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COMMENTARY · 26th February 2011
Merv Ritchie
All regions of Canada consider BC to be the laughing stock of Politics. Our leaders have been gardeners and used car sales men, they have been ousted in disgrace from office and one even bought a submarine to start our own navy. Now we have a Premier who isn’t even elected to the BC Provincial Legislature. Well, welcome to BC; the land Before Common sense.

But Christy Clark may be just what BC needs right now. For some perspective, let’s look at the others who were running. Kevin Falcon seemed to be the foremost successor to the great Gordo and he even acquired all the support of Gord’s big business buddies. He was slick and groomed. Had the connections and wasn’t interested in exposing the BC Rail/Legislature Raid/Trial pay off scandal. Let us never forget, two guys were convicted of accepting a bribe and the BC Liberals ended the trial with a multi million dollar payout, and never, never forget, the guy’s offering the bribe, an equally severe criminal offence, were never identified or charged.

Falcon was also the front man for most of the BC Rail corruption. So lets just thank our lucky stars this guy stays on a bench away from the supreme dictators chair.

George Abbott, the strawberry farmer from the Shuswap. Well from my own personal recollection, though I cannot confirm this, he couldn’t even keep that in a positive cash flow position. Check it out if you can. He is/was a career politician studying political science, running as a Sicamous elected official and then becoming Chair of the Columbia Shuswap Regional District for ten plus years. He knows how to appease the administration and chair a meeting. This is his forte’. When he was first elected, Gordo gave him the Health Ministry. I was surprised he even got a cabinet post, though on reflection; knowing how to follow direction was one of Gord’s primary requirements.

If anyone still remembers the 10 million dollar exercise called the conversation on health, this was George’s baby. I attended it in Smithers. Forestry employees were the facilitators. (Read about it here.) It was an exercise in purging those who were emotionally concerned about our health care system. Almost every person that applied to attend, yours truly included, were invited. We all got the opportunity to vent our frustrations and outrage. We then went home. The government, primarily George and Gordo, then got to sit back and laugh. Nothing was done except the most outspoken and concerned citizens had the opportunity to vent expecting to be heard. I have a whole set of expletives for Gordo and George but if I print them the Main Stream Media and those who are too sensitive to hear the truth will get outraged too.

Mike is/was simply a player with no real name and personality recognition. He might be worthy of something but most directly he was the guy who was in charge of destroying everything related to manufacturing and lumber milling, pulping, paper manufacturing and smelting in BC. (Read about the challenge to his leadership bid here). The guy is either stupid or dumb; likely just ignorant as the decisions he supported or put forward were no doubt originated by his leader Gordie’s office, destroying rural BC.

These three guys always voted with their leader and refused to give up their MLA ‘Cabinet Minister’ salary, in the honourable effort to display a backbone and stand up for the people of BC; the hard working, truck driving, wrench pulling, overtime working, desk jockey and social working person in the province of BC. These three guy’s abandoned the trust and faith expected of them by every hard working stiff in BC. They played the game for their own pocket book and prestige.

So what about Christy? Is she truly as daft as her blonde hair and talk show emptiness suggests? She currently doesn’t even hold a seat in the legislature.

I honestly cannot say I know a damn thing about this woman. People claim she is connected to the BC Rail Scandal due to her family connections to others who were implicated. I know from very personal experience, simply having a brother who did something, has nothing to do with me. Relatives, even spouses can screw you over as quickly and even more effectively than someone you don’t know.

Christy quit Gordo too. This has to say something. She was deputy Premier. She held the second highest leadership position in BC and she quit.

I do not know this woman. But I will reserve judgement. This because of the others who ran for the job, only she gave up the big MLA salary, the even bigger Cabinet Minister salary, while these other guys just kept taking the money and following the orders issued from the Premiers office even though they knew the directives were bad.

I will trust someone who stands up and quits, someone who backs away, before I will trust a spineless money grubber.

And that’s the rest of the story on this new day for British Columbia.

Will I vote Liberal now? Only if a full public inquiry is held into the BC Rail Fiasco and if many of Gordo's sell offs of BC assests to American Corporations are withdrawn. So yeah, if that happens, maybe.
Oh Contrare John!
Comment by Helmut Giesbrecht on 28th February 2011
On Feb. 18th the Victoria Times Colonist carried a column by Paul Willcocks titled: Campbell 10-year legacy barely average. Now Paul is no left-wing journalist so here are a few lines from the column; "By the numbers, the Liberal decade is looking distinctly average.
Not my numbers, but the report card from the B.C. Progress Board, established by Premier Gordon Campbell in 2002 to report independently on the government's performance using quantifiable measurements.

Based on 21 key indicators set up by that board -initially chaired by David Emerson -it's been a disappointing decade."

"B.C. ranks fourth in economic output per capita, the same spot it was in the board's first report in 2002. It's second in real average hourly wage, also unchanged from the NDP years. (The data was two years old.)

Employment has improved -up from fifth to fourth in the percentage of adults with jobs. But in personal income, B.C. has fallen from third to fourth. In productivity -a key measure -it has fallen from fifth to seventh among provinces. Exports per capita have fallen from seventh to ninth.

For a government that touted its commitment to a stronger economy, it's a shoddy performance. On balance, the economic measurements show a slight decline from the final NDP years."

"The 2002 report, using the most recent numbers available, found B.C. had the second lowest level of taxpayer-supported debt in the country. The 2010 report found it has slipped one place, to third lowest -and that's before the latest budget."

" But the 2002 report found B.C. had the third-lowest deficit, in relation to GDP, among provinces. The 2010 report says B.C. has fallen to fifth."

"Two things should stand out. First, on the board's economy, innovation and education indicators, the province improved in six measures, went backward on seven and stayed the same on three. It is a middling performance. A little worse than other provinces, but basically simply average."

"Overall, it's a profoundly average record. For all the brave promises and enthusiastic spin, the Campbell government did no better -maybe slightly worse -than other provinces, based on its own independent performance review.
There's no disgrace in being average. But there's not much to celebrate, either.
And it's interesting that none of the Liberal leadership candidates have said they are aiming higher."

So check it out for yourself and you wonder why they don't put this in the bumph you get from the government!

Memory loss!!!
Comment by John Waite on 27th February 2011
Like privatized highways, most cannot recall the waste of time and money our province faced under the NDP. We have faired better with privatized highways as we have with the Liberal Government in this province. Remember the 1987/88 winter storms, the DOH 3 ton plow trrucks and their meager budgets trying to plow 37/16 storm snow (pre privatization) AND oh ya Vote NDP! Cassiar did.
Christy Palin
Comment by tom on 27th February 2011
Our own Christy Palin.. Or if you prefer, Belinda Clark
Nothing new about Christy
Comment by Helmut Giesbrecht on 27th February 2011
There is enough information in Hansard and enough of what she has said on her talk show in the archives to reveal her vulnerabilities. She's been a staunch defender of everything Campbell after she left to spend time with her family. It should not be hard to run a campaign against her. She has been part of the problem.
I'm shocked
Comment by Gerry Hummel on 27th February 2011
Christy...Crusty the Clown as she is already known is up to her armpits in the wrongdoings of Gordo and his gang of thugs! Specially the BC Rail Fiasco! Patrick Kinsella, Basi/Virk, her X and brother all are cited as her cohorts in the scheming and shenanigans of Gordo and his pack of thieves! Surronded by criminals and big business lobbyists she is ushered into power through the back door, what a ride the taxpayers of BC are in for! Like Jimmy Carter prevented Nixon from going to jail she will protect Campbell from the justice he deserves. It really is true and this election (coronation) proves it. The scum really does float to the top! The outgoing liberals couldn't have written a better script to protect themselves. Crusty should have just about enough time in power to bury the bodies so the people of BC will never see justice done!
wow Merv,
Comment by bill braam on 27th February 2011
Well there we have it, finally a person for the premiers spot and most voteable because she was farthest away from the front lines. Well, we have no choice now but to see how she performs and she has my respect as she starts out. Let's give her a fighting chance to prove herself while I'm sure there are persons in politics already trying to knock her down, not just because she has ability or not but because the political game of 'King/Queen of the hill' has no end and never stops. Thank You