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NEWS RELEASE · 12th August 2010
Office fo the Premier
Premier Gordon Campbell was given an unprecedented opportunity to speak to the California State Assembly this morning to discuss climate action and California's partnership with British Columbia. Following is a transcript of Premier Campbell's address.

"Thank you very much, Mr. Speaker and thank all of the Assembly members for that welcome. It is truly an honour to be here in the Assembly of the State of California, an assembly that's done so much to create hope, to act on the vision that you have for a future of a clean, healthy environment that generates jobs and opportunity across your communities, across your state and, indeed, across your country.

"I want to thank the Speaker. I want to thank all of you for the actions that you have taken because so often it is easy to talk about what we should do and bow to what is easy, as opposed to what is right. Each of you has acted with AB 32 particularly to create a foundation upon which the rest of the continent indeed has been standing. In British Columbia we acted with California because of the generosity of spirit of the people of California, the Governor of California, the Assembly.

"We were invited to be part of the Western Climate Initiative. We were the first Canadian province to join that. We now have four Canadian provinces in the Western Climate initiative representing over 60 per cent of our gross domestic product. Those provinces believe that a strong environment is what will lead to a strong economy. Indeed, without a strong environmental policy we will not have the strong economic opportunities that should exist for all of us.

"When you decided it was important for you to have appropriate air emissions standards for our automobile industry you welcomed our partnership, and indeed every province in Canada now embraces California's initiative, your leadership, your vision and your actions.

"So for me to have the opportunity to come here to be with you today is a true honour for me and I really, truly have two words for you. Thank you. Thank you for your vision, thank you for your leadership, and thank you for including British Columbia, Canada in the partnership of creating a 21st century that our children and our grandchildren will be proud of.

"It's not what we say; it's what we do. President Kennedy once said the history and our own conscience will judge us harsher if we do not put to test our hopes by actions. And as Goethe once said: "Whatever you can do or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it." I thank you for your boldness. I thank the Speaker and the Assembly for taking the steps that are necessary to create the Pacific century where California, British Columbia lead the United States and Canada into a new century of opportunity, a cleaner century, a healthier century, one where we improve and restore the quality of our environment as opposed to take it away.

"It's an honour to be with you. I invite you all to come and visit us in British Columbia, discover the connections that we have in energy and electricity, clean environmental electricity. Low carbon economies are part of our future. We are hopefully part of California's future as we move ahead together.

"Thank you very much. Good luck with your deliberations."
Premier Campbell with Speaker Perez
Premier Campbell with Speaker Perez
Premier Campbell Addressing the California State Assembly
Premier Campbell Addressing the California State Assembly
Premier Campbell with California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger
Premier Campbell with California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger
Good suggestions James but....
Comment by Helmut Giesbrecht on 17th August 2010
...I have a big problem with forcing people do some of these things to make ends meet. It is demeaning. I'll bet those fat cats who are paying for the court case to challenge the HST Petition are not going to have to scrounge for every penny. They've already got the best government money can buy.
Comment by James Ippel on 16th August 2010
Your comment: "It won't help calm the anger out there. It will fuel the next round." I sincerely hope that you are right, but from comments I have heard, the recall initative won't start till next spring. At that time, will people still be pi$$ed enough to sigh petitions, or will they just accept the fact of the HST?
Big business is actively opposing the overturn of the HST because it means money in their pockets.
The Gov't trying to convince people that big business will pass on savings to the consumer is pure and plain "BULLSH!T."
My wife and I made a major purchase and the HST made no difference on the cost of the item. Previously there was GST and PST to equal 12%. We also paid 12% HST. I think that we will notice the difference when we shop for food, but again, if we are carefull and buy 3 items instead of one, the GST does not apply. This does not apply to everything, but carefull shopping can save you a lot of money. Another thing that can save shoppers a lot of money is the use of coupons.
Go to the internet and fine where you can get coupons. You can save mega dollars this way. Don't be embarrassed, if you can save a dollar here and a dollar and a half there, do it. We do it all the time. Shoppers Drug Mart is one of the best saving places in town. There are many times that we get items for pennies, and sometimes for free.
Go for it, defeat the HST by smart shopping.

Comment by Helmut Giesbrecht on 13th August 2010
Maybe it is easier to just read the legislation. Don't take anybody's word for it. It was the liberals, while in opposition claimed it (the legislation) was written to fail, the government committee members or the majority then) said it was not suppose to be easy but if people were upset enough then it would work. The Liberals have now proven it works. Their business friends who don't like the outcome have bought them (liberals) some time by what is really an abuse of the courts. It won't help calm the anger out there. It will fuel the next round.

Enjoy your camping trip.
Did anyone notice...
Comment by Shawn Ksisiiaks on 13th August 2010
That has to be the nicest fan I have even laid my eye on. That baby must have been cranked to maximum "blowing smoke" from the likes of those two.

And in the photo with the assembly - doesn't it look like everynes running for the door. Looks like someone trying to speak to a class of kids after the recess bell has gone.

Comment by James Ippel on 13th August 2010
Thank you for not making any more comments on my education, or your implied statements that I am not able to make a rational statement due to lack of same.
This controversey is being widely covered, not only by BC radio stations, but also those from Alberta. Today I heard a comment that "supposedly" came from a member of the committee that drafted the legislation we are dealing with, and his comment was: "this legislation was written is such a way that it was doomed to fail." It was further noted that the
writers of this legislation under estimated the orginizational skills of W vanderZalm and Chris Delaney to "Rally the Troops," so to speak, or any other group who got pi$$ed enough with Gov't action, or lack of action.
Helmut, maybe I should listen to CBC and get a truely, unbiased, informed, down to earth true facts of everything that happens in Canada and around the world. Yah right, when pigs fly.
Have a nice weekend, I am going camping.
Why in this country...
Comment by Helmut Giesbrecht on 13th August 2010
...should it be difficult? It should be as easy for anyone as if they were the owners of the media.
This is Just Way to Easy to Make Comment
Comment by Dr. Bruce Bidgood on 13th August 2010
I got nothing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Comment by Helmut Giesbrecht on 13th August 2010
The initiative legislation requires the petition if successful to be forwarded to the legislative committee. It makes no exceptions. None. If you read or listened to more than (Global) which has never been noted for unbiased reporting, you would know. Therefore it is a delay tactic cooked up by a government appointed temporary Elections Officer and a group of liberal friendly large business interests who have lots of money to cover Campbell's arse but don't have a legal leg to stand. on.
Gonna need a bigger shovel
Comment by Karen Dedosenco on 13th August 2010
Campbell's 'future of a clean, healthy environment that generates jobs and opportunity' means raping the province of every non-renewable resource possible and laying out the red carpet for oil and gas corporations that puts the environment at risk. What a class 1 hypocrite!

This little soiree to California coincided nicely with the impending Fight HST deadline announcement.

Comment by James Ippel on 12th August 2010
I was led to believe by the media (Global) that Elections BC would not forward the initiative because of court action pending. Again, the report is that the gov't did not initiate this action (Global).
Of course, I could be wrong. After all, I have been labeled "dummer than a bag of hammers", and also have had it stated that "in your day you did'nt need to know as much". The last in reference to my attending school in a log school house with 2 grades, and about 40 students for a few years of my earlier education.
Wether we agree or not to what transpired, it is somewhat of an honour that our Premier was allowed to address the California State Legislature.
I also think, that, the sum total of the IQ's of these two is in all probablity exceeded is by their individual waste size.
Comment by Helmut Giesbrecht on 12th August 2010
A premier who is thwarting the results of initiative legislation at home goes to visit a Governor who only got his job because of a Recall initiative. Strange things happen in Lotusland.