Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Recall Petition Timeline Oak Bay - Gordon Head Last day February 4th 4:30pm

Elections BC 
Petition expenses limits for proponent and Member: $35,938.72

As you can see, the number of Canvassers are steadily going up.  Whether this means that there should have been more canvassers initially, to reach the final day of February 4th, or there's more interest on the part of those that have recently signed up, or for those that have signed up maybe it has more to do with the remarks by their MLA as stated in Vaughn Palmer's column today in the Vancouver Sun:

"She recounted several allegations of abuse involving the petitioners and I gather her organizers are assembling the evidence for a formal complaint to Elections BC, or, failing that, in court" January 7, 2011
UPDATE 7:30am Friday, Jan. 28, 2011 - 289 Canvassers +
UPDATE 7:30am Thursday, Jan. 27, 2011 - 289 Canvassers +
UPDATE 7:30am Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2011 - 289 Canvassers +3
UPDATE 7:30am Friday, Jan. 21, 2011 - 286 Canvassers +2
UPDATE 7:30am Thursday, Jan. 20, 2011 - 284 Canvassers +3   
UPDATE 7:30am Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2011
- 281 Canvassers +1   
UPDATE 7:30am Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2011 - 280 Canvassers +6     
UPDATE 7:30am Monday, Jan. 17, 2011 - 274 Canvassers  + 6
UPDATE 7:30am
Tuesday, Jan.11, 2011 - 268 Canvassers  + 2
UPDATE 7:30am Monday, Jan. 10, 2011 - 266 Canvassers  + 3
UPDATE 7:30am Friday, Jan. 7, 2011 - 263 Canvassers  +  4
UPDATE 7:30am Thursday, Jan. 6, 2011 - 259 Canvassers  + 17
UPDATE 7:30am Friday, Dec. 31, 2010 - 242 Canvassers  + 5
UPDATE 7:30am Monday, Dec. 27, 2010 - 237 Canvassers  + 4
7:30am Friday, Dec. 24, 2010 - 233 Canvassers  + 1

UPDATE 9:04am
Thursday, Dec. 23, 2010 - No change

UPDATE 1:41pm  Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2010 - 232 Canvassers  + 3
UPDATE 7:30pm Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2010 - 229   Canvassers  +  4
UPDATE 7:30pm Monday, Dec. 20, 2010 -  225 
Canvassers  + 1
UPDATE 7:30pm Friday, Dec. 17, 2010 -     224  Canvassers  + 5
UPDATE 7:30pm Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2010 - 219 Canvassers

UPDATE  Saturday, December 4th, 2010    Various news media outlets have said that the "army" of canvassers was anywhere from 150 to 160.

On December 15th I said "This isn't to say there's been an increase, but its now duly noted on this blog.  If the number of registered Canvassers is increasing, then that might be a tell-tale sign.........."

Canvassers     Elections BC   Recall Petition Canvasser Guide and Application
How do I become a canvasser?

Contact the proponent of the recall petition. Once a recall petition application is submitted to Elections BC for approval, proponents can start recruiting canvassers. The proponent will coordinate recruitment of volunteers, manage the canvasser application process and forward canvasser applications to Elections BC for processing.

If I sign the petition, will my personal information be made public?

If a voter signs a petition sheet, their name, address, signature and phone number will be available for public inspection at the office of the Chief Electoral Officer. The voter may request that their residential address and telephone number be obscured from public inspection by checking the box next to their signature on the petition.
Elections BC finally got around on Friday, December 3, 2010 to update their Advertising Sponsors by Organization and Individual categories in the Recall campaign.

Registered Recall Petition Advertising Sponsors  (up to date as of December 15, 2010)

- Organizations RP-OBG-2010-002
Registered Recall Petition Advertising Sponsors
- Individuals  RP-OBG-2010-002


This is the current time line for the Petition for Oak Bay - Gordon Head

Sort of looks like a Smoking Gun.    

"The petition will be issued on Monday, December 6, 2010, and at that time, registered canvassers may begin collecting signatures,”  -  Craig James (November 30th)


This WAS the time line for the Petition for Oak Bay - Gordon Head and has three pieces of information that the new one doesn't have:
A) Below the line left hand side
    "18 months or later following an election"
B) Above the line, to the left of AIP
    "Notice to proponent, Member and Speaker of the House
C) Above the line, at end of 60 Days
   "Proponent, Member, and Speaker of the House notified
    if petition meets threshold and if it will proceed to verification"

Not trying to tell Elections BC Acting Chief Election Officer what to do, but is there some sort of proof that the Speaker of the House AND the Member (is this an abbreviation of MLA also known as Member of the Legislative Assembly) have actually received the paper work.....

For information http://www.recallidachong.ca/


This is what past Recall Petitions have looked like:   Time for Change

Rolls Royce has fixed the Airbus engine problem. BC Liberal Party's plan for the new leadership is similar

The Premier's job in British Columbia is a difficult one at the best of times, that's why there's a Deputy Premier to help carry the weight.

When things get really tough, ask others to lend a helping hand until the end  of February 2011.

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."

Search for:  A short illustrated history of roads in British Columbia 1980

Google Earth   "Edit"    "Show Elevation Profile"

Why I Recall the need to learn the task of "word counting", only in British Columbia

 Recall and Initiative Act s. 19(2)(c)
Number of words in proponent statement



To fully understand when this document was created you have to copy it into your browser, let it load, then do a right click with your mouse and go down to   Document Properties.

Problem though, none of the links work, except the one at the very top which takes you to the actual document link provided by Elections BC.   Ahhhhh, here's a link that works:


It was created at 2:50pm on November 24, 2010

And if you're wondering about Trivial information regarding the Word Count Proponent Statement there's this:

2          Pages
50        Paragraphs
60        Lines
542      Words
2678   Characters
3174   Characters (with spaces)

Can you just imagine the hoops that the former Acting Chief Election Officer who is now the head of the Legislative recording department is forcing his minions to adhered to.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

What came first, an interest in the relevancy of the Coquihalla Highway to the Sea to Sky Highway or Why hasn't Gordon Campbell left? The latter!

BUS  388.109711 H34c
Vancouver Public Library
3 1383 05153 1575

oolichan books  $17.95

The Coast Connection
by R. G. Harvey

"R.G. Harvey is a life member of the B.C. Association of Professional Engineers and the Transportation Association of Canada.  He was British Columbia Deputy Minister of Highways from 1976 until his retirement in 1983."

Page 184/185

"In 1947, William Nick Vander Zalm had emigrated to B.C., from his native Holland at the age of twelve.  After a very successful career in commercial gardening he tried his hand at politics and won election as the Mayor of Surrey in 1967.   Following a spell with the Liberal Party, he joined the Socreds and was swept into office with Premier Bill Bennett in the 1975 election.

Bennett was never really happy with Vander Zalm, whose exuberance and personal charm won him a large following in the party.  Bennett was especially unhappy when, as Minister of Human Resources, Vander Zalm gained widespread publicity by exhorting the welfare recipients to get themselves shovels.  Transferred to the the less controversial post of Minister of Municipal Affairs in late 1978, the firebrand from Surrey now became fully involved with the Highways Minister in the onerous task of regulating  land developers, mostly of their own Social Credit  party, who were then swept up in pursuit of their greatest chance to make money in a land market gone crazy.

Vander Zalm's solution to Highway's conservatism in land use control was to draw up a proposed Land Use Act, which intended nothing less than the handing over of control of all land use in the province, including all lands in provincial or municipal ownership, to one Minister of the provincial Crown: the Minister of Municipal Affairs."


While looking for the original Land Use Act I came across a document that might give insight on why our current Premier is taking his time to leave .....

 Keyword search    bc legislative library Land Use Act vander zalm convention

Page 3
"W. N. Vander Zalm was chosen as successor to W.R. Bennett at a leadership convention July 30, 1986

Bennett formally stepped down as Premier August 6, 1986 but retained his seat and according to convention, the appointments of his ministers should have terminated at his departure.

With the exception of Ritchie (Municipal Affairs) and Waterland (Agriculture and Food) who resigned and whose appointments were rescinded by Orders in Council 1441/86 and 1442/86 respectively, the cabinet remained intact. Only Vander Zalm and the replacements for Ritchie (Heinrich) and for Waterland (Hewitt) were sworn in (Orders in Council 1458/86 and 1457/86 respectively)........ "   Snip

Does yesterday's history lesson  answer the question as to why Gordon Campbell only terminated one of his Ministers?  I think the answer is a resounding YES!!!

Gordon Muir Campbell didn't resign on the day of his announcement because if he did, he would have to terminate his Ministers first, because he's the only one who can do it.  Just ask old Bill (Bennett).

They can resign, and they are, as they make their announcements to run for the BC Liberal Party leadership/Premiership.

But the last official duty that Gordon Campbell will do as Premier, of his Cabinet, will be to terminate every last one of them.

As of November 25th 2010
37th Parliament
2001 - 2005
38th Parliament
2005 - 2009
39th Parliament


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

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

To the left: Fiscal Plan 2008/2009 To the right: Fiscal Plan 2009/2010

Everything after 2010 is hypothetical, especially since Premier Gordon Campbell made the surprise Personal Income Tax break to try and buy his popularity back.


Backgrounder Fiscal Plan for 2008/2009 - 2010/2011 is here

Backgrounder Fiscal Plan for 2009/2010 - 2011/2012 is here

Why can't I figure this out?  Each Backgrounder is laid out systematically, somewhat, leaving space for a few loopholes, like a shadow toll.

  1. 2008/2009                                2009/2010
  2. Economic Outlook                    Economic Outlook
  3. Revenue Outlook                      Revenue Outlook
  4. Expense Outlook                      Expense Outlook
  5.                                                 Achieving Cost Savings
  6. Significant Budget Decisions     Significant Budged Decisions
  7. Budget Surplus Outlook
  8. Investing in Infrastructure          Investing in Infrastructure
  9. Debt Remains Affordable         Debt
  10. Budget Remains Prudent          Budget Outlook

Under the heading of "Investment in Infrastructure" for 2008/2009 -

"For infrastructure spending on transit, roads, schools, hospitals and other capital assets, the budget plan provides for investments of $5.8 billion in 2008/2009, $5.5 billion in 2009/2010, and $5.4 billion  in 2010/2011."

Under the heading of "Investment in Infrastructure" for 2009/2010 -
"Budget 2009 invests almost $14 billion  in infrastructure projects to build and upgrade housing, schools, hospitals, transit, and roads around the province."

Backgrounder Fiscal Plan for 2007/08 - 2009/2010 is here

  1. 2007/2008                                           
  2. Economic Outlook                           
  3. Revenue Outlook                             
  4. Expense Outlook                                                             
  5. Significant Budget Decisions            
  6. Budget Surplus Outlook
  7. Investing in Infrastructure                 
  8. Debt Remains Affordable                                                       
  9. Budget Remains Prudent                                                      
Under the heading of "Investment in Infrastructure" for 2007/2008 -

"A growing province requires investments in projects that benefit all British Columbians such as schools, hospitals, roads, and bridges.  The budget and fiscal plan continues government's commitment to an infrastructure spending plan that is affordable.

The Province's taxpayer-supported capital  spending is forecast at $3.9 Billion in 2007/2008, $3.3 billion in 2008/2009, and $2.9 billion  in 2009/2010.

Item Achieving Cost Savings in 2009 goes onto explain that "Savings will be achieved through reductions in contracted professional services, travel expenses, advertising and discretionary grants."

Then there's this little gem:
"Over the next three years B.C. will save $3.4 billion through reductions in advertising, discretionary grants, contracted professional services, travel costs and office expenses."   Gee, I sure wish I knew which cookie jar to look in to find this?  Well its right here:


But where did it come from?   http://www.gov.bc.ca/yourbc/fiscal_responsibility/fr_taxpayers.html?src=/taxpayers/fr_taxpayers.html

Monday, November 1, 2010

BC Liberals wrote into law PPP Concessionaire Website, but they don't enforce it

Source: http://www.bclaws.ca/EPLibraries/bclaws_new/document/ID/freeside/00_02065_01#section3
Concessionaires’ websites
25.1 (1) The concessionaire under a concession agreement referred to in section 2 (1.1) (a) to (c) must establish and maintain a website that is accessible by the public without charge.
(2) A website established under this section must include the information specified in section 27 (2) (a) to (c) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, and must also contain information relating to the following:
(a) tolls payable, including the structure and calculation of tolls payable;
(b) the amounts that constitute toll debts and excessive toll debts as those terms are defined in section 1, including the structure and calculation of those debts and their due dates;
(c) interest rates and other charges and fees, including when interest and other charges and fees will be applied and how they will be calculated and varied;
(d) the dispute resolution procedure referred to in section 20;
(e) the appeal procedure referred to in section 21;
(f) the available payment mechanisms, including registration and account maintenance;
(f.1) the name, contact information and address of the billing organization;
(g) any other matters that are prescribed or required in accordance with the concession agreement.