“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, June 26, 2016

Who's Running in 2017?

With the provincial election just a short ten and a half months away, it seems rather odd that there is no word on who may be running in 2017, for the  Kamloops North and South Thompson ridings, with two exceptions. 

BC Liberal Transportation Minister Todd Stone, by all accounts, will be running
BC Liberal Health Minister Terry Lake
again, however two term Health Minister Terry Lake has yet to announce his intentions.  Lake was elected in 2009, for Kamloops North Thompson, after serving on Kamloops Council as both a councillor and Mayor.

For the moment both BC Conservative Party, and the NDP, have no rumours or talks of anyone running.

I find this especially interesting for the NDP, given that they held a special election readiness / preparation workshop in Kamloops over the weekend. 

According to the BC NDP website ... Forward 2016 will showcase new ideas, strategies and technology being used in elections across North America. In addition to covering the latest campaign techniques in voter contact, communications, data and campaign management, the weekend will focus on what the NDP campaign of the future will look like and what new approaches will be essential to success in 2017.

With several hundred members in town, along with leader John Horgan, and
several prominent Cabinet Critics, one would have thought this would have been the ideal opportunity for potential candidates to have been showcased, and / or announcements made regarding intentions to seek the nominations.

I have to say I find it strange that this did not happen.

Will Kathy Kendall or Tom Friedman step up again ... or will Bill Sundhu, after a well-fought attempt to win the seat for the Federal NDP last year, take a shot provincially for either of the two Kamloops ridings?

As for the BC Conservative Party, no names have yet to surface as to who may be willing to run in either riding, although rumours are out there that Peter Sharp (the 2013 Kamloops South Thompson candidate) has moved his support to the BC Liberal Party.

So ... who's running in 2017?  Only time will tell, however with less than a year to go, the NDP and BC Conservatives better start name dropping soon if they want to have any chance of taking on the well-funded BC Liberal machine.

In Kamloops, I'm Alan Forseth.

Terry Lake (L) and Todd Stone (R)
UPDATE:  Since posting this piece yesterday, Transportation Minister Todd Stone has been acclaimed as the BC Liberal candidate for Kamloops South Thompson.  This news was announced today (Monday June 27th)

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Both of those parties (the BC Liberals and the BC NDP) are sitting on "Empty" when it comes to having the grit and determination to see things through

Just a quick note from me today.

The Georgia Strait has an interesting commentary today (Looking for a leader and in search of John Horgan) from former Socred, Reform, Liberal researcher / advisor Martyn Brown ... who by all appearances from his most recent article, has fully gone over the deep end to the NDP side. 

The following comment however, towards the end of his article, is completely correct I believe:

"In the end, it is strong leadership that most voters want. Leadership that dares to be better. Leadership that taps into voters’ frustrations and anger with the status quo. Leadership that negates phony partisan-fueled fears with a more hopeful agenda for positive change."

YES ... we DO want a leader with an agenda for positive change, but instead of simply saying we need "strong leadership that most voters want", can we also include, "From ANY party BUT the NDP or Liberals"?

I and many others, I feel certain, are of the belief that both of those parties (the BC Liberals and the BC NDP) are sitting on "Empty" when it comes to having the grit and determination to see things through on ideas they believe in -- come hell or high water -- regardless of the loud quacking of the ever vocal minority obstructionists!

In Kamloops, I'm Alan Forseth

Friday, June 10, 2016

You are welcome to believe whatever you want. I have to tell you however, you are living in a dream world if you think the majority of British Columbians will agree with you.

Today, I'd like to refer you to a news story in Kamloops This Week, entitled "Primary-care teams, rather than ‘doc in a box’ the new health-care reality"


In this story, Health Minister Terry Lake says:

We may never return to the “doc in a box” physician for every resident scenario, Health Minister Terry Lake told Central Interior members of the Canadian Home Builders’ Association Wednesday night.

But, he added, that doesn’t mean each resident in Kamloops and across B.C. should not have access to quality patient-focused care

Well I've got news for you Terry ... having access to a family physician IS having "access to quality patient-focused care".

Having a on-going relationship with a family Doctor means we as patients have someone who follows us through various stages of life ... some one who can see immediately when changes occur ... who we can then have confidence in discussing things with, because of a relationship we have built ... and who can offer advice because they KNOW US.

The story, in Kamloops This Week goes on to say:

“We have to design the health-care system for that population, not for the population of the ‘60s,” Lake said.  On that point, the MLA for Kamloops-North Thompson said, the province has been working toward a patient-centred focus and keying in on prevention and health promotion.

A primary care model moving past the 1960s-era health-care model that can be resistant to change involves teams of health-care workers — in person and virtually — patients can see.

Lake said the team could include a doctor, nurse practitioner, nurse and counsellor, all of whom would have the patient’s medical record. Who the patient sees on a given visit would depend on what issue needs addressing.

Monday, June 6, 2016

Now is the summer of our discontent?

Really ... is all we get are political parties like the BC Liberals, or the NDP?  I want a choice ... and so, I believe, do many British Columbians when it comes to who we will have the opportunity to vote for next May.

For cryin out loud, just look at these excerpts, from just a small sample of news stories about the BC Liberals, in only the past two months.

A sudden flurry of school district funding announcements by the B.C. government — after several years of all but ignoring the complaints of cash-strapped school boards — boils down to a very simple political calculation from Premier Christy Clark: Education will be a ballot box issue in next year’s provincial election.

Clark said as much in an interview with The Vancouver Sun two weeks ago, citing people’s satisfaction with their kids’ education as one of the key questions voters will ask in deciding whether to re-elect her government.

In politics, there is a time to admit a mistake before it is too costly. Then there is a time when it is just too late. Let’s assume in this case we haven’t crossed the line – that we can make one last plea for decency and sanity before the point of no return.

In last February’s provincial budget, someone came up with a bright idea and someone came up with a few horrible ideas for people with disabilities. The bright idea wasn’t even really that bright. It was overdue and not terribly generous; a $77 monthly increase starting this fall in their $906.42 benefits, the first increase in nine years.

 ... there are 20,000 people who receive a $66 transportation subsidy. They’ll lose that. Their net gain is $11 monthly.

“Do whatever it takes to win.”

That was the overriding credo of life inside the Christy Clark government when Tim Duncan worked as a high-ranking political operative in Victoria. Duncan, the former executive assistant to Transportation Minister Todd Stone, is the guy who blew the whistle on the document-destruction scandal that rocked the Liberal government.

The scandal — in which the government was caught deleting internal emails to prevent their release under freedom-of-information laws — led to charges against a key government insider.

“The culture from government managers was, ‘Just do whatever you have to do to keep us in power,’” Duncan told me Wednesday...

The B.C. government should go further than looking at recommendations on changing how political contributions are reported — it should undertake full-scale reform of campaign financing. The taint of corruption will hang over B.C. politics — and government — as long as there are no restrictions on donations to political parties. ...

... Democracy shouldn’t be — or even appear to be — for sale to the highest bidder.

All the party talked about before the 2013 was jobs, jobs, jobs. Little has changed since then.

When the campaign begins less than a year from now, Clark will dust off her trademark hard hat and her tour of industrial work sites around the province. At each stop, she will ridicule the NDP as being hopeless on the jobs issue, even as that party throws darts at her over things like political fundraising.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Both the NDP and Social Credit had drag 'em out brawls portraying the other as the worst possible outcome at the ballot box

Currently the next Provincial Election in British Columbia, in May of next year, for the moment appears to be between the BC NDP and the BC Liberals.  Two recent polls had the numbers flipped between each of those parties leading, and both had the BC Conservative Party, and the BC Greens just over double digits.

In it's most simplistic terms, the NDP led by John Horgan are being portrayed as the party of "NO" and being closely affiliated with big labour unions.  Meanwhile the BC Liberals led by Christy Clark promote they are the big tent free-enterprise party.  The Green Party, again using the most simplistic description, could be said to speak for the environment.

So where does that leave the BC Conservative Party?

I described the NDP, Liberals, and Green Parties as championing one specific area, however is there not a way for another party, say the BC Conservatives, to bridge all three?

I remember very well the beginnings of the Reform movement in Canada, and I for one was drawn to become a member of both the BC Reform Party ... and the Reform Party of Canada.

As someone who had come out of the union and NDP movement in the 70s and early 80's, I along with many NDP supporters and union members joined, or became supporters, of the Reform movement.  That happened for several reasons, I believe.

1) The NDP putting crippling taxes on business and the resource industry in BC led to thousands of mines closing and good well-paying union jobs evaporating.

2) The federal Liberal Party virtually crippled the oil based resource industry of Alberta ...

3) Federal parties had little more than disdain for the west

4) Power was centralized with little true 'representation' for individuals and families ... and

5) BC had severely polarized politics, as both the NDP and Social Credit had drag 'em out brawls portraying the other as the worst possible outcome at the ballot box.

Just to name a few ...