Sunday, March 1, 2015

Canadian Press and Media. The Sad, Sycophantic Sell-Out



Canadian Press and Media.  The Sad, Sycophantic Sell-Out

                                  PART TWO         Written by Robin Mathews  Mar. 1/15


How do we talk about Canadians in Afghanistan delivering prisoners to torture … following orders of the Conservative government led by Stephen Harper?  Then Stephen Harper closing parliament to avoid facing questions…?

How do we talk about Canadians leading the destruction of Libya, a modern, civil society with the highest standard of living in Africa? Canadian airmen led the air-strike destruction of women and children, towns, villages, ancient monuments … under orders from the Conservative government led by Stephen Harper?  How do we talk about the lies of a consenting press and media, its silence about that wholesale murder…?  And now semi-silence about the move towards needless slaughter in Iraq?

How do we talk about Canadian cabinet members embracing ‘the mad-man of the Middle East’ – Benjamin Netanyahu; about Canadian political leaders encouraging a State devoted to oppression of helpless people? How do we talk about the lies, the half truths… and the gaping silences … of the consenting Canadian press and media in that matter…?

How do we talk about “Western” betrayal in the Ukraine – about the half-truths told by the Canadian cabinet, repeated and repeated by the Canadian press and media?

How do we talk about the effort to end the struggle for liberation of South America from its more than a century under the U.S. heel? How do we explain the muddle-headed reporting and lies told by the Canadian press and media about Venezuela … the unending pattern of misinformation by the Canadian press and media about Venezuela?

How do we talk about the insanity of the proposed MONUMENT TO THE VICTIMS OF COMMUNISM in Ottawa? Where are the Canadian press and media to ridicule the idiotic idea?  Where are Canadian historians and political scientists?

Who among the drugged members of the Canadian press and media  choose to forget the major “victims of Communism” were the Nazis and the Fascists of the Second World War whose brutal, oppressive regimes intended world dictatorship, the erasure of all Jews in the world, and the subjugation (as slaves) of the Slav populations?

Who will forget that the Communists of Soviet Russia gave up more than twenty million lives to overcome the Nazi forces – and that major historians in the English-speaking world and elsewhere admit Europe (and beyond) would have been enslaved by Nazism without the heroic and undaunted resistance of the Communist Russian forces.

Who will forget that a major enemy of the Japanese dictatorship (which allied with the Nazis in Europe) were the Chinese Communists who fought the brutal Japanese for years in Asia.  The heroic Communist Canadian, Norman Bethune, took medicine to the front lines in the fight against the Japanese invaders and has become a global hero for his work.  We should not be blind or forgetful.  My own relations in Singapore assure us (as do millions of others in Southeast Asia) that the worst enemy and one of the most brutal occupiers in the twentieth century was the army of the Japanese dictatorial state. It became, at last, “victim of Communism” and of the other anti-fascist forces of the Second World War.

Do we forget that the liberators of Cuba – with whom Canada has never broken relations – created a Communist government, and its major “victims” were the U.S. invaders at the Bay of Pigs?  Do we forget that only in the last months Canada has helped to begin the healing between that Cuban government and its U.S. enemy? Do Canadians who have always recognized the Communist government of Cuba as the legitimate government now want to name the Cuban people “victims of Communism”?  Are we that dishonest, that hypocritical?
The presence of Communist governments in the world acted as a significant force in the shaping of social justice and security for large Western populations.  The existence of “the Communist alternative” restrained the mad-dog activity of neo-liberalism (what I call ‘neo-fascism’) in the West. When the Russian empire collapsed, Prince Charles remarked that he regretted the loss of a balance of forces in the world.

There is much more to say on the subject, but to make a monument in Ottawa to “the victims of Communism” would be such a violation of history, of honesty, of the Canadian facts of the last century that such a monument – if built – would have to be torn down by the first honest government that came to power in Canada. Where is the Canadian press and media to tell the truth about the proposed monstrosity envisioned by the neo-liberal, neo-fascist deniers of history?

 Who among the strange people of Canada’s press and media will call a spade a spade; will name murder for what it is; will write of the apparently deranged Conservative cabinet members: Stephen Harper, John Baird, Lisa Raitt, Pierre Poilievre, Tony Clement, Leona Aglukkaq, Jason Kenney, Chris Alexander, James Moore, etc. - and Andrew Scheer ... all approving the dirty wars, the oppressions, the lies, the election frauds, the destruction of parliamentary democracy, the false budget reports, the fraudulent legislation, the use of the RCMP as a Conservative Party Police Force, the attacks on the rule of law …?

The attacks on the rule of law…

Stephen Harper began the attack on the Supreme Court of Canada … and lost the first round.  But action by the Conservative Party of Canada to destroy the rule of law in Canada … goes on.  No longer following the established practice in which proposed laws were tested inside government for their relation to the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, the Conservative government produces purposefully vile legislation - looking for fights with the highest court – to find excuses to gut it.

So far, the Supreme Court of Canada has not lost in the Conservative Party-created fight.  But as Jeffrey Simpson [Globe and Mail) writes (Feb. 7), that fact “portends the [Conservative] party will use attacks against the court” as a continuing policy.

And those attacks have begun, as if on cue – by some of the ‘wholly independent’ members of Canada’s press and media.  How many of the attackers (“independent journalists”) already at work … and to come … are, in fact, a part of an organized (Conservative Party) team directed from the Prime Minister’s office?

The case against the Bank of Canada in the Federal Court of Canada – almost entirely blacked out by the conventional press and media of Canada – has raised a huge question.  What percentage of Canada’s press and media owners and their working journalists are, in fact, part of the Conservative Party Machine, directly doing Stephen Harper’s bidding?  Rocco Galati, lawyer for the plaintiffs in the Bank of Canada case, has expressed his suspicion that the press and media of Canada have been ordered into silence on the Bank of Canada case by the Conservative government … by, in short, Stephen Harper.

The attacks (mindless, foolish, illogical, neo-fascist) on the Supreme Court of Canada have begun.  On Thursday, Feb. 19, senior fellow of the Fraser Institute, Gordon Gibson, launched his attack (in the Globe and Mail), telling readers “the greatest threat to our democracy and Parliament” is – “the Supreme Court of Canada”.  In the face of Stephen Harper and the Conservative Party hatchetting, smashing, crushing, bludgeoning democracy, Parliament, and the rule of law in Canada, Gordon Gibson blames … the Supreme Court of Canada.

Then comes (Globe and Mail, Feb. 20) Brian Lee Crowley. More poetic by far than Gordon Gibson, Crowley (managing director of the “right-leaning public policy think-tank in Ottawa” (Wikipedia), the Macdonald-Laurier Institute) writes of ”the gay abandon with which our highest court sweeps aside the annoying resistance of mere elected governments to its increasingly imperious will.” (Put aside the possibility that the present government of the Conservatives is a Robocall-fraud-elected-government, not a “mere elected” government).

Crowley’s (embarrassing) argument against the integrity of the court is based upon (nut-case?) economics.  In short, the decisions of the court create economic uncertainty. (Who says so?)  Uncertainty is bad for “growth and prosperity”.  Therefore … chop the power of the Supreme Court of Canada.  In my reading, Crowley’s argument comes dangerously close to saying “fascism is efficient; remove anything that interferes with the efficiency of fascism”.  For Crowley, the Supreme Court judges “don’t even hide their imperialist ambitions”. They are like Russia’s “slow-moving invasion of Ukraine”. (Are we to laugh or cry at such ridiculous prose in ‘Canada’s National Newspaper’?)

[Incidentally, the Globe and Mail reports the Macdonald-Laurier Institute differently than Wikipedia. For the Globe and Mail it is “an independent non-partisan public policy think tank…”  Maybe that says all that needs to be said about Canadian Press and Media honesty! No non-partisan managing director of a non-partisan think tank could, I say, write the Blatantly Reactionary Nonsense produced by Brian Lee Crowley in the article.]

We must expect the attacks will go on … and will get more vicious (and idiotic).  People will have to ask if they are orchestrated from the Prime Minister’s Office.  Maybe Stephen Harper can get Nigel Wright to meet each writer who attacks the Supreme Court of Canada and hand him (or her) a personal cheque.

My prediction is that we will soon read many more destructive and vicious (and grossly anti-democratic) attacks on the Supreme Court of Canada by people who have not yet weighed in - like Gwyn Morgan (former chair SNC Lavalin; Board of Trustees, the Fraser Institute); Andrew Coyne, who, as a columnist for the National Post and Postmedia Network “can disseminate neo-liberal and conservative ideas”. (Gutstein, Harperism, 2014, p.68]; Jonathan Kay, former National Post heavy and now editor of Walrus magazine. “Kay often endorses views regarded as conservative” (Wikipedia); Robert Fulford, Terry Glavin, Preston Manning, John Ivison… and …and.

The next attacker might be a seemingly raging, seemingly illogical, probably muddle-headed Rex Murphy who “plays radical” and said recently (Jan 10, National Post): “This part of the world has a sack full of pieties when it comes to free speech, but its own actions, and frequently its own words, put the lie to all of them.” We wait for the CBC’s Rex Murphy to write/speak about the Bank of Canada case, exercising his free speech, reporting the matter fully and calling loudly for close media attention to that important case.  We wait for the CBC’s Rex Murphy to attack Stephen Harper for his assault on the Supreme Court of Canada, for attacks by his cabinet  (in collaboration with the RCMP) on the free speech of environmental spokespeople and organizations.  We wait for Rex Murphy to do a round-up revelation of all the ways the Conservatives “with a sack full of pieties” have attacked and continue to attack free speech….

We wait. But we don’t hold our breath…. What Rex Murphy proves in his endless, empty, nervous chatter, I allege, is the unbroken truth of the title of this column.



Written by Robin Mathews


_______________________________





The Straight Goods

Cheers Eyes Wide Open

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Christy Clark And Her Paid Team of Scofflaws and Slimers



This post is about a BC Liberal Government that breaks laws, ignores court rulings, a government that has disrespected almost everyone who has lived, and died in British Columbia, but more importantly this article is about the slimers and media that not only enabled this Christy Clark BC Liberal government but cheerleaded their actions..

Where to start, so many lowclass creeps to keep track of..

Phil Hochstein who was rewarded a well paying appointed position at the Port of Vancouver, that was his reward for slamming the public sector, for fighting minimum wage and his futile attempts to ram through Gordon Muir Campbell`s backstabbing HST tax....

Twitter follower counter Keith Baldrey, a brutal partisan government press release reader and Global BC legislative reporter and one of cknw`s three main stooges, keith Baldrey to this day stills claims BC Rail theft from our province and even the Basi/Virk trial ending payoff was above-board....Keith Baldrey now talks on cknw`s Friday cutting edge of the ledge show of the future Christy Clark governing dynasty.....Keith Baldrey like Michael Snyth has never done a lick of research or heavy lifting in any written article...the reason why those two  media bought scabs never research or dig for a story is because they are paid in advance to push and promote a pre determined BC Liberal slant on everything..

They both applauded David Hahn and the quazi-privatization of BC Ferries, they both applauded and promoted the BC Liberal`s IPP private power giveaways, a Ponzi scheme started by Gordon Campbell, a scheme designed to enrich BC Liberal party insiders at the expense of both BC Hydro and ratepayers, the result is skyrocketing hydro rates and a bankrupt crown corporation, BC Ferries is also drowning in debt and ferry crossing fees are so cost prohibitive that ridership for cars and foot-passengers are at 20 year lows, that despite a 1 million person increase in BC`s population over that time frame...

Everything Global BC news, the Vancouver Sun, The Province, CKNW and other local media championed and promoted at the behest of the BC Liberals has fallen apart, even Canadian Broadcast standards were broken by these media outlets to shamelessly help the BC Liberals get elected..

Yes indeed, Christy Clark honed her lying for votes routine early on in life, she left S-F-U- with no degree, a school drop-out, what was her sin that forced her to quit?..She cheated on student elections, she was caught cheating on students elections, she became a school embarrassment and decided to quit, not being able to face her fellow students she turned to a new profession, she found a warm home and welcoming arms....She joined political parties, Christy Clark joined the young Liberals of Canada and become a BC Liberal, a natural fit, you see, a pretty face and forked tongue were exactly the pre-requisite qualifications Gordon Campbell was looking for, he found a star candidate in Christy Clark...as an appointed cabinet minister in the 2001 Campbell Government Christy Clark authored a Bill...Bill 28...Bill 28 has been found illegal not once by the BC supreme court but twice....no matter for Christy Clark, she as leader of the BC Liberals will once again appeal the decision and drag it out through the courts....Christy Clark hates teachers and educators, perhaps because she couldn`t cut the mustard in school and quit, perhaps because she was caught cheating and was a laughing stock, or maybe because her Dad was a teacher...I`ll leave that question for Sigmund Freud...

There are many in the media who claim neutrality when it comes to reporting, a stalwart corporate pimp and political game player is Prince George`s own Ben Meisner, a complicit radio trickster when it came to BC Rail...Now he pumps out BC Liberal press releases, suppresses pertinent data and is a brutal comment deleting information holding BC Liberal spin doctor residing at Opinion250...Don`t waste your time reading there, Ben is an industrial sellout, he lacks any moral compass, his goal is self-serving, lie for friends and hide the truth, a truly sad man..

Our BC Media and especially our legislative reporters...Tom Fletcher, Sean Leslie, Michael Smyth, Les Leyne, they knew, they knew it all, of Gordon Campbell`s lust for liquor and his lust for other woman, marriage never got in the way for Gordon Campbell, he could lie, spin and have affairs with many, including the worst kept secret(besides BC Rail scam, BC Ferries scam, Besides the IPP private ripoff power scam) was Gordon Campbell`s long-term adulterous affair with Laura Dauphinee...They all knew, hell, if I knew, the internet knew, BC Mary knew you know they all knew, they just didn`t care, wink, nod, shut up and the pay-cheques with promotions will roll on..

Rewarding the villains with cold hard cash, Brian Bonney, Pamela Gardener, Kim Haakstad, hundreds of dead seniors and taxpayer funded ethnicgate scandals, when caught insiders John Dyble greased the skids and whitewashed it away, he is now preparing to whitewash the Burns lake Babine criminal explosion away...Anything for a price, including selling your soul..

So many more offenders, too many to list all but cknw as a whole are allstar scumbags, Michael Campbell preaching weekly hate against anything not corporate freebie related, Gord MacDonald, a poor man`s Rush Limpball Limbaugh, Billy Good with his monster-sized glasses of whine and so subtle tepid criticism of the BC Liberals only to always turn 180 degrees and come around to endorsing the Government line, and echoing their stale attacks, the endless drone from cknw radio attacking teachers, every radio voice at cknw rallied for and endorsed the defeated HST tax, mathematically that isn`t possible for neutral people, and that`s the point, there is no neutrality at cknw, they are ordered to tow the line promoting BC Liberals or walk, Bill Tieleman saw the exit door for opposing the HST, Rafe Mair saw the same door for opposing farmed fish...

Christy Clark preached hate at CKNW for several years, almost everyday Christy Clark attacked teachers on radio, ad nauseum..kill button at the ready to silence any critics, she lied as easily as rugs, even being forced to retract on air for lying by yours truly taught her nothing, a mere setback, Christy Clark has lied about LNG, all through the election she lied, about jobs, credit rating and her own Government`s record, without a media to report on or to keep honest nothing was going to stop the parade of lies...Global BC News during the election writ ran BC Liberal advertisements disguised as actual news, complaints by hundreds demanding answers made them reluctantly stop the practice..

Internal BC Liberal slimers, Bill racist Bennett, the Kooterney`s number one slimeball, a First Nation`s hater, a beer-buying for youth in exchange for votes liar, he slimed Gabriel Yiu, he slimed everyone, including Gordon Campbell, (off the cuff) and when caught breaking the unwritten BC Liberal code of conduct he quickly returned to bended knees, in fine swallowing mode, Kevin Kreuger was a real shithead too, nuff said about him..

Brad Zubyk, a Wazuku puke who was paid by the BC Liberals to slime auditor general John Doyle, an honest auditor doing his job and Brad Zubyk(Michael Smyth`s friend) and Wazuku wrote harsh lies about, oh indeed, I have seen first hand the work of Zubyk, an internet troll who lives at the Tyee website, name calling people under many aliases, Luke Skywalker, >Luke..Coolhand Luke, and 100 other aliases, Zubyk who has created many websites, like MR. LNGer..or a website designed to attack The straight Goods and me personally, unfortunately for Zubyk he can neither write or be honest, nor can he attract an audience, a mere paid slime-ball wimp who relies on monies for hate, monies for spin, monies for selling his soul..

Today the BC Supreme court once again ruled that the BC Liberals, that Christy Clark broke constitutional laws in regards to her 2003 Bill 28...The Supreme court of BC ruled that the BCTF get $2 million dollars for punitive damages and that class sizes get restored to manageable levels, a retroactive ruling, they also ruled that Bill 26, another BC Liberal education hating bill that was almost identical to bill 28, ...Bill 26 was designed and written as a response to the first court ruling on Bill 22, Both bills ruled illegal, unconstitutional, not only that but as reported last year on blogs that before the 2013 election the BC Liberal government was attempting to goad the BCTF into striking pre-election for political gain..

A plan that failed as everyone on the left could smell a rat, a plan that would only work with complicit help from BC`s media enablers ..enablers like all of CKNW, Keith Baldrey..Global BC news, Vancouver Sun and The Province..

Yes indeed, this plan of screwing the public and distorting the news, of not reporting real news and twisting the facts was a plan hatched in 1996, after the NDP won a small majority, it was a plan hatched at the 1996 BC Liberal political convention held at Whistler BC...Where Keith Baldrey and Bill Good wined and dined, partied and doped their faces off, all funded by the BC Liberal party, a plan hatched by Gordon Campbell and Bud Smith, ...The plan was, get the media drunk, stoned, buy them everything, promise endless perks and promotions, an organized drunk-fuelled plan that involved print, radio and TV media..They vowed to do whatever it takes to keep any left of center political party out of office..


The great right-wing political party money managers....The NDP in 1991 came to office, they inherited a $16 billion dollar debt, after a decade in power where the NDP Government built, hundreds of schools were built all through the province, the Vancouver Island world-class highway was built, the Millennium Skytrain line was built, and yes there were mistakes too...minor in comparison to what these Liberals have done..

After a decade of BC Liberal rule(2001 to 2013) our debt went from $29 billion dollars to $170 billion dollars, BC Ferries in disarray, BC Hydro is bankrupt, electric rates are among the highest in North America, they were the lowest when they took power, $1.6 billion wasted on smart meters, no smart grid rendering a smart meter useless, except for real time billing, Surrey needs 5 new schools now just to catch up, there are none even under construction..

We have dirty uncleaned hospitals, wheelchair fees, the only province with an MSP premium, one that rises every year, we have a carbon tax that goes not to transit or green initiatives but for tax cuts for corporations and high income earners, we have the highest child poverty in Canada again and again and again etc etc etc, leaps and bounds worse than all other provinces, we are governed by a political party that serves only corporate interests..

A BC Liberal Government that refuses to accept BC Supreme court decisions...refuse to accept even decisions rendered by the federal environmental assessment office, Bill Bennett, the Kooteney racist has flown to Ottawa twice on the taxpayers dime to lobby for Tsesako Mine`s destruction of Fish lake open pit  mining project...A project rejected twice but still he lobbies away...Supreme court has ruled again against Christy Clark`s illegal education bills..(Bill 28 and Bill 26)...The court stated that the BC Government was bargaining in bad faith, attempting to provoke a teacher`s strike for political gain..

And come tomorrow cknw will continue the hatred and venom towards teachers..Vancouver Sun editorial board(minus Fazil Mihlar, he left the Vancouver Sun editorial board after the 2013 election and is now a deputy minister in Christy Clark`s government) will write attacks against teachers...Michael Smyth will continue to turn the dribble on his shirt to drivel on his Province paper column..

Tom Fletcher will look the other way, Sean Leslie and his wife will continue to be employed by the Christy Clark government..

Vaughn Palmer will write more government quotes and call it a column..

Christy Clark will not abide by the British Columbia supreme court, these BC Liberals will ignore the law, the courts, a corporation controlled party where he who pays the piper calls the tune..

Christy Clark will continue to disparage teachers, parents, seniors, she will wink, nod and go to her grave content with the fact she got her revenge, on the children...

And you can thank a corrupt media for letting it happen..




The Straight Goods

Cheers Eyes Wide Open


 






Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Christy Clark`s Pink Shirt Hypocrisy Exposed(Bitch Alert)




This pink shirt day thing to combat bullying is a great thing, well overdue, bullying has been going on too long, and I`m personally in favour of it, however, when the likes of Stephen Harper and Christy Clark try to make political hay with it, when they pretend to be gracious and adherent to the cause is where I draw the line...

The only way to handle bullies is to bully them back, so on behalf of every British Columbia student, teacher, parent and worker, this one is for you..

Go To Hell you nasty bitch,  Christy Clark, you and your party are not fit to govern, you are a spoiled brash bitch with nary a functioning brain cell, you lead a party of miscreants and braindead losers..The list too long to cite in its entirety, ....Fassbender, Lake, Mcrae, Bennett, Stone, a bunch of pathetic elected losers who don`t give a shit about the people of British Columbia who don`t write cheques to the BC Liberals!

First off....Yesterday, the day before pink shirt day Judy Darcy was rising to ask a question in our BC legislature when Advanced education minister Andrew Wilkinson shouted..

___________

 
Thought I'd seen it all! But as I rose 2 ask a ? in BCLeg, Lib Adv.Ed Minister heckled "cluck, cluck, cluck." UNCLUCKINGBELIEVABLE!


______________

Andrew Wilkinson, a trained lawyer now representing advanced education and he is shouting out disparaging comments, Judy Darcy asking questions in regard to the corruption Amir Virk, the previous advanced education minister was complicit in...

Vaughn Palmer wrote an article about Christy Clark a couple of weeks ago, the gist of his article I`m not too sure, Vaughn Palmer didn`t reference pink shirt day in that article, he should have..

Christy Clark is a rude, nasty bitch, she doesn`t hesitate to cast aspersions, insults, name-calling on anyone, Christy Clark even throws her own son Hamish under the bus to advance her bile agenda..

From Vaughn Palmer, cut n pasted in its entirety..

_____________

VICTORIA — While the cherry trees were blooming in the provincial capital this week, Premier Christy Clark reminded the crowd at a party fundraiser how she’s had to endure some cold weather visiting other parts of the province.

How cold was it, premier?

“So cold that I saw a New Democrat with his hands in his own pockets.”

Yes, live from the Victoria Conference Centre, it’s Premier Stand-up.
Anybody here listen to CBC Radio? “Put your hands up, don’t be embarrassed, I do when I’m in the car.”

So the other day she’s listening and she hears a promotion for something called “the Irrelevant Show.”

“They’ve gone too far,” she fumed, purporting not to realize that it was the name of a hit comedy show. “Using my tax dollars for an entire hour on John Horgan.”

Budda-boom.

Say, did you hear that the provincial museum is preparing a new show dedicated to the 1858 gold rush in the Fraser Canyon?

Yes, it’ll be installed right opposite the gallery with the dinosaur — “the Horgan-o-saurus another species that failed to evolve and adapt over the years.”

Budda-bing.

She’s got a million of ‘em.

Her Liberals have been trying to factor the workload for the 30 or so New Democratic Party MLAs. Four question periods a week, each 30 minutes long. A few minutes work a week apiece, allowing for answer time, Clark reckons.

Less than that if you aren’t one of John Horgan’s stars, she continues, riffing on the NDP leader’s ill-advised reference in an end-of-last-year interview to the five MLAs who were performing the best, in his estimation.

Ouch, five times over.

All those media complaints about the boring throne speech?

Not her job to help reporters come up with a news story, she says, baiting the news media as effectively as she does her political opponents.
Besides, she tells the crowd at the fundraiser, boring works when it comes to managing public finances.
Think of all the things that would be exciting: “like a train wreck.”

Neither is it her job to come up with that kind of excitement. You want a train wreck, “just look at the NDP.”

The partisan crowd ate it up, as one would expect. But party leader Clark has been playing the New Democrats for laughs in public speeches as well.
In an address delivered as premier to the annual convention of the Truck Loggers Association last month, Clark delivered a comic set piece, beginning with a less-than-flattering reference to her son, Hamish.

My son is 13, and when you look at a 13-year-old, a teenager, generally, I don’t know about you, but the first thing that comes to my mind is lazy. Recently ... I said to him: ‘Hey, listen. You spilled that water on the couch. Can you clean it up, please?’ He looked at me, and he went: ‘You know, Mum, I’m pretty sure that that water is going to dry on its own.’ I have this fear — which other parents tell me he’ll get over it — that he’s just too lazy. He’s got to learn a work ethic.”
At this point, you might be thinking if mom keeps talking this way in public, poor Hamish is going to need a therapist. But that was just the set-up.
“Somebody said to me, look, you know, here’s the thing: Your son is a teenager and it’s just a natural thing for teenagers not to really have that get-up-and-go. Lots of times they’re lazy. But you know, it’s okay now.”

Ready for the punchline?

When your son is 31 years old and he’s still sitting on the couch and he’s asking you to clean up after him and he doesn’t want to get up and do anything, and he doesn’t have any ambition for the future, and he just really, really doesn’t have any expectations for himself. ... By the time he’s 31 years old, if he’s still doing that, he is no longer a teenager. He’s a New Democrat.”
The joke worked so well that she repeated it the following week to the Association for Mineral Exploration B.C., changing only the laugh line: “When he’s 31 years old and he’s still doing that, he is not a teenager anymore; he’s a socialist.”

Any reaction, Mr. Horgan?

“I can’t probe the mind of the premier any better than you can,” the NDP leader told reporters when the comment was relayed to him. “But I can say that it’s certainly disrespectful to 31-year-olds and it is also disconnected with the reality of our time. More and more children are having to go home because they can’t find the opportunities that their parents could find.”

Lame, when the premier’s whole objective is to provoke a laugh from her supporters and a defensive reaction from her opponent.

Horgan played it better this week, when he dismissed the throne speech with a one-liner — ”that was a half-hour that none of us will ever get back” — followed by the more serious and to the point: “People in B.C. are saying, I’m sure, ‘Goodness me, didn’t we just elect these people? Do they not have any ideas that are important to us?’ ”

As a new leader, Horgan is struggling to counter Clark’s turn-on-a-dime ability to do witty, visionary, and partisan in almost the same breath. Naturally, he’ll draw on advisers, researchers and colleagues alike. He may also need the services of a good joke writer, given the way she plays the game.

vpalmer@vancouversun.com

_______________

Christy Clark, queen bitch and bully, it`s not the firstime Christy Clark has thrown her son Hamish under the bus...

 http://powellriverpersuader.blogspot.ca/2013/04/christy-clark-throws-hamish-under.html



The Straight Goods

Cheers Eyes Wide Open

 

Monday, February 23, 2015

Translink Referendum, No, Translink Laugherendum




Written by Grant G


The yes side on the Translink referendum have swiftly turned into both a mocking and desperate entity, endless rhetoric, talking to us as if we are mindless children, added in is fear mongering about congestion and traffic tie ups that will destroy greater Vancouver as we know it, a little dramatic? Perhaps.

The Vancouver Sun, as expected have come out blazing in favour of taxing us lowermainland schmucks, Daphne Bramham has a silly article claiming the only way the yes side wins is if Translink comes out and apologizes for their amateur and wasteful performances of the past...

 http://www.vancouversun.com/opinion/columnists/Daphne+Bramham+side+TransLink+needs+apologize/10781842/story.html



An apology, really, is that what it takes to make amends...did we get an apology from the BC Liberals for lying in the 2001 election about not selling BC Rail, then Gordon Campbell did a 180 degree turn and sold it anyway, did we hear a sorry for dragging the province through an HST experiment, how about a I`m sorry for lying about a $4 billion dollar deficit in election year 2009...Gordon Campbell lied his face off during that election and claimed the deficit would be a mere $500 million, "$500 million deficit and not a penny more", three months later we find out the true 2009 debt was $4 billion dollars and an HST tax got shoved down our throat.

During that historic HST referendum fight, the battle between the no side and the yes faction, the same old boys club is is on board with the YES...Tax the rubes, who cares, we have hidden agendas.

The same players who promoted the HST as the greatest ever new tax since sliced bread was invented are all lining up on the yes side.

I can`t believe how childish the yes vote side has become, so early in the game, these corporate columnists make me sick, out the door goes arguing known facts, data points and real life examples with Translink`s performances,  instead airy fairy rhetoric dominates our domestic newspaper headlines..

Translink, a failed entity, an entity that despite claims of independence is wholly owned and controlled by the BC Liberal Government, Translink`s errors were BC Liberal Government decisions...

The Faregate boondoggle was Ken Dobell`s lobby horse, Gordon Campbell`s good-time office buddy...Faregates are useless, the gates need to be monitored by human eyes, $220 million dollars for glorified turnstiles that don`t keep fare cheats in or out..Flushhhhhhhhh!

Compass card system, a failed experiment that won`t work with a multi zone fare system, one zone tickets, two zone tickets and three zones tickets, until the zone system is cancelled Compass Cards won`t work...$230 million dollars for a compass card system, and still it doesn`t work...Compass Card system was another BC Liberal decision, not Translink..Flushhhhhhhh!

All the Translink breakdowns last year....Translink brought in(for a hefty price) an outside party to examine why Translink was breaking down..

What was the outcome of the outside report....Translink needs $71 million dollars for intercoms, flashing neon lights at the stations to communicate with stranded riders and new Train software to keep the tracks open...

That outside report on Translink`s failures was in itself another scam.... For if one remembers when that report was released(Novenber 18th/2014), the recommendations contained within...Translink already had the money amounts needed to make the necessary repairs, Translink had a money total for new intercoms, neon lights and software replacements...How was it that the same day that report was released Traslink already had the dollar amounts needed for repair...That means requests for proposals and bids were already issued by Translink to outside contractors, requests sent out and bids returned to Translink, all that was available the very day that outside report was released..

That tells me that it wasn`t an outside report, it was an inside deal hatched by Translink, pretend to get advice from an outside entity when during the creation of the report requests for proposals(RFP`s) were already flying out to Translink`s overpriced contractors..

http://www.scribd.com/doc/247012970/Translink-Independent-Review-on-Service-Disruptions

The very same day this so-called independent report was released to the public Translink already had a $71 million dollar cost estimate to fix the problems, the only way Translink could know what these repairs would cost would be if requests for proposals were issued, time given to the contractors to respond, estimate and remit their bids...

The independent review was a farce, it was a smokescreen scam, just give Translink an extra $71 million for repairs and all is good..

How is that professionalism, shouldn`t the independent report been released first to the public and Translink, THEN requests for proposals sent out, with estimates coming back months later...It didn`t happen that way, from the very onset of that independent report Translink was busy sending out RFP`s  for the repairs and fixes....They sent them out, contractors and companies had months to craft an estimate.

 Translink had a $71 million dollar price tag on the very same day the independent report was released...In other words Translink already knew what repairs and improvements were required...The outside independent report(scam) was merely to provide Translink cover..

November 18th/2014 the so-called independent report was released, on November 18th/2014 Translink already had all the estimates at the ready, proof Translink was playing all of us for fools, those estimates would have taken several months to finalize, meaning requests for proposals were issued in July 2014...The very same time the independent report was called for..

http://globalnews.ca/news/1677906/report-into-skytrain-summer-meltdowns-to-be-released-today/

The Vancouver Sun wasn`t finished with their childish rants, bring in moronic Stephen Hume...He lashes out against The Canadian Taxpayer`s Federation, the lead spokes-group for the Translink referendum No Vote..

http://www.vancouversun.com/opinion/columnists/Stephen+Hume+Anti+group+hijacked+transit+debate/10780171/story.html

Absolutely pathetic, it doesn`t matter who is fighting for justice, who is presenting facts, who is ringing the alarm bells, should we just rollover and play dead, accept everything Translink says as gospel, ....Stephen Hume, you pathetic boob, why don`t you write a column demanding the referendum vote be cancelled and have the real authority, the BC Liberal Government actually govern and just bring in the tax....If Stephen Hume doesn`t want anyone to fight the increase to the sales tax than he must be in total favour of rejecting the referendum and placing the responsibility of transit funding back on Christy Clark`s plate...If no one is to fight for the no vote why are we wasting $millions of dollars on a ballot vote and Translink agreeing to spend its $4 million dollar advertising budget promoting the yes vote...

Absolute garbage from the enemies of British Columbia, the beholden to oil companies and corporations, also known as the Vancouver Sun....These two articles makes me think they should change their name to the Vancouver Stunned...We are not Children Stephen Hume, Daphne Bramham.

The claim of 1 million people moving here over the next 20 years, if that is so there will be a 1 million person larger tax base, 1 million more people buying gas, paying property taxes, 1 million more people paying parking taxes, BC Hydro transit levies, if it is true that all these people are coming to overpriced greater Vancouver than Translink`s tax base will rise exponentially with each new immigrant to the GVRD...

The NO VOTE SIDE....They are the only participants in this battle telling the truth...

Is the YES SIDE telling voters that no matter how much of this new money goes into replacing the Puttella bridge once built it will be a toll bridge, costing regular bridge users $2000 dollars per year...The yes vote is deafening silent on that fact...

Is the YES Vote side telling voters that more funding will be required, that plans are already being made for congestion charges, road pricing, X $dollars per miles traveled on roads....Is the yes vote telling you that a car levy is also on the table...Are they telling you that the mayors in a few short years will be pressed by the BC Government to raise property taxes even more, with that funding going to Translink...Plus there is no guarantee this sales tax won`t be increased even further...

All this pain the make things pleasant for the million people coming here....

Gregor Robertson`s subway to UBC is a near $4 billion dollar project all by itself....The Puttella bridge replacement is a $2 billion dollar project and Surrey`s light rail plan(which Translink already objects too, Bombardier and Translink`s usual suspect builders won`t accept a cheaper system) is $2 billion dollars..

$8 billion dollars for those projects, not counting the monies for operations and maintenance...

Here`s a newsflash....Cancel Site C dam, $15 billion dollars for a dam and power we don`t need would fund those projects twice over...There is no referendum on Site C...There is no referendum on the $3 billion dollar Massey bridge proposal...

$8 billion dollars for three Translink proposals...This sales tax increase will only raise, in 10 years....A mere $2.5 billion dollars...Translink also needs money for more buses and the like...South of the Fraser will still be under-served....

The BC Government will never make it easy to cross these expensive bridges, Port Mann bridge..Golden Ears bridge..Puttella bridge because those bridges need massive car traffic to pay for themselves...

Port Mann bridge and the Golden Ears bridge are under performing, both bridges are way under under crossing projections..

____________


http://www.surreyleader.com/news/183053691.html

Port Mann tolls start to steer drivers to free crossings

 Commuters reported longer delays reaching the Pattullo and Alex Fraser bridges, while traffic was lighter on the Port Mann compared to last week when it was free.

________

The public are already running away from toll bridges, in 20 years no one will be able to afford to travel to Vancouver, business will migrate east with the population, Vancouver can be left to all the multi-millionaire immigrants..

The Golden ears bridge, ....When that bridge was built, the estimated cost was $800 million dollars, final cost $1.3 billion dollars, the builders of the bridge were supposed to be the toll collector, the bridge cost was to be recouped by the builder, at the 11th hour of the build the bridge builder got cold feet, all of a sudden the Golden ears bridge tolls and cost recovery was handed over by the BC Liberal Government to Translink...Now Translink bleeds money every year on that bridge, subsidizing the bridge builder..

______________

"Even with the recent uptick, the Golden Ears is still falling far short of its original traffic forecasts, leaving TransLink to absorb a roughly $35 million annual shortfall between the tolls that come in and the payments it must make to the bridge builder.
That's a subsidy of roughly half the bridge's annual payments that aren't covered by tolls.
The original traffic forecasts and revenue targets drawn up in 2004 – before the 2008-09 recession – have been discarded as irrelevant and gains of about 1.5 to three per cent per year are now expected, Zein said.

The average number of daily crossings was 30,100 as of December.

Zein said TransLink will pay off the bridge as scheduled over 32 years, but subsidies are expected to continue."

 http://www.tricitynews.com/news/247346251.html

___________

This sad case of mismanagement was reported near exclusively by The Straight Goods years before the MSM...

http://powellriverpersuader.blogspot.ca/2010/03/golden-ears-bridge-boondoggle-revisited.html

________

The BC Government gave Translink the 80 year old Puttella bridge, the reason, to download the replacement costs upon the transit company, the bridge has nothing to do with transit, the Puttella bridge should be part of the ministry of transportation..

How on earth was Translink given an 80 year old bridge, this downloading of costs was well planned many years ago...

This sales tax increase will raise $2.5 billion over 10 years, when over $10 billion is required, where is the rest of the money, until both the federal government, provincial government ink documents guaranteeing the remaining funds for transit than the only way one must vote is no...Hell no..

Are we going to have a referendum on a car levy....a referendum on road pricing, on increased property taxes...Should those who live south of the Fraser have to carry the burden of $thousands in tolls each year along with all the other Translink taxes while the north shore is bridge-toll free, sea to sky highway toll free...While Vancouver has more transit that everyone else combined and still they want a $4 billion dollar subway to help temporary students get to UBC....Students can suffer, or drive a car..

I have heard no stories of students failing to get to class..

This referendum is about contractors, bridge builders and developers drooling for money making opportunities..

Even Yes Side Vote leader Bill Tieleman is in on the gravy train, he is lobbying for Translink contracts after the referendum has finished, along with hundreds of other government insiders, all lobbying to get Translink dollars, where is that money to come from Bill Tieleman?....

_______________


"Finally, there is a very long list of more than 50 companies that responded to TransLink’s invitation to pre-qualify for “Professional Planning Research and Policy Services” under RFP Q14-155.
Who might some of those companies be that are in line, hoping to score a TransLink contract?


Bill "Yes to TransLink expansion" Tieleman
Tieleman: touting TransLink
You’ll recognize Aecom, CH2M Hill, Parsons, Stantec and SDG, who are seeking the Surrey and/or Broadway technical services contracts (see above). Interfleet Technology is on the list. The U.K-based consultancy is a division of SNC-Lavalin.
Also seeking TransLink gigs under the same tender notice are Counterpoint Communications, Kirk and Co., Stratcom and West Star Communications Corp.
Kirk and Co. is a BC Liberal-allied firm that already has a TransLink gig which was extended without bid. A Nov. 25, 2014 notice of intent re-upped its “Public Affairs and Engagement Consultant” contract. Mike McDonald, the BC Liberal campaign manager when Premier Christy Clark promised a TransLink funding referendum, is part of Kirk. See above for more about Counterpoint. Stratcom is the polling, research and robocall arm of Vision Vancouver.
West Star is a surprising entry on the list. It is the firm run by Bill Tieleman, perhaps the most-prominent public face of the Yes campaign,.....


 Bill(Tieleman---Grant G) was unavailable for comment much of Jan. 8, but I look forward to updating this post when he responds."


 http://bobmackin.ca/?p=2320

____________________

Just look at all the players lining up for a piece of that $250 million per year, Translink will need that money just for paying all these inside players...

Translink doesn`t need any advertising companies on their payrole...Translink needs to move people, not replace dilapidated old bridges..

The no vote is at least honest about Translink`s money woes, .....The Yes Vote is lying, omitting and looking at a black debt hole through rose coloured glasses.

If, WHEN the Translink funding referendum fails finding new monies will be punted back to the BC Government, $dollars will be found, priorities selected and life will go on....We can start by cancelling the not needed Site C dam and the Massey tunnel replacement, after all, the Massey tunnel replacement was only to facilitate larger ocean going tankers to head farther up the Fraser river to gather up coal and exports, coal growth is over, the need isn`t there...Site C dam and Massey bridge cancellations,  There ya go, I just saved the BC Government(the taxpayer) $18 billion dollars.

Translink referendum....I vote hell no, cancel the referendum, place the responsibility and taxing decision making back in the hands of the real authority..

The Christy Clark led BC Liberal Government.



The Straight Goods

Cheers Eyes Wide Open




Sunday, February 22, 2015

The Cantankerous Many




Written by Grant G


I watched an old movie last night, ...Easy Rider starring Dennis Hopper, Peter Fonda, and Jack Nicholson, it was filmed in 1969 and to me, after viewing it again it seems to resonate the real reality of the human animal`s mindset, the movie and its underlying message is more in play today than it was 45 years ago..

Different, appearing different, middle rural America, a 1969 United States grappling with the unraveling of the chained blackman, white self chosen normal Americans had much difficulty in letting go superiority over the lessor, their perceived lessor Americans, many argue the superiority syndrome never left, still exists today and equal rights doesn`t equate to equal treatment..and I find it hard to argue against that meme.

Mankind`s genetic flaw, conformity, an objection to minority, aversion to those different, by culture, by dress and especially by belief, or religion..

My own upbringing, in thinking back, looking through the lens of time, education in my era was was merely terraforming, rolling out students like widgets off an assembly line, conform, comply and fit in comfortably, ...A couple of stories from my youth, Camille Jones, a pretty young girl from my tender years, she wore jeans so tight and shirts so revealing, constantly in trouble from the establishment over her non-conformity, their perceived non-conformity, she caught and had my eye, still does, even though I haven`t seen her for decades, Camille`s most ruthless foes at the time was not teachers it was stay at home mothers and their daughters, the widgets, factory special be like us dress like us talk like us piers, the other girls were not friendly, timidity and lack of courage to challenge the status quo made Camille Jones an outcast among the factory specials..

Falco was his name, never even knew the boy`s last name, he dressed in black, was quiet, kept to himself and ate mainly home-grown vegetable sandwiches, wasn`t popular, didn`t play soccer and never attempted to integrate or accept the programming of Canadians, I know now, didn`t know it at the time and without my dad`s persistent drilling messages, telling me, demanding that I think individually and to challenge everything, without my Dad`s warnings I too probably would be a widget..

Dad was raised in a very religious family, God will care for you if you accept the doctrine, abide by the faith(ful) rules, my Dad was forbidden to go to the movies, to friend boys of other faith but the times were achangin and the great man, my father rejected faith, turned away from religion, yet he can quote every biblical verse and phrase and understands the meaning, for Dad, free thinking and solemn choice was more important than scripture...Dad acted out and lived his life, not as a sinner but as a man open to ideas, open to change, as a man who wrote written words with his left hand no matter how hard the establishment forced him to scribe with his right..I too am left handed..

Falco didn`t fit in, we widget boys teased, taunted and in looking back terrorized Falco with relentless name calling, Falco was now known as Faggo, a homosexual slur directed at the boy for no other reason than for what he ate and how he dressed, I found myself calling Falco that name, others too, he never harmed me, didn`t name call back, I wasn`t the first to call him those names but I was one of the last...Falco committed suicide, we the mass produced factory special boys drove Falco over the edge, none of us said sorry on his death,, it was like he never existed, no somber funeral, no school announcement, move on and carry on....Two grade years late a teacher sent me home from school for wearing a simple white T-shirt that had on its front the words...Suck-em-up..below a picture of a mug of beer ... sent home and suspended..... Dad had brought me the shirt back from Hawaii....My teacher, a Ms. Fox claimed it meant something else, as in a sexual something else, and I was no sexy student or involved in sexual relations with anyone, although my love for Camille Jones was engrained in my mind, she too was tossed from school, although much earlier..

To get back in school, to have my suspension removed had to promise not to wear that shirt ever again, apologize and basically conform, I apologized, promised not to wear the shirt again and returned, however, the table had been sent, within a week I was gone from school, this time the choice was mine, never to return, my dad was right, went to work, went up north, lived with men, with free-thinkers and remembered every lesson dad taught me, my greatest teacher..

Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper, young men, a long hair, a rebel, non-conformists, jailed, chased out of towns, ridiculed by the faithful believers, by those indoctrinated, in the end they were both shot, killed by what we call today rednecks on a highway in rural America for the mere sin of being different, the more time goes by the more things seem to stay the same, hatred of difference, clashing of religious faiths, head gear, face coverings, social economic place in life...Chicken manure thrown on homeless people in Coquitlam and Abbottsford, directed by elected officials, elected officials responding to requests from religious constituents within their conformity towns, chase them heathens out..

Seeing Canadian politicians exploiting difference and fear as a tool and a means to maintain its grip on power is more frightening than anything I ever seen in my life, have we forgot the mass peace marches against the unwinnable and ongoing Vietnam war,  have we forgotten newscasts from decades ago showing scenes in Iran and other countries, large groups of people with signs saying death to the west, death to America, nothing seems to have changed, only the names of the enemies.

Why now does foreign hatred of us require unfettered police powers here, here in Canada? the ability of CSIS and the RCMP to jail us, on mere suspicion..Middle eastern hared of American/western civilization is nothing new.

I wish I could have been schooled today, teachers today fighting for acceptance of difference, for gay, lesbian and transgender students, educators wanting diversification, wanting free thinkers, public  teachers of mind now waging war not against different students but against a BC Liberal Government hell bent on starving resources from our children, forcing conformity, preaching LNG trades and ditch digging as the new normal while simultaneously endorsing the same religious factory doctrine that has caused great grief since time began..

A federal Conservative government engaging on an election campaign based on bigotry, hatred and fear, puzzles me, the name may be Conservative but thy actions are of excessive spoilage, not to conserve water, preserve farmland, not to be frugal, no long term conservation of finite resources but sell, dig, export, slash, cut, burn, pollute, a growing pattern of giving more and more away while receiving less and less in return, a corporate government determined to concentrate wealth and privilege for the few, this puzzles me, a logical thinker would believe that religious zealots and those religious types would reject our Conservative government, but they don`t, they embrace this abuse, why, out of fear of change, fear of headgear..

Tom Mulcair has taken many principled positions against Stephen Harper`s nasty omnibus bills only to be rewarded with falling poll numbers, Justin Trudeau is forced to placate the cantankerous many by accepting ugly legislation, albeit with a promise of amendment and I understand his reasoning, principled stances don`t win elections and without stripping power from the evil that is Stephen Harper his status quo widget factory ideology will remain, stagnating religious indoctrination will continue to fester.

Poll after poll tells us that Stephen Harper`s largest voting demographic is those older than 65 and in particular older white less educated males..

_______________

"The demographic profile with respect to age, education, and gender is pretty familiar, with the Conservatives in great shape with older, male and less well-educated Canadians. Perhaps the most interesting demographic pattern is the link to the new Canadian vote. Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s public comments about ‘jihadists’ and the niqab seem to be finding favour with the less educated and with francophone voters in Quebec, particularly in Quebec City. But there seems to be a tradeoff: The Conservatives are now doing poorly with new Canadians, which is now one of the strongest segments of Liberal support."
  
http://www.ipolitics.ca/2015/02/20/the-ekos-poll-dead-heat-in-a-deep-freeze/

_______________

I owe a big thank you to my dad for forcing me to think, can`t imagine being lumped into a category described as older less educated males, my youth, factory conformity with a widget producing educational system, ....Looking back it makes perfect sense why the polling and voting demographic is so, explains why corporate ideological Governments are starving public education while simultaneously enhancing religious based widgeteering education..

 Invoking fear, bigotry and difference as wedge issues to drive apart, to segregate Canadians, assaulting science and silencing scientific voices, maybe one day more progressives(like the newest Pope) will gain control of the widget factories, of government and educate the future generations, teach them to accept free thought, to abhor the propaganda preached by corporations and false gods.

Maybe one day the cantankerous many will turn into the endangered few.



Written by Grant G  



P.S....I`ll always love you Camille, my first encounter with a free spirit...



The Straight Goods

Cheers Eyes Wide Open




Friday, February 20, 2015

War Is A Drug(Chris Hedges, Podcast)




Everyone who cares about the real truth needs to listen to this podcast..

 Courtesy CBC Radio....


http://podcast.cbc.ca/mp3/podcasts/ideas_20150209_82879.mp3

If that link above doesn`t work, try this one(courtesy contributor Hugh)


http://www.cbc.ca/radio/ideas/chris-hedges-war-is-a-drug-1.2954759


_________________

The Straight Goods

Cheers Eyes Wide Open

Canadian Press and Media. The Sad, Sycophantic Sell-Out.




Canadian Press and Media. The Sad, Sycophantic Sell-Out.  

                                 Part One
                                                           a column by Robin Mathews. Feb. 2015

We know there is a force in Canada – give it the name you wish – that is protecting government/corporation wrong-doing  [often major criminal wrong-doing] from exposure and legal action and conviction.

Those who name the probably-involved forces protecting criminal corruption name the Canadian Press and Media, the RCMP, CSIS, the PMO, the consenting Opposition Parties. They hear shouts and sneers -

“Conspiracy Theorists”.  “Leftist Alarmists”.  “Nutcases”.

But a case has appeared – a gigantic case affecting every Canadian alive and to be born – that is being smothered from the view of Canadians.  So huge is the case and so important to Canadians that we know it should be receiving major play in press and media.  It should be deeply investigated by investigative reporters.  The RCMP should already be doing preliminary investigation.  CSIS should be looking into “offshore” connections and implications.  The Opposition Parties should be holding meetings across Canada to inform constituents of the magnitude and importance of the case that those Parties should also be refusing to let slip from public attention.

This column is about the tragic failure of the Canadian Press and Media. (The failure of the rest is implicit.) One gigantic case shows the truth.  Two others, dealt with here, back up the argument.

The Gigantic Case.  Representing three plaintiffs, Rocco Galati, constitutional lawyer of growing renown, is calling upon the Bank of Canada [in the Federal Court of Canada] to return to one of its major roles in Canadian life, to end its alienation from the needs of the Canadian people. The plaintiffs call upon the Bank of Canada to take up again the role it must fulfill in the provision of credit to governments of Canada at almost no interest/or no interest at all, instead of its present increasingly indebting practice of forcing governments of Canada to lend at exorbitant rates from private banks in Canada and abroad.

pacificfreepress.com/news – reporting the case, provides information that suggests actors in the whole highly questionable drama may be acting criminally – one reason the RCMP, CSIS, investigative reporters, and experts in the Opposition Parties should be publicly, visibly, loudly active in the matter.

pacificfreepress records “The plaintiffs state that the defendants (officials) are unwittingly and/or wittingly, in varying degrees, knowledge and intent engaged in a conspiracy, along with the Bank of International Settlements (BIS), Financial Stability Forum (FSF), International Monetary Fund (IMF) to render impotent the Bank of Canada Act as well as Canadian sovereignty over financial, monetary, and socio-economic policy, and bypass the sovereign role of Canada through its parliament by means of the banking and financial systems.” 



Canadians are so used to criminal corruption in the conduct of their governments and administrative bodies (corruption covered over, whitewashed) they may not see the possibility in this case for (additional) actions involving criminal fraud and criminal breach of trust at the highest levels. (Note the word “conspiracy” in the quoted text above.)

 Resistance to the case by legal technicality, manipulation, appeals, etc. is becoming increasingly visible.  That means, in short, that the Conservative Cabinet/Bank of Canada are doing what they can to block, frustrate, high-jack, and otherwise prevent a reasonable and legitimate case in law from going forward. (That, in itself, risks being named as in Contempt of Court.)

Okay”, you say.  “But there’s nothing new here”.  Except there is.  Something very large.

Rocco Galati, lawyer on the case, has made very clear to interviewers that “sources” have indicated to him that the present Conservative government interferes in such matters ordering press and media not to cover, or to cover in a certain way acceptable to ‘power in place’: corporations, major financial interests, and their servants in the present governments of Canada.

This is the first time, in my experience, that a major lawyer in a major (public) case in Canada has made unmistakably clear that he believes a government in Canada is giving orders to the press and media to ignore major news – orders they are apparently following right across the country.  As I say, the implications of the case may include criminal wrong-doing … and the government of the day is, it is alleged, trying to destroy the case (a) by interminable legal manipulations and (b) by strangling Canadian press and media.

Mr. Galati held a press conference at the launch of the case (Dec. 2011) in the Federal Court of Canada.  NONE of the so-called mainstream press and media turned up for the event in Toronto. None. Asked if he thought the failure of those people to appear was suspicious, Mr. Galati allowed that he thought it was.  Since then the press and media of Canada has continued (under whose orders??) to ignore and thus attempt to black out the huge and important case before the Federal Court of Canada. 

Jurispudence tells Canadians that The Rule of Law in Canada is not merely a matter of fair legal and judicial conduct.  It is also a matter of the public’s right to know – unimpeded - all that takes place in its interest in the courts of the nation. No one, no force may impede that right to know.

The present Conservative government of Canada led by Stephen Harper – since at least the criminal action of the “in-and-out” Election Scandal of 2006 – seems intentionally to live in the criminal shadows, to purposefully criminalize procedures that have been, until now, by convention, honourably conducted as a matter of trust. 

Since the implications of the Federal Court case point to possible later action for criminal fraud, criminal breach of trust, conspiracy to defraud, etcetera, the members of the present cabinet are placing themselves in peril as accessories to major criminal action – as well as violating the Canadian Constitution in the alleged imposition of a national black out of the case being conducted in the interests of the Canadian people.

Those who say the Canadian government is not in any way involved in the black out of the Federal Court case will have to explain the unanimous, unbroken, complete absence of reporting by the press and media of Canada.

The second example of Canadian government manipulation and erasure of information – and the cooperation of the Canadian press and media – is also enormous in its implications for the development of criminal government in Canada.  It is treated in the press, however, as a parlor joke.

It involves Nigel S. Wright, Chief of Staff (head of the PMO) for Stephen Harper from September 2010 to May 2013.  Nigel Wright was early an admirer of Margaret Thatcher, reactionary British prime minister.  He was very early connected to Stephen Harper, working for his leadership of Right forces in Canada.  He was founding director, working with leading Conservatives, in the fund raising organization for the Conservative Party of Canada: “Conservative Fund Canada”. His appointment to the PMO was of a long-time, faithful Harper Conservative, dedicated to the success of the Party.

Nigel Wright – as almost every Canadian knows – presented a cheque to Senator Mike Duffy for $90,172.00 to cover “improperly claimed residency expenses” [Wikipedia].  In the dispute that followed from that payment, Wright resigned as Chief of Staff in May, 2013.  On October 28, 2013, more than five months later, Stephen Harper denied that Wright had resigned, saying he was dismissed.

The payment of $90,172.00 by Nigel S. Wright to Mike Duffy– according to charges presently standing against Mike Duffy – constitute in the case of Mike Duffy – the acceptance of a bribe.

But they do not – according to presently standing charges – constitute, in the case of Nigel S. Wright, the person who wrote the cheque and gave it to Duffy – the offer of and/or payment of a bribe.

How the RCMP and Prosecutorial actors could omit Nigel S. Wright from the bribery charges is … almost unbelievable.  The consenting press and media mumbled something about the possibility of Nigel S. Wright having received an okay to pay the amount from, it would seem, the prime minister.  That fact does not – in any way – negate the offering and/or payment of a bribe … if – as the allegations hold – the cheque was accepted as a bribe by Mr. Duffy.

There is no doubt in my mind that Nigel S. Wright should have been charged with offering to pay and/or paying a bribe.  In court – if his testimony pointed to the prime minister agreeing to/or suggesting the payment – then the prime minister would have to be charged – at least – as an accessory in the offer to pay and/or the payment of a bribe.  NOTHING erases Nigel S. Wright’s role in Mike Duffy’s alleged acceptance of a bribe! The prime minister might – if evidence made the matter clear in that direction – be charged as a briber himself rather than merely an accessory to the crime.

This is an enormous matter. 

It is such an enormous matter in the parliamentary, the legal, the constitutional, the policing, and the information processes of Canada that it should have been and should presently be subjected to unrelieved attention by Law Societies, press and media, civil liberties associations, Opposition Parties, and organizations of ordinary Canadians. Instead, the press and media of Canada – as I have observed – erased the matter as quickly as it could from the attention of Canadians. And the others are, apparently, trying to forget it.

That the RCMP did not recommend charges against Nigel S. Wright, I allege, means it is complicit in criminal wrong-doing in Canada.  But its life in the criminal shadows has a long history – as I will allege in the last example of the failure of the press and media in Canada.

The last example of criminal corruption protected is from B.C. I will tell the story briefly, keeping the most outrageous information until the end.

From about 2001 onwards investigation by RCMP and others was undertaken into the corrupt transfer of BC Rail to the CNR (now headquartered in Texas).

It may be that among original investigating forces were honest parties who insisted that wrong-doing go to trial. Otherwise, every reason existed to bury the corrupt transfer of the railway because so many politicians and corporate actors were involved.

In 2003 a Special Crown Prosecutor was appointed.  He worked with RCMP and others to bring a case to court. Pretrial actions began about 2007, trial ended in 2010. Charged with various crimes were three Sikh, lower-order actors in the whole matter – men, I allege, who were mostly peripherally involved in the huge, carefully constructed, billion dollar fraud.

The trial ended in 2010 when someone in the Liberal government of Gordon Campbell agreed to pay all the legal expenses of the accused – six million dollars – AND to decimate the charges against them to the point of absurdity so that the  trial would be cut off abruptly  - just as cross-examination of (some very very very sensitive) crown witnesses was getting underway.

No one in the Gordon Campbell government was ever revealed as the person permitting the six million dollars of taxpayers’ money to be paid – though the Auditor General of B.C. spent a few years (and at least one court case) trying to get the information for the people of British Columbia.

Any average Canadian might suggest the possibility that the accused men were bribed to close up the trial before it exploded in the faces of Gordon Campbell and his corporate allies.  One of the most important aspects of the case is that Stephen Harper lifted Gordon Campbell out, just at the end of the ugly, seamy stew, and made him Canadian High Commissioner in London – a top Canadian diplomatic appointment.

That is not the most outrageous information.

The most outrageous information is that the whole  investigation after 2003, and the multi-million dollar pre-trial and trial were all invalid.  The Special Crown Prosecutor appointed in 2003 was appointed in flagrant violation of the British Columbia legislation governing the appointment of Special Crown Prosecutors.

That means that his every activity from 2003 until 2010 was at the very best null and void, meaningless.  At the worst, his activities (uninvestigated) may have been undertaken for reasons that do not support the fair administration of justice in Canada. 

The legislation governing the appointment of Special Crown Prosecutors intends and states that the candidate must be free of conflict of interest and even of the possible appearance of conflict of interest.  In that regard the candidate must have no connection to cabinet ministers, MLAs, civil servants, police, etc. etc.  He or she must be clean of conflict of interest and even  the appearance of conflict of interest.  He or she must take on the case free of even the suggestion of any connection to persons related to the case.

William Berardino, the Special Crown Prosecutor named, was, in 2003, not many years away from having been for seven years a partner and colleague of the Attorney General of B.C., from whose office Berardino was named Special Crown Prosecutor.  He had been, in 2003, even fewer years away from having been for eleven years partner and colleague of the presiding Deputy Attorney General of B.C.  

It goes without saying that the BC Rail Scandal case was closely connected to some active politicians and civil servants of the Gordon Campbell government, and to Gordon Campbell himself, all involved in the alleged corrupt preparation and transfer of BC Rail to the CNR.  When William Berardino was appointed Special Crown Prosecutor, Gordon Campbell was premier of B.C. 

The RCMP refused to investigate what I believe was a large and wide-ranging conspiracy to defraud British Columbians, involving politicians, civil servants, and corporate actors.  The RCMP worked side by side with the invalid Special Crown Prosecutor for years in the preparation of the (trivial) case that went to court.  The RCMP never, apparently, checked the qualifications of the Special Crown Prosecutor against the legislation governing his appointment.

When I presented the information to the public (on websites and blogs) of the improper appointment of the Special Crown Prosecutor, the press and media would not touch it. I confronted the major BC Rail Scandal trial reporter for The Vancouver Sun with his failure to report … and he fled.  A journalist writing on the trial for The Tyee electronic news source wrote to a questioner that I was mistaken in my information (an outright falsehood).  The Tyee would never touch the story.

I wrote to the Chief Justice of the B.C. Supreme Court, The Associate Chief Justice, and the judge on the case informing them fully of the illegitimate appointment and, therefore, the illegitimate presence of the Special Crown Prosecutor in the Supreme Court action.  The court officer replying for the top judges of the BC Supreme Court wrote that since they had no hand in the appointment of the Special Crown Prosecutor, they would do nothing. In answer to my second letter to them on the matter they refused all comment.

AT NO TIME DID THEY ASSERT THAT THE INFORMATION I GAVE THEM WAS INCORRECT.

When the trial began (after long pretrial processes), the court – using a volunteer committee of press and media journalists (plainly in conflict of interest) – denied me the rights of a journalist in the trial.  I could not, for instance, examine any materials placed on ‘public record’.  Other repressions were also invoked to make it very hard for me to report the truth to Canadians.  The court knew almost all of the press and media people who came to the court would not report the truth to the public.  They did not have to be restrained as I was restrained.

No doubt, Canadians are faced with a press and media that are sad, sell-out, and sychophantic.  Journalists and their employers in Canada betray democracy and the Canadian people every day – with smiles on their faces and huge self-confidence … even enthusiasm.  But they are only the tip of the iceberg, underneath which is a corrupt RCMP, corrupt provincial courts, corrupt government officials, corrupt elected representatives in all parties, and an ever-expanding corrupt private corporate sector. The press and media are highlighted here because if they would do their job, they would launch the beginning of the clean-up that is desperately necessary.  And they might … they just might save Canada from the fascist future it is walking into led by public forces determined to destroy democracy and the rule of law.

(To readers.  If you like this column, send it on to friends, politicians, news outlets – any destination that might reproduce it and distribute it in Canada or abroad. The rule of law and democracy are being shattered in Canada: tell the world.)


________________

More on BC Rail Theft (Grant G)







The Straight Goods

Cheers Eyes Wide Open