Another day, another act of stupidity on behalf of the BC Liberals.
In another gaffe that will more than likely come back to bite them,the BC Liberals and their spokesperson tell Chilliwack voters that their vote doesn’t matter because the by-election race is a two way race and that the BC Conservative party is a non factor.
It is a sad day in the province when the governing party or any party for that matter takes a voters intentions for granted.
The BC Liberal Spokesperson also reports that the Premier will be the keynote speaker at their candidates acclimation tonight.
Given the way her approval ratings have been sinking lately,her Federal Liberal ties and her penchant for photo-ops,the lucky winner would probably rather be anywhere other than on stage next to her.
Spokesperson Jehnifer Benoit goes on to say that” this election will be fought on the economy,creating jobs and managing taxpayers money”.
I would imagine that by economy our fearless spokesperson would mean debt load,which of course is worse under the Liberals than under the NDP.
The fact that anybody could manage an economy worse than the NDP is a discussion best left for another day.
On the issue of creating jobs,reports released this week show those numbers to be down considerably.
I also believe the taxpayers have already put their seal of approval on how the BC Liberals manage their money when they voted en-mass to throw out the HST.
So I think Ms.Benoit should be careful what she wishes the election might be fought on.
If her wish comes true,she won’t like the result!
Along comes former Premier Gordon Campbell and his Red Mittens taking center stage in the run-up to the London Olympics.In his roll as Canadian high commissioner to the United Kingdom,Campbell was out promoting “Canada House”
Columnist Michael Smyth chose today to write an excellent column that discussed whether the BC Liberals have passed their best before date.
Vaughn Palmer, not to be outdone,steps in with a discussion on whether the good ship B.C. Liberal has hit rock bottom.
This comes on the heels of the previous days column relating to the recent poll results.
The Premier would not have time to read any of this, because as she likes to say, that would take away from the business of thinking about jobs. The Financial Post gives her some food for thought on that topic today when it reveals that the BC Job market shed 2,200 jobs in January.
This has not been a good week for the Premier,the government,the BC Liberals and especially the Province. This government has passed their best before date but unfortunately has not hit rock bottom.That will more than likely occur the night of the by-elections when they will undoubtedly finish in third place in both cases.
If they don’t do something to create renewal in the province before then,they will have wasted more precious time defending their short comings.
British Columbia can ill afford that!
A report out today suggests that there will be a major labor shortage in the next 10 years unless the province of B.C. can attract workers to fill the jobs. In fact the net deficit would be some 61,500 more jobs than there would be people to fill them.
Given the tax and spend policies of the NDP and the current NDP lite BC Liberals this should concern everybody.
At present current government tax policy is driving people out of the province at a time when they should be planning and attracting families to prevent this from happening.
It seems our current Premier’s family first agenda applies to families in other provinces and not ones here in British Columbia.
Polls released yesterday show Adrian Dix and the NDP would form a government if a election were held today.
Everybody who reads this poll would be well served to read mark Milke’s exceptional book detailing what happens when people lose their minds and vote in an NDP government.
This poll is like a horror story of what could happen to the economy if the BCNDP came to power. Adrian Dix would star as Freddy Krueger.
One can only imagine how the job deficit figure would climb with these people in power!
It is time for a major change in this province and tax relief is right at the top. The people have spoken and gotten rid of the HST.They now have to finish the job and say goodbye to the BC Liberals and the NDP!
Angus Reid released a new poll today that showed the BC Conservatives gaining ground in Metro Vancouver and the Interior. This is a happy occasion for the party as Mario Canseco of Angus Reid says “their leader is not particularly well-known at this stage and is not carrying any significant momentum on issues”
One can only imagine the heights the party can climb to,once people start paying attention and get to know John Cummins and the policies that the party represents.
Even more troubling for Premier Christy Clark and her Liberals is the fact that the party has dropped below 30% since Gordon Campbell resigned.
Responding to the poll results,the Premier,mentioned that she was too busy thinking about jobs rather than polls.Given the disastrous results of the who would make the best Premier question,I am thinking the job she is most concerned with would be her own!
Sadly,to be a leader and increase your numbers in those type of questions,a Premier must show leadership on important questions such as the pipeline and the jobs that go with that project.. This premier has not.
For a Premier and a Party that relies on photo ops,this poll would be a great snap shot of where the BC Liberal team are headed,to the bottom with the Titanic!
BC Conservative John Martin hits the nail on the head by declaring this province needs a full-time Attorney General.
Lets take a look.
Firstly ,Minister Bond,probably still has her hands full cleaning up the mess(es) left behind by disgraced former Ministers Heed and Les over at the Solicitor Generals office,her other part-time job!.
If that isn’t enough to keep any two people busy,the Attorney General’s qualifications are now being investigated by an outside law firm appointed by the law society.
I would also expect Minister Shirley also has her fingers and toes crossed with this weeks visit to Ottawa by Minister Polak in her meeting with National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations, Shawn Atleo. ( You remember how Minister Polak was taken to court over problems in the Ministry of Children and Family Development)
That is if she has any fingers and toes left to cross after all the problems with the Basi Virk File.
Makes you wonder,when the Minister takes her next call on the Hockey Riot file,if she will remember which hat to wear.
There must be days when Minister Bond feels like she is a at the PNE bashing the rubber gophers over the head with a mallet.
John Martin is bang on,the Province needs a full time Attorney General.
What do you think?
Can you imagine what it would be like to be Kevin Falcon?
-You are a quasi Conservative playing second fiddle to a Federal Liberal!
-You are A Finance Minister who doesn’t know if the budget will be balanced.
-You are the Premiers designated fall guy for the HST
-You are overruled by your own department when you want to release a $780,000 pamphlet your government opted for tossing in the garbage.
-You read the polls and know that no matter how much of this mess you are tasked with cleaning up,the people who put you and your government in office are getting ready to fire you.
Right about now ,if you were Kevin Falcon, you are probably wishing you had somebody of your own you could throw under the proverbial bus!
One of the interesting events in the run up to any election is the release of the various polls. In British Columbia,with an election a little over a year away,the “run up” has begun.
Today a poll was released by Forum Research Inc. and has been presented in a piece online in the Vancouver Province.You can read the story here.
What does it mean? Is it accurate?
From the story in the Province you don’t know. The reason is that although they tell you they queried 988 people for the survey,the writer conveniently left out some important demographics. If you knew where these people lived and the percentage breakdown of how they voted in the last election,you could have a different,more accurate result.
So what do we take away from this poll?
Last year this same firm said Christy Clark was the best bet to beat the NDP at the ballot box.See the press release here.
Eleven months later her and her party are toast.
What does this mean? It means there are a lot of Nervous Nellies ( A Liberal expression circa Jean Chretien 1993) in the B.C Liberal Party Executive and Caucus.
What will happen? Who knows, but the soon to be called by-elections could have a lot more to do with the Premier’s tenure than most people think.
Two losses and the The Premier could be forced out!( Imagine if those two losses are third place finishes)
Hang on to your hat,politics in B.C.is about to get very interesting.