in. In fact, if you take a look at the Best of page on my site, you'll find links to many stories such as the new mandate given to BC Rail after it was supposed to divest of all its interests...The sale of BC Rail helped pay for the very first leg of the Sea to Sky highway many years ago under Campbell - this was the test portion, which was not part of the main project. It's all there under Falcon's Follies and the Sea to Sky shadow toll series. www.lailayuile.com
Santa's Top 5 Naughty B.C. Liberals

Santa's Top 5 Naughty B.C. Liberals

Commented Dec 11, 2012 at 14:20:52 in Canada British Columbia

“I think it's safe to say Santa's list is longer than mine.. and when I repost this back to my personal site, I will expand a little.

Another good friend of mine has a crafty look that details a bit more about how "naughty" these politicans really are ... http://blogborgcollective.blogspot.ca/2012/12/the-good-bad-ugly-this-post-is-about.html
Santa's Top 5 Naughty B.C. Liberals

Santa's Top 5 Naughty B.C. Liberals

Commented Dec 11, 2012 at 09:56:41 in Canada British Columbia

“Thanks Gabi! Yes, Ida Chong and Shirley Bond are great additions, not to mention Shirley holds the dubious honour of being named minister of nearly every ministry at one point or another. There has been no consistency in this government since Clarks arrival. Staff changes are only the tip of the iceberg, but clearly if this was a corporation listed on a stock exchange, her direction would have investors dumping stock and the price would have plunged. Quite laughable that the Fraser Institute rated her 4 for money management - have they even read the Auditor Generals reports? Their accounting doesnt even make sense.”
Santa's Top 5 Naughty B.C. Liberals

Santa's Top 5 Naughty B.C. Liberals

Commented Dec 11, 2012 at 09:52:59 in Canada British Columbia

“Great addition - if the word count allowed, Santa's naughty list would have been far longer !!

Look forward to an updated " 100 reasons the BC Liberals must go" on my site in the new year - I'm sure Christy has given the people of BC at least another 100 reasons in her short time in office.

You can find that list on my site, at the following link -http://lailayuile.com/100-reasons-the-bc-liberals-must-go/

All readers are more than welcome to comment and add their own reasons, but I do ask for a documented or supporting link behind it. Everything on that list is a factual history of the Liberals last 11 years in government.”

Kim Poirier on Dec 11, 2012 at 14:27:17

“Of course, from the Alberni Valley times...
http://www.canada.com/albernivalleytimes/news/story.html?id=538b16c7-f523-4b6a-9a56-7cd6cfad526a

"Fraser said he's never been able to figure out the rationale by which then-forest minister Mike de Jong used to remove over 70,000 hectares of timber from TFL 44 without compensation from the owner -- despite the obvious boost in cash value which resulted."
And of course the infamous BC Rail decision, from the CBC...
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/story/2010/10/19/bc-basi-virk-public-inquiry.html
Santa's Top 5 Naughty B.C. Liberals

Santa's Top 5 Naughty B.C. Liberals

Commented Dec 11, 2012 at 09:49:19 in Canada British Columbia

“Great comment, but this line is classic: " Their ineptness is as amazing as the Christmas story itself."

It is amazing! Christy has kidnapped the province and in her short time as premier, has shown us the most reactionary government I can recall. Every decision she's made has been a reactionary move, not a planned one.

Funny enough, she did an interview with Jonathan Fowlie of the Sun yesterday,about staying the course for 2013 ( that alone was breaking news, she plans on continuing on the most disasterous path BC's ever seen). Here is a quote from that article:

"Premier Christy Clark doesn’t hesitate, even for a second, when asked how she can win the next election.

“Keep doing what I’m doing,” she said in a year-end inte
rview Monday, in a tone that stood somewhere between confidence and defiance.

Clark said she believes her government’s more than one-year-old Jobs Plan is already paying dividends, and that by staying the course she can outwit both the pundits and the pollsters, the majority of whom have scheduled her for defeat in the May 2013 election.

“If you are going to be pulled off your path by the critics, you can’t lead your team,” she said.

“People need to know that, in your heart, you believe what you’re doing is right, and that’s why you’re living with the criticism and sticking with it,” she added. "

Apparently,ignorance is bliss. She is completely out in left field.”
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Bait And Switch Toll Reduction Won't Help B.C. Liberals

Commented Sep 14, 2012 at 10:35:02 in Canada British Columbia

“Indeed, it is also important.. and right now I think very pertinent... to understand how much government relies on the private sector for advice - something I firmly believe needs to change. In fact, the news yesterday of the natural gas estimates being way off is a case in point. Because most ministries dont have employees who are highly experienced in key areas, the government constantly hires private sector consultants... often from the same companies they do business with or companies that have current contracts with them. Of course, in the transportation ministry, the ministry staff and TIC staff are often advised by people from Kiewit, or SNC Lavelin, or Macquarie.... even though these companies have current contracts or obligations with the ministry or others. One has to wonder how often the information passed onto the government is skewed in favour of the private contractor who stands to benefit most. If I were in charge of this kind of thing, I would have twinned the bridge and upgraded portions of the highway and pushed through light rail from the valley, an economical option the government seems to try very hard to ignore... simply because, in my opinion, it is not allow for obese contracts to be given to their corporate supporters in the private sector.”
huffingtonpost entry

Bait And Switch Toll Reduction Won't Help B.C. Liberals

Commented Sep 14, 2012 at 10:14:08 in Canada British Columbia

“Great post Dallan.... aka North Van Grumps for those who are a bit confused by the Dallan handle. It's important for people to realise that any new government is walking into a real tight situation and that there is not going to be any quick turnaround... for years as this graph points out. Certainly there are places to cut - there are a number of corporate credits that could be cut back without risking a loss of business and I am a big supporter of increasing personal tax for higher income earners who most often have credits or write-offs to offset the increase regardless. The liberals cut back taxes significantly in the last 10 years and never made up for the ensuing loss of revenue those taxes generated. I have a great post on my site right now detailing this.”
huffingtonpost entry

Bait And Switch Toll Reduction Won't Help B.C. Liberals

Commented Sep 13, 2012 at 14:18:36 in Canada British Columbia

“Thank you Gabi. It's been fun to watch the finance minister this morning admit... after yesterdays lies from Transportation minister that they did the math, everything works, not to worry..... that this cut actually impacts the budget by $108 million over the next three years!!

I can't understand why this government is so adept at telling half truths and outright lies. Really, it's appalling. For those of us who have read the books of the Transportation Investment Corporation, the crown corp that was created to handle this project, it was immediately apparent this reduction was going to come at the cost of something else. Sad that the government doesnt give the people the respect they deserve. Today we find out with their financial updates, that extensives cuts are needed to reach their deficit targets...”
Dear Krista Ford, I Was Sexually Assaulted, but Not Dressed Like a Whore

Dear Krista Ford, I Was Sexually Assaulted, but Not Dressed Like a Whore

Commented Aug 30, 2012 at 14:28:17 in Canada

“Brava Alice. Brava. Thank you for saying everything that needed to be said, in such a succinct manner. My heart goes out to you and every woman of sexual assault, that have to hear such idiotic blather. The apple doesnt fall far from the tree in the Ford family.”
huffingtonpost entry

Romney Endorses Harper's Environmental Fast Track -- If Oil Goes To The U.S.

Commented Aug 24, 2012 at 09:32:02 in Canada British Columbia

“Excellent post!!”
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Little-Known Pipeline Paves Way For Enbridge Under Radar Of British Columbians

Commented Aug 23, 2012 at 16:26:33 in Canada British Columbia

“I wanted to post this here, since Damien Gillis has wrapped up the issues with this pipeline, fracking and site C, so incredibly well.

It is an absolute must read for everyone . http://thecanadian.org/item/1672-lng-fracking-and-site-c-dam-bcs-looming-energy-boondoggle
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