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NEWS RELEASE · 20th September 2012
In an attempt to distance herself from her own remarks about a “sick culture” in Victoria, the premier has made the situation worse by blaming that culture in Victoria for the HST, say the New Democrats.

“The premier’s offensive comments regarding people that live in Victoria have gone from bad to worse,” said New Democrat house leader John Horgan.

“The premier is now blaming the HST on what she calls the sick people of Victoria.

“She should be apologizing for her comments, and finally taking responsibility for the Liberal government’s HST deception and millions of public dollars wasted on HST propaganda during her watch.”

In May, the Liberal premier said “I try never to go over there [Victoria]. Because it’s sick. It’s a sick culture. All they can think about is government and there are no real people in Victoria, and you get captured by this inside-the-beltway debate, and it’s really unhealthy.”

After the comments resurfaced following her cancellation of the fall legislative session, the premier attempted to defend her comments saying several times on Thursday that because of the sick culture in Victoria, “you end up with ideas like the HST.”

Horgan noted the premier is attempting to back away from her own disparaging remarks, and is once again changing her tune on the HST, trying to distance its implementation from herself and her party.

Following a series of flip flops on the issue, beginning with calling the tax shift “sneaky,” the premier spent millions of taxpayers’ dollars trying to save the HST in the lead up to the referendum.

John Horgan said remarks like these and the Liberals’ refusal to take responsibility for their HST deception or be accountable in the B.C. legislature, just add to the lack of faith in Clark’s government.
Comment by Helmut Giesbrecht on 24th September 2012
Come to think of it the "sick culture" is promoted by the very personalities mentioned. When a member of the opposition hurled a clever verbal barb across the floor of the legislature you could see Baldrey and Palmer chortling with delight. Substance was second to entertainment. So having these two agreeing with Bill Good, an apologist for the BC liberals, that there is a "sick culture" which the Premier can avoid if she is thin-skinned, is a little rich.

When the media folks in the press gallery stop giving attention to and promoting the "sickness" maybe it will stop. But to use their comments to justify cancelling a sitting because you are afraid to be held accountable doesn't make sense unless you believe the Premier is incapable of handling herself.
Comment by Helmut Giesbrecht on 22nd September 2012
Both the article and my comments are on the Legislative precincts not the people of Victoria. So your comment is ....irrelevant?

She is part of the sick culture whether she is in Victoria or elsewhere. She can do something to change it. She won't.
Comment by James Ippel on 21st September 2012
The Premier made comments about a "sick culture" in Victoria and when she made these comments she was referring to the Legislature. Even the reporter who brought this to the attention of the public has admitted this. On the Bill Good show this morning both Kieth Baldry and Vaugh Palmer agreed on this point and blamed certain segments of the media of totally blowing this out of proportion and. Certain segments of the media interviewed people on the street but were not totally honest with their questions.
Hense we have the people in Victoria up in arms over misrepresentation of the facts.
I realize what I have said will not sit well with some people, saying that Bill Good and his guests are biased. Tuff Titty.
Comment by Helmut Giesbrecht on 21st September 2012
So the most powerful person occupying the legislative precincts says there is a "sick culture" at the place. She could do something to change it. Instead she avoids the place and in so doing prevents the democratic process from operating at all.

Now I remember her sitting across the floor in opposition. It is a bit like the pot calling the kettle black.