So there we sit, our GDP low enough to keep us out of trouble but close enough ( 90% or higher) would get us going down a lane we don’t want to go.
This gives cause for thought in that we ( The country) are facing 3 major provincial elections in the next year and a bit.They would occur in British Columbia, Quebec and Ontario.
I have lumped Ontario in the group because although they have just come through a provincial election, it resulted in a minority of tenuous proportions.
With pollsters releasing numbers here at home in BC and 48% of people saying they would vote NDP, the chart above gives me cause to wonder why anybody would even answer that question at this point in time.
With all the problems in the world’s economic situation, why would anybody say they would vote one way or another without reviewing a parties economic platform and seeing how it would affect them?
Why would almost half of the polled people say they would vote BCNDP when history speaks of all the economic mismanagement and mayhem they caused as recently as the 1990’s?
( I know you are thinking the BC Liberals have made such a mess of things we need to give them the boot! We do, but there are other options than the BCNDP) )
In these coming elections, voters need to be better educated than ever. They should review the policies and platforms each of the 3 main parties lists on their web sites.
With all the hullabaloo and bullshit surrounding the outburst sitting MP and resident big mouth Kevin Krueger,
most people have forgotten that the Premier is about to slip away on air plane on her ill-timed vacation to Asia.
She should be here in the house showing leadership while a number of serious bills are debated or at least while all the mayhem is happening with the teacher’s contract.
This trip could have been scheduled after the house adjourned. Anybody tells you different is full of crap.
But no, as usual Premier Dementia was busy packing her bags and laughing at the whole episode.
Actually , I think she was laughing along with the MSM, who missed the point of Krueger’s blow-up.
That would be to help cover her tracks while she is leaving town.
They all got sucked in again!
She used the same strategy in April when the BC Liberals were busy getting hammered in the by-elections by using Harry Bloy to blow up and take the heat off during the final week.
If you are amongst the aforementioned 57%, this new holiday will add extra stress in your life via looking over your shoulder and wondering whether your employer can afford to have you work enough days to qualify you for that special day off.
This is not a holiday for small business owners and entrepreneurs, rather it is a tax grab.
Add this in with gas,carbon, MSP,Hydro,increased minimum wage and all the other assorted taxes and it becomes quite clear.
Businesses have to survive and socialist governments like the BC Liberals don’t make it any easier.
So before you buy what Christy Clark and her gang are selling over the next 12 months ask yourself what will it really cost?
Van Dongen knows a thing or two about being tough. He just crossed the floor to party with no seats and hired a lawyer at his own expense to get to the bottom of this mess!
The central question being ” if the act says “A debt or obligation to the government may not be forgiven without the approval of the Lieutenant Governor in Council [cabinet] if the amount forgiven is $100,000 or more.”,why then were two government flunkies allowed to make a decision relating to a write-off of over 6 million dollars of debt owed to the government?
Doing her best Wally Oppal impression ,Shirley Bond, said the matter was under audit and she would not be prepared to answer that.
She then went on to ramble about being a role model for children and having to respond to tough questions like that.
What she said is so wrong for a number of reasons
1) People want their politicians to quit beating around the bush and answer questions dead on. That is the biggest thing people talk about in the coffee shops and yes I heard a lot of that on the door steps during the by-elections in Port Moody and Chilliwack.
2) The role model dodge is not in vogue either. In the Premier’s case ,as in mine, we have children. She should have discussed the drug issue at length with her son by now.This would include whether she smoked it or not.
3) Public officials , especially those running for the office of Premier, have their private life under a microscope. They have to be prepared to answer the tough questions. Whether you smoked pot or not is not a tough question to answer, given all the discussion about legalizing the drug lately.
4) Speaking of questions, in the same interview the Premier also dodged the question about whether pot should be legalized. Again people say time and time again when retired politicians come out in favor of legalization : Why could they not have taken a stance when they were in office,when they were in a position to do something about it.
The answer of course is that they were gutless as was Christy Clark yesterday.
Not only that, but the Premier,who has trouble connecting with people, and is down in the polls because of it, missed a wonderful chance to do just that.
What a joke. Sometimes Conservative,Sometimes Liberal,Sometimes NDP leaning Premier, Christy Clark shelled out $67,000 to get rid off press secretary Chris Olsen less than a year after SHE hired him.
This was one of a long list of gaffes that Premier Knucklehead has caused in her short stay in office.
As usual, the Premier’s mistakes are passed on to the Taxpayer. We got hosed again.
How many times will the Premier reorganize her office before she realizes the reason she is dropping in the polls is not the people she hires but a direct reflection of her.
Look in the mirror Premier, you will see the simpleton the rest of us see.
And please,do not hire any more staff,it winds up costing us a fortune!
In other news , BC Federation of Labor President Jim Sinclair, wants to stick it to small business even more and raise minimum wage up to $11.25 in November. This comes on the heels of today’s increase that took it to $10.25.
WTF Jim, while we are on a roll why not $12? There won’t be any small business left here to pay it anyways?
Take a look in the mirror too Jim, you might even see Christy’s reflection peering back at you.