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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Selling Cynical---A Christy Clark Portrait



  Written by Grant G

I can see a political party paying their leader a stipend if.....if their leader is not already elected to public office, if said leader is spending all his or her time campaigning a party platform to the people, occupied day in day out trying to move their political party forward....however, once elected to office(if successful) any and all stipends must end...

There can be simple exceptions to the stipend rule(s), or what should be a rule, if a political party has a private function and their chosen leader expends money to attend, the party is within its right to reimburse their leader.

However, this is not what Christy Clark's "stipend" was/is used for, Clark's stipend came in the form of raw cash, this cash came to Clark month in, month out, whether she spent a $100 dollars or none...not a rental subsidy, not a car allowance, Christy Clark's "stipend" was cash on the barrel head dole..

The name Allison Redford comes to mind, a seemingly smart individual who was elected premier of Alberta.

Allison Redford the leader of the Alberta Progressive Conservative Party and Premier of Alberta.

Allison Redford did not get a stipend from the PC party, however, those with a lack of ethics and little moral character don't need a party stipend to benefit beyond their worth, or pay-grade.

Stories filtered out of Alberta's legislature year after year, ...Allison Redford was benefiting bigtime, so was her sister, husband and family...Taxpayer trips on private flights, free travel for family, free trips to South Africa with friends, townhomes paid by the taxpayer, contracts for hubby, luxurious stays around the world, the list of royal perks directed at Allison Redford were endless..





https://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2014/08/09/alberta_pcs_united_in_blaming_alison_redford_for_expenses_scandal.html


Premier Redford over the course of a few years in power turned from a leader named Allison to Queen Allison of Alberta...no expenses to large, no conflict to glaring, no family or personal gift to lavish...

Some say Power corrupts, and it does, the stench from Allison Redford was so bad that the people of Alberta did something nobody thought possible, they elected a NDP government, they threw Redford and the complicit PC Conservative party in power out, with a thud..

"You can fool some of the people some of the time, you can fool most of the people most of the time but you can't fool all the people all the time"

wrong, you can fool the people all the time but no one escapes hubris.......You can sell out generations of Albertans, cost a province 10's of $billions of dollars with bad deals, kowtow to corporate lobbyists and create corporate giveaway tax policy and walk around unscathed, but, spend a few $million public tax-dollars playing the role of Queen of Alberta and get sent packing...justice, no, hubris.

Christy Clark and her loyal subjects running to their Queen's defense..

Judy Tyabji, the author of the Christy Clark biography, a book that went over like a lead balloon,.... Judy Tyabji recently was howling away on Facebook that Christy Clark had been bullied into relinquishing  her oh-so deserved cash stipend....Funny stuff coming from Judy Tyabji, hubris I mean...Do Fentanyl traffickers deserve to run for office, does a old tired Gordon Wilson deserve $200k per year to promote LNG, did Gordon Wilson's sheep farm in Powell River B.C. deserve a hefty BC Government grant....it appears to this observer that Judy Tyabj /Gordon Wilson family and farm is or was entirely dependent upon the kindness of strangers, that is, if you call B.C. taxpayers strangers..

The Wilson family is entirely dependent on the kindness of Queen Christy Clark and her decision to expense stranger's money to her political friends, her family friends, that is sorta like "families First" isn't it.

There are others that run to Queen Christy's, err, I mean Premier Clark's defense.....There's her brother Bruce Clark and her ex-husband Mark Marissen.....independent people running to Clark's defense, but are they independent, or dare we say innocent...

Bruce Clark 

Bruce Clark, a government lobbyist, employed at one time by the Washington Marine Group, there is nothing wrong with being as lobbyist but to this day no one can explain how Bruce Clark, while Christy Clark was a member of the BC Liberal cabinet(before her time as elected leader and premier) how cabinet eyes only documents ended up being in Bruce Clark's possession, cabinet documents related to the BC Rail owned Roberts Bank rail spurline.....To this day Bruce Clark has never been forced to reveal who in the BC Liberal cabinet handed him top secret documents...

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Police summary alleges influence-peddling, fraud

A summary of the investigation reveals that senior government staff may have traded information

Senior employees of the B.C. government may have been trading confidential information related to the $1-billion sale of BC Rail in exchange for the promise of benefits or future employment, according to a document released Tuesday.

The document, a summary of the police investigation into a breach-of-trust probe related to police raids on offices in the provincial legislature in December, alleges influence-peddling and fraud.
The summary suggests two government officials could have exercised "influence in connection with government business, including BC Rail."

The document also reveals for the first time that a third government office was raided by police during the Dec. 28 raids -- the province's computer server system.
Previously known to have been raided were two legislature offices and the homes or offices of people with ties to the B.C. or federal Liberals.
Premier Gordon Campbell said Tuesday it's troubling that government officials are being investigated for corruption and breach of trust related to the railway deal, but he said the allegations do not taint the $1-billion privatization.

"The BC Rail investment partnership is great for British Columbia and we should be proceeding with it," Campbell said, saying all decisions related to the deal were made by his cabinet.
But the release of the information created a political firestorm in Victoria, as the opposition New Democrats demanded the resignation of B.C. Finance Minister Gary Collins.
"There is now allegation of corruption at the highest level of this government, right into the finance minister's office," NDP house leader Joy MacPhail said during a raucous session in the legislature.
"There was a cloud of suspicion around BC Rail . . . and Gary Collins now needs to resign to have any hope of integrity being restored to this province."
Collins, whose former ministerial assistant Dave Basi was previously identified as one of two government employees whose offices were raided, refused to resign.
While government officials are hoping for a speedy conclusion to the investigation, the document released Tuesday says the RCMP remains in the "early stages" of the complex probe.


In addition to paper documents, police are about to search through a massive amount of electronic data seized at the legislature. In all, there are more than 97 compact discs of information, which officers will spend the next month going through.
Most of the details in the five-page document released Tuesday have previously been reported in The Vancouver Sun, although the newspaper relied on confidential sources for its information. This document is the first on-the-record confirmation of the alleged connection of the legislature raids to BC Rail and specific influence-peddling accusations.

The information released Tuesday relates to the breach of trust part of the police investigation that prompted the raids on the legislature offices.

Initially, police began investigating a government official with respect to crimes involving corruption and the proceeds of crime. Details of that investigation, which also involves drugs and organized crime, will not be available until April 1 at the earliest.

Tuesday's document says the RCMP breach-of-trust probe is looking into whether two senior government officials were offered "promotion prospects or employment opportunities."
Police are also probing whether the two officials, in turn, committed a breach of trust by "pass[ing] unauthorized confidential information to persons interested in government business for the purpose of obtaining a benefit."
The search warrants relied in part on information from a Dec. 17, 2003 government bulletin entitled, The B.C. Rail Fairness Report, which was written by an external consultant for former transportation minister Judith Reid and concluded the sale of the railway was fair, Tuesday's document says.

The Sun, based on interviews and information from sources, has previously reported that the search warrants issued Dec. 28 targeted Basi's office as well as his home; the office of Bob Virk, the former ministerial assistant to Reid; the Victoria office of lobbying firm Pilothouse and the Vancouver office of employee Erik Bornman, who represented a failed bidder, OmniTRAX, in the BC Rail deal, and the Vancouver home office of Bruce Clark, a chief fundraiser for the federal Liberal party and brother of B.C. Deputy Premier Christy Clark.........

 On Dec. 28 police also visited the home of Mark Marissen, Martin's campaign chairman in B.C. and Christy Clark's husband, who voluntarily handed over documents to police that were later revealed to be resumes.
At the time, Martin was hiring his new administration and anyone from B.C. who wanted a job with the federal Liberals had to send a resume to Marissen.
Two senior Liberal insiders say Basi and Virk applied for jobs as chiefs of staff to cabinet ministers, but a screening committee in Ottawa rejected their applications because their qualifications were deemed to be inadequate. They also said Bornman was not in a position to offer anyone a job with the federal Liberals.
Campbell and Collins said they were unaware until Tuesday that a third B.C. government office was raided last December.
The Victoria building that houses one of the government's computer servers was also searched by police, who seized documents. The server keeps back-up copies of the government's electronic information, including all e-mail.
Campbell said he was told e-mails were among the things police were seeking in the offices of Basi and Virk but said he was unaware the government's computer server was also the subject of a search warrant......
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Bruce Clark is never far from the Queen...including when Christy Clark flew to Haida Gwaii to hand over a stranger's cheque(BC Taxpayer) to a First Nation leader running for First Nation office, a First Nation leader who just happens to be in a Wind Farm business deal with Bruce Clark, a wind farm deal relying on government guaranteed return..

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/british-columbia/christy-clark-accused-of-interfering-in-band-election-to-aid-brothers-deal/article27654979/

Coincidence, or Hubris....but what of Mark Marissen, Christy Clark's ex-husband, ....could he too be involved?..involved with BC Rail...or be involved with Tarsand pipelines and dirty oil to B.C....?

 http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/christy-clark-recuses-herself-from-oil-refinery-proposal-over-conflict-of-interest-1.2671429

http://www.vancouversun.com/news/metro/dongen+calls+conflict+investigation+into+christy+clark+over/7512798/story.html

Seems to me that Bruce Clark and Mark Marissen are dependent upon decisions that Christy Clark is tasked to make on behalf of all British Columbians.....

Yes, I did get a little off topic, hypocrisy, ...Queen of British Columbia Christy Clark has finally said no to the $50K cash stipend, calling it a "distraction"....distraction! what could be more distracting than the soon to be arriving many large manila envelopes?

  Conflict of Interest Commissioner of British Columbia is in Conflict

Only in B.C......John Fraser, BC's conflict of interest Commissioner son works in Premier Clark's office, coincidence, no, typical political hubris..

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The petition filed Tuesday in Vancouver also asked the court to find Fraser should not have ruled on the complaints because his son works as a deputy minister for the provincial government.
It said John Fraser "has personal ties to the premier. It is reasonable to suggest that the close family connection to senior members of the B.C. Liberal party, including Premier Clark, is a factor indicating a reasonable apprehension of bias."


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Let us be perfectly clear, the $50 thousand dollar cash stipend Christy Clark receives is not used to pay for flights on private jets...Christy Clark since becoming premier, as of November 2015 had spent over $560,000.00 on private jets.... 

I find it very interesting, many of the private flights that the taxpayer is getting dinged for are on David Mclean's airline....Remember David Mclean..? Gordon Campbell's campaign donor and manager, he now is the CEO of what was once known as BC Rail....another coincidence, I guess


Christy Clark bills taxpayers big for oyster bar bill



B.C. Premier's office defends $475K credit card bill


B.C. Premier Christy Clark's office is defending a credit card bill that is more than double the size of her predecessor Gordon Campbell's.
Records from the Office of the Comptroller General show the Clark's office charged $475,000 in expenses to credit cards during the 2011/12 fiscal year.
Charges under Clark's tenure include several tabs for thousands of dollars at various top restaurants, such as $3,267.66 at Ferris Oyster Bar in Victoria and $2,279 at Bishops in Vancouver.
The charges also include a large number of travel expenses with airlines, hotels, plus office supplies, and more than $100,000 from communications companies Rogers and Telus.
The year before under former premier Gordon Campbell, the office's expenses totalled $205,000 and $195,000 the year before that.


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A one year credit card bill, Christy Clark's first year as premier credit card bill that the taxpayer paid...nearly $ 1/2 million dollars....So, clearly Christy Clark's stipend of $50k per year isn't paying her oyster bar bill, you are..

Christy Clark's stipend didn't pay for a photographer to accompany her to Paris, you the taxpayer did..


Nor did Christy Clark's stipend pay for near $1 million dollars on photographers and videographers over the last three years..That's right...over $1 million taxpayer dollars spent on filming Christy Clark...Her $50k stipend would only cover her photographers for 100 days....Christy Clark is averaging $500 taxpayer dollars each and every day, 5 years and counting...


There must be something her stipend is paying for?...nope, nothing

Even when our BC Legislature is in session(or not in session)....Christy Clark gets $18,000 dollars per year for housing and or rental accommodations in Victoria...$18,000 per year for the rare BC Legislature appearance...on top of her Government credit card, on top of her private flights, on top of $millions in photography...


Christy Clark's stipend doesn't pay for a damn thing,

Christy Clark in election 2013 campaigned on two themes..."Families First" and "LNG $trillion dollar windfall"

As for the LNG windfall....LNG in British Columbia is kaput.

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/canadianglen/2017/01/12/lng--a-bridge-fuel-too-far-with-grant-g#

What about Families First....BC Hydro rates have skyrocketed...ICBC skyrocketing...The endless increases to Canada's only healthcare premium, the MSP...

Welfare rates frozen for a decade,...

Canada's lowest minimum wage right here in B.C. 

BC's provincial debt under Christy Clark's 4 year term as premier has gone from $48 billion dollars to over $71 billion...increasing by almost $5 billion dollars per year..

Transit fare increases...

Disability rates frozen in British Columbia for a decade,  and finally a modest increase in disability rates was announced, only to see Christy Clark clawback bus passes from those same disabled people...

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Food or Bus Pass? Clawback Creates Hard Choices for British Columbians with Disabilities

Tears, resignation as people on disability assistance discuss how they’ll try to make ends meet




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Hypocrisy...do as I say, not as I do....?

Christy Clark this last week has told media that she has put an end to her $50k yearly cash stipend, she called it a "distraction"....

The endless stream of taxpayer funded partisan government advertising will continue...Christy Clark's penchant for private jet flights will continue, her taxpayer funded in-tow photographers will continue and so will her taxpayer funded pigfests at swanky oyster bars..

Christy Clark's $50k per year distraction will continue, we just won't see it...

Christy Clark putting her family, and only her family first will continue..

Whether or not British Columbia will continue to buy cynical is in doubt..

As for the BC Liberal Party and Christy Clark..

Selling Cynical will continue in earnest..it's all the BC Liberals have in Christy Clark.



Selling Cynical, a Portrait of Christy Clark 



Written by Grant G





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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

LNG Curse Continues, Blogtalk Radio, BC Election 2017



Just Click the above picture and listen....LNG, the dirty secret of unreported methane emissions and more...LNG leakage starts just past the 10 minute mark...Everything you need to know about LNG as it pertains to British Columbia..




And more blogtalk radio here.....LNG, politics, corruption..

Here is episode III between Me and Canadian Glen  ..LNG, A Bridge Fuel Too Far 

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/canadianglen/2017/01/12/lng--a-bridge-fuel-too-far-with-grant-g

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Sunday, April 23, 2017

Christy Clark, She`s Come Undone..2017 redux

 Written by grant G

(originally posted March/23 2013....Cheers)

The entire BC Liberal Government and party are in disarray, words and phrases are being tossed around like final death throes, end of a dynasty, thunderstruck, dying days, point of no return and they are all fitting though I prefer to use phrases and words like crime family gunned down, corruption rooted out, zombies exposed to sunlight melt and my favorite, ding dong the wicked witch is dead..

Scandal and organized crime, it`s as simple as that, I still remember the headlines after our BC Legislature was raided by police "Organized crime has infiltrated the highest offices of the BC Government", those headlines were more than eye catchers , it was all true and the saddest part of the last 8 years. It wasn`t quality governance or decisions for the common good that kept the party in power it was a coordinated media effort, a shielding of the sins committed, cover fire for active criminals provided by the biggest media players in the game, Vancouver Sun, Global television and cknw, a radio station that turned stacking calls and promoting red herring stories to an artform..

There is no need to highlight individual crimes committed by this outgoing organization, we lived through the violations and there are far too many to list here.

Gordon Campbell`s operation was no different than that of a criminal gang, he was indeed a mafioso godfather, vast tracts of land given away, revenue sources costing the treasury hundreds of millions of dollars permanently shifted to party insiders, run of river, smart meters, tree farm licenses transferred to corporate donors, communication teams numbering in the hundreds employed to monitor any inhouse leaks, loose lips ostracized, villified and humiliated, on call bought media was quick to respond, willing partners that abetted and enabled the crimewave to continue for far longer than anyone could have imagined.

Maybe it was the departure of Gordon Campbell, maybe some realized it had gone too far, guilt ridden members of the family perhaps thought with Campbell`s departure the cleansing would begin, a renewal, a new path forward not riddled with overt corruption but with the insertion of Christy Clark by the same handlers that placed Gordon Campbell in a position of all encompassing power panic set in, fear for future generations and the health of both treasury and Democracy set in motion a series of events leading to the demise of a corporate Government mafioso, an endless flow of leaks and information that even a corrupt media couldn`t squelch..

We already had witnessed a massive expansion of gaming under Campbell and when he departed the push for more massive gaming outfits was on, players Coleman and Patrick Kinsella, public outrage and leaks prevented these schemes from proceeding, a proposed giveaway and gifted monopoly on liquor distribution was schemed and plotted, Coleman and Kinsella again, names attached to both hideous forestry giveaways and gaming casinos rose to the top again, land, liquor, gaming and revenue streams all gifted to friends of the mafioso, even the backdown on the LDB selloff wasn`t officially gone only postponed until another term of terror was granted, or should I say handed to, by an enabling media....Only with the help of a flood of leaks from an angel with a conscience in the highest office of our province, only with screaming blogging voices, impassioned pleas from those most affected brought this reign of ruin to an end..

Organized crime is very hard to root out and this BC Liberal organization wasn`t going down without a fight, they brought in friendly fire spotters from across the nation, from Alberta, from the highest offices in Ottawa, nasty vicious well-oiled smear machines hired with public money, slimers whose sole purpose was to assist by hook and by crook in controlling and maintaining this criminal gang`s provincial death grip..

Leaks, exposure and bright lights shined open air into dark dank corners where the red eyes of cheese eating rats glowed like the embers of hell..

Christy Clark inserted to smile and wiggle, to distract and confuse, to put on a facade of change where none existed, only with the help of internal firestarters who regained conscience and soul, a one or a group that lit fire after fire in an attempt to force change and force change they did.

Winks, smiles and pearly whites couldn`t hide Christy`s inability to speak or think, a woman over her head, unqualified, uneducated, unelected and unmoving, a power junkie addicted to the sugar of fame, recognition and her own reflection..

Too many fires to extinguish, like the boy with his finger in the dam, once removed the cracks grew and grew until a mountain of water burst through to flood the town, to drown an entire village, Christy Clark possessed not the ability or skill to sell the sham, she failed at faking authenticity, female eyes were first to recognize that christy was not a mother and gender equal, they saw through staged photo-ops to see a power hungry puppet monster..

Christy Clark, she failed to win studentbody presidential elections at S-F-U- she was caught cheating, Christy failed in her power grab of Vancouver city and now she has failed again, leading to a total collapse of the corrupt BC Liberal crime family,..Two years ago Christy Clark was a radio media superstar, big salary, Government pension, huge alimony payments from her millionaire ex and now..

Today the last hopes of any BC Liberal comeback vanished, floodgates are open and the mass exodus has begun, there will be no salvation, no miracles, it`s too late, the party of crime and Christy Clark have both become,....... Undone..





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Saturday, April 22, 2017

LNG, A Bridge Fuel Too Far

LNG - A Bridge Fuel Too Far with Grant G

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We are back on the BC Series with Grant G (@Realmediavoices) returning with more of The Straight Goods. The fantasy world of LNG being the saviour of British Columbia, and the Clark government, has never been further from reality. But you would never know that listening to the hype coming from Victoria and the corporate media.
First it was Japan being the customer to be fleeced after the Fukushima disaster. Premier Clark boasted of being able to gouge them for all they could. Then Shinzo Abe was elected, Japan is back to nuclear power and that market is gone. Then it was China, the emerging energy market of the world. Surely they would line up to be taken advantage of. China is the world's largest producer of renewable energy, has 25 nuclear power facilities under construction and has built or is building 5000 plants that can use natural gas or coal. Both of which, due to fracking, they have in ample supply. Let's try India then. Well, it turns out that BC LNG is about the most distant energy source as you can get, is overpriced for India, and competitors have BC beat before they even start.
The global glut for LNG is expected to last until 2025 at the earliest and prices reflect that. And that's for operational suppliers, which BC is not. Expecting billions of investment for a dirt cheap commodity? Think again Christy. Minister of Fantasy Rich Coleman has no more tales to spin. The BCLiberals are out of markets, investors and time. Projects with controversial approval will likely never happen, Some principals are trying to sell them off before even being built.
The trillion dollar saviour is a dime store novel. BC energy resource revenue has dropped like a stone. Hiking ICBC rates ain't gonna cut it. The time for change has come and not a moment too soon.
get some background at Grant's site http://powellriverpersuader.blogspot.ca/
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Tune in this Wednesday(January 11/2016) evening 6:00pm PST for a robust conversation with Grant G/Straight Goods and Canadian Glen on everything LNG. also known as the Big Gaseous Con...

The above accurate information is Canadian Glen's showpage..


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Thursday, April 20, 2017

John Horgan, Christy Clark and Andrew Weaver, The News 1130 Debate..Unplugged




Written by Grant G

Well, the first of two election 2017 leaders debate has ended.....all I can say is...Fail, on all sides.

http://www.news1130.com/2017/04/20/watch-live-news-1130-leaders-debate/

full disclosure, i'm not a registered member of any political party, however, I am definitely partisan...Andrew Weaver will not form government, either the BC Liberals or the BC NDP is going to win.FACT, ....I'm partisan for the people of BC, not developers, not real estate tycoons, not corporate extractors i'm partisan for seniors being priced out of town, young working couples struggling to pay rent, partisan for patients receiving hallway medicine, partisan for children needing help to succeed, partisan for average BCers who have seen their standard of living come under economic assault..

Greater Vancouver is sick, an unaffordable jungle, over the last 16 years of BC Liberal rule greater Vancouver has turned into the land of the rich and infamous, of foreign speculators, a corporate developer's fiefdom..

We had a BC Liberal government for 16 years that did nothing while society eroded, claims of prosperity when our debt has risen from $32 billion in 2001 to $77 billion today, not counting bridge debt, ferry debt, BC Hydro debt, and on and on it goes....Balanced budget claims when our provincial railway was sold against the public's wishes, a Gordon Campbell election 2001 LIE..I won't sell BC Rail...But he did....recent budgets have seen the BC Liberals sell near $2 billion dollars in provincial assets, ..LAND at bargain rates to developers, plus balancing budgets by plundering revenues from ICBC, plundering revenues that don't exist from BC Hydro...plundering revenues from a MSP tax that rose every year....asset sales, selling railways, hidden money grabs from ICBC, BC Hydro, MSP and more....From under funding education by $8 billion over the BC Liberal's term..scrimping on and short changing seniors and students, assaults on organized labour, trampled rights, highest poverty levels in Canada, food bank use skyrocketing and still Christy Clark chirps about success....it's a record of shame, of wrong-headed priorities, a record of who gives a shit about those that don't donate to the BC Liberal machine..

Yes, I am partisan for Democracy and fairness, for ethical governance, for soul.....for a sustainable future...

That's why i'm against Christy Clark and her organization..

The debate.....Andrew Weaver...Hi Andrew, thought you presented your case well, many of your ideas are very progressive and worthy of fulsome debate, however, ...BCers are not quite ready for a Utopian society, guaranteed incomes, minimum and maximum salaries, ....your Green ideas will cost a lot of money,....one day Mr. Weaver the people on masse will wake up and horsecollar corporations and demand equal share, demand a voice, one day when this capitalistic beast is slain...people are not quite there yet, getting close...anarchy, mayhem....when the bubble bursts...i'm on board...oh, one more thing, as a party, the Greens have never held office, meaning there is nothing from the past to criticize....sober second government, ...what is the date? in watching the debate, it felt like 2001, and yet the date is April 20th 2017....

John Horgan....yea John, Christy Clark gets on my nerves too,...reminds of a movie, a comedy movie, the lead actor/actress will be talking away while in the background a car drives off a cliff, or someone has collapsed and is getting their chest beat by a paramedic, meanwhile the movie star is oblivious to their surroundings, they just smile and keep on talking, nothing going on, not in tune with reality, nothing said or happening in plain sight will alter their train of projection.....You see John..Christy Clark has been blathering word salad ever since becoming BC Liberal leader...Facts don't matter, truth isn't needed, outright spin and distortion has been Christy Clark's modus operandi forever....

Distortion...no hospitals built in the 90s..Christy Clark's claim...right? What you need to do is say...in the 90's the silver tsunami hitting our hospitals today was only in their 50,s....Demographics, every goddamn economist including Michael Campbell has been screaming for at least 10 years about the coming tsunami of seniors....hospital hallways weren't filled with patients in the 90.s, ...BC's population wasn't critically old, it is now......

in 2017 Judges are releasing criminals because our courtrooms are underfunded..Healthcare underfunded..education underfunded, transit underfunded...Governments have hundreds of experts at their disposal who tell them all about demographics...shortages today are the result of ignoring demographics....You don't fix a BC Hydro dam 20 years before the repair is needed, you don't build new hospitals in the 90's for patients due to arrive in 2014...2016..

You John Horgan need to call Christy Clark out, then set the record straight...you need to look directly at the camera and tell BCers that Christy Clark will say anything, she will spin, distort, omit, embellish, and speak word salad....say it once, say it early and move on...you need to point out the massive debt increase under BC Liberals and remind voters of broken BC Liberal promises...Won't sell BC Rail..No HST..A doctor for everyone, seismic upgrades by 2020...Remind voters that Christy Clark and the BC Liberals have governed for 16 years and now....

Schools are falling apart...Hospital hallways are full...Children in care are dying, health researchers are killing themselves, our courtrooms are in serious trouble with shortages, seniors care is appalling, transit has been used like a political football, ..BC Ferries are cost prohibitive..BC Hydro is super expensive, those that do own houses are paying two-tier power rates not tier-one....BC Hydro's debt is over $20 billion, ..BC Hydro's debt alone will soon surpass the entire B.C. Provincial including crown debt from 2001...BC Hydro alone....ICBC has been looted....

But most importantly John....BC Liberals over the last 16 years have ignored Demographics and deliberately let these health and education shortfalls fester...they pretended the demographics weren't real...They lived in a fantasy land, ignoring the burning house...whistling past the graveyard..

In other words John....Christy Clark has blathered, lied, manipulated and pandered her entire life, Christy Clark flaunts honesty, flaunts ethics, Christy Clark smiles, wiggles and speaks gibberish...

And that will never change.....Speak the truth John...ignore Christy Clark....

My dad told me a longtime ago...."you can't win an argument with an idiot, or a liar, so don't try"

Bill Good....Bill Good lost control of the debate early.....i've seen worse though...I think Bill Good's best moderator days are behind him, that is if he ever delivered best?..also, there was visual shenanigans played by News1130 and City TV to frame clark differently than the others, colour coordination framing...it was no accident...Christy Clark wants the 2% of voters who can be captured through visualization manipulation..




Look at that picture above...colour matching and framing...center framing and a little more...tricks of the trade for those wanting every conceivable edge...Nice try Bill, City, News 1130....Cheers Eyes Wide Open..

Christy Clark.....I have nothing to say...Christy Clark is the same manipulative word-salad spewing liar she was in 2001...She has not grown up mentally, not even a little, only thing that Christy Clark has grown in the last 16 years is her personal wealth!


Yea, i'm partisan.....for all the right reasons.






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Saturday, April 15, 2017

Born to Lead, The Honourable John Horgan.


I originally wrote this story in 2011....I reposted this story on..May 14th/2013..

This is a repost from the time of the 2011 BC NDP leadership campaign.....I reposted this story after Adrian Dix's stunning 2013 election loss....


 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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 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!

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Monday, April 10, 2017

No More Bridge Tolls....John Horgan's Election Winner Explained



John Horgan with a stroke of brilliance....The removal of the BC Liberal's unfair bridge tolling debacle..

First off...The Port Mann bridge and Golden Ears bridge have both been losing $millions of dollars every year....Treo, and TI will continue losing money and will require government bailouts...FACT

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The Port Mann Bridge continues to lose money faster than originally projected but the government insists the crossing is still on target to pay for itself.
"What hasn't changed is our commitment to pay off this bridge by 2050," said Transportation Minster Todd Stone.
Financial projections released as part of the 2017 B.C. budget reveal the Port Mann will lose $88 million in 2016-17, $90 million in 2017-18, and $86 million in each of the following two years.
The government initially promised the bridge would become profitable five years after it opened — in other words sometime this year.
But the expected traffic never materialized. Drivers diverted to the Patullo and Alex Fraser bridges to avoid paying the Port Mann toll, causing revenue projections for the bridge to be sharply scaled back.


The Transportation Investment Corporation says the Port Mann is now expected to turn a profit 10 to 15 years from now.


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The cost of running Treo(Golden Ears Bridge) and TI(Port Mann Corporation) is in the 10's of million every year, plus the cost of cameras, counters, billing and government red tape means that down the road both the Golden Ears bridge and Port Mann will require a government bailout...Port Mann bridge debt is growing by $100 million per year....Port Mann debt, 5 years ago was $3.1 billion..today it's almost $3.7 billion....Port Mann bridge is bailout bound..
Removing tolls will put almost all the toll money collected back into the economy, that will in turn create jobs, more people will go out for dinner, catch a movie, have money for a BC vacation....elimination of tolls will create thousands of jobs...
Removing bridge tolls for people south of the fraser will also bring back a sense of fairness...Sea to sky highway has government paid shadow tolls...skiers get a free sea to sky highway ride, Kelowna has new FREE bridges...why was the workingclass Fraser Valley and Surrey targeted while rich West Vancouvers get free bridges, free highways...John Horgan with a stroke of a pen will bring back fairness...
The removal of bridge tolls will result in more housing starts in the Fraser Valley, that will in turn grow community, and once again..that means more BC jobs..
And most importantly...with the removal of tolls traffic will freely flow, in its natural course, only after tolls are removed can we as a community actually see where transit and traffic moving infrastructure is really required....
The old argument about using tolls to force people onto public transit....therein lies the rub, the BC Liberal government has refused for over a decade to put fast-rapid bus service over the Port Mann and Golden Ears bridges...the reason is obvious...A bridge requiring more and more traffic to pay for itself..Government was reluctant if not even hostile over putting high-speed rapid transit over bridges because the better the transit the fewer people will be driving over bridges paying tolls...The two items clashed..
With John Horgan removing bridge tolls traffic will flow its natural course, ..without being held hostage by the cameras collecting plate numbers the new BC NDP Government can put real transit over these bridges, a goal to move people and goods without fear of hurting toll revenue..
As for Christy Clark promising a $500 dollar toll cap.....Christy Clark and her gang of scofflaws are really that stupid...They have just admitted that their polling policy is a complete failure..which it is..TREO and TI are both losing money....a $500 dollar tolling cap, again..it picks winners and losers...A person who only occasionally drives over the tolled bridges gets no relief until $500 dollars are spent, for the casual bridge user means no relief is coming..Period.....for the driver that is spending $2000 per year on tolls, his/her savings are substantial.....think about that, the person who only occasionally uses the bridge gets no relief and pays full rate, the person who is using the toll bridges heavily and causes wear n tear on said bridges gets financial relief....It is BC Liberal policy made up on the fly...tolls?..part tolls?..reduced tolls? ete etc....Christy Clark and Gordon Campbell's tolls are a bad fiscal policy......a proven failure!...BC Liberals bragged of their toll bridges now they try feebly to make the toll pain they inflicted go away....in no uncertain words...BC Liberals by their actions are admitting their tolling policy is fatally flawed.....Christy Clark wanting praise for lowering her government's tolls.....Hypocrisy at its finest!
How to pay for the bridges...First off..all the equipment and government employees being paid to monitor, collect and maintain tolls costs $10's of million per year...That expense vanishes with the tolls...with the public not paying anymore tolls that money will flow back out into the economy and create jobs...
Future Federal carbon tax increases that Justin Trudeau announced can be directed to go 100% towards people moving infrastructure...after-all...Trudeau did say provincial governments could direct revenue from future federal carbon tax increases to any provincial program they wanted...
The Port Mann bridge should have never been tolled to begin with..it's a national highway...Trudeau and the Feds can pay a portion of the Port Mann bridge upkeep and maintenance.....
Lastly...the point being...Bridge tolls south of the fraser has forced 100,000's of drivers to drive around tolled bridges, take longer commutes because of money, because tolls are not affordable to average workers...
Christy Clark's $3.5 billion dollar Massey bridge proposal....her capped toll scheme would never pay that Massey Bridge cost...it would turn into another BC Liberal boondoggle in the making...another bridge in need of a bailout..
Gas taxes...there is enough money in the system to pay for needed upgrades to BC infrastructure....

What isn't needed is a pet projects of the vain, such as a $4 billion dollar Massey bridge and a $4 billion dollar 11 kilometer subway to get students to UBC(BC developers wetdream sucky..)
We need light rail in Surrey...we need Light Rail along side Highway number 1 all the way to Chilliwack...these transit measures would take thousands of cars off those bridges...
With tolls eliminated transit can be built where it's needed, with no worry of cutting into toll revenue..

BC Liberals failed on bridges, their tolling policy is grossly unfair....
And yes...BC Liberal cheerleading media and the BC Liberals will grunt and snort about where the money will come from to pay for toll elimination..
Let em snort and choke......Where is Site C dam money?.ain't there, no business case...Run of river IPPs are bleeding BC Hydro dry....BC Place is bleeding money($800 million dollar defective roof)...BC Ferries is bleeding money(gas guzzling underperforming crappy German built ferries) ...BC Hydro is broke(run of river longterm contracts, smart meter boondoggle and $15 billion dollar site C disaster)..ICBC is broke(BC Liberals raked operating money out of the public insurer to claim balanced budget).....

Funny stuff....Big BC media and the BC Liberals never talk about where the money is going to come from to pay those BC Liberal bills...
Where the hell is all the money for those BC Liberal boondoggles.....?
I'm glad John Horgan and the NDP are going to be spending a few dollars to help real working-class people,
Corporations and BC Liberal donors have been making out like bandits long enough....
Great move by Premier to be John Horgan..

Respect and Fairness returning to B.C. after a long hiatus....

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