“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, May 29, 2016

There can be NO DOUBT from anyone that this BC Liberal government has gone way past governments role in informing British Columbians

What is the governments role in informing British Columbians about important information?  Well according to an official government website, under the heading of Government Communications, they state:

"The Government of British Columbia’s external communications role is to inform the public about government’s programs and services. The ministry-based communications teams focus on leadership through proactive strategic planning and by delivering value-added services."

Why is it then, that more and more, with every passing year, government advertising becomes nothing less than a way for the Party in power to blow its own horn?

And one things for certain, this 'external communications role' certainly does provide 'value added services' -- in the form of free self-promotional advertising for the ruling BC Liberal Party.

On May 24th, on Facebook, I made the statement:

There should be an independent office set up to not vet, but to create, non biased "information" ads. This should be entirely out of the hands of the government and its flunky bureaucrats.

I am NOT alone in thinking this.  This comment was made in February 2013, in an article in the Huffington Post:

The NDP says it has discovered the Liberal government is spending more money on self-promoting ads, with still more ads to come.  During the first Question Period of the new session of B.C. legislature today, NDP leader Adrian Dix said leaked government documents show the ads will cost taxpayers $16.4 million, with the Liberals planning new ads to promote the upcoming budget.  He demanded the government ban partisan advertising, especially in the run-up to the provincial election.

Then last November Business in Vancouver ran an article in which they quoted NDP leader John Horgan saying the BC Liberals are “padding the pockets of their political pals.”

“They spend countless dollars, time and energy withholding information that the public asks for, but when the public’s not looking for information they’ve got mountains of money to spend, to bury us in self-congratulatory promotion.”

That same article also quoted Canadian Taxpayers’ Federation B.C. director Jordan Bateman, who called the new campaign “deja vu all over again,” noting that the next election is coming in 18 months.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Christy Clark went on the campaign trail saying whatever she had to say to get the votes of British Columbians ... and many believed what she had to say

Was the last BC Provincial election campaign really already three years ago ???  May 2013?  Christy Clark was about to go down to defeat.  The BC Conservatives, only months before, had been closing in on her BC Liberal Party ... and the NDP was ahead in the polls.

'What happened?', many asked days after the results were known on election night.  Bottom line was that Christy Clark pulled a rabbit out of the hat as the NDP began the first in what's now been an ongoing campaign of saying "NO" to quality, environmentally friendly, high paying union jobs ... and regrettably the BC Conservative Party imploded.

BC Liberal Premier Christy Clark
What else happened?  Well Christy Clark went on the campaign trail saying whatever she had to say to get the votes of British Columbians ... and many believed what she had to say.

Here's a direct quote, from BC Premier Christy Clark, from the 2013 election:

We’re securing our future by ensuring that B.C. is a safe, clean, healthy and affordable place to live for every family in every part of the province, and protecting B.C.’s economy and families by balancing our budget

Three years later, maybe we should do a Reality Check to see how that has worked out for the voters of British Columbia:

' ...
couples without children and senior couples, who will pay a basic (Medical Services Plan) rate of $136/month, will pay $156/month next year – an increase of $240 from one year to the next. It means the amount of money the government will receive from MSP premiums will continue to rise, from $2.43 billion this fiscal year to an estimated $2.55 billion in 2016/2017 ...' (Global News 02/16/2016)

Let me say, just in case you're wondering , MSP rates in British Columbia have risen 39 per cent since 2009.

' ... B.C. Hydro increased its residential electricity rates on April 1, part of a long-term scheme that has rates increasing every year through to at least 2018, and likely beyond. Rates this year are up 6% ... in April 2014, the rates went up 9%. The blended two-year increase is 15.6%. (B.C. Hydro’s math.) ... the increases are part of a 10-year plan that the provincial government and B.C. Hydro rolled out in 2013 ... we’ll see more increases in 2016, 2017 and 2018 ... the 10-year plan is predicting more increases in the final five years ...' (Times Colonist 04/17/2015)

' ... ICBC has applied to the British Columbia Utilities Commission to raise basic insurance rates by 5.2 per cent next year... ' (Global News 08/26/2014)

' ... It will cost one or two bucks more per night to camp at many BC parks this year. There’s worry the only holiday some families can afford is slowly sliding out of reach.
It may not seem like a lot but when you add it to a five dollar increase per night last year, it’s starting to add up
...' (News 1130 02/12/2016)

'... “I often talk to people in hospital settings, where they have to try to get dropped off because they’re managing on a fixed budget and they’ve got an illness in the family — and perhaps they have to make two or three visits to the hospital in a day,” he (Coquitlam Mayor Richard Stewart) tells us. He calls it (hospital parking fees) a tax on people who are sick, as well as their loved ones....' (News 1130 01/19/2016)