Monday, November 29, 2010

If the BC Rail Trial was still going through the Court Hoops would we be having a leadership race for the BC Liberals

Let's stop and think about this for a moment.

If two Deputy Ministers for the British Columbia Liberal Government hadn't made the decisions, on their own initiative, to pay Six Million Dollars to the three defendants, not two, would we be looking from the outside of the inside workings of a political party seeking a new leader, a new British Columbia Premier?

Would the fallout from the testimony from Gary Collins sunk the hopes of many of those who now seek to be the Premier?

Has the pay-off (two words), cleansed the British Columbia Liberal Party enough even with the assistance of the British Columbia Supreme Court, in the minds of voters?

There is one group, the Fraser Institute, in October of this year, who thought that Gordon Campbell was the BEST Premier in all of Canada, but how can that be true, because within the same month of the publication, he tenders his resignation?

Measuring the Fiscal Performance of Canada's Premiers

Not every Premier had a railway company to sell, not every Premier had an HST to impose, not every Premier had the opportunity to appoint an Acting Elections Chief, non-partisan who appears to have done just about everything to prolong the British Columbia Liberal Party's existence, well beyond the best before date.

Or as the Globe and Mail says of the Fraser Institute:

"This budget scorecard was rigged"
"The Fraser Institute’s comparison of the fiscal performance of provincial governments, released on Monday, is a blunt instrument that favours the premiers of resource-dependent economies."

Friday, November 26, 2010

"Appropriation, Taxes and Tolls" and now Shadow tolls, Some things never change

Continuing on with the book I borrowed from the Vancouver Public Library called "The Coast Connection", by R.G. Harvey, I've found that the Bibliography is a great source for searching on the internet.


Title: "Frontier to Freeway A short illustrated history of the roads in British Columbia"

"Paying for the road system has gone through many changes over the years. The first official appropriation for road building was $500 in 1854. By 1954, appropriation had risen to $36 million. By 1984, it was $570 million, and in 1989 it was more than $1 billion.

The first appropriation was raised mainly by a tax on liquor, but this was inadequate to cover the heavy expenditures in the wagon road phase and later phases.

Bonded issues and tolls paid for the Cariboo Road. The tolls remained in place for many years. Some of those tolls were collected directly by the contractors building particular sections of the road, as part of the payment for their work.

From 1860 to 1866, statute labour was required even though the original English law had been repealed many years before. Under this system, settlers had to spend six days a year on road work for no pay, or pay the government the financial equivalent. This unpopular measure was repealed in 1866 and replaced with a road tax of $2 per year from each resident male and non-resident property owner. Arrears were charged at 18 per cent interest.

Tolls were again revived in the 1950s to assist in constructing large, expensive bridges and tunnels but were removed in the 1960s. An exception is the Coquihalla Highway, which has had tolls since its opening in 1986. The money collected goes to the province’s general revenue from which, since the 1950s, highways expenditures are drawn."

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Monday, November 22, 2010

"Oh what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive" - Sir Walter Scott

Dear Reader, you're probably too young to remember the old details,
heck, I'm starting to forget about the new details, just shadows now.

Bill Bennett (the Premier) decided to have Expo 86

Gordon Campbell decided to continue on with the Olympics 2010

Bill decided to build the Coquihalla, Bill's brother bought the land, just before, construction began

Gordon sold BC Rail, used US$166m to upgrade S2S,  Gordon's aides pocketed small change Via BC Rail

Bill, and his older brother Russell (Bennett) and Doman (Scandal) lost $1 million, eleven year later

Gordon's HST let his popularity sink, BC Rail trial needed to be stopped in a blink, cost $6 million, seven years later

Bill resigned, Bridge named after him, by Gordon

Gordon resigned, but not before cutting/uncutting a 15% personal income tax break

                                  Bill's successor was Bill Vander Zalm

Gordon #1 enemy till the end of February Bill Vander Zalm