Monday, February 27, 2017

Mike de Jong wears one pair of shoes once a year and he needs them resoled?


Only a bc liberal guy like Mike can afford to have 365 pairs of shoes.

Status quo on shoe soling tradition De Jong's comments came at the annual pre-budget shoe event, a staple among finance ministers in Canada.

While many ministers use the event to unveil a new pair of shoes that broadly symbolize a budget's theme, de Jong opted for a simple resoling of his black, Bostonian dress shoes at a local cobbler.  CBC


 Mike has been a sitting MLA for 23 years, a Minister for most of them. He can afford to have lots of shoes, but we are lucky to have four pairs.

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Friday, February 24, 2017

Give the BC Liberals a big thank you today (2017) for cutting our MSP premiums in 2018

A 2017 BC Liberal election plank promise from Christy Clark is that she will personally cut the MSP, in half.   Mind you the value of the 2018 dollar compared to 2001 .......

Graph wise it looks impressive.

The first hick, up, came from Finance Minister Gary Collins in 2002, with the blessing of his Premier ... Gordon Muir Campbell of which Deputy Premier Christy Clark was cheering the loudest at the Cabinet table.  Those minute details are now accessible via an FOI.

 Where is Gary Collins?   Who Cares!

Where is Kevin Falcon?   North Shore of Burrard Inlet, but then again .. Who Cares!

1987 to 2018

Thursday, April 4, 2013


BC Liberals Bitter Pills: Misleading Graphs leads to Graft


In less than ONE year of our Personal Income Taxes being cut by 25% the BC Liberals' Finance Gary Collins felt that he was obligated to Raise MSP Premiums by 50%!  What a Bitter Pill that was.
1987 to 2013 (the day after the Election)




 http://www.taxtips.ca/bctax/msp.htm

If you are thinking who is going to make up the 50% difference .... look no further than privateer Dr. Brian Day's court battle that the BC Government is fighting off with a wet noodle.

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Comment from E J Baatz  2017 BC MSP rates Sunday link

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Thursday, February 23, 2017

BC Liberals SOLD, not RENTED BC Rail beds to CNR

 If British Columbians still own the rail bed for OUR BC Rail how is it that CNR has the ability to charge a user fee for those wanting to walk under/over to West Vancouver's waterfront?

What next?

CNR will go after every intersection, western to eastern shores of Canada, the arctic to the 49th Parallel?

CNR's logic is that because the value of their rented railbed has sky rocketed out of sight, like that of our homes, then they should be entitled to benefit from that.

 CN takes district of West Vancouver to court over alleged encroachments near popular sea walk

 By Keith Fraser & Denise Ryan, Vancouver Sun February 22, 2017

If CN Rail gets its way, one of the most popular seawalls in West Vancouver may be off limits to the public.

The District of West Vancouver says it is challenging a bid by the Canadian National Railway to shut down access to much of the Centennial Seawalk that runs along a railway corridor after CN sought to charge the district $3.7 million in rent per year for use of the waterfront attraction.

The Centennial Seawalk is of particular importance to local seniors, walkers with canes and the handicapped, said local walker Molly Culey. “This is the only part that no dogs are allowed on, so people who are handicapped can use it, no dogs, scooters, bicycles on this section. It’s the only section that is kept like this,” said Culey, who was alarmed by the news.  ..................

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Canadian National Railway Co. is paying $1-billion in cash to acquire provincially owned BC Rail Ltd., unveiling a plan yesterday to expand its fleet of rail cars and chop 430 jobs.

B.C. Premier Gordon Campbell and CN chief executive officer Hunter Harrison announced the deal in front of provincial Liberal cabinet ministers and MLAs in Victoria, with Mr. Campbell's caucus applauding the long-awaited move to unload debt-laden BC Rail's freight operations.

"It creates a very strong franchise," Mr. Harrison said.

The combination of Montreal-based CN, Canada's largest railway, and North Vancouver-based BC Rail, the country's third largest, will ensure the long-term health of rail service in B.C., he said.

Mr. Campbell emphasized that the provincial government will maintain ownership of the tracks, rail beds and rights-of-way, while CN will pick up an operating lease that could last up to 90 years.

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 Bottom Line?

Will the stronghold BC Liberal MLA Ralph Sultan be a thing of the past?


Canadian National Railway aka David McLean contributions to the BC Liberal Party:

56 payments totaling:  $295,760.00

David McLean     $350,077.50

Bob Mackin:  Lucrative 'Air Christy' chartered helicopters via Blackcomb Aviation, owned by the McLean Group

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 Rocky Mountaineer Tent Tunnel Entrance:



Through the canvas tunnel




To the Siding Station

No Washroom

Passenger Suitcase Roll-Up the Ramp / Porter Steps Suitcase Down

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Not Two, but Three Metro Vancouver helicopters flying over Upper Levels Highway


Webtrak YVR  data is 20 minutes later to prevent the RCMP scenario of a real Korody and Nuttall from launching a rocket at YVR air traffic



Webtrak YVR  shows Christy Clark's On-Stand-By helicopter has lifted off for the North Shore for another one of those photo ooooops with the survivors.




4:26pm
News1130


The BC Liberals Founding Fathers speeches to Partnership BC 2003 has landed taxpayers into jail of debtors


From the very beginning each successive British Columbia (party) government ended with a doubling of the provincial debt.   Case in point, the landslide victory of the BC Liberals rallying cry for a 'New Era' in 2001 was to eliminate debt build upon of the BC NDP.


That same cry is raised each and every time the BC Liberals start their campaign for re-election .... which is the day right after being sworn into Office for a four year term.   Their election messaging is promoted 24/7 and its always blame the BC NDP for our debt.

Norman Farrell looks at the larger picture, the one that the BC Liberals prefer to ignore:  Contractual Obligations which are not counted as Debt until the last penny is paid off.  eg. Port Mann bridge and highway 1 upgrade and ...... the $600 million  Sea to Sky Highway with its shadow toll paying off the remaining $2,000,000,0000 via Lower Mainland gas tax.

... Liberals argue that none of the $101 billion of contractual obligations at the beginning of the current fiscal year represents debt. Regardless of what politicians argue, the claim does not pass a test of common sense.  ....



Vaughn Palmer, Vancouver Sun, February 22, 2017
..... the Liberals are budgeting to raise the total provincial debt to $70 billion in the year ahead, up from $45 billion when Premier Christy Clark took office.
This graph, created for Partnerships BC, started the BC Liberals clock of accumulated debt, two years into Gordon Campbell's rise to his Premiership.   One Billion a year.

BC Liberals take off the BC NDP  ....... from 1994 to 2001


Norman Farrell expands on the BC Liberals contribution


 May 28, 2003   

Vancouver Board of Trade presentation, Public Private Partnership Solutions in British Columbia by Larry Blain, CEO of Partnerships BC


May 30, 2002
   
Minister of Finance's Speech regarding the Capital Asset Management Framework and Partnerships British Columbia
BC Finance Minister Gary Collins, 'I Swear to tell the Truth the hole truth ....







Strategic Shift in Thinking of the BC Liberals have rewarded their friends handsomely to the point that it is the corporations and unions that are bankrolling their election war chest to $12 million and counting.    There's no guarantee that every member within the union votes for the BC Liberals whereas there is a guarantee that the Murray Edwards of this world has only ONE vote, even if he is a resident of Alberta while running the ship of Dam Breaker Mount Polley.

Why is it that a Credit Union like Blue Shore Financial takes to single out one political party candidate over any other on the north shore?

Government bears most risks?  On time delivery?  Government continues to protect public interest?






Tuesday, February 21, 2017

CNR and Kinder Morgan: Is it permissable to ship Sulphur with Wheat with Canola with Peas with Barley and Malt

The label on the tanker rail car shows Wheat, but is it?

Sulphur is a fertilizer used to grow wheat.

Is it permissible to ship sulphur in a vessel (container) that is also used for wheat and canola, peas, barley and malt.  Colley West at Vancouver Wharves

 Is it acceptable to mix a product for consumption with a poison?

Yukonomist
.... sulphur is always in demand. It is used for fertilizer, matches, batteries, bleach, laxatives, wine-making, shampoo and loads of other ubiquitous products.





Colley West

Monday, February 20, 2017

MLA Rich Coleman believes that we are next to a plural of neighbouring provinces

British Columbia and Alberta are joined at the hip whereas .....Saskatchewan ...... is not our immediate neighbour like that of  Washington, Alaska, Yukon and Northwest Territories
Quotes:

Rich Coleman, Deputy Premier and Minister of Natural Gas Development
"Petrinex provides us with a better way to monitor natural gas and oil produced in the province and improves how we account for revenues owed to government.  We are adopting this system because (after being in power for 15 years and we may lose power in 2017) it has a proven track record and the support of both industry and our neighbouring provinces."   (Alberta Petrinex)


If the doors are closed on-line for Coleman's Petrinex ....... there's a variety of reasons ...



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    Sunday, February 12, 2017

    Christy Clark jumps too quickly to a conclusion but has always managed to wriggle free?


    Christy Clark to Rob Shaw and Derrick Penner:
    It is further proof of the fact when we jump to conclusions and we make a mistake we should own up to it.  And I have no problem saying sorry because I made a mistake and I shouldn't have jumped to those conclusions as quickly as I did.

    Christy Clark:
    And I want to do as much as I can to make that right today to offer my apology to John, which I've done.

    Christy Clark:
    I don't know what else I can do except apologize to him,

    I'm glad I've been able to get that off my chest because certainly when Vicki Huntington came forward and said it was her that had the information and her office that obtained it, I needed to make sure I made it right with John.


    If Christy keeps backtracking on making conclusions too quickly she won't need to wear a Site C bra.





    Wally Oppal archived writings can still be seen on the BC Legislature walls
    VICTORIA – Corporations, governments and individuals will soon be able to offer a sincere apology as part of their dispute resolution process without fear of legal liability, thanks to new legislation being tabled today, said Attorney General Wally Oppal.

    “There are times when an apology is very important and appropriate but the legal implications have long been uncertain,” said Oppal. “The Apology Act is designed to promote the early and mutually beneficial resolution of disputes by allowing parties to express honest regret or remorse by removing concerns that an apology amounts to an admission of liability or could void provisions of an insurance policy.”


    Same Vancouver Sun same article above:

    John Horgan:
    She created a problem for herself, she's been making it bigger ... as each day goes by,

    Friday, February 10, 2017

    Alex Gervais HAD to die because he, and others, didn't fit within Premier Christy Clark's 'Families First' or 'Family Day' election agendas

    http://blogborgcollective.blogspot.ca/2015/10/alex-gervais-was-pushed-it-was-murder.html

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    BC Liberal Cabinet response to Alex Gervais plea for help



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    Norman Farrell:

    Rule by expediency, not by principle

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    Laila Yuile:

    Not Forgotten. How many children must die before someone takes responsibility?  

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    Paul Willcocks (blog: Paying Attention) 10 Feb 2017 | TheTyee.ca

     It Didn’t Have to Happen This Way: Government Still Failing Vulnerable Youth

    It’s time to make the treatment of kids in care a key election issue.

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    Alex Gervais caregiver received $8,000 per month .... $96,000 per year and didn't visit him for ten days before the BC Liberals threw him out the window.

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    News Release from RCY

    Report:
    Representative for Children and Youth BC:  Broken Promises: Alex's Story
    The final caregiver who was being well paid ($8,000 per month) to oversee him was absent from the hotel that Alex had reluctantly been forced to consider "home" for 49 straight days.

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    BC Family Day




    Families First



    Youth and Family Services





    Ted Hughes damming report on Premier Gordon Campbell and Deputy Premier / Education Minister Christy Clark  -  Took the (budget) knife too far


    "I cannot agree with the premier's earlier assessment that budget cuts did not contribute to the failure of the transition process ...," wrote Hughes. "As I have commented throughout this report, the impact of budget constraints reverberated throughout the child welfare system from 2002 until recently.

    Those responsible for the transition were under pressure to meet deep spending cuts across the board and as a result, this small program [to review the children's deaths] got lost in the shuffle."

    The Vancouver Sun has deleted all copies of this article but the BCTF kept a copy:

    2016 "In fairness, these are complex cases and following ..."

    Wednesday, February 8, 2017

    Premier Campbell's Cabinet meetings documents 2001-2002 (over 15 years) are now available to the public eg. BC Rail

    It's worth it to go back and look at the BC Liberals New Era bullshit to find something that is an absolute GOLD MINE.

    When Gordon Campell's BC Liberals came to 'power' on May 16, 2001 they proceeded to break an election promise by setting into motion to sell off BC Rail (along with Vancouver Wharves to Kinder Morgan's Sulphur piles).  They spent three years of Cabinet (SECRET) meetings until the RCMP came knocking on the BC Legislature doors.

    BC Rail:
    The public first became aware (RAID) of the issue on December 28, 2003  Wikipedia
     2017 - 2001 = 16   Under 16 years to February 8, 2017 but more than 15 years.

    Four months to go for the Provincial election.

    Now would be a great time for a flurry of FOI requests regarding cabinet documents relating to BC Rail.  FOI Section 12 ".... requires that government keep secret, for a period of at least 15 years, "the substance of deliberations of the Executive Council ........""

    The Tyee   2004  
    Gordon Campbell's election promise of cabinet meetings open to the public? Never mind.
    By Will McMartin, 14 Dec 2004,


     ....... It is tempting to conclude that Gordon Campbell, whose governmental experience is grounded in municipal affairs, simply was unaware of this parliamentary convention when he promised open cabinet meetings. He mistakenly believed that the Executive Council was identical or similar to a municipal council, where councillors or aldermen openly debate policy issues and those on the losing side may continue to oppose a policy long after it has been decided.

    He evidently also was unfamiliar with British Columbia's decade-old Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. Section 12 of the statute requires the government to keep secret, for a period of at least 15 years, "the substance of deliberations of the Executive Council or any of its committees, including any advice, recommendations, policy considerations or draft legislation or regulations submitted or prepared to the Executive Council or any of its committees." Section 13 allows some information to be released after just five years, if the cabinet already has publicly announced its decision.   ......
     Cabinet and local public body confidences
    12  (1) The head of a public body must refuse to disclose to an applicant information that would reveal the substance of deliberations of the Executive Council or any of its committees, including any advice, recommendations, policy considerations or draft legislation or regulations submitted or prepared for submission to the Executive Council or any of its committees.
    (2) Subsection (1) does not apply to
    (a) information in a record that has been in existence for 15 or more years,
    (b) information in a record of a decision made by the Executive Council or any of its committees on an appeal under an Act, or
    (c) information in a record the purpose of which is to present background explanations or analysis to the Executive Council or any of its committees for its consideration in making a decision if
    (i)   the decision has been made public,
    (ii)   the decision has been implemented, or
    (iii)   5 or more years have passed since the decision was made or considered.
    (3) The head of a local public body may refuse to disclose to an applicant information that would reveal
    (a) a draft of a resolution, bylaw or other legal instrument by which the local public body acts or a draft of a private Bill, or
    (b) the substance of deliberations of a meeting of its elected officials or of its governing body or a committee of its governing body, if an Act or a regulation under this Act authorizes the holding of that meeting in the absence of the public.
    (4) Subsection (3) does not apply if
    (a) the draft of the resolution, bylaw, other legal instrument or private Bill or the subject matter of the deliberations has been considered in a meeting open to the public, or
    (b) the information referred to in that subsection is in a record that has been in existence for 15 or more years.

    Monday, February 6, 2017

    Why pay $20,000! to sit down with BC Premier Christy Clark when $900 buys a BC Liberal Minister for a year

    There are actually some pretty big things going on - more pre-election announcements from the Liberals, who suddenly have gazillions of dollars for all sorts of things like bridges and... bridges, but in the meantime check out this gem of a report The Lynn Valley Local Plan - Planning Report from back in 1998. - North Vancouver Politics 


    Links To North Shore MLAs 

    NV Lonsdale MLA Naomi Yamamoto   For Sale  (priceless)

    http://www.naomiyamamoto.com/



    WV-Capilano MLA Ralph Sultan   Is more interested saving a Vancouver Island riding than ...  

      

    NV-Seymour MLA Jane Thornthwaite   Server not Found here

    Thornthwaite is just as concerned about their Vancouver Island ridings as Sultan



    Mike Smyth: the Province   Vancouver Island Leaks Party contacts



    WayBack Machine:

    Ralph Sultan in 2014
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    Jane Thornthwaite  2014
         https://web.archive.org/web/20140409212640/http://www.janethornthwaite.ca/

    Naomi Yamamoto  2013
         https://web.archive.org/web/20130305032011/http://www.naomiyamamoto.com/

    Sunday, February 5, 2017

    WAC Bennett's 1952 New Deal: Kinder Morgan's TransMountain Pipeline to pay $400,000 per year taxation. Where's the money to the affected municipalities??



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    In this election year has anyone crunched the number$ that Premier Christy Clark worked out with Kinder Morgan?  Is there a 'taxation' that benefits British Columbians or is her showmanship exactly the same as WAC Bennett's NEW deal with Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline in 1953?

    Was it an election year in 1953?    
        1952


    Outline of Burnaby History - David Pereira


     

    In Particular, the third paragraph

     


    Trans Mountain Pipeline

    Outline of Burnaby History - David Pereira

    1952

    Page 23 of 24

    The figures describing this gigantic undertaking are astronomical in size; the cost is estimated at $82,000,000.  The pipe is of 24-inch diameter, with walls varying from 1/4 -inch to 1/2-inch in thickness.  It is of high pressure electric welded steel,   (Welded Steel Pipe - Steel Tank Institute)(Page 91) and a single length weighs a ton, approximately, for a 40-foot pipe.  In order to keep the cost of truck hauling in the rough sections of the route to as low a level as practible, distribution of the pipe is made to almost every available siding en route.  For instance, on the Canadian National Railway between Edmonton and Kamloops, a distance of 510 miles there are 97 sidings.  About 5,000 railway cars are required to deliver the pipe, each car carrying between 640 and 840 lineal feet.  Before being laid, all rust and scale are removed by steel brushes, a coat of primer is then supplied, followed by a coating of enamel brushed on at temperature of 450 degrees, Fah.  The pipe is then wrapped in fibre-glass, then with asbestos felt.  The delivery of these materials alone will require 21 cars for the fibre-glass, 63 cars for the asbestos felt, and 280 cars for the enamel.  We quote these figures to illustrate the magnitude of  the undertaking, the total work in connection with which requiring 1,500 men during the peak of construction.  A welding school for the training of welders was opened in Vancouver in the spring of this year. The completion of the line is scheduled for two years hence.  From the ....

    IN PARTICULAR the THIRD PARAGRAPH

    Taxation has been set by the Provincial Legislature at $38,500 a mile, based on the ultimate throughput of 200,000 barrels per day.  The initial throughput, however, being 75,000 per day, a sliding scale will go into effect until the maximum throughput is reached.  In affected municipalities through with the pipeline passes, the taxation will amount to $38,500 per mile, multiplied by the mill rate of the municipality.  It is estimated that when the line is flowing at full capacity, British Columbia will receive about $400,000 per year, divided between the province and the municipalities.  The work of laying the pipe is progressing steadily, the local site of the receiving plant is about cleared of forest growth, and this undertaking is fairly on the way to completion by the end of 1953.

    BC Auditor General may be able to explain Where's our money as British Columbians, and more importantly, the municipalities that ARE affected directly     eg. Burnaby?

    The 'divided' number is not mentioned in the history of Burnaby.

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    Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project

    The original Trans Mountain Pipeline was built in 1953 and continues to operate safely today. The expansion is of this existing 1,150-kilometre pipeline between Strathcona County (near Edmonton), Alberta and Burnaby, BC. The expansion, will create a twinned pipeline increasing the nominal capacity of the system from 300,000 barrels per day to 890,000 barrels per day.

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     Oh by the way, the reason that its so expensive for Kinder Morgan to repair the pipeline anomalies, we call them SPILLS, is that they have to remove not only the oil, but they have to remove the ASBESTOS wrapped around the pipe.


    Page 26

    Number of Spills
    It should be noted that the pipeline goes south to Washington State so the barrels per day are skewed, conflicted, whereby the oil travels 98% through Alberta and British Columbia and skips from the Fraser Valley to Sumas.


    Historical Background Report: Trans Mountain Pipeline, 1947 - 2013       Sean Kheraj
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    1953 version of 'taxation' was based on 'barrels per day' forever

    2017 is based on 'right-of-way" for 20 years



    By jurisdiction, economic and fiscal impacts from Project development, operations and higher netbacks include:
    • $5.7 billion provincially in British Columbia
    • $19.4 billion provincially in Alberta
    • $21.6 billion to the rest of Canada
    • At the municipal level, the approval of the Expansion Project would increase property tax revenue by $530 million to local governments along the pipeline right-of-way over 20 years. Existing and new tax payments to municipalities and regional governments would exceed $1 billion over 20 years.



    Friday, February 3, 2017

    Peter Fassbender Letter from Christy Clark on Education portfolio 2013: "As a student, parent and Minister of Education (not in that order) I ..."

    Not funny, but looking back ten years to the start of the fight with the BCTF, all the way up to the Supreme Court of Canada in 2016 .... Christy Clark never saw herself as being part of the collective agreement between the BCTF and the Government of British Columbia School Trustee (if they don't accept being dictated to they are FIRED).  

    Pity.

    Page 2 of 4

    Christy Clark written instruction to Peter Fassbender

    .... As a student, parent and Minister of Education (not in that order), I have personally seen the positive impact a great teacher can make on the life and futre of a child.  We are fortunate in our province to have many great teachers (which I laid off the 'great') in our province, but unfortunately too often THEY find themselves caught in the middle of labour disputes (WHO might that be)(not the BC Liberal Party) -- feeling like they have to choose sides between their students and their union.   ...




    The fancy official version is here

    Etc. Etc. Etc. Etc ...

    Thursday, February 2, 2017

    Fraser Institute study: Premature deaths of sucessive Premiers Fathers due to alcohol consumption: Campbell and Clark

    The Vaughn Palmer's column on Premier Christy Clark latest family revelation must have sent alarm bells off at the headquarters of the Fraser Institute.  How to explain the odds of two consecutive Premiers of British Columbia losing their fathers, prematurely, to alcohol.   BC Liberals only? or of any political stripe?

    Before Gordon Campbell's landslide victory in 2001 he did an interview with MacLean's (original now stashed at the Canadian Encyclopedia) as Her Majesty's Loyal Opposition in 1999.
    .... beneath the surface there were darker currents: Chargo Campbell was a workaholic who drank heavily.
     
    Christ Clark is a no holds barred kind of politician who will use every 'device' available to protect her BC Liberal dynasty and although her privacy is protected by FOI legislation she then throws her family under the bus, for public scrutiny.

    Clark tells the public that her son Hamish is off-limits but has him standing side by side on the podium, and then invites a Vancouver Sun journalist to ride along while mom Christy drives her son to hockey practice where the talk is all about running another red light because 'she does all the time'.


    The Premier admits the BC Liberal Party's gifting of a $300,000 stipend over the past six years to their Leader has distracted the public, and with the Provincial election mere months away Clark appears to be grabbing at straws now, a last ditch effort to win back-to-back. (Harry Belafonte)

    MLA Christy Clark represents Kelowna - West riding, the stronghold wine grower region of British Columbia, so naturally she leans, is bent, towards promoting all things related to alcohol, and then earlier this week she rolls out her family's loss, prematurely, 20 years ago.

    Plenty of mothers and fathers and sisters and brothers and cousins and grand parents have lost family members to Fentanyl.

    Her unspoken response is 'I share our pain'.  Get over it for the next 20 years.


    Palmer:
    The B.C. premier’s linking of alcohol and mental illness drew some telling comments as well. Anonymous comment:  “You talk about your father’s alcoholism yet you are making liquor more accessible? Unending liquor announcements.

    The premier has often cited Jim Clark, a Burnaby school teacher who ran unsuccessfully for the Liberals on three occasions, as an inspirational figure who whetted her appetite for politics.

    To my knowledge this was the first time she publicly discussed how depression and alcoholism contributed to his early death, more than 20 years ago.  “It is a tough way to grow up for a lot of families,” Clark continued, after a slight groping for words.

    “A lot of people have experienced that.”   SNIP

    But no personal confessionals stirred as much emotion as the one she made last June, after all parties in the legislature united to support tougher guidelines for dealing with sexual assault at post-secondary institutions.

    “As I sat in my chair on the floor of the legislature, it struck me: I knew all too well why women stay silent. For over 35 years, I’ve been one of them,” wrote Clark in an opinion piece published in The Vancouver Sun.

    She went on to recount something she’d not talked about before — the day when she was pulled off the sidewalk and into the bushes by a stranger bent on doing her harm.   And how, despite being very scared, she managed to wriggle free and run off to safety and a silence kept for decades.

    Has Christy Clark's revealed her family's personal details without first seeking consent from the rest of the family?

    Has Clark's parents-siblings-Aunts-Uncles-children-cousins agreed to Clark's public exposure of the skeletons in the family closet?

    There was Clark's joke about the 'limp microphone'   ....  and then the on air radio declaration of wanting to be seen as a MILF.

    The only family member she hasn't tainted with her revelations directly, is her brother.  Indirectly he has enough personal political baggage from the BC Rail File and last year's helicopter visit by the Premier donating funds that were not asked for to the Haida Gwaii in the middle of a local election had her brother standing in the wings wanting the Haida Gwaii to buy into his IPP Wind Farm proposal.

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    The public is well aware of Gordon Campbell's drinking spree on Hawaii which resulted in mug shots and the order from the Superintendent of Motor Vehicles to surrender his British Columbia driver's license ... to then being chauffeured everywhere.

    Was that stipend benefit provided by the BC Liberal Party on government business?

    Wednesday, February 1, 2017