“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

Monday, January 4, 2016

Just released by the BC Conservative Party in the past 40 minutes, Dan Brooks has resigned as Leader

The BC Conservative Party has just released the following in the past three quarters of an hour.  Leader Dan Brooks has announced he is leaving the post
From: BC Conservative Party <info@bcconservative.ca>
Date: January 4, 2016 at 12:29:21 PM PST
To: xxxxxxxx
Subject: BC Conservative Leader Dan Brooks Resigns
Vanderhoof, BC (January 4, 2016)- Dan Brooks, who led the BC Conservatives from April 2014 until now, has resigned as leader. He has been asked by the Party to serve temporarily as interim leader until February 20, 2016.
"It has been an honour to serve the people of British Columbia as leader of the BC Conservative Party, but the time has come for me to pass the torch." Brooks said, acknowledging that his term as a volunteer leader was both challenging and rewarding, but that the time had come to refocus on family and business.

"My resignation opens a range of opportunities for the Party to find new leadership, to reach out to potential Premiers and ask them to come forward to take the helm of the BC Conservatives and transform our province."

The BC Conservative Party, which is holding its Annual General Meeting in Richmond on February 20th, will immediately begin planning a convention to select a new leader. At the request of the Party Board of Directors, Brooks has agreed to serve as interim leader until the AGM.

"British Columbia needs a conservative alternative." Brooks said. "With the BC Liberals mired in scandal, and with the voter mistrust of the NDP, we truly have an opportunity to show British Columbians there is a better, conservative alternative."
Brooks remains a strong supporter and has pledged to continue to help build the Party in a local capacity.

It's time for those at the top of the BC Conservative Party to lead, follow, or get out of the way

It's interesting -- no actually it's sad -- how the BC Conservative Party seems to bumble from one wrong move to the next.  On December 31st Party President, Ian MacDonald, sent out the latest In House Communicator to 93 Directors of Associations, Regions, Provincial Board and Chairs.  It wasn't long of course before I had been forwarded a copy of the memo, along with the following message:

Alan: Just received your message today and would like to acknowledge your greeting.

... I am forwarding a copy of the latest news release. I remain dumbfounded at the stupidity. Ian MacDonald doesn't appear to be in touch with reality. Threats are probably not the best way to build a party and the whole idea of establishing ones own benchmarks to measure success leave me with my mouth hanging open.

I'm thinking of maybe providing some benchmarks ... All the best for the New Year....

Now here's the text of the message from the BC Conservative Party's Ian MacDonald,  as posted in the "In-House Communicator"

A Word from The President

This is excellent news for the Party because we are finally moving forward. There is still much work to be done, so this is no time for apathy.

From my perspective, we have far too many Constituency Associations doing nothing - no new members, no financial contributions, no involvement with growing the Party. That will all change on January 1, when local entities become accountable to the Party with the introduction of "benchmarks."  If we are going to be a contender in the 2017 Provincial election, everyone has to "lead, follow, or get out of the way."  

We have our AGM coming up on February 20, 2016; it's an important opportunity for each of you to have a direct and immediate impact on the Party. I hope to see you there, in support of our Party, its goals and objectives. If you can't attend personally, please send a donation to support the event.

This newsletter goes out to over 90 Party "leaders" in our Province. I urge each of you to consider running for a Provincial Board position at the AGM. Perhaps you believe you can do better, or that you have something more important to offer; well now is your chance to "step up" and take the lead. 

Working together, let's maintain the momentum begun in 2015; let's build on what we've achieved this year. Through our combined efforts, let's be ready to offer the people of this Province an alternative to the status quo. If not you, then who? If not now, then when? 

With Best Wishes to you and your families for a happy and prosperous New Year.

Ian W. MacDonald, President
BC Conservative Party

Friday, January 1, 2016

Wow, 2015 flew by awfully fast!

Greetings friends ... it's January 1st, 2016 already.  Wow, 2015 flew by awfully fast! 

For myself, 2015 did not end the way that I would have hoped, as we are dealing with my wife being diagnosed with Lymphoma.  She had her first treatment on December 21st, which stretched into 3 days as she had a bad reaction to the chemo cocktail they had put together.  Bev has been extremely tired since, however we put together a great Christmas at home, and had a number of family members visit over several days.

I would ask for those of you who have an on-going conversation with God, that you keep us in your prayers.  We'll be going through this process into April, and knowing we have an army of Prayer Warriors out there has been a huge morale booster for not only Bev, but myself as well!
2016 now brings us to a short 16 months until the next Provincial Election in BC.  DON'T BE discouraged as there IS going to be a voice for those of us on the center right who are small 'c' conservatives.  In the coming months we MUST ensure we are prepared, no matter what happens to the BC Conservative Party.

The strongest, and most campaign savvy, are now outside the fold, however a formidable campaign can and will be mounted, even if only in a dozen or so well chosen riding's -- contested with quality candidates that we can raise funds for.
The first test will be the still-to-be announced by-elections in the lower mainland.  I feel strongly that with the right candidate(s) $40 to $50 thousand can and will be raised, and I am right now committing to a $150 donation for each of the riding's once the right candidates, with a recognizable profile and a background as a small 'c' conservative can be found.
The right candidate for each of the riding's is out there -- are you prepared (those who live in the greater metro-Vancouver region) to come up with a list of prospects who can be contacted?  Media exposure is going to be crucial, and that is why it will be vital that the individual who runs has an established record that will generate interest from the start with the media.
Whether the BC Conservative Party realizes that those who have left are needed and a campaign is run from there ... whether it is run under a new political entity ... or whether we back and support strong independent candidates from which to build a political entity can be built, is irrelevant.  Re-engaging and ensuring British Columbian's have a choice is the ONLY thing that will matter.
I know many of you have fought the fight already and have said enough.  Well it is never enough unless you are prepared to let others decide for you how each and every one of us will be governed. 

If you are satisfied with the possibility of having the NDP return to power and destroy the province as they are doing in Alberta, then fair enough.  The same holds true if you are prepared to let Christy Clark and the BC Liberals continue to promise jobs that are never delivered, continue to raise taxes and fee's, continue to see the decline in our health care system, and continue to have a lack of a moral compass.

There is fight left in all of you so now is the time to get up and return to active duty.  We are all busy, there is no doubt of that, however there is much at stake, and the need for you to be part of a viable alternative is still required.

Okay ... I will now get off my pulpit   :D

My final thoughts?  I wish you all a safe, healthy, and happy new year.  All the best, and please do continue to have on-going communications with each other.  There are more of us out there than you know!

In Kamloops, I'm Alan Forseth, and these are my first thoughts to start the new year.