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Thursday, July 20, 2017

John Horgan and Andrew Weaver, British Columbia's New Government, Closer To The Heart





Written by Grant G     (With a little help from Rush)

"And the men who hold high places...Must be the ones who start...To mold a new reality..Closer to the heart ..Closer to the heart"

By the end of July John Horgan and Andrew Weaver will be the architects of not only a new government but creators of a new governance model, at least new to British Columbia...one molded in cooperative progress for the people of British Columbia...a new singular voice made up out of diverse views, a group of governors who know only through cooperation will any legislation go forward...


 "The blacksmith and the artist...Reflect it in their art...They forge their creativity...Closer to the heart ..Yes closer to the heart"


British Columbia citizens under BC Liberal rule have been starved of Democracy, had our voices reduced to mere background noise...that will come to end under John Horgan's leadership for as I write this....Not often, if ever have I seen a group of a elected officials who actually get it...the path to longevity is not a long and winding road, the path to the promised land is straight forward, it stares us in the face, doesn't involve the exploitation of finite resources or environmental degradation....electoral success and longevity survival in British Columbia will only come to those that embrace the air, land and water....agricultural lands preserved for food production, fresh water rivers laden with wild salmon protected from the corporate pillagers, healthy forests, for the health of not only humans but for the survival of all species...


"Philosophers and plowmen..Each must know his part...To sow a new mentality..Closer to the heart ..Yes closer to the heart, yeah, oh"


  A government closer to the heart, no more blank stares, no more cabinet minister footnote memos promising to do better next time, a child dying in care must be heard, like a tree falling in the forest, it does make noise, it crashes and thrashes, no child dies silently, no child goes hungry unseen, poverty is not a silent killer....

"Whoa whoa...You can be the captain...And I will draw the chart...Sailing into destiny..Closer to the heart"


British Columbia's most responsive legislative assembly is set to burst from it's embryo and take flight, new laws, fresh legislation, measures and means, no more corporate treachery, no more governance where the needs of the few, or the one overrule the rights of the many...


I look forward to John Horgan and Andrew Weaver fast tracking legislation and freeing up monies for the most needy...No child in British Columbia or Canada for that matter should go to bed hungry, or attend a dangerous crumbling at risk school, teachers should not have to feed hungry children, although i'm delighted they do...


Seniors need the minimum care standards, legislative care standards must be enforced, not just deferred to the future...Senior's future is the here and now...those on disability or welfare must be given enough support to survive..humanity starts with respect...


It costs society less to house the homeless than to leave the misdirected on the streets, it's less expensive to keep seniors clean and homebound than to have them waste away in understaffed warehouses of germs...


A new government where those left behind and forgotten are not only remembered but included in British Columbia's future...


Longevity and political survival in British Columbia will only be secured by a government that does the right thing, that listens, that changes direction and points to a bright sustainable future...


A government that is "Closer to the heart"


Make me proud Andrew Weaver.....lead us to the promised land John Horgan...








The Straight Goods

Cheers Eyes Wide Open

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

The Storm of Tears, (In Your Eyes)







Written by Grant G


Having immersed myself in the dark void of soulless data I find myself becoming increasingly bitter and callous......

If only you could see the world through my eyes, maybe you can, that is my ultimate goal, enlightenment, perhaps that is part of the media`s problem, do journalists see what we see, I can`t sleep anymore, the nightmares don`t stop..

I woke up to tears again this morning, how many of you wake up every other day with salty drops running down your cheeks, have the reporters and journalists stopped seeing, reporting, feeling so they can sleep, I have not that answer but I,..........But I need the tears, it reminds that I still care, my dad has been fishing without me all month, how he does it is beyond me he is over 80, he drags my mom up in the morning and prods her to the boat,a difficult task 20 years ago but now that my mom`s legs don`t work is amazing, a recent colon cancer survivor, lumps, bumps and breakdowns of body will not stop him, not only is he fighting the clock but also the demons.....

A fear of losing his mind has shaped his routine, no one wins that battle with time, at best you can hold the swinging pendulum at bay but for a moment, recently I was in a special section of the Maple Ridge hospital, the woman I was visiting is fighting for freedom, a girl too young to be looking for freedom, society stole her sanity and left her to fend for herself.......

Will her mind return is unknown, the vast majority of patients, victims, fathers, mothers, sisters and brothers in this unit are lost, the visitors to this place are me, sons, daughters, lovers and as I observe, watch, document, sons talking to fathers, daughters to mothers and I see blank stares and fear, blank stares from these loved ones whose minds are gone, memories purged, emotions ripped from their souls only to be replaced with pills and water......And fear in the eyes of blood related visitors........

Fear of ending up in the same place, crossword puzzles and Sudoko have been standard fare for my dad for years, I know what his fear is, not the clock but the blank stare, he has no worries as he still betters me when watching/playing Jeopardy, I am looking forward to spending labour day weekend with my parents, fishing with mom and dad has always been a temporary tear stopper for me, China Creek and Bamfield will provide the backdrop......

Recently mom told me dad said to her that despite his fits of anger towards me at times that he thinks I`m brilliant, I have been waiting a lifetime to hear that, not that I am brilliant or special but who doesn`t need the occasional compliment, with my dad emotions have always been hard for him, where as my mom it`s the complete opposite, passion and anger bubbles through......

Someone blessed me with a mix of both, cold calculated analytical with uncontrollable emotions, I was raised with warnings about being cannon fodder, taught to think and decide, to examine all sides and be vocal, yet that price is tears when I sleep and thoughts that can`t be stopped, happiness is fleeting and eludes me and I can`t help but think of the blank stares of fathers and mothers whose minds have been purged and the children who live in fear of ending up in the same state.......

Why? Those empty minds sleep without tears and peace seems to be in their grasp, I have not any answers only more questions, I`ll be gone fishing next week and I will have arguments with my dad and lose every one of them and he won`t call me brilliant, he`ll call me something and when I sleep I will wake up to tears and any happiness will be but a facade, my earliest memories are of fishing with dad and mom wiping my tears away, I was never promised happiness, all I look forward to now is completion, you know what our goal is and damn it, even if it kills me we will continue......

And I wouldn`t want it any other way.








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Cheers-Eyes Wide Open

Friday, July 7, 2017

The Kindness of Strangers, ...Wildlife Edition

Written by Grant G


Writing about politics, bitter pills, buttered words and nuanced nausea....from the soul, I care too much, yell too silent and remember everything.....including what's important, life, all life and its intricate forms...

Hummingbirds...last summer I put out a humming bird feeder...North Burnaby, to my amazement within an hour I had my first hummer filling up...red petals and sugar nectar and what show stoppers they are, aerobatic displays tease my senses....3 hummingbird feeders later, now 4 feeders hanging, one on each corner of the house..

Last winter, our long extended cold(for southern BC) blustery winter, the hummers stayed, I was worried that I should have taken the feeders down, force the flyers to migrate, ..well, a little research revealed that hummingbirds do winter in southern BC..meaning they were staying...phew, no harm done....except..nectar was freezing up, especially overnight...what to do...hummers are sleeping at night, so feeders come in at night, first light room temperature nectar was hung in it's usual locale...presto..hot breakfast(minus/below freezing outside and 68 degree morning nectar)...it was a success...hummers all winter and now, I got hummers everywhere, someone been spreading the nectar location intel...besides the nectar..hummers eat little flying insects, and mosquitos....what a bonus...Mom's house and yard is near mosquito free.....

Caring for mom in Burnaby...she is doing great, yes aches and pains, we all have them, mom has been at her residence for over 40 years, it's a big yard, big upper balcony which I've adorned with a myriad of colour, lilacs, roses, vegetables, pink, purple, entire rainbow of colours is covered...I do the leg work..mom prunes and snips, yes, they're her beauties...

and the yard...big salmon berry bushes...yummy berries, except...the robins come every early-night like clockwork, they leap up plucking berries leaving me nothing but barren green branches...Salmon berry bush is next to the cherry tree, tasty cherries, except...when mom's old tree bears fruit birds of all stripes and feathers feast..they won't wait, by the time cherries are ripe, they're gone...Raccoons gets the plum..although, I did manage to get enough last year for jam....

Mom's yard is an oasis of wildlife, birds flying and flipping morning noon and night...in Burnaby, surviving in a sea of new construction, both sides of mom's house, mom has a giant property with mega-newbuilds going on, on both sides, ...where wood once stood now concrete, where cedar trees and foliage flourished on a bed of grass now lava stones and pavers, cold lifeless concrete retaining walls encasing a sterile maintenance free parking lot...and is it, living I mean..one by one homes built on nature are smashed to pieces and replaced with easy living with yards made maintenance free, and wildlife barren..

The birds..raccoons, robins, hummingbirds, the odd skunk, maybe a bear(I'm not saying), bluejays..these denizens swarm to mom's oasis, how immaculate she keeps her yard(she gardens and trims, weeds and waters through me)...yes your yard is beautiful mom, as she slowly meanders around...mom's not too speedy anymore, unless i'm not looking or out about....

Politics is a blood sport....and I bleed, bled...a digital Samurai fighting to the end, win or concede, hari-kari or bended knees, sometimes it's not easy being the blunt instrument when, when stories need to be told, soulful stories, what stays with me, what I want to tell you...

Did I mention the crows, been feeding a couple of crows too...a nasty winter, months of daily rain, every morning Heckle, sometimes accompanied by Jeckle would land on the railing, within feet of balcony door and me, on a computer(researching early in morn)....staring at me, call(caw)ing me, dusted in snow or water-soaked feathers...leftovers, bread...if I don't feed them, they'll sit there for hours, guilting my conscience...

My friend Neil in Maple Ridge, his house was/is a couple of blocks away from Marc Dalton's constituency office(he was BC Liberal MLA for that riding, he was defeated by NDP)....

About the time of the 2017 election writ being dropped....I went out for a little visit with my friend Neil...couldn't help but notice, driving down dewdney trunk road, right past Dalton's office, he had a window papered over....didn't think too much about it, a couple more blocks I was at Neil's place..

To my surprise...Neil was out in the yard, he's always out in the yard doing something, the surprise was..Neal had a big NDP sign..he was preparing to prop it up, he was digging a hole and gathering up a few rocks...it was daytime warm...so here I was, in neil's driveway, adjacent to his yard, talking away when from the street sidewalk, two men approached..I recognized one of them, it was BC Liberal Marc Dalton....he introduced himself, said I know who he is...he asked me if he could put up a Marc Dalton BC Liberal election sign, I answered back...why is your office window papered over..Dalton said someone threw rocks through his window.....not wanting to be rude...told Dalton, it's not my place, i'll ask neil..I was snickering inside, ..especially knowing Neil had a NDP sign leaning up against his fence, out of view at this time.....I shouted out ..NEIL...hey Neil..Marc Dalton wants to know if you'll put his Liberal election sign up in your yard......Neil came around the fence, with a bucket in his hand, full of rocks freshly removed from his soil...I swear, Dalton looked at the rocks, I said nothing..Neil told Dalton..HELL NO..get out of my yard....Dalton scurried...Neil bitched...I couldn't stop laughing for at least 30 minutes....

I stayed for dinner, we talked, shot a few games of pool and tipped some wobbly pops....can't drink and drive, looks like I'm staying til morning...(after some shut-eye.)..the time neared 12:30 am...we are out on his front stoop, catching some air, talking.....Neil points out a raccoon that scurried out onto Dewdney trunk road from his neighbour's home......next thing you know..a van driving down dewdney trunk, a screech of brakes and thump....Raccoon got hit...Neil rushes closer to the scene, I don't move...the van drives away after a quick look....Neil is now screaming...the van drove off, he knew he hit the raccoon, and he still fled...I told Neil...what was the person to do....so...Neil again nears the raccoon, only now a police car is cruising down dewdney trunk...Neil is waving his arms around as the cop drives by slowly....I shouted at Neil....Neil, get back here, the cop might think you're crazy......Neil comes over, I hand him a beer....Neil was asking me...should I call SPCA or something.....I said  Wildlife Control is who you call....but don't bother..

I said Neil...Let me tell you the story of another car struck raccoon.."they ain't coming out for no coon"...15 years ago, before cell phones(sort of), I was driving, royal oak and Kingsway...12:30 am...a raccoon crossed and got struck, in the inside lane, was laying there, in the middle of the road...I stopped, there's a 7/11 right on the corner..with a phone booth..I called the operator, have her patch me through to animal control...this man answered...told him about this raccoon laying on Kingsway...asked him to send someone to collect the body....to my amazement...the man said..."we ain't coming out"..I said what, what do you mean you won't come out...he said..."we ain't coming out for no coon"..he went on to say...whenever we attend hit raccoon scenes, by the time we get there, the raccoon is gone....I said..yea yea, sure thing...I hung up the phone and headed to my car...and to my amazement...the raccoon..he got up, strolled off the street and scurried away...like nothing happened....

so..I'm telling Neil this raccoon story(with a raccoon laying on Dewdney trunk road road in front of his house) when another raccoon enters the street, its partner I believe...Raccoon strolled up to the wounded raccoon, they made some raccoon vocals, and in a blink, the wounded raccoon got up and both scurried away into Neil's neighbor's yard....and the raccoon, he's fine...once again, my side was busting from another round of laughter....Neil too...right at the end of my raccoon story...Neil's raccoon was...alive...good thing...because.."we ain't coming out for no coon"

back at home...rolling grass, tulips..poppies...blood roses...gladiolas and hydrangea trees, walnut tree, hazelnut tree..plum tree...maples, fir and a beautiful pine...

Walnuts..had a bumper crop last year..eer, I mean the squirrels had a bumper crop..they got all the hazelnuts too...a city oasis...reminds me of "A Tree grows in New York"....

Heckle...he's really been pushing the envelope....last week..I didn't have anything for him..seems he was hungry, for such a fat crow, he's always hungry...warm out now..served mom dinner...served myself dinner, or should I say...put my dinner next to the computer at the front table, the table next to the balcony door, the open balcony door...went to the other room to put clothes into the dryer before I sat for dinner....when I returned...my porkchop was gone...still had my salad....HECKLE got it...sure enough, there he was, now on my garage roof enjoying my chop....alright Heckle, you'll be sorry...

So...Heckle and Jeckle are not on my goodside at present...and yes, they still stare at me every morning...they are getting a snack time-out....so..the other day...served mom dinner in her room..ahh, my dinner was still in the oven, because the balcony door was open for fresh cool air.....Heckle wasn't going to get my entree again....so...a few quick chores, head to the oven to get my dinner...plated, head to the table and....

Heckle, again...yup, he came in again, no food was at the table...he could smell it I guess...he left empty-beaked, and he left me a big crow shit...right on the table...well...he has just earned another snack time-out....

Yes, politics is bloodsport and I play very well......despite the fact that i'm a big ole softy...tears come easy for me....

3 days ago...was cleaning the rear driveway, water hose in one hand, leaf blower in the other...was about 1:00pmish....out of the corner of my eye, in the back alley, two crows were attacking a bird..heckle and Jeckle....I dropped my tools and rushed over...crows took to flight...it wasn't easy catching this wounded bird, he kept jumping away and I'm not as fleet a foot as years past,,,never the less I corralled this feller...wasn't a robin, or bluejay...it was a ground/tree bird..they peck the ground and forage the tree branches for small bugs... the mate was flying overhead calling...this bird in my hands was squeaking up a storm, very strong, he/she had a mangled feather sticking out the wrong direction...

What to do...well...I'll put the bird under the thick berryless salmonberry bush, you know, the one next to the cherry-plucked tree....

back to my chores, I'll keep on eye on the bush....a minute later..the bird came out, took a short flight and landed in a maple tree...about 10 feet up...next thing you know...Heckle attacked, the little bird came tumbling back down to the ground...not on my watch...again, I retrieved the bird...he was squeaking and squirming...brought him into the house, walked past mom, put him in a pet carrier on the balcony...told mom the horror story..she asked what I was gonna do with it...didn't have an answer....big pet carrier, metal caging, 1/2 inch squares...put a towel down, a bowl of water and some crushed up dry cereal....then I thought...I'll dig up a worm...got a big one..put that in the carrier and went yardworking...came in a hour later...checked on the now caged bird out on the shaded balcony...to my surprise, he ate the worm...I went out and dug a few more....this feller was now hanging on the little bars in the caging, he's talking, his/her mate never left the cherry tree...they called back n forth, I open the carrier, grabbed the bird and checked his wing...didn't feel broken but that bent sticking out the wrong way feather was a problem...grabbed the feather, gave it a twist and out it came...Mom suggested I let it go once it was dark....I decided on the morning..

I moved the now sleeping bird(sitting calmly) as it was dark....I moved the pet carrier next to the balcony door(2nd floor balcony)..left it open, and slept on the couch, within earshot of the bird...

I figured...well, birds sleep at night, his mangled aerodynamic obstructing feather was removed...his mate is nearby...I'll hear the bird at first light and see how he is....sure enough...10 minutes after 5:00 am...the bird started calling his mate, mate was calling back from the cherry tree...well, after about 5 minutes I did get up...checked the bird...he was sitting calmly...I opened the door...it didn't want to go...hmm..I gave it a little nudge and...

It bolted..bumped the balcony rail and....I grabbed him again...lifted him above the railing...I let him go....he flew like an eagle...his mate lept from the cherry tree and the pair flew away, talking up a storm the whole time....and I can report....i've seen the pair together each day since...they return to mom's wildlife oasis in the middle of Burnaby...

As for Heckle and Jeckle....although I'm not too enamoured with the pair....they get big snacks every morning...

I don't want Heckle getting hungry....and maybe he'll leave this guy alone...


Politics is a bloodsport...


The Straight Goods

Cheers Eyes Wide Open



Wednesday, July 5, 2017

The Kindness of Strangers and the advisors from Hell--B.C. Election 2017 and Demise of Christy Clark



Written by Grant G


What an amazing B.C. political firestorm we just endured...what happened, why it happened....

Sometimes the littlest error can bring down Goliath..

A lot of things had to go right for John Horgan to gain power..everything had to fall into place, including a litany of errors by the BC Liberal machine, too clever by half...personal Christy Clark advisors led her headlong over the political cliff....

Yes, there are/were election issues...Kinder Morgan...Site C boondoggle, a failed LNG gambit..a ridiculous Massey bridge proposal...

but that's not what brought down Christy Clark, it wasn't John Horgan, it wasn't money(per se)...what brought down Clark and her Liberal gang was hubris and bad political advice...

Clawing back bus passes from the disabled....the amount of money saved was not even a drop in the bucket..Clark was advised by an idiot...

Rich Coleman telling the media that BC,s wildwest campaign finance was not an issue the public cared about....

Bad advisors again....Christy Clark with a huge election warchest...she had the public advertising purse too..BC Liberals had Postmedia and corporate MSM on their side in a blatant partisan way...Clark had economic bragging rights of Canada(the best of a bad bunch of economic basketcases)...

A smart advisor would have never allowed the bus pass clawback..a smart advisor knowing a big surplus was available would never have made a 50% MSP cut a year later(after an election) as the big budget 2017 measure...

A smart advisor would have never suggested or insisted on those measures....

During the election...a troll truck?...are we children, a college frat stunt...Animal House anyone...who thunk that up (Zubyk?)

I am Linda.....a smart advisor would have put out that firestorm within an hour...would have called Linda, arranged a sit-down interview with Clark herself...a smart advisor would have turned I am Linda into a real opportunity....Clark's advisors went into partisan attack mode against Linda....

a smart advisor would have had Clark recant the NDP web hacking claim within minutes....Christy Clark's hand picked advisors cost her the election..

John Horgan didn't win the election...Christy Clark's braintrust blew it bigtime..and

A lot of people and players contributed to Horgan getting a chance to govern..

Bob Mackin...Merv Adey..Norm Farrell...Laila Yuile...Integrity BC...The Tyee..Andrew Nikiforuk...Ross K...Rafe..Desmog..Burnaby's Kinder Morgan fighting warriors...Friends of the Skeena..Save the Peace groups..the list is long and I can't name everyone...including The Straight Goods who near single handed gutted the LNG fable like a sushi chef carving fresh tuna..

What is this post about.....this is about being different....it's about living outside the echo chamber and not becoming a blind follower.

It hurts to be attacked by those on the left for giving honest opinion.

as written here...Translink referendum was doomed...NDP should never have promoted it...NDP should of demanded the Provincial government find a way to fund transit..not try to win a silly(doomed referendum)....NDP advisors told the party they would win that Translink referendum...they too were wrong...advisors told the NDP to walk the fence on LNG....that too was wrong, as LNG in BC is caput..including Woodfibre..

Advisors to the NDP party messed up in 2013 with Dix's campaign and Dix himself as leader...(despite the fact that Dix is a smart, hardworking MLA and soon to be cabinet minister...)

When one surrounds themselves with "yes" men...lives in the political insider's club, resides in the echo chamber....one's perspective gets lost...

So...when I say the optics of no legislative sitting until September 5th is terrible, a bad idea...what I'm really saying is....we need to be different, appear different.....and therein lies my peeve...I'm getting attacked by partisans on the left, telling me to back off, literally calling me an enemy of the party...

When truth be known....Without The Straight Goods(sworn to secrecy) and every bit of help from those mentioned above including thousands more, foot soldiers, volunteers, organizers and the like John Horgan would not be government(as slim as his margin is )today.

NDP..including Horgan..and Andrew Weaver complained very loudly about Clark stalling on bringing back the legislature until June 22nd..and another weeklong stall on a throne speech vote(June 29th).....

The not so secret rumor that our Legislature won't be recalled until after Labour day has emerged ...and now Michael Smyth, and Postmedia is beating the drum about the hypocrisy of not bringing our Legislature back until September 5th(2 months from today) when they so loudly criticized Clark on her recalling delays....

There is no budget passed yet...provincial monies run out in September...passing a throne speech will take 2 weeks..a budget several weeks..a month of work without bringing any other legislation to the floor...and so much needs doing..(and I understand briefing documents need to be read, transition papers...but, until you have the reins you won't get the juicy bits)...

This Powell River Persuader sees political opportunity...call the legislature back right after swearing in and appointing cabinet...Give throne speech, debate it, vote confidence on it...then bring in a few Bills/legislation(not the budget)....Run Legislature from mid July to first week in August....then shut it down until after labour day(then pass a budget)...in my opinion, my advice...the public will see different...public will see a new government that's hungry to succeed..

Why do I think late July and August for a legislative sitting is a good idea...because there are many long in the tooth BC Liberal MLAs who booked their holidays...they want the summer off, and off they will be...if all of Horgan's team, and Green team members are there...with missing BC Liberals the speaker won't have to vote in August...come September, most likely all 87 MLAs are there..

year after year...BC MLAs have had 1/2 the year off, or more...I am aware that MLAs do other work in their constituency..

I am also aware that many MLAs...from both sides, from all sides, NDP..Libs..Greens are yearning for their usual long summer break...

In other words...legislative business, and BC Liberal style Legislative scheduling as usual...with Postmedia beating the anti NDP drum...

If anyone thinks the NDP will have corporate media on their side come the next election, whenever that might be are sorely mistaken..

The NDP..John Horgan...Andrew Weaver will receive no quarter, they'll have to make their own good news...

In my opinion...A hungry new Government should show the public different...pass a summer throne...pass a couple of bills...


In my opinion...a wink wink nod nod deal between all parties, laying down swords for the sake of another two month holiday...status quo... opening up a media firestorm, media will be planting the same old same old meme about the NDP, riling up the public..

 The BC Liberal side, come September, they too will criticize Horgan for the delay in recalling our Legislature...they will hammer the NDP for not sitting after claiming urgency...it matters not that all BC Liberal MLAs want to go on extended summer vacation...

I've never been a blind follower....I call em as I see em......so go-ahead, call me names, retweet your inner petulance...show your blind partisan following abilities...

Become what you claimed was wrong with BC Liberal supporters..

There were many, and one election 2017 Kingmaker...and it wasn't blind followers..and it wasn't "There are none so blind as those who refuse to see"



The Straight Goods

Cheers Eyes Wide Open







Friday, June 30, 2017

John Horgan, British Columbia`s Next Premier


updated June 30th/2017.....the below post goes back to 2011....pay special attention to the second to last paragraph....what I wrote over 6 years ago about John Horgan..let's just say I had a vision...and there are more visions from me awaiting...Premier Horgan and i haven't always seen eye to eye...be we found common ground...


Congratulations John Horgan....


(April 8th/2014....I wrote the first bit below immediately after Adrian Dix`s stunning failure in our provincial election...Grant G)


May 14th/2013..This is a repost from the time of the B.C. NDP leadership campaign..
 I have no words right now, congratulations to the BC Liberals, I won`t be posting for a while, anyone needing to contact me can email...All I can say is, we couldn`t win with the honest Carole James, and I knew back when I posted this story, we couldn`t win with Adrian Dix`s baggage, not with a corrupt media...If John Horgan was elected leader at that time, we would have a NDP Government today...

Adrian Dix, I think you are a good man inside, however, you must resign, John Horgan is my pick as new leader, he was my pick 2 years ago.....I suggest all NDPers read this post below, written 2 plus years ago(April 13th/2011)...Faithful readers like Leah and CherylB knew like I did...Adrian Dix was toxic, many left my comment thread after Adrian was elected leader, because I was prepared to give Dix a chance...

They were right, I was wrong, with a corrupt media we need the best to win, Adrian Dix was not that man, and it isn`t personal, it`s logical

My condolences to the people of British Columbia.

May 14th/2013

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After I wrote that above statement, a short while later John Horgan and I had a little talk....I called John Horgan out, challenged him to get off his ass, slap the party and carry us to victory as only he can....I had a few commenters and contributors get testy with me for being so direct...Here was my open letter to John Horgan .........written on October 18th/2013.....

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Open Letter To John Horgan

(This is a copy of the letter I sent to John Horgan earlier today)


Thanks for the heads up notice?....You know John..Adrian Dix and the NDP owe everyone in British Columbia an apology

John....Like it or not you are the only real choice we the people have...Yet I know, actually, I feel your predicament...The NDP at present is lost, no message, not knowing what message to even present to the public, the economy is so fucked up, there are no instant cures, LNG will be a bust, the gravy is leaving the movie industry, forestry is in a mid-term to long term mess, our fisheries are collapsing, so here stands the NDP..

Scared, no message, Brian Topp and his buddy Ken Boesenkool threw the last election...Robin Austin is panting like a puppy dog on the LNG file, while Adrian Dix speaks like he is wearing dishwashing gloves, as to not tarnish his skin...Soft/bland milktoast speak.


OK, so you are worried you can`t make a difference, you have no answers, not prepared for the big fight, maybe you have health issues..

John Horgan, maybe you aren`t the big picture guy, no great dreams, the movement where sustainability and reason rule the day can be led by someone else...

The NDP is laying on the ground bleeding, dying, no vision...SO WHAT THE HELL, DUST OFF YOUR JACKET AND GRAB YOUR PENSION..

LET THE LIBERALS RULE FOREVER, ...

Say hello to your family for me....And tell them, the task before the NDP and John Horgan was too difficult.....I and the party decided to quit..





Four years until an election, and we don`t even have an opposition..

(P.S. .....Mr. Horgan, telling the truth about our B.C. economy and near future no matter how frightening IS the path to victory...

It is never too late, you can change your mind)


Good Day..

Grant G


My letter to Mr. Horgan was rather snarky.....We 4 million losers in B.C. deserve to speak to the NDP in stark, and snark terms.



http://powellriverpersuader.blogspot.ca/2013/10/open-letter-to-john-horgan.html
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The reason why this writer lit a fire under John Horgan, Horgan has the right stuff, our best speaker, a winner, straight talker, fast sharp wit, a man who will take nu guff......
John Horgan.....The next premier of British Columbia.......Grant G April 8th/2014...


 April 13th/2011


 Born To Lead, The Honourable John Horgan

Written by Grant G...


Well here we go, coming down to the wire in the NDP leadership contest, three men left standing, Adrian Dix, Mike Farnworth and John Horgan, three superstars in their own right, let`s break down the nuts and bolts and get into meat of things.....

Adrian Dix, a pit bull, antagonistic, aggressive and capable, however, unfortunately Adrian brings out visceral feelings in people, he`s a love em or hate em type guy and those who hate him really hate him, personally speaking if Adrian didn`t have two sets of baggage with him I might have considered voting for him, the first set is the infamous memo-gate, Dix back dated a memo to cover Glen Clark`s rear end and got caught, that wasn`t a mistake of spoken words it was planned and executed, the Liberals will key on that in election ads and it will hurt, actually it`s probably fatal, that would be hard enough to overcome by itself but when you add in the sack of cash separate from the stack of memberships Adrian dropped off at the deadline for new members, I`ve been told a few hundred of those ballots have been rejected...I suspect the BC Liberals would run an election ad like this....The caption, (A young Adrian Dix), they show a young Adrian sneaking into an office using white out on a document then return it to the file, then the next caption...(An older Adrian Dix)..They show a man with sacks of cash and stacks of memberships laughing and tee heeing, it would doom our party..But Adrian Dix would be a marvelous health minister.

 Mike Farnworth, a fine man, dedicated, friendly and boring, he calls himself the most electable, actually he`s most like Carole James, too much like Carole James for me, Farnworth talks tough but he portrays weakness and mushy policies, his policies are good on paper but verbally not, his next liability is his speaking, he`s not bad with a practiced script but on his feet he`s mister eer and umm on every other word, it comes across badly, at least in my eyes and ears it does, liability number three, he`s gay, a life long partner, I would like to stress that it doesn`t matter to me but it will matter to some, probably at least 5% percentage points will shun Farnsworth because he is gay, imagine trying to win with Christy Clark and her family values routine and favourable press with CKNW, CTV, Global, Vancouver sun and Province, you might think I am over playing that angle but you would be wrong, let me give you an example of what the media is prepared to do for Christy Clark, let`s call it a Professional set, a professional picture, her make-up is perfect, let`s say she`s wearing a hockey jersey and talks about her son Hamish and their love of the game of hockey and they splash that on the front page, the media wouldn`t run puff pieces like that would they?....Think again, take a gander at this, no need to read the story just check out the picture.

Shocking eh, look how the Province newspaper tries to connect Christy to canuck fever, what a staged picture, no bloody way was that was some media scrum photo, i`ll bet they took 50 shots from different angles and picked the best, the lighting was perfect, the story was syrupy drivel,  so that is what Farnworth is up against, Christy and family against alternative lifestyle Mike, just imagine what the likes of a Phil Hocstein could do with that, can you imagine what ads he would run, remember his tactics in Ida Chong`s riding, heck, that was a vicious attack ad on a recall campaign, just imagine in a general election and especially if it was a close contest... The BC Liberals muse about running a positive campaign, I`ll bet dollars to doughnuts that the next Provincial election will be the dirtiest campaign on record, Farnworth also has ties to bingo-gate, regular readers here know already about the Farnworth tapes Global news has in their possession, it`s video of Jas Johal running after Farnworth who ducks into a car and speeds away, it`s a pretty damning video, it can and would be spun to high heaven. We can`t afford to give any percentages away if we want to win.

Then we get to the Honourable John Horgan, the man has a way of drawing your attention, he`s a policy hawk, the best speaker of the three, he speaks in clear positive terms and his platform is solid and complete, no mushy middle, some have said he has a temper, I have never seen it, he`s answered all my requests for years now, he`s open, friendly, easy to access, he never dodges a question, Gordon Wilson recently did a hatchet job on Horgan citing his temper, if he had one 15 years ago I don`t know, I consider Horgan`s speaking and style as...Politely firm, the other advantage Horgan has is his memory, he can pull accurate stats and minute details from thin air at will, another big plus for John Horgan is no baggage, no memo gate, no bingo gate, no membership snafu, everywhere Horgan has gone he has won over the crowd and dominated the debates, I have heard from people all over this Province who never knew Horgan but after an hour or two hearing him speak he won them over, that folks is a quality that can`t be manufactured  either you are born with or not, ...... John Horgan has a pretty wife and she`s real folksy, two good sons, he`s also a bladder cancer surviver, he`s a fighter!....Horgan knows the value of public health care, his number one goal is to preserve public health....

On the economic front we have a BC Hydro problem, no one has more experience than John on electricity, he`s been energy critic for years and he was on the energy file in the 90s, only Horgan can clean up the BC Hydro disaster Gordon Campbell created, John is on the record as saying that every secret IPP power buying contract will be reviewed and if deemed not in the public interest they will be renegotiated no matter what, Horgan will peg the price to the spot market, no more power losses.

I know many of you may choose Dana Larsen, you may like Adrian, some like Farnworth, I like Horgan but for me it`s not about favorites it`s about winning the next election, we can`t afford as a Province to lose, BC is spiraling out of control under the BC liberals, I implore all NDP voters to vote with their heads and keep emotions out of the picture, whatever happens happens, we have one more chance, let`s get it right this time.

The list of Horgans endorsements is long..Nicholas Simons, Harry Lali, Dana Larsen(who is still in the race).The Corrigans, Kathy and Derick, Burnaby city council, Dan Miller, Shane Simpson, Robin Austin,   
 Gary Coons, Maurine Karagianis,Scott Fraser, Bill Routley, Claire Trevena, former MPs Bob Skelly, Ray Skelly, Jim Manly, Construction trades council executive Tom Sigurdson, former NDP cabinet ministers Elizabeth Cull, Ann Edwards, Paul Ramsey, BCGEU general secretary John Flyer, CUPE president Paul Faoro, economist John Summerville, and this endorsement..and many many more, he`s attracted both our union brothers and a little business, he has dissidents and superstars, Horgan has a way of attracting people from both sides, in fact even the BC Liberals showed Horgan respect in the house.

Anyway, I`m not easily won over but I`ll tell you what, I was so impressed with John Horgan years ago and he has gotten stronger, better, sharper, he so impressed me I wrote this story in January 2009, a full year before the NDP cleansing, Carole was still in charge, the NDP were united, I wrote a hypothetical story about John Horgan becoming the new NDP leader and I find it a bit of a coincidence, I dated my hypothetical story (authored by Vawn Pawmer).March/15/2010...I was only out a year, I also wrote this story as well, it was called, "Born to Lead" and again that was well before any NDP infighting, that story was dated March 11/2010...A year before the squabbling.

Maybe I knew something then, like a vision, John Horgan emailed me at the time about those two stories I wrote last year, he thanked me for them, he was very gracious but he told me over and over again,

"The job is filled and Carole James is our leader"

I respected his solid support of Carole James especially since at that time I was very critical of Carole James but I remember like it was yesterday, in our email conversation, I told the Honourable John Horgan....

You were born to lead, you have a rare quality that can`t be manufactured, it`s a gift, use it, you have a unique karma, you don`t know it yet but you will be premier of British Columbia.

And the man has answered all my questions I`ve asked of him ever since, he`s not in my riding but he still answered all my requests and promptly, not just automated responses but thorough responses with clear details, Horgan does not hide, he`s a straight shooter and I fully endorse him and I hope all you fellow NDP members will support John Too!



(P.S......Thank you Mike Farnworth for getting out of the way of the John Horgan Express..April 8th/2014....One more thing, from inside politics, BC Liberals are terrified of John Horgan...There was a planned coup by the BC Liberals, their plan
 was to have BC Liberal members on masse join the NDP party and vote for anyone but Horgan......More on that a little later..As of now, that BC Liberal plot has been dismantled in its tracks!......Grant G)


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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Blogtalk Radio..End of the Road for Christy Clark





The archive is up.....Blogtalk radio featuring Norm Farrell...Canadian Glen and yours truly..topics covered...

Site C.....BC Hydro..Run of River....our never ending election, lazy agenda driven mainstream media...Judith Guichon...Craig James....Mike De Jong..Christy Clark.....we cover a myriad of BC centric topics....have a listen.

Tune in, Turn on, get angry.....become informed...2 hours of The Straight Goods....


http://www.blogtalkradio.com/canadianglen/2017/06/29/the-never-ending-election-or-how-to-keep-power-at-any-cost


The Straight Goods

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Monday, June 26, 2017

Will the Real British Columbia Government please stand up, or is that sit down





Tune in Wednesday June 28th 6:00 PM PST for an enlightened BlogTalk radio broadcast featuring the illustrious Norman Farrell  .....BC's foremost critic of BC Hydro...Norm has revealed so many BC Hydro inconsistencies...illusionary profits, forecast failures going out over a decade, debt accumulation, and now of course...the impending Site C boondoggle...no economic case, dire warnings from a myriad of respected nonpartisan sources...IPPs power buying disaster...

Norm Farrell...https://in-sights.ca/

Along with CanadianGlen..

Canadian Glen pulls no punches, he'll be weighing in on the legality of Guichon sending BCers back to the polls and possibly denying John Horgan and Andrew Weaver of forming government. (link directly below)

.http://www.blogtalkradio.com/canadianglen/2017/06/29/the-never-ending-election-or-how-to-keep-power-at-any-cost

Site C...BC Hydro...throne speech..MSM....political games, critical thought and look forward..

and i'll be there too...what are the chattering classes whispering, who's in, who's out...are we going back to the polls....back to the polls with a suddenly resurgent BC Conservative party getting back in the game?...not 10 candidates but a near full slate?...Conservatives won't win a BC provincial snap election but they'll be there to pick up the carcasses of a dead BC Liberal Party...

Factions.....BC Liberal party, behind the scenes, the new buzzword is "sides"

Tune in Wednesday June 28th at 6:00 pm....

The Straight Goods

Cheers Ears Wide Open


Friday, June 23, 2017

Judith Guichon and Craig James..Partisans?



Written by Grant G 

I can be reached at......      grant.go@aol.com




"What a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive"

There has been much blather by corporate newspapers and BC Liberal pundits about Judith Guichon ordering a snap election rather than letting John Horgan and Andrew Weaver attempt to govern..

What I am about to say must be clearly heard by Judith Guichon and Craig James...

We just had a provincial election(May 9th)....there is no indication that a snap election would yield a different result....most ridings were won with wide majorities...in fact there is only a half-dozen or so ridings(at this time) in play....a snap election most likely would yield the same result....if the NDP picked up one seat...42 to 42 with 3 Green seats....if BC Liberals picked up 1 seat they would be at 44 seats...putting us right back where we are now....with the media calling 44 to 43 majority unworkable..."instability"

A snap election...the cost..$50 million dollars....more so..a snap election means the end of August for voting day..and if the results are the same...we will go through this agonizing game of thrones(groans) again...however...an end of August vote..2 more weeks to swear in a government...another 2 weeks for throne speech, throne speech number III in 2017..or IV...and if the result of a snap election is 43 to 41 to 3...BC Liberals could play this game once again...2017 budget has not been passed, ..Government monies run out in September..not to mention a myriad of urgent provincial matters needing tending..

it is now a matter of legislative urgency to install a government...we need a government sooner rather than later..

Judith Guichon has donated $$$money to a political party...to one political party only..BC Liberals..


https://thetyee.ca/Blogs/TheHook/Federal-Politics/2012/10/01/LieutenantDonator/

Who appointed Judith Guichon to the position of Lieutenant Governor?..Governor General(Federal) on the advice of Stephen Harper....a rightwing corporate conservative Prime Minister...

So, we have our LG appointed by a rightwing, now deposed Stephen Harper....an LG who donated money to one political party...BC Liberals....There is no indication a snap election would change the current legislative make-up...

Therefore Judith Guichon, if Guichon calls for a new election upon the defeat of Christy Clark's government,,,that would be deliberately causing legislative instability...FACT.

Craig James...I watched Craig James, clerk of the BC Legislature make a political statement pre-throne speech yesterday..an unprecedented political interfering statement by Craig James...

Who is Craig James...is he neutral, is he a partisan, is he a BC Liberal mole..in my opinion, and others..yes..

Here is Craig James background info..

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VICTORIA — British Columbia’s former chief electoral officer spent more than $40,000 on travel in just four months, including airfare for his wife to join him at a conference in Kenya, a self-appointed government watchdog has found.
IntegrityBC released documents Tuesday showing Craig James — acting chief electoral officer from June 2010 until August 2011, and now clerk of the B.C. Legislature — claimed $43,295 from Elections BC for travel between Aug. 25, 2010 and December 12, 2010.
“This is an individual who chose to fly in the lap of luxury whenever possible on flights, and to stay at some of the finest hotels throughout North America,” IntegrityBC executive director Dermod Travis said Tuesday.
“It demonstrates a sense of a culture of entitlement,” he added, saying his non-profit organization requested the travel expenses after receiving a tip about the costs.


Documents show James’ expenses included $14,523.58 for he and his wife to fly to Nairobi, Kenya, to attend the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association annual conference.

http://www.vancouversun.com/news/former+chief+electoral+officer+Craig+James+under+fire+travel+expenses/7158330/story.html
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BC Liberals also illegally appointed Craig James to the position of Chief Electoral Officer...BC Liberals flaunted Parliamentary rules...not a peep from the mainstream media..

There's more....Craig James in his role as Chief electoral officer came under fire for what appears to be...partisan decisions..
ELECTIONS BC'S, CRAIG JAMES, RESIGNATION DEMANDED


Craig James yesterday in our Legislature overstepped his authority, he made a political speech pre throne speech...and what Craig James said was not only disturbing, it was wrong...the rules Craig James cited were interpreted wrongly..(you can read the political posturing Legislative clerk Craig James said in below link)


https://www.leg.bc.ca/documents-data/debate-transcripts/41st-parliament/1st-session/20170622am-House-Blues


So disturbing what Craig James said....even rightwing political experts are dismayed..

I urge everyone to listen to this audio program featuring Norman Spector..Elizabeth Cull and Martyn Brown....pay very close attention to the last few minutes of audio..

Friday Political Panel on Liberals' throne speech and NDP-Green prospects


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So...we have Craig James in the pockets of the BC Liberal Government....we have Judith Guichon, a rightwing Stephen Harper appointed Lieutenant Governor...an LG who donated money to only one political party(BC Liberals).....We have murmurings about a snap election being the choice of Judith Guichon....yet there is a strong likelihood that a snap election call would yield the same result, with a slim chance 1 or 2 ridings turn...not enough to fundamentally change the scenario we now find ourselves in...
So...will Craig James do more partisan game-playing...Does Judith Guichon leave British Columbia without a functioning Legislature until September, or longer...
Will these legislative appointees do the right thing or send B.C. down the undemocratic rabbit hole...

Will British Columbia see Parliamentary trickery...breaking convention, secret in private discussions that result in Parliamentary/Legislature bullshit..like this..

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/proroguing-parliament-without-cause-canadians-want-it-banned/article13935119/

Over to you Judith Guichon and Craig James...
Pitchforks and torches...possibly coming to a legislature near you...


The Straight Goods
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Sunday, June 18, 2017

Mirror Mirror on the Wall, Who's the Most Nonpartisan Speaker of them All(B.C.'s New Government a Cometh)




Written by Grant G

Mirror mirror on the wall, who's the most nonpartisan speaker of them all.....?

I've often wondered just that.

Boy oh boy....Michael Smyth is Postmedia's pointman in trying to incite a new election, rather than let Judith Guichon allow/decide to give John Horgan and Andrew Weaver a chance governing with a bare majority.....Postmedia and Michael Smyth are definitely corporate agenda driven..they are so see-through transparent, empty rhetoric suits.....

I wonder if Justin Trudeau and his Federal Liberal brew crew are also lurking behind the scenes....it makes sense, Justin Trudeau has gone all-in on expanding Alberta bitumen exports(Kinder Morgan)...approving uneconomical LNG proposal on the Skeena river estuary, a direct threat to our few remaining vibrant salmon stocks(even with Petronas walking away from the project, he still approved it) ..Trudeau approved the Site C boondoggle and the Retirement Concept takeover deal by the corrupt Anbang Corporation....again, what looks like more corporate money laundering by Chinese players(?) into British Columbia....yea, sure does...Christy Clark and Justin Trudeau fast tracked the Anbang takeover of Retirement Concepts....even when alarm bells were ringing, the entire deal start to finish was completed in a blip of time, mere weeks...someone was in a hurry to move money here...and with what now is going on with Anbang...the shit is about to hit the fan for Anbang....amazing what happens when you make deals at pay to play fundraisers...isn't that correct Prime Minister Trudeau..?

 https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/14/business/china-anbang-wu-xiaohui-detained.html

Trudeau was loudly warned about approving the Anbang takeover of Retirement Concepts..

https://canadians.org/blog/liberal-approval-billion-dollar-sale-bc-retirement-home-chain-doesnt-pass-smell-test

and...we here in British Columbia know that Christy Clark and her BC Liberal government have been promoting BC real estate in China, Christy Clark Liberal led government had trade missions to China with representatives from BC's real estate sellers, .the GVRD market was running away and still Clark was pumping it...

 http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/bc-christy-clark-trade-mission-asia-real-estate-1.3604817

Right now, as in today, Vancouver pre-sales to Chinese buyers have spiked the condo and townhouse markets...continuing to drive the price upwards, pricing regular people out of BC's southern cities...a average worker housing crisis..a fullblown disaster complete with shadow banking, mortgage fraud, holding companies, numbered companies and dummy paper buyers...




And now we have Justin Trudeau about to create a taxpayer financed $350 million dollar Postmedia bailout fund....

Justin Trudeau interfered in our B.C. 2017 provincial election by momentarily approving of Christy Clark's writ period ramblings on banning or taxing coal .....only to quickly dismiss Christy Clark's retaliation trade threats to the Americans immediately after our election was held....Trudeau tried to prop up Christy Clark, without a doubt.....didn't work Justin!

So....Justin Trudeau gave Christy Clark political cover the week before our BC election..he approved Kinder Morgan...Petronas' Skeena River estuary LNG project..he approved Site C dam, even with no business case or BCUC review...Trudeau did not do due diligence with Anbang..even worse, Justin Trudeau ignored advice on the Anbang takeover, he approved this sketchy looking money moving/laundering takeover, a deal that added nothing to Canada's economic portfolio. ..unless you count letting China and the world know that Canada, and B.C. in particular is wide open for money laundering, parking money, hiding looted Chinese money.....for what purpose and for what reason was this Anbang deal fast-tracked and greenlighted...

Postmedia has been beating the drum about instability in store for B.C. under a Horgan/Weaver majority...creating problems before they occur, creating situations that aren't real...Michael Smyth..Vaughn Palmer...Black Press...Keith Baldrey...all playing the same corporate cards.

And what does Justin Trudeau want from Postmedia in exchange for $350 million taxpayer dollars?....Justin Trudeau wants his agenda promoted by a corporate media he soon may hold power over..$350 million taxpayer dollars worth of power and control...imagine that, going into election 2019 with the MSM media licking their chops...it stinks, optics and illusion baked into a good press pie..

According to Andrew Coyne....the $350 million dollar Postmedia bailout fund is virtually a done deal....fast-tracked, will Federal Conservatives vote against bailing out Postmedia and other media sources...that is why governments can never go down that route, corporate media bailout funds dictated by he who pays the piper calls the shots..

http://news.nationalpost.com/opinion/andrew-coyne-why-the-media-should-say-no-to-a-government-bailout

Paul Godfrey of Postmedia receives cash bonuses in the 10's of millions every year..Postmedia is owned by a New York hedge fund...CEO making millions and now Postmedia is in line for hundreds of $millions in bailout money...We are about to pay the MSM to work against the public good, a near done deal negotiated in closed rooms..

It all ties in quite nicely....buy more big oil and gas push from Postmedia(how much more who knows).....here in B.C. fan the flames of provincial government instability...while a federal government dangles a $350 million dollar Postmedia carrot...

which brings me to this...who ultimately appoints provincial Lieutenant Governors....?

Has Justin Trudeau spoken to Judith Guichon in recent days....I believe he has..FOIs might take awhile eh Justin Trudeau?

"The Lieutenant Governors. Each of the ten Canadian provinces has a Lieutenant Governor. He or she is appointed by the Governor General, on the recommendation of the Prime Minister, usually for a period of five years"


This whole speaker issue is a manufactured nuisance ......because if one thinks about this issue...when B.C. political poli watchers were hanging on absentee vote count news for Comox/Courtenay....our BC media talked about how Christy Clark may still get her 44 seat majority...there was no Postmedia chatter about any problems arising with a 1 seat BC Liberal majority...in fact on election night Christy Clark displayed cocky assurity that with all those Comox/Courtenay absentee serviceman votes that they were going to win their coveted majority...
  
but alas...Clark did not secure a majority...Postmedia freakout begins straight away...Clark stalls/stalling until the end of June..Mike Dejong telling media in a presser that 10 days of debate are required for a "dead letter" throne speech...Likely dragging debate into early July....then week(s) later for a new NDP/Green government to be sworn in and another throne speech..Throne speech number three for 2017.....

In other words...is Postmedia saying that in a Westminster Parliamentary Political System a majority is no longer a majority...it appears now that Postmedia is saying that to win government you need 46 seats, not 44....perhaps Postmedia can define their new meaning of majority..

This fake manufactured nuisance....A speaker will vote to support the government...BC Liberals will appoint a speaker on June 22nd and when a confidence vote is taken on Christy Clark's second 2017 throne speech she will be brought down..the speaker will not need to vote...44 against..42 for....Adios Clark...

And when Horgan/elects/selects a speaker....after Horgan and Weaver's throne speech and debate the MLAs will vote....if all BC Liberals are present and the MLA vote is 43 to 43 tie on the throne speech the speaker will vote to break the tie..the same goes for voting on a NDP/Green budget...the speaker will break ties in favor of the government...

as for voting on legislation that IS NOT a confidence vote.....Will Christy Clark vote against Andrew weaver's high heel ban Bill?...a bill that died on the orderdesk because Christy Clark shuttered our legislature early so she and her gang could hit the hustings early..in other words, our legislature closed early so premier photo-op could go fulltime photo-oping...

Will Christy Clark vote against legislation to ban cosmetic pesticides(again) like most other provinces have already done(long ago).....will Christy Clark vote against a bill to ban pill presses(again)...will Christy Clark vote against a bill/legislation to ban corporate and union donations?(again)...

Postmedia knows something else too....Christy Clark hates spending time in Victoria, she doesn't like the legislature...does anyone really think that Christy Clark wants to spend most of this summer and this coming Fall in our legislature...vigilantly waiting to bring down Horgan with a vote when a MLA is absent....Clark busy working away, reading reports, talking facts, fighting for her constituents...especially when her taxpayer creditcard and private flight privileges are revoked...HA HA...that is funny...

let me remind you of what Christy Clark thinks about attending our BC Legislature..from 2012/2013

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Premier Christy Clark says she tries to avoid working at the legislature because there's "no real people in Victoria" and the "sick culture" is unhealthy.


Clark, whose government cancelled the regularly scheduled fall session of the legislature, blasted working conditions in the provincial capital during an interview with a Vancouver-based columnist for the National Post
The interview was apparently conducted before the end of the spring legislative session in May, but republished on Tuesday.
"When the House rises at the end of [May], you're never going to find me in Victoria," she said. "I'm going to be travelling the province for the next year.
"I try never to go over there. Because it's sick. It's a sick culture. All they can think about is government and there are no real people in Victoria, and you get captured by this inside-the-beltway debate, and it's really unhealthy."
Clark's apparent disdain for the legislature contrasts with comments she made while running for the B.C. Liberal party leadership in 2011.
Then, she told reporters she loved the daily cut-and-thrust of question period. After she won the party leadership, she expressed a desire to run in a byelection as quickly as possible to get her seat in the house. "As you know, I love question period and I hate to miss it," she told reporters.
When Clark was resigning as an MLA in 2005, during her first stint in office, she also professed love for the job in her last speech in the chamber.
"I have a deep, deep love of politics. I love question period. I love debate. I love the people I've met. I even love the protesters. I love politics."
The Opposition NDP slammed Clark for her most recent comments.
"It's little wonder that the Liberals have little support on Vancouver Island if they think the people who live here are part of a sick culture," said John Horgan, NDP MLA for Juan de Fuca.
Her view of working at the legislature is also questionable, he said.
"In my view, it tells people she will say anything to get through the photo op or interview," he said. "You wonder if there's anything genuine there at all."
Clark did not respond to a request for comment.
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So, now, according to Postmedia...a 44 seat to 43 seat majority is no longer a REAL majority....and according to Postmedia..Christy Clark is now going to embrace our legislature and attend every single session and spend all her time doing Government business...ha ha...man oh man you Postmedia echo chamber clowns are really reaching deep into your bag of misinformation angles....give it up Smitty!..you'll have to wait for that government communications gig..
Tradition in our legislature....the thing about traditions...like hazing..like wearing hoods, like traditions of church official silence when children were being harmed...goofy hats and giant ornamental scepters do not make good governance.... NDP in 2001 were denied party status by the BC Liberals because according to tradition 4 elected members are required to attain party status...and the 2001 BC Liberal government needed no support...even though the NDP of 2001 garnered 21.76% of the electorate..far more that Andrew Weaver's 16% he garnered in 2017...
Yet in 2017 the BC Liberals offered Andrew Weaver and his Green MLAs official party status..breaking from tradition...I heard no MSM/Postmedia howls about rewriting the rules
Does anyone remember this Globe and Mail headline...
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MARK JARVIS

B.C. legislature sits 36 of 579 days. Is this responsible government?


After some speculation last week, Premier Christy Clark announced on Tuesday that there would be no fall sitting of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia. Although not entirely unexpected it still is a disconcerting development.
By cancelling the fall sitting, Ms. Clark is effectively announcing that the legislature will not sit again – pending some unforeseen emergency – in 2013. The announcement effectively means that the legislature will have only sat for a total of 36 days in 2013, the fewest number of days in any year since 2001. In case you have forgotten, this is not Ms. Clark’s first go-around with limiting how frequently the legislative assembly sits. Indeed, with her party burdened by the weight of political scandal, Ms. Clark also cancelled the fall sitting last year after the assembly rose in May, 2012. As an indicator of what might follow, the B.C. legislature did not meet again after last year’s cancelled fall sitting until Feb. 12, 2013, before rising again March 14, 2013 in advance of the May, 2013, provincial election.
So actually, it is not just that the legislative assembly will have only sat 36 days in 2013, it is that by the end of this year the B.C. legislature will have only sat for 36 of the previous 579 days going back to May 31, 2012 – 17 days in the seven months that followed the election earlier this year plus 19 days between June, 2012, and May, 2013. That the B.C. legislature will only sit 36 days in 2013 is shameful enough, combine it with the previous sitting and it’s astounding.
Ms. Clark’s decision to have the legislature sit for only 19 days in the year before the 2013 election meant citizens were asked to vote in a state of relative darkness, inhibiting their ability to fully hold the government to account. This was met with barely a murmur of discontent
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I have watched our legislature for years...BC Liberal appointed speaker has never exhibited a nonpartisan tone...Partisan to the core has been Linda Reid and speakers before her...and if a speaker opts to support a government with a vote, whether done once, twice or every-time matters not..a speaker can vote, ..to now split hairs about tradition and say a speaker voting once or twice is okay but voting often is not.... hooey I say.

If Christy Clark chooses to vote against a cosmetic pesticide ban, or campaign finance reform or banning pill presses than so the hell what...good legislation should be voted for, especially if it's something the public yearns for..

Tradition in BC under BC Liberals...partisan speakers....a shameful amount of sitting days...questions unanswered..BC Liberals voting against every NDP private member bill for no other reason than the fact it was a NDP bill/legislation....a 2009 Gordon Campbell election year $3 billion dollar budget deficit lie...is that tradition...? 

Postmedia might want to ask the BC Liberals about party brass asking near every member of the BC NDP and Green party in recent days to cross the floor, and asking near all opposition members to be speaker...BC Liberals promising everything to retain their perilous grip on power..

Lastly....there has been rampant Postmedia and BC Liberal propaganda fanning the flames of impending political instability...fanning the flames for Judith Guichon to deny John Horgan and Andrew Weaver a chance to govern....

If Judith Guichon breaks with tradition and denies Horgan and Weaver a chance to govern a slippery slope future stares us in the face....Partisan bought government functionaries are walking among us...Revolt...Recall and a new election...driving a final stake into Christy Clark and the Liberal gang will be the result if Judith Guichon goes that route.....

Traditions....It would be nice if we had a government roll up their sleeves and get to work sooner rather than later...it would be nice if blatant corruption was rooted from government and in particular, campaign finance...call it what it is....corruption, buying favor, buying government...buying access..

BC Liberals are going down to defeat in short order.....John Horgan and Andrew Weaver are going to attempt to govern....the speaker is going to vote in favour of a NDP/Green government...

Whether that speaker votes once, twice or every single vote matters not...

If BC Liberals want to vote against good legislation for partisan purposes..matters not..Postmedia's corporate agenda matters not..

Over to you Justin Trudeau and Judith Guichon....




P.S....Happy Fathers Day....you gave me everything I needed dad, with one exception, not enough time with you....

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Cheers Eyes Wide open