Randy Rinaldo: BC Liberals and Rich Coleman do the right thing! #bcpoli #canpoli

Should he have known better? The voters will decide!
Should he have known better? The voters will decide!

I believe I am eminently qualified to render an opinion regarding this weeks latest Twitter gaffe by BC Liberal newly nominated candidate Randy Rinaldo.

Having been through the media gauntlet over the same issue in the 2013 provincial election and erring by firing them I can relate to the intensity of which the mainstream media will confront Campaign staff, managers , directors and candidates.

They play gotcha when a tweet or internet posting is discovered and then come at you to fire the candidate.

I erred and played their game and we fired a few candidates that we shouldn’t have.

What we should have done then and what Rich Coleman ( He was the spokesperson) did right was keep the candidate in place and let the voters decide whether tweeting is a serious enough offense to cast their candidate ( Rinaldo) aside.

Make no mistake about it.

This is a winnable seat for the BC Liberals. They only lost last time by 743 votes.

It took the courage of Coleman’s Conviction ( and the party’s) to stand by their candidate.

I applaud them for that.

We will see next year whether the voters agree.

Nathan Cullen Can’t do Math! #bcpoli #canpoli #election2019 #ndp #leadership

Methinks Nathan Cullen has cold feet!

In an interview with the CBC today NDP MP says that he is not prepared to announce whether he will run for the leadership of the NDP so quickly because it’s a 15-20 year commitment and that it the thought process leading up to his decision would take more than 24 hours.

Mr Cullen’s name has been bandied about for years regarding leadership aspirations and succession in the party. I can’t imagine he is just starting to think about it now.

Even more shocking is that he thinks it’s a 15-20 year commitment.

To Wit:

Enter the race now and run for leadership( fight off the leap manifesto) for the next 2 years

Win and fight for the next year in the run up to the 2019 election ( So far 2+1 =3)

Go to the polls and have your head handed to you ( including losing the NDP Edmonton seat) and resign ( What Mulcair should have done) and remain interim leader for a bit ;1 year tops.

Total = 4 years, a far cry from 15-20 ( I can only imagine what his first budget might look like if he somehow won)

So I give up, where do the other 11-16 years come from?

Can anybody tell me?

Why Conservatives Want Brad Wall to Run for CPC Leadership #CPC #bcpol #canpoli #saskpoli

Why is this man so Happy?

It seems everybody has an opinion as to whether Brad Wall should run and also why Conservatives want to draft him to run.

I am a Conservative who has lived and networked in most places in Canada ( including Regina) and I will tell you unequivocally why people like me want him to run.

It has nothing to do with keeping the party united ( although he would do that with ease). I have spoken to many Conservatives and none of them have raised this as an issue no matter who wins.

We want him to run because Brad Wall would make a great Prime Minister!

He has proven time and time again he is a great leader who knows how to win elections because he listens to people.

He is a fighter who sticks up for his province as he would no doubt do for the country when he becomes Prime Minister.

Encouraging Brad Wall to run for the leadership is simply the right thing to do!

I mean heck even Warren Kinsella likes him.

Why wouldn’t we?

Maple Batalia: The sentence must show her life and death have meaning! #violence #bcpoli #femicide

There are a multitude of victims in this crime.

Tomorrow the victim impact statements will take place in the case relating to the senseless killing of Maple Batalia.

It’s a shame that this happened and it’s a shame that every parent of a daughter in this country could not be there to show how this impacts them because they too are victims.

I am a father of daughters and I hope that the sentence in this case reflects society’s disgust for stalking and femicide.

Far to often pleas are accepted to close a file and save the family reliving the murder over and over again.

The problem with that is that sentences are more lenient and therefore other families who have daughters suffer through the very same moment.

I hope tomorrow, when the statements are read and the sentence is calculated, the court sends a message to the community, Maple’s family and yes Maple herself that this will no longer be tolerated and that Maple’s death has meaning.

The sentence should likely be life ( Maple’s family gets life without her) but not a moment less than 21 years with no eligibility for parole.

Maybe then the community will be a little safer and some of these monsters will think twice before committing the most heinous of crimes.

Only time will tell…

Shortly Before Premier Calls Byelections,BC Conservative Leader Dan Brooks Resigns! #bcpoli #canpoli #byelections

Dan Brooks Heads for the Hills!

Most likely fearing the byelections that the Premier called moments ago and that have been discussed as recently as last week in the mainstream media , BC Conservative Leader resigned his position yesterday.

Brooks resignation follows his thumping in the previous provincial election, several resignations on the provincial board, lack of funds raised by his team and most notably the recent lawsuit launched against him and certain member’s of his leadership contest team for smear letters written against candidate Rick Peterson.

The allegations have yet to be proven in court and come up for trial in November of 2016.

The board in the announcement of his resignation applauds Brooks for staying on at least until the Party`s February AGM.

There are a lot of us who think he should leave now and the harder the door hits him in the rear on the way out the better.

The party is not dead. Brooks resignation opens the doors for some exciting candidates to step forward.

I have heard a lot of chatter about new leaders in the last 24 hours.

It will be an interesting to see who steps up.

That discussion is for another day.

Today is for Dan Brooks.

Good riddance!

Donald Trump: The most talked about political story in 2015 , 2016 and maybe 2017 #uspoli #canpoli #trump #election2016 #bcpoli #republican

Everybody talked about me last year and they are certainly going to talk about me this year and if I get my way 2017!

Love him or hate him, one thing is for sure; you talked about him in 2015.

From mainstream media,to bloggers through Facebook and Twitter Donald Trump was all the rage.

He will be this year too!

The US election is not until November 8,2016 all but guaranteeing Trump will be in the news for eleven months of the year right?

As you look into the New Year consider this: When you are saying good bye to 2016 you will be saying either of these two things:

1) We dodged a bullet there, imagine what would have happened had Trump won OR

2) It’s only 20 more days ( Jan.20,2017 ) until Trump gets inaugurated.

Either way, you will still be talking about him and thats why Donald Trump gets the nod as the most talked about political story of last year, this year and maybe next!

Toronto Star and NDPer Cheri DiNovo a bit on the Daffy Side ! #canpoli #bcpoli

These two are killing my reputation!

After reading the column in the Toronto Star relating Cheri DiNovo rant on her own party ( She’s right, leadership blew the last election and has to look in the mirror) I was taken for a loop at the following paragraph ” Although she applauds Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for accepting Syrian refugees, ending airstrikes in the Middle East, and legalizing marijuana, she nevertheless warns that the new administration “will be an austerity government, with better hair.”

Last time I looked the air strikes were still happening, the refugees (were always accepted) haven’t got here yet and Marijuana has not been legalized.

But if you’d been sleeping or hiding under a rock and read the Toronto Star you would have thought it all fait accompli.

The pot law alone will take time to change, let alone require the house to be in session.

Beside the new government has their hands full with expensive brooches and tax payer funded nannies.

The Toronto Star on the other hand has no excuse and should have in the very least fact checked before this column went to press don’t you think?

BC Conservative Leader ? Dan Brooks-Hiding Under a Rock? #bcpoli #canpoli #bcconservatives

Is that you Dan?

There is a total vacuum at the top of the BC Conservative Party.

The Leader, Dan Brooks, is AWOL. No media presence. No visits to Party members. No profile.

Only two news releases in the past six months.

Almost every director elected to the Party board last November, including the president, resigned only weeks into their mandate.

There is no fundraising, no money, no momentum. What’s up?

Here’s maybe a clue as to why Brooks has walked away from the Party.

One year from now, in November of 2016, he’s scheduled to be in BC Supreme Court along with his former leadership campaign manager, Barry Sikora. Sikora is listed on the Party website as a regional director from Surrey.

In the 2014 BC Conservative leadership campaign, two anonymous smear letters against Brook’s leadership rival, Rick Peterson, were sent out to all 4,000 members of the BC Conservative Party across the province.

Following a Vancouver Police Department investigation and an internal Party report, Peterson filed a defamation claim against Brooks, Sikora and Sikora’s printing company, Classic Impressions Inc., alleging that the three parties were responsible for the production and dissemination of the anonymous letters, which attacked Peterson’s personal, political and professional reputation.

A November 2016 court date before a judge and 12-member jury is locked into place. Sources tell me that Kristy Fredericks, elected Party president in November of last year, abruptly resigned her post weeks after assuming her duties, along with every member of the board that she brought with her on the “Dan Brooks youth slate” at the November AGM, when she learned about the extent of the allegations.

Nothing has been proven yet, and it is only in court that the full details will be released.

It could get ugly. How ugly? Check out the current political defamation case playing out right now in BC Supreme Court, involving former Liberal MP Blair Wilson, who claims that anonymous claims against him amounted to “character assassination” . Here’s the link:

And here’s a quote from that story – bold italics are mine:

“The named defendants in the case include Bill Lougheed, former MLA Judi Tyabji, political strategist Mark Marissen, who is the former husband of Premier Christy Clark and political blogger Steve Janke, who published an anonymous letter detailing allegations against Wilson and forwarded to Elections Canada. Tyabji, who had conversations with Lougheed and O’Connor and was allegedly motivated by an ambition to remove Wilson from his MP’s job, was in court Wednesday representing herself.”

Sound familiar? I’m no legal expert, but part of this Blair Wilson case seems very similar to charges currently levied against Brooks and Sikora.

It’s clear to me that the fortunes of the BC Conservative Party under Dan Brooks’ leadership are on hold until this gets cleared up. If Brooks or his campaign manager were found to have a role in the anonymous smear letters against Peterson, it’s lights out for the Party in 2017.

And maybe this is why the Party Leader has decided to hide under a rock, hoping this all blows over.

Good luck with that.

Politics 101:Let the Leadership Race Begin ! #bcpoli #canpoli #election2017

Leadership races are always interesting no matter what party you belong to. They present themselves as a time for renewal and a time to attract new people into the process that maybe haven’t been involved before or awhile.

Additionally, the goal should (and must be) to attract the best and the brightest to get involved not only to lead the party from backbenches, or no benches, but to also attract the best and brightest people into a leadership role in their community.

To get the best and brightest fundraising should be in place as should a good set of policies. Then a leadership race can begin with the best person hopefully chosen as Leader.

It seems common sense, but then nothing should ever be taken for grant, and so I also say that a leaders job is to undertake to increase fundraising, further develop policy, and no matter what the party standing is in the house, hold the current government accountable.

If the party has seats in the house ,questions should be asked, and scrums should be held, with the media ensuring that all the people are represented. Should the party not be in the house, they can hold the government accountable by press releases, social media releases,radio interviews, or even traveling to the House and arranging media meetings outside house when a relevant issue arises etc.

The success of this all revolves around leadership, and that means as I said earlier, having the right leader and the right policies in place to get the job done. This is easier said than done.

A recent review the the BC Conservative constitution ( provincial party) shows this:

Section 11.02 The Leader can only be removed from office by resignation, death, incapacitation, or the
vote of sixty percent (60%) of the Party Members in good standing who vote in a
universal mail-in ballot.

Another way of saying this is that once a leader is elected he or she only needs 40 % of the current members to vote in favor of his or her leadership role to stay in the job. That seems to me to be setting the bar awfully low. It means that a leader would only have to get a few people to vote to save his or her job especially if the party or it’s members is disillusioned.

The question to ask my readers is what do you think the correct percentage is in order to attract talent and correct mistakes in the leadership process?

Michelle Rempel Would be a Great Interim Leader for the Conservative Party of Canada #canpoli #bcpoli #cpc #conservativeparty

There is no other choice!

If you are part of the so called parliamentary caucus and your reading this, do the right thing and ensure that Michelle Rempel becomes interim leader.

If you are a volunteer or party member persuade or turn the screws to your “parliamentary caucus rep” to get behind Michelle.

If you just said what’s a parliamentary caucus rep. its your newly elected Conservative MP or sitting Conservative Senator.

Why Michelle?

SHE is young ( younger than Trudeau in fact) and that will ensure the new electorate will take notice.

SHE is highly energetic and will hit the ground running. The party can’t afford to sit around and wait to get things going,it gotta happen now and that includes fundraising and area that Michelle will be of great help.

SHE has sharp elbows and will not be afraid to hold the new government accountable.

SHE is a team builder and more than ever we need that skill now.

Did I mention she is a female? That will send an amazing message to another part of the electorate that needs to hear our message.

Michelle is the right choice, Make her the interim leader now and without delay.