There is lots of talk among the general population about how they want the election process to be open, transparent and accountable.
People want there politicians to vote their ( constituents ) wishes and open the process to them so that they can see it at work.
Seems to have gone on deaf ears here in BC Liberal Surrey and the nomination process.
If rumors are true the recent nomination ( acclimation) of Stephanie Cadieux was an appointment, Marvin Hunt is being moved to another riding to run under an acclimation and tonight or soon newcomer and Sukh Dhaliwal crony, Puneet Sanhar, will be introduced/acclaimed in another riding.
The latter event apparently because Sukh was to be acclaimed but changed his mind in case he lost.
Given that these are fairly safe BC Liberal seats I am sure there would have been great nomination clashes should the process have been open.
Whatever happened to attracting good people to run in a nomination process and winning on their own merits?
This could be one of several factors in play by the time the election rolls around and they could conceivably lose these seats.
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.
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.
In BC the leopard is the species known as the BC Liberal Party.
As you may know the Christy Clark Today’s BC Liberal’s ( the name pf the party depends upon the polling of Clark’s leadership rating) recruited all-star candidate from Langley Amrik Virk to run on their behalf in the recent provincial election.
It seems that Virk is now carrying on the BC Liberal tradition of scandalistic behavior as word now comes that he was more than likely aware of some harassment going on at Kwantlen College that had one of the employees so stressed out that she kept a barf bucket handy for use after interactions with the President.
I can only imagine the work-out that employee’s barf bucket got when Virk was named Advanced Education Minister in the so called New Christy Clark Cabinet.
Clark, as is par for her course, is no where to be found during this episode and has issued no statement about the affair.
That in itself probably speaks volumes about whether Virk was complicit in this.
Should it turn out that Virk knew about this and did nothing, this would not only be a black mark against the new minister but also against the RCMP who used to employ him as a police officer in a force whose image has already been tarnished by other purported cases of harassment and associated cover ups therein.
Given that Virk, Clark and Company still have over four years left on their new mandate, we should all join that employee and purchase barf buckets.
With the scandal potential of this government and its leader, I am sure they will get lots of use!
Back in the day (2009) Gordon Campbell misrepresented ( goofed,screwed up,lied your choice) about the deficit during the 2009 election.
That was the election that brought us the HST and cost Carol James her job as NDP leader.
Eventually that error, lie or goof-up cost Campbell his job as well.
Move ahead now 4 years to today when the New (lol) Christy Clark government presented a financial update and reported they missed their target by more than $175 million.
It could have been worse they said but for the new spending controls introduced halfway through the year.
This speaks volumes for the likelihood that their budget that they sailed on during the election will actually balance.
In the business world the executive and CEO who reported that would have been sent on their merry way but in the government world this crew was rewarded with a new 4 year term. ( likely 4.5 year term in the election is moved to the fall to allow for budget debate.
The most hilarious statement out of all of this comes from NDPer Mike Farnworth who went on the record and said he was concerned about rising debt.
Where were you during the election Mike? Why didn’t you and Adrian bring that little tidbit up then?
Once again this gaffe will cause an NDP leader to lose his job simply because it illustrates that glaring hole in their election campaign, namely they didn’t hammer the Christy Clark Today’s BC Liberals over their record.
Only in B.C can one party lie,err, mislead, or goof up ( your choice) and the leader of the other party get fired over it.
With 35% of the polls reporting and Christy Clark getting 61% of the vote, I think we can safely say that the by-election is over and now the province can get down to the business of watching Clark govern.
This is no ordinary cabinet day, it is being done with a twist.
Departing from usual tradition,The BC Liberal government is announcing their cabinet in Vancouver as opposed to stately Victoria.
Why? Is it because Clark thinks Victoria culture is so sick she wants to stay as afar away from that as possible or is it more likely she is looking for the grandiose photo-op to give her by-election a kick-start?
So what about the cabinet? Will it be large or small?
Given the BC Liberals propensity to spend money coupled with so many people wanting to get in , I would hedge my bets on large.
Who will get in?
Likely Coleman, Mike de Jong, Shirley Bond, Mary Polak and the usual suspects.
If Coleman has any say at all Peter Fassbender will be there to carry his water bucket.
What about Marvin Hunt,Amrik Virk,Suzanne Anton and a whole host of the new one term wonders elected this past May?
What about long time MLA’s Moira Stillwell ( Not to be confused with the other newly elected Stillwell) and Gordon Hogg. Where will they wind up?
What about Adrian Dix? Given his performance in that May election Clark should find a spot for him, after all he handed her the election on a silver platter.
The people have spoken loud and clear ( evidently not loud enough for the pollsters to hear) and unbelievably the BC Liberals are returned to power.
The shocking result of the night?
For me it was Jag Brar losing his seat. Never saw that coming. Politics aside he is as nice a guy as you will meet.
So what happened? Christy Clark and Mike McDonald ran a great campaign ( I give credit where its due)
Adrian Dix and the NDP spent far too much time keeping quiet and yes trying to prop up the BC Conservatives rather than concentrating on winning their campaign.
They played not to lose and as happens so often in sports when you play that way you usually do lose.
I would expect at some point soon he will leave and some of his handlers will get canned too. ( Marcella Munro might be free lancing )
They should have come out swinging and hammered the Liberals on their record. They didn’t and showed weak leadership.
I had heard later in the campaign that some of their supporters were so upset at Dix that they were going to stay home or vote Liberal to do him in.
Given the result and the low voter turnout maybe thats what happened.
What else happened? The Greens won a seat and that means Jane will leave ( she said she would ) and I would expect Andrew Weaver will become leader. He won his seat and by all accounts he is great so why shouldn’t he.
I haven’t done the math yet but by all quick accounts the green split in the vote cost the NDP seats. ( you might want to check the Conservative vote, I noticed we split with the NDP in a few areas costing them seats too!).
The Green win is more interesting in that if they can build on it, the NDP may have blown their only chance to win in the foreseeable future.
It’s not all roses for Clark as she lost her seat and must now look for somebody to step down to run in another expansive by-election.
Where? Already talk of Richmond or North Vancouver.
She likely deserves a chance to run again but her party is fickle and believe me the 801 club is no figment of any reporters imagination.
Chief Soap Box orator Stockwell Day will likely be the saddest of the BC Liberal crew today. Despite his blustery rhetoric during the election about vote splitting, I think he actually wants to lead the Tomorrow’s BC Liberals and last nights result ( barring a late appearance by team 801) might have ended that.
If it has I say good riddance. If you are that scared of a vote split you should move any ways.
What about the BC Conservatives?
Who knows but one thing for sure is that this result is more of a reflection of people wanting to drive the vote out than anything we did.
What stands out in my mind? Our line from the debate: yiu are thinking that premier Clark and The BC Liberals are going to lose the election and you tuned in tonight to see what kind of Premier Adrian Dix would make.
Kinda backfired eh! They didn’t like what they saw and it hit them that the Libs were going to lose.
So if you are looking for a BC Conservative to throw under the bus than look no further than here.
As BC Conservative Chad Eros finished a speech recently, he rose to thank his speech writer BC Liberal candidate and likely 2 time 3rd place finisher John Martin for the help in writing his speeches.
As a former BC Conservative candidate who blew the by-election last April and finished third Martin had such attributable quotes as “a vote for the BC Conservatives is vote to send Christy Clark’s Liberal government a message that people are tired of failed Liberal policies.”
Of course Martin also said ” the Christy Clark Liberals are trying to use the education system for their own political gain, at expense of parents, teachers & students.” and ” accused criminals had drug charges dropped due to court delays – they were thrown out because of the BC Liberal governments negligence of the justice system.”
There are a plethora of other quotes that Martin has said in the past that leave him in this race as the last place candidate that he is.
It’s why Conservative blogger Alan Forseth says” Now for a word from our sponsor” when quoting Martin.
In other news:
This past Friday Martin had fellow opportunist and coward Stockwell Day out to a Rotary meeting in Chilliwack.
Previous to this meeting,Eros had challenged Day to a debate via You Tube.
At that meeting Conservative Eros reminded Day of the challenge. This sent Stockwell ( A political titan?) heading for the exits.
Once again,the Christy Clark Liberals prove they don’t have the courage of their convictions.
Clark,who went through a red light at 5:10 am one morning shrugged it off because of the time the in fraction occured. This from the Premier of the province who should know better.
Her shrugging off the infraction because of the time, sends a messgae to drug drivers, gang hit people and all other scoflaws that breaking the law is okay as long as you do it around 5 am when no one is apparently watching.
I can only imagine the bodies piling up as a result of the Premiers statement.
To make matters worse she blatantly lied about her statment and claimed she did not say that when it is clearly on video.
So our Premier, who is running in election 2013, thinks it’s okay not only break the law but cover it up!
On May 14, 2013 do British Columbia a favor, help the Premier pack her bags and vote her out of office.
So we are a half day or so away from the election and already the Liberals have been caught cheating by putting up election signs in public places.
While the City of Surrey is busy driving around removing the signs of the Christy Clark Today’s BC Liberal candidate in Surrey-Newton, Rich Coleman’s crew undercover of darkness has their sign process underway.
Surrey Newton’s candidate is new to the Today’s BC Liberal Front lines but already Sukhminder Virk is fitting in with these modern-day pirates.
Is it any wonder why these guys will lose the election?
The people of BC are crying out for open honest government, these people are running around breaking rules faster than they can make them. ( of course when the house only sits for 19 days, most of which the premier was worried about her government falling, there wasn’t much time for rules).
Do I hope folks driving in will see the signs tomorrow?
I do and I want them to all think about all the lying and cheating that got the Christy Clark Today’s BC Liberals in the predicament they are in now.
As you drive in if you hear about the promises , see the signs, please remember the lying and cheating with BC Rail and HST. Think about Mary Polak and her crew getting sued to release the files the Children’s advocate.