“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

Friday, December 11, 2015

Any Law That is Inconsistent With the Provisions of the Constitution is, to the Extent of the Inconsistency, of no Force or Effect

On Thursday (December 10th) Dan Brooks, leader of the BC Conservative Party, issued a media release regarding Senate appointments, the case for BC holding elections to fill vacancies, and for BC to receive a number of seats EQUAL to the population of our province.  The text of the release, put forward, was as follows:

... a better alternative towards reforming Canada's Senate: the direct election of 13 Senators by and for British Columbia.

... Prime Minister Justin Trudeau proposed a new formula to fill Senate vacancies in which five
The Canadian Senate
citizens would be selected, including three appointees by the federal government and two by the province involved.  These appointees would develop a list of candidates meeting an improved set of qualifications to be a Senator from which the Prime Minister would select the eventual appointee ... the Prime Minister may informally consult the province involved but is not required to do so.

That proposal was peremptorily dismissed by BC Premier Christy Clark, first in some quick Tweets then in interviews in which she said the Senate should either be fixed or folded because giving its unelected members more legitimacy without any accountability could make the Senate problems even worse.

...  Brooks took both sides to task and instead offered a constructive solution: the election of 13 Senators with voting coincident with the provincial election set for May 9, 2017, which would avoid the several millions of dollars needed to hold a stand-alone election for what could be merely a symbolic gesture until the Senate is finally reformed.

"First the Prime Minister put forward a dubious innovation apparently without any consultation and containing precious little public involvement and then Premier Clark  dismissed it without suggesting a better alternative, which is another classic example of how poorly federal-provincial relations have so often been conducted in Canada's history," said Brooks, pointing to a table showing that British Columbia has the worst under-representation by far.
"If Premier Clark wants to fix the Senate she could start by holding elections for Senators right here in British Columbia,"  Brooks said, explaining that such a strong political statement could help push Ottawa and the rest of Canada into more quickly repairing the unfairness done to BC.

"If Prime Minister Trudeau respects democracy he would quickly appoint six Senators from the 13 that we will elect, but the obvious problem is that he will not be able to appoint any added Senators until the upper chamber is properly reformed," said Brooks.

"BC and The West are still fighting for a Triple-E Senate that is Elected, Effective and Equal because we see that as a possible remedy to long-standing imbalances in Canadian politics and economics," said Brooks.

"The means of Senate election, terms and age limits of the Senators would be a matter for public input ... BC Conservative Party wants to bring a new more open and consultative style to government and this idea for electing Senators is a good first example of that," he said, promising to produce a whole new platform and a strong roster of candidates in the 2017 campaign.

... I would ensure that the people of the province actually get more of a say in matters like these and many others," said Brooks, noting that legitimacy must be earned and the current Canadian Senate has virtually none of it ...

Now interestingly enough, I agree with Dan on the call for Senate reform.  Having come through the ranks of the Reform Party of Canada, and Reform BC, that was a key principle of both.  Not everyone agreed with him though.  One of my political colleagues went so far as to say:

"... my question is, when did the BCCP decide that we wanted to have an elected senate. I absolutely oppose an elected senate. This guy is establishing policy on the fly- reminds me of the last Provincial election ..."

My response was:
Sorry but I'm offside with you on this one, in part anyway.  I do believe in a triple E Senate, and have since Reform BC and Reform Canada days.  That said, I do take Dan to task for not being more aggressive. 

I think his stance should have been flat out, the provincial government MUST elect the 6 senators for BC, and that the government should fight tooth and nail, up to and including a Charter challenge to the Supreme Court of Canada, if the federal government ignores our wishes. 

Good to have differing opinions though, I hope.  :)

Now why did I say what I did.  It was because the Government of Canada agrees with me.  Not the current ruling party, or the one before it; the institution itself, of the Government of Canada.

For example, on the Government of Canada's official website you will find the following:

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

For this to succeed, a portion of the funding should come from First Nations governance ... and from the Federal government

For many years now there has been much 'talk' about the so-called "Highway of Tears", which runs along the highway corridor between Prince George and Prince Rupert (Yellowhead Highway #16).  This is due of course to the large number of women who have gone missing along its route (although numbers have been enlarged by some to also include missing and murdered woman from along Highway 97 through the Cariboo, and if memory serves me correct, as far South West as Merritt, BC as well.  They are part of a larger group of Missing and Murdered First Nations women, although not all missing and murdered women from the corridor are First Nations.

You will have noted that I italicized the word "Talk" because that is all that seems to happen -- talk.  "Something must be done" many cry, and yet NO action takes place.

Why is that seems to be the question that goes unanswered.  First Nations groups blame federal and provincial governments along with socio and economic concerns, local governments blame a lack of funding from provincial and federal governments, and federal governments have said the issue is no bigger a problem than those suffered by non-native women (IE: solve rates are equal between aboriginal and non-aboriginal women ... and as is the case with non-aboriginal women, and equal portion of killers are known to their victims.

Can I say "Enough already"?

Now I will freely admit that I have no idea of what it would cost, figures are impossible it seems to find out, however a Regional Transportation system is long overdue that will meet the needs required for the North ... one funded by ALL stakeholders, because all of them should be part of the solution!

There are nine communities along the way, between Prince George and Prince Rupert) ranging in size from Prince George with a population of 73 thousand people ... to New Hazelton with just 650.  Each one of those communities benefits, financially, from people traveling this corridor ... from shopping, to accommodations ... to restaurants ... and more.

There are at least nine First Nations communities directly on the Yellowhead Highway.  Many of those communities have been hit by their own members going missing, or being murdered.

There is a Northern Health Connections Route, funded in part by the Northern Health Authority.  All residents of this area, without their own transportation, benefit from this service regardless of what their ethnicity.

And there is BC Transit which already funds regional transportation systems through-out the province -- albeit not on the scale I am suggesting.  How are Regional Transit Systems funded in BC?  The following outlines this information:

Monday, December 7, 2015

To the Nut-Bar That Decided Hospital Food services Weren't Worth Caring About, Well You and Your Family Should Have To Eat That Crap For a Month!

So, can I say BC Health Care system sucks in at least one area?  Because it DOES!

I had to take a family member into Emergency, at the Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops, mid-afternoon on Sunday, due to severe and relentless pain.  ER staff were wonderful, caring, and showed great empathy.  

Because there was no beds available on a ward, they were moved into an overflow area.  Not unexpected given that previous provincial governments have closed wards, floors, beds, and indeed entire hospitals.

Problems arose however come meal time -- breakfast in particular.  This family member is diabetic, and has high blood pressure.  So what was served for breakfast?  High carbs, fruit juice, coffee, sugar, jam, sugary cereal, and other things of the same food groups.  None of which can be eaten, by some one with these medical conditions.

When they explained this tray of food could NOT be eaten with some one with diabetes and high blood pressure, they were told there weren't many options available.  What the hell -- this is a bloody hospital where sick people are supposed to be made well!

By the way, I should mention that a proper food card was filled out showing the appropriate medical conditions, and foods that could not be eaten.

UPDATE ... in raising this issue with staff, the answer now provided to this problem, is that the Royal Inland Hospital (RIH), is unable to provide for the dietary needs of those with diabetes.  Hello, why is this NOT being raised by anyone.

Again let me say the nursing staff were great ... no complaints.  In fact my observations were that they were very professional in what they did.  All procedures from blood tests, to pain management, scans and x-rays, were done with compassion, a smile, and much empathy. 

For that I say THANK YOU.

To the nut-bar at the Interior Health Authority (IHA) however, that decided that food services weren't worth caring about, well you and your family should be forced to eat that crap for a month and see how long it takes before REAL food gets served to patients once again.  In particular, REAL food (prepared fresh) that patients are actually allowed to eat -- not simply something put on a tray because its all they have.

Sorry for the rant, but now that I have it off my chest, I feel much better.  To bad the patient can't.

I appreciate your thoughts so please feel feel to share them in the Comment Section below.

That's all for now ... in Kamloops, I'm Alan Forseth. 

Friday, December 4, 2015

You may like me, and others, see a certain amount of irony in the lack of tact the BC Conservative Party now takes

It seems like there was a lot of interest in my post from yesterday, "Your Application for Membership in the BC Conservative Party Has Not Been Accepted at this Time"  


I have also received a number of personal messages, as well as comments on Facebook and Twitter.  I can group them into three categories.  Former BC Conservatives who were active, to very active in the party, but who have left ... one I am unsure of their political affiliation ... two from BC Liberals ... and one from the Green Party.


Some have also asked me why I asked to have my membership in the party cancelled in the first place.  To those asking, or who have forgotten, I refer you to this post I made back in May:  "With much regret and disappointment, the following notification, was sent by me, to the BC Conservative Party on Saturday May 23rd".  As I have stated now, it seems it's okay for the party to welcome back, with an apology, those who virtual ripped the party apart through a vicious and vindictive campaign, however someone like me who seriously questions what is going on, is now denied membership.

You may like me, and others, see a certain amount of irony in the lack of tact the BC Conservative Party now takes.  Regardless ... I appreciate the comments and support I have received.  Here's just a smattering ...


Former BC Conservative supporters:

SS ... Are you freakin' serious? Are we STILL playing this childish game of high school clickiness. The party is never going to move forward with this backward way of thinking

SB ... Sorry to hear this Al. Seriously.

TP ... I am proud of you for standing up for what you believe in and caring about this province.

SS #2 ... I'm curious why you still care, Al. Not why you care about a credible conservative opposition, but why that party specifically.

AS ... and you're surprised because?  I told you more than a year ago, Alan ... the inmates have taken over the asylum. And they're welcome to it. Other than that, I'm pretty much in total agreement with what SS said above.....

BW ... It would appear that the little fiefdom is safe from the likes of you!

SM ... The arrogant attitude of the provincial Conservative party towards Al Forseth is stunning in its stupidity.

BW ... Seriously. How will the party ever amount to anything if it's so paranoid it can't allow you as member?

TB ... Are you not playing nice with others again?

TP ... Sorry to see this. I stopped being a member after the Brook/Peterson leadership race.

JG ... They are well and truly done. I can hardly believe this really happened

Party affiliation unknown:

NT ... There are policy holes in BC politics that need closing - either by strengthening the right's participation in the present government or by fostering another party.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Your Application for Membership in the BC Conservative Party Has Not Been Accepted at this Time

Today, in the mail, I received a letter from the BC Conservative Party that in part stated, “… your application for membership in the BC Conservative Party has not been accepted at this time …”

No explanation … no opportunity for recourse … and  no opportunity to address the BC Conservative Party Board Of Directors and Executive.

I was asked by a member of the Metro-Vancouver area what this might be about; I messaged back saying:

I asked to have my membership in the party to be removed when a former board / exec make up decided in the spring to reinstate the memberships, and offered apologies, to the dissidents that had essentially destroyed the BC Conservative Party through a coordinated campaign that left the party in a shambles prior to the 2013 election.

It now seems ironic that in asking to have my membership reinstated, I have been denied, for what can only be thought of as a vendetta against me for having the tenacity to call them out on this, and for a lack of leadership in building the party, communicating with the membership on goals it wishes to pursue (and instead asks for every dwindling donations), and for failing miserably in clearly articulating why people should consider the BCCP.

They have offered nothing, and as a result the party is not even considered by the media when questions of BC politics arise, they have practically non-existent support with voters, and a pile of debt.

I, and others, have put forward ideas and suggestions that could change this, however they have been rejected. Case in point?  I offer this:

Regardless, and despite being declared a member not welcome, I will continue to support and promote a TRUE BC Conservative option for the people of BC.

The Party can ONLY be revived through the will of the members through the grassroots.  This is because the current Board of Directors has been unable, for whatever reason(s), to offer a reason for being that can and will ignite the passions of British Columbians.

Stayed tuned as I will be presenting thoughts of my own of policy ideas.  I will certainly welcome your comments on them, and freely accepting suggestions for improvement.

From Kamloops, I’m Alan Forseth.