“Every adversity, every failure, every heartache, carries with it the seeds of an equal or greater benefit.”

~~ Napoleon Hill -- American Author -- Oct 26, 1883 to Nov 8, 1970

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Without it, there will be no one to serve an “Eviction Notice” on Christy Clark on May 9th, 2017 – with the exception of the BC NDP



What happened in Victoria last week? 

Well for those interested in politics, the end of the week was the final sitting of the legislature for this session.  It was a day where a lot of reflecting on how the Fall session had gone, what had been accomplished, what could or should have, etc … and all of the media political reporters were there to get the comments on those and other things, from BC Liberal leader Christy Clark, and NDP leader John Horgan.

In other words, the perfect opportunity to capture the media’s attention with a
well-placed shot across the bow message.  Which party was missing from the BC Legislature to capitalize on this opportunity?  Dan Brooks and the BC Conservative Party.

I met with Dan Brooks nearly two weeks ago, in Kamloops, to talk. At that time I suggested that he throw away his 'Pablum' stump speech and start getting hard-hitting.

ASK … where are the tens of thousands of jobs that Christy Clark promised would come from LNG, and where were the promised tax dollars that would be put into a rainy day fund to help pay down debt?  ASK, why does Christy parade around at photo ops with her shiny new safety vest, and white hardhat, proudly announcing mere handful of jobs created from what she told us would be the future of BC, while the promised high paying union jobs fail to materialize.

Ask where is the initiative to create a solution, and policy, for a safe and reliable transportation system (spearheaded through a Regional BC Transit system with participation of First Nations, municipalities, and Northern Health) for the highway corridor between Prince George and Prince Rupert.

Where is the fall-out and firing for email triple deletes?

These and so many other concerns that British Columbians have.

I told him he HAD to come up with clear articulated policies that would differentiate the BC Conservative Party, from the BC Liberals, ones that would resonate not just with rural British Columbians, but also the larger centres, and the suburbs. 

None of that matters however if you cannot get the attention of the media, which is why I also made this suggestion.  March to the steps of the BC legislature on Friday afternoon (as it was the last day of the Fall sitting for the BC Legislature) with a white board lettered EVICTION NOTICE.  Forcefully, and with conviction state that the BC Conservative Party WILL BE a force in 2017 election … and announce he (Dan Brooks) was serving an Eviction Notice on her and the BC Liberals.  That as of May 9th, 2017, their time was up.

I thought it was a good strategy at the time, and I still do. 

So what happened?  Nothing … despite the fact I planted seeds on social media of the likelihood there would be a political announcement to come from the BC Conservative Party.  In fact, there was a LOT of speculation as to what that announcement might be; from Dan Brooks joining the BC Liberals, to one or two BC Liberals joining the BC Conservatives, to Independent MLA Vicki Huntington, joining the party, and others.

There were three days to pull the plan together, more than enough in my opinion, however, nothing was done, and the opportunity passed by.  Passed by much like the majority of British Columbians pass by the BC Conservative Party without even giving it a second look.

Because of the over two decades I previously had in the broadcast media, and having been politically active for many years as well, I have a large number of people from one end of the province to the other, that I know in the media.  After Friday had come and passed, without so much as a whisper from the BC Conservatives, I asked one of my media contacts what they thought of the strategy I had proposed.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

I realize I have sealed my fate as a dissident, and my membership in the BC Conservative Party will not be allowed



If you recall, I quit the BC Conservative Party this past Spring, following the Executive and Board of the BC Conservative Party offering an apology to Alison Paton and company, and re-instatement of their memberships. Their carefully planned sabotage of the party, timely due to the closeness of the election, led to damage the Conservatives were never able to recover from in time for the May 2013 election.  As has been stated here, and elsewhere, it was sabotage plain and simple.



What was the result of their dissension?  Not one single BC Conservative candidate was elected!



I have been vocal, and public, in my comments about the party since asking for my membership to be removed.  I was not alone in this; I was simply public about it.  Other members simply disengaged and walked away in disgust at the lack of direction, or failed to renew their memberships.



So, let’s have a quick recap.


  1. I quit because of the actions of the board in renewing the memberships of dissidents (who had been removed by a legally constituted board) 
  2.  I then several months later began to question the actions of the leadership of the party, and what appeared to be a lack of direction 
  3.  I was then, myself, branded as a dissident



What that means is that the Board and Executive of the BC Conservative Party gets to vote and decide, whether or not I will be allowed to have my membership approved.  The very same board that welcomed Alison Paton and company back into the Conservatives, AND apologized for kicking them out, for just cause.



How does that make sense?



Let me be honest.  I questioned for many months whether the party was salvageable, or whether an existing dormant party (such as BC Reform), or a brand new party, was the answer.  This was not a quick process, however in the end I came to believe the Conservatives could indeed be reinvigorated with the return of the many people who had left.  These included many who did have the knowledge and skills needed to build a credible party.



The sad fact is that top people, with much needed political skills, left disgusted at what remained of the party. Nearly every candidate that ran in 2013 no longer is involved … little if anything is coming in from member donations … there is no media presence (and the media has no interest in the party because there is nothing to report on) … and there is no call to members to engage and be involved.


Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Christy Clark’s LNG Election Promise was, and is, a Premeditated, Premature, Propaganda Pipedream



The following segment, from a CBC News story this past Spring, says it best:



Clark won the 2013 provincial election in part on the promise of fostering an LNG industry that would create tens of thousands of jobs and wipe out B.C.'s debt, but the government's plan has fallen behind schedule(CBC May 20th, 2015)



If that segment was unique in its statement, then perhaps it could be ignored … but it isn't.  Here’s more:



Premier Christy Clark's promises to transform British Columbia into Canada's top
job-creating engine appears to be stuck in second gear, even as the provincial economy is predicted to surge.



The premier's four-year-old plans set lofty and ambitious goals and aimed to place B.C. among the top two Canadian provinces for economic and job growth for 2015.  Recent Statistics Canada economic data …. puts B.C. in fifth place among the provinces for job creation. (Huffington Post Sept 28th, 2015)



Clark also rejected suggestions the government was downplaying its expectations for LNG because the throne speech did not mention past statements of creating 100,000 new jobs and eliminating the provincial debt, currently at more than $60 billion. (Canadian Press Oct 6th, 2014)



As for her legacy, she has staked a lot on the LNG industry, which she hopes will transform the province’s economy. But she could find herself in a difficult position during the 2017 election campaign if her bold LNG promises come up empty and British Columbia gets squeezed out by fierce global competition.  (Globe and Mail May 15th, 2015)



Premier Christy Clark is projecting British Columbia will rival energy giant Alberta in terms of "contribution to Canada" once the province starts exporting liquefied natural gas to Asia… "Estimates suggest that the natural gas sector could create 54,000 jobs per year between 2012 and 2035 in British Columbia." … The latest B.C. budget didn't project revenues from liquefied natural gas for the next three years.  (Canadian Press March 21st, 2014)





And from Michael Smyth in the Vancouver Province just two weeks ago:

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Wednesday November 18th is just one short day away ... we'll find out tomorrow in Victoria



Last night, I had the opportunity to meet one on one with BC Conservative Party Leader Dan Brooks, here in Kamloops.  He'd had a long drive, coming down from Vanderhoof, and I could tell the length of the day, and the miles, had worn him out. 

Part way through the day, he let me know that he was going to be delayed. It seems that just a short distance out of Williams Lake, he'd received a phone call from someone in Quesnel wanting to talk to him about running as a Conservative candidate, in the Quesnel North riding, in the next election.  He turned the truck around and headed back North to meet with the individual, and then headed back on his way to Kamloops; no wonder he looked worn!

What's with political life that it takes someone young and vibrant, and seems to wear them down before your eyes?  I remember the provincial campaign, in the late 70's, when Dave Barrett's NDP government went down to defeat after just one term.  I also remember Bill Bennett leading the Socreds into his last provincial campaign, another loss.  Before our eyes, both men seemed to age well beyond their years, under the weight of the job they were doing.

I'm guessing it's not just the miles, and the length of the day, that had Dan Brooks looking tired.  Perhaps it's been the uphill struggle to maintain life in the BC Conservative Party.  That said, by the end of our conversation, I sensed a spark that seemed to have been re-ignited.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Apparently Regional Directors haven’t been provided with information to respond to a request on how to submit policy suggestions

As many of you know, on November 4th I once again took out a membership in the BC Conservative Party (see WHO should speak for conservatives in British Columbia? )


So what has happened, on the part of the BC Conservative Party, since that date? ………………….. nothing.

Now I don’t need any special “Welcome Back” message from the Party, however I find it rather odd that at the very least, someone didn’t send an email acknowledging receipt of my online membership … an email including the latest newsletter … a message from the party on the up-coming AGM in February … or even details on how to make suggestions on policy proposals for consideration at the February AGM …….. nothing.

Speaking of submissions for policy suggestions, I sent an email to the BC
Conservative Party, asking about how members went about putting forth suggestions; no response. That led me to then contact the Regional Director (Nando Di Lorenzo), who I had worked with previously on the Executive of the Kamloops South Constituency Association, to see if he would be able to provide this information.

Here’s how that conversation went:


Nov 11th at 8:41pm
Good evening Nando ... I sent an email to the BC Conservative Party, via the response form on website.  The message I sent was as follows:

Good evening ... I understand that Greg Hoover is the Chairman of the Policy Committee.  I would appreciate if someone could send me his email address, as I would like to find out what the procedures are for submitting Policy suggestions.  Thank you ... alan
I haven't heard back so I'm wondering if you have the info??


RESENT: Nov 13th @ 7:51am
Hey Nando ...haven't heard back yet?


Nov 13, 2015 at 2:19
Hey Alan

I haven't heard anything thus far.

Thanks,
Nando


Nov 13, 2015 at 3:29pm
So how does someone go about submitting something ... I understand there is a committee, surely there's a contact, or email to send to?


Nov 13, 2015 at 4:39
Alan

I will look into it on our next board meeting next week.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Is conservatism on the way out? Not, according to Merritt resident Michael Beauclair, the former BC Conservative Candidate in the Fraser Nicola riding



Today in the National Post, I saw a story written by Colby Cosh, entitled, “Is conservatism on the way out?

In part the writer stated:
Perhaps the secret of recent history in the provinces is that conservatives are not addressing psycho-semantic problems with the term “conservative.” How many times have you heard someone say, “I’m a social liberal but a conservative on economics”? This is the default political position of most adults now, is it not? Liberalism, which is to say pluralism, has won the argument in the “social” realm of government. What once was liberalism in economics, the dirigisme that my generation was taught to think of as the “mixed economy,” has largely lost; but the people who call themselves Liberals have succeeded at extricating themselves from the reputational burden …
 

I thought the story raised some interesting points on ‘conservatism’ as a whole,
Michael Beauclair
which is why I posted it to my Facebook page.  

It got a response from Michael Beauclair, the former BC Conservative Candidate
in the Fraser Nicola riding.  I thought he had some very valid points, and so I asked if he would let me use it as a guest post on my blog.  He said yes, and so here is what he had to say.



In my opinion, people across Canada are voting with their Hearts and not their Brains.



It seems to me that there is a percentage of Canadians who seem to think that the Government, and the Bank of Canada, should endlessly print more money to support dubious Social Programs (Refugee problem) while not recognizing that this practice debases our currency, and adds more Debt.



The Conservative outlook impresses the need for all government and citizens to live within their means.  Stephen Harper was going to cut our Federal Portion of income tax by 20%, with another 2% reduction to small business tax.  That measure would have definitely helped individuals, families, small business, and the overall economy.  I never saw the "Media Party" talk about this Conservative promise because, damn it, we needed CHANGE.


Sunday, November 8, 2015

What’s telling however was that the BC Conservatives were NOT mentioned, and is there any wonder why?



Yesterday I received a message, much like many I have received recently, asking me, “Alan, are you still involved with the BC Tories?”

I responded by saying …
I am again now. There is a movement from grassroots members, who have left (or are disengaged) to get back at it. Party MUST get back out and engage with people of BC ... raise our profile, and present a platform and policies that people can and will identify with.  Are you still a member?

This individual replied saying: “Yes. We need to get our act together.”

I agree, and so do a large number of people who have been phoning, emailing, and phoning me in the past couple of weeks. 

I believe it is imperative that we start now, to think of good well qualified people we can bring to our conservative cause. They need to know this party will no longer be allowed to stay lost in the wilderness…

We need to talk with former BCCP candidates who left after the disastrous and embarrassing campaign of 2013…

We need to find the true conservatives within the federal party to join with us, not be lost within a BC Liberal whose leader has always had ties to the Federal Liberals…

We must talk with CPC candidates who were not elected, and who will be important for their campaign skills, knowledge, etc…

We can no longer wait for somebody else to do the work ... we can longer say there is no hope for the future. There is ... but ONLY if members, former members, disillusioned members, and those who once gave us a look (and then said here is nothing here to support and work for) say they WILL take the reins and dig in from the grassroots to build this party.

One on one is what it is going to take to double our team ... then double again, and again and again. We must have people who believe in the value of building a BC Conservative Party, but not just that, we need people who will rally others to our BC Conservative team.

Let me digress for a moment.

On November the 6th the Vancouver Observer ran a story headlined; “Why isn't Christy Clarkfacing the fight of her life over triple-deletes?.  Here’s just a few clips from that story:

Premier Christy Clark should be facing the fight of her life. Just one week ago, it was reported that the BC Liberal government routinely disposes of all written records relating to government decisions…

Love him or hate him, at least Gordon Campbell had a vision for the province and knew how to run his government with some degree of competence. So why aren’t the pitchforks out? Why aren’t the winds of change battering down the legislature? It’s because we don’t have an effective opposition - nor an alternative government in waiting.

It then goes on to say:

With no effective opposition from either the NDP or the Greens, frustrated British Columbians have been resigned to the sad fact that Christy Clark will easily win the next election and continuing governing long into the future, regardless of how competent she actually is.

Did you catch that?  The writer said there is NO effective opposition from either the NDP of the Greens.  What’s telling however was that the BC Conservatives were NOT mentioned, and is there any wonder why?

Friday, November 6, 2015

Where is the ‘Youth movement’ from the BC Conservatives’ 2014 AGM?



On November 24th, the BC Conservative Party issued a media release titled, “Youth Movement Comes to the Fore at BC Conservatives AGM".

The release stated the members had ‘elected a new board of directors with a distinctly youthful outlook.’  It quoted Leader Dan Brooks saying, “There is a youth movement underway in our Party.  It bodes well for our future – we are dedicated to working on behalf of British Columbia for a long, long time.”

Looking at what the individuals on the board’s executive (President, Vice President, Secretary

"Lucy, you've got some 'splaining to do!"

and Treasurer) brought to the table, there did appear to be a wealth of talent there.  Individuals like Kristy Fredricks with a B.Sc. in Human Ecology … Shane Smitas, a self-described ‘serial entrepreneur’ and Founder and President of two companies … Graham Plant, a medical-devices professional, with an advanced diploma in Biomedical Technology … and Robert Boscacci, a Chartered Accountant and co-owner of an accessibility and mobility business.

Along with the Executive Members, the newly minted board included the following Directors at Large:

  • Scott Anderson, a councillor in the City of Vernon, and BCCP candidate for Vernon Monashee in 2013 
  • Dianne Hoffman, who was also was a candidate for the BC Conservative Party in Comox Valley 
  • A health-industry professional, Greg Marr from Prince George, with a bachelor’s degree (honours) in Biology and Psychology, and a master’s degree in Health Administration … and 
  • Earl Olsen, the BCCP candidate for Columbia River-Revelstoke. He is also a Certified General Accountant, and was a partner in a large Alberta printing company

Where are these individuals now, and why has there been what can only be thought of as a mass exodus of these individuals?

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Nothing worth fighting for comes easy ... that holds true for friendships, marriage, a good job, and especially as I have learned, on the political front.



Yesterdays post on my Blog, "WHO should speak for conservatives in British Columbia?" has led to me receiving a number of phone calls, and also comments posted to it.

 

I guess there is life out there after all. 

I wanted to share just a few of them with you, because as one person pointed out to me in one of the calls I received last night, I thought I was alone and no one else was thinking and feeling the same things I was. And as another commented, "It was an informative conversation for me last night exploring why you concluded your previous letter with the words by Richard Armour. Those are rudder like words that need to be heard particular at this time and into our historical context. Looking forward to connecting with you more in the future."

 

Just so you know, the quote he is referring to is, "Politics, it seems to me, for years, or all too long, has been concerned with right or left instead of right or wrong."

 

As you will note in a response below, which I gave to former BC Conservative candidate Sean Upshaw, "...  I walked away and left the Party this Spring, and asked to have my membership cancelled. That was the WRONG thing to do. I have renewed my membership, and I plan to play whatever part I can in seeing this Party become what it wants to be to the people of BC."

 

Nothing worth fighting for comes easy ... that holds true for friendships, marriage, a good job, and especially as I have learned, on the political front.

 

Here then is just a few of the comments, and responses to yesterday's post:



REED ELLY:
This is all well and good Al but the BC Conservatives will not be a force under the present leadership both from the leader and the board. How do you propose to change this Al? Many of us want to be affiliated with a BC conservative party but not under the present leadership. It will go nowhere.

My Response:
I have been hearing from numerous people on this Reed. We have a hand picked non-elected board at the moment, and some may wish to let their names stand to be 'elected', and some may not. If people like you and I, and others I have been speaking with, make the 'choice' to have some good people brought forward for consideration of the membership, for positions on the board, then perhaps the best and brightest in BC can be drawn to a party that welcomes them, and wants their expertise and talents.

Time is running out, but it's not to late. With good people at the helm, our parties slogan of "Now we have a choice" could then really be a positive beacon for people to rally to!

SEAN UPSHAW:
I agree with Reed Elley. to say our Party has been going "Nowhere" for the last 18 months would actually be to aggressive, because it hasn't even been going at all.

We had leadership election and all we got was a name with no leadership. It has been an embarrassing disaster.

The BC Liberals are continuing to pull the wool over BC's eyes meanwhile the Province is being fleeced with fantasies about LNG and so called "Balanced Budgets" Undeniably this has been one of the most corrupt governments we have ever had and our leader has been silenced by his own timidity.

"IF" our party is to succeed we need a true leader. The cure is an immediate resignation of the present one and a true reboot of what might remain. Until this begins to happen I will continue to be on the side lines.

My Response:
Greetings Sean ... first let me start by saying I personally believe a number (perhaps not all) of well intended people let their names stand for election to previous boards for all of the right reasons -- to grow the party, and help guide and direct it to a place where it could be a voice for change, and that people could see value in supporting.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Here’s my question to BC Conservative leader Dan Brooks; “Are you willing and prepared, to offer us that vision?”





While many existing members of the BC Conservative Party --- and others who have left --- are asking, “What relevance to British Columbian voters does the BC Conservative Party have?”, the party itself is now asking its members this question:

“Do you want to change the name of the Party; and if so, to what?”



An email has been sent to remaining members of the Party (that they still have up-to-date email addresses for, as well as a select number of former members, with the following message:


Memo to: Active and some expired members with a current email address



The possibility of a name change for the BC Conservative Party has been a discussion topic among members for a number of years. The Board of Directors decided in September to address this long standing issue by creating a committee to examine the feasibility of changing the Party name.



Party members Joan Robinson of Victoria and Frank Dubenski of Qualicum Beach have volunteered to coordinate the process.



The goals of the Name Change Committee are to determine the viability of a name change and to solicit new name suggestions from the Party membership. The committee will be reporting its findings and recommendations to the Board of Directors. Depending on the committee's recommendations, the Board may decide to have the matter considered at the February AGM.



These are some of the political party names that cannot be used:

BC Vision            

BC Excalibur         

British Columbia Party

BC First                

Libertarian             

Christian Heritage Party

BC Marijuana      

People's Front      

Land Air Water Party

BC Action            

Platinum Party      

Unparty: The Consensus Building Party

BC Refederation  

Work Less Party  

Vancouver Island Party of British Columbia

BC Reform            

Peoples Party       

Your Political Party

Unity Party            

Communist Party  

Social Credit Party

Youth Coalition    

Freedom Party      

Democratic Futures

Individual Rights  

Party of Citizens   

Renewal Party

Please submit your ideas by clicking on the "Name change suggestions" link that is underlined below.








Clicking on the link gives members the opportunity to say “Yes” or “No” to changing the Party name … the chance to offer their suggestions … and then indicate whether or not they are a member of the BC Conservatives.



Here’s a reality check for the Board, Executive, and Leader of the BC Conservatives … whether the name changes or not is immaterial; the membership, and better yet the people of BC, what to know what the party stands for!