“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, December 18, 2017

One party, and one party only, stands for true conservatism ... true science based environmental protection ... true social services for those needing a hand up.




Former mine site which was to have re-opened as the
Ajax open-pit copper and gold mine near Kamloops

Ajax Mine has been a divisive topic in Kamloops.  I am proud to say however that BC Conservative Party has, and will continue to, stand up for responsible resource development in British Columbia.

Jobs in the mining industry pay over $100,000 per year.  In addition to that, these jobs create an additional 2+ spin-off jobs from every one of those mining jobs!

Thousand of young people have gone through Thompson Rivers University here in Kamloops, and other schools of training through-out the province, to learn jobs in the resource industry.  These individuals are our children ... our husbands and wives ... friends ... and other family members. 



They need jobs that will match the skills they have trained for!

We cannot expect to have the social services we desire ... nor health care services ... nor schools ... hospital buildings ... road construction and more ... without high paying jobs. 



 Fast food and coffee jockeys won't do it!

That is why I am proud that the BC Conservative Party took a stand on AJAX Mine ... and a stand on any and all future resource development that is able to pass stringent environmental standards.

You can read more by going to: http://www.bcconservative.ca/bc_conservatives_accuse_bc_ndp_of_playing_irresponsible_political_games_on_ajax_mine


Did the BC Liberals take this stand while in government?  NO THEY DID NOT!

If they had, then perhaps this development would now already be well underway, in building the facilities to process the copper and gold.



One party, and one party only, stands for true conservatism ... true science based environmental protection ... true social services for those needing a hand up.



It IS NOT the BC Liberals.

It is not John Horgan's BC NDP

And it certainly is NOT the Green Party of Andrew Weaver.



It's time to get on board --- let's build a team to excite the right!



I'm Alan Forseth in Kamloops.  The floors is now yours to share your thoughts.

Monday, December 4, 2017

"ACTUALLY, there was NO good news in latest unemployment figures"



Last week the media was all over the fact that BC's unemployment rate had dropped.  I am asking why?



BEFORE we get all excited about the Unemployment news however (the rate in British Columbia was 4.8% in November -- down a minuscule 1/10th of one percent from October), please note the following:

"ACTUALLY, there was NO good news in latest unemployment figures"



The increase in the number of part-time jobs was three and a half times the number of full-time jobs (4,100 full time vs. 14,200 part-time).



More telling however was the fact that 4,200 jobs were LOST in the private sector. (see https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/data/statistics/infoline/infoline-2017/17-162-labour-force-survey)



Meantime public sector jobs (ie: government jobs) increased by 9,600.  That's well over double the number of jobs that were lost in the private sector!



It looks very much like our BC NDP Premier, John Horgan, is taking a page from the playbook of another NDP Premier -- Rachael Notley of Alberta --- as well as Kathleen Wynne of Ontario. 



AND, we all know how well that is working for them.



Let's be perfectly clear -- public sector jobs do not create the kind of wealth that comes about from private sector jobs in technology -- the resource industry -- manufacturing -- and the like.



As we approach the end of the month, and a final decision on what the NDP will do with regards to the Site "C" power generation project, I hope our BC government keeps this in mind.



IF we want to have the public services the public is demanding, it will only come about from one thing ... revenue generated and created by new companies in the PRIVATE sector, and NEW JOBS in the PRIVATE sector!



What thoughts do you have on the matter?  The floors yours, and I'd love to hear from you!

In Kamloops, I'm Alan Forseth.

Monday, November 13, 2017

From the BC Conservatives: "We're back, we're united, and we're ready.”



This coming Sunday (November 19th), BC Conservatives in the Kamloops Thompson Nicola region, will be holding a first meeting, in preparation to reorganize Riding Associations in the area.



Long-time Kamloops resident and conservative campaigner, Alan Forseth, stated,

"Having returned from our party's recent AGM in Langley, I am delighted to have taken on the role as Regional Director for our area.  I look forward to being a part of the growing momentum for conservatives across the province."



Interim BC Conservative Party
Leader Scott Anderson of Vernon
The gathering of members and guests, which gets underway at 2:30pm at the meeting room of the Accent Inn, will feature guest speaker, and current Interim Party leader Scott Anderson.



Mr. Anderson, who is also a Vernon City Councillor commented,  “I am so excited about the energy and enthusiasm I’ve heard from members across the province, and the Kamloops area is no exception.” 



He went on to say, "In all the years I’ve been with this party I’ve never seen it as united and ready as it is now. We're back, we're united, and we're ready.” 



As former BC Liberal leader Christy Clark showed all British Columbians recently, with her flip flop on the Throne Speech, TRUE common sense fiscal conservative credentials are important at a time when politicians seem willing to change their philosophy, at a moment's notice, in order to hold on to power.



The British Columbia Conservative Party is ready to work toward a British Columbia, for all British Columbians.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

NOTHING that has come out of the AGM for the so-called workers party, shows they are once again going to be the champions of the working class



This weekend, the BC NDP held their annual AGM in Victoria.  While reading up on it, I diverged for a few moments to look back on comments, and posts, from earlier this year.  That little side trip led me to come across these words from my friend, and BC political colleague, Ben Besler.  

Read what he had to say, and then tell me whether you agree, or don't, that NOTHING really has changed


" ... they (the BC NDP) have become a party on cue to simply state “no” when the other says “yes”.

They at one time were the labour party. A party of the working class. A party that stood for better employment opportunities and fair wages. Now they are running amok, appeasing the lunacy that the environmental apparatchiks have become.

Killing jobs, stopping progress. They have partnered in solidarity with folks that do everything in their power to bring ruin on the job seeker and the middle class.

They stand in the way of progress for the iron worker and his blue collar brothers and sisters who - I might add - are the real progressives.

They (blue collar workers) are the heart of this province.

They are the real builders of this province, and they have found no solidarity from the party that simply pretends to have their back.

The NDP have become a weather-vane of double speak. Untrustworthy. All talk, no action.

Are the free-enterprise working-class up against the wall in British Columbia? What do you think?"



I do agree with Ben that blue collar workers -- the ever shrinking middle class -- are up against the wall.

Sawmill jobs by the thousands have been lost ...millwrights that could be working on pipelines are idled ... bridge-workers are idled ... thousands of workers in the Peace River are (and have been idled).  Few if any new mines are being developed.  Entire rural and northern communities are on life support.
The BC NDP -- and their Green Party allies ARE NOT friends of the middle class, blue collar, workers.  They once were -- BUT NO MORE.
And the BC Liberals are doing little more than proving themselves to be allies with Justin Trudeau's federal Liberals.  Nearly all candidates for the leadership of the party come from the capitol "L" side of the party

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Don't tell me the sky's the limit when there are footprints on the moon



EARLY YESTERDAY, I the following information out by email to several individuals -- letting them know we (the BC Conservatives) had every intention of being a viable alternative in the next provincial election in BC. I also posted a much briefer edit on Social media (Facebook and Twitter).  Here is the text of the email which was sent:

Greetings friends ...

I would like to let you know, if you are unaware, that just a few short months ago I rejoined and became a member of the BC Conservative Party.  Additionally, I attended a very successful AGM which was held a few weeks back in Langley. 

I believe in small 'c' conservative ideals, and I believe that the well-being of our province will not happen with either our current GreeNDP government ... or with the Liberals, who are INDEED Capitol "L" Liberals in both name, and in governing style!

This email is to advise you that initial prep work is underway to restart the Kamloops North Thompson, and Kamloops South Thompson, BC Conservation Riding Associations -- as well as Fraser Nicola. This region has always been fertile ground for true conservatives, and I look forward to having your support.

I have requested that the party attempt to have Interim Leader Scott Anderson (long-time Board / Executive Member, and Vernon City Councillor) join us in the coming weeks to discuss the future ahead for OUR party, and our region.  Stay tuned for information on meeting dates coming in the near future!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

... then they support the wasteful ways of Justin Trudeau's federal Liberals, AND, they support the tax grabs that only hit the middle class



Just the other day, Keith Baldrey, in an opinion piece stated, "A number of party veterans I’ve talked to are somewhat worried about the party’s long-term prospects of stability."

And well they should be.

It takes a lot to hold together a fractious group of people that really, other than trying to keep the NDP out of party, are not really comfortable being together in the same bed.



Now don't get me wrong ... I am sure I'd be correct in saying that likely the vast majority of BC Liberal MLA's do truly want what's best for BC ... however if that is indeed true, how can any grouping of them stay together for long given the differences they also have in beliefs on ways, and how, to govern? 

The current field of prospective leadership candidates do of course run the gamut from one end of the political spectrum, to the other -- Left to Right.  The problem is that, as stated, they have such diverse beliefs -- and at times it really must be like herding cats.



I'm not the first, and I certainly won't be the last, to say that the BC Liberals campaign on the right ... and then govern on the left. 



But back to those leadership candidates again.

Who among them are conservatives?



Former Vancouver Mayor Sam Sullivan
Better yet, who are the true capitol "L" Liberals.  Those are the ones who support the federal Liberal Party led by Justin Trudeau.  Justin, as you know, seems unable to balance a budget, and even when going into debt by the billions, still manages to overspend that by additional billions.

Is that what those capitol "L" Liberals in BC believe in as well??

How about all of those plans the federal capitol "L" Liberals had to tax employee discounts, until all hell broke loose and they had reverse that plan?

How about increasing taxes on those still operating the family farm?


Sunday, October 8, 2017

Football fans however, are going to see a sporting event -- they are not paying to see (or go to) a protest, or political rally




Regardless of who it was, that opposed what was happening, I agree it is hugely disrespectful.  Sporting events (and similar gatherings) are intended to be entertainment -- not political events, rallies, etc.  In my opinion, those attending, and who are likely in the majority, should not have to be have this kind of disrespect shoved in their face.

Political activism, in Canada, has a long and
proud history.People, and organizations,
however have been responsible to
a large degree for their own events

It's a free and democratic country, and these athletes are certainly welcome to hold an event, where the topic of discussion is clearly understood.  There is NO COMMONALITY however with where they are currently doing this (protesting). 

Instead, they are simply take advantage of who they are -- complete with puffed up egos perhaps? -- and having someone else foot the bill for marketing and promoting it.


There is no commonality; players are simply
being completely disrespectful of their fans.


News reporter, commentary writer, and Kamloops resident, DALE BASS, posed an interesting question to my thoughts:
"
What about when musicians sing protest songs?

Friday, October 6, 2017

BESLER: True conservative voices in this province, whether it's the BC Conservatives or Dianne Watts, both have a steep hill to climb



Conservatives, in British Columbia, continue to jockey for support throughout the province. Dianne Watts, former Mayor of Surrey, who had been recently elected to the house of commons with the Conservative Party of Canada, as MP for South Surrey - White Rock; and appointed as critic to workforce development and labour, has now stepped away from Federal Politics to seek the leadership of the BC Liberal Party.

Former Conservative MP Dianne Watts
-- can she lead the BC Liberals to victory?
Dianne is an outsider to both the BC Liberal Party, as well as, an outsider to Provincial politics. Yet, Dianne may be just what the BC Liberal Party needs to recover from the aftermath of the recent election. A campaign that left Premier Christy Clark's BC Liberals in a minority government, and defeated by a vote of non-confidence, in the legislature after a throne speech that would have the most ardent socialist jumping to their feet in boisterous applause.

Clark subsequently resigned.

Can Dianne Watts - with her new found partisan credentials - be the unifier the BC Liberal Party needs? Can she bring free-enterprisers together similarly to what Jason Kenney is doing for Conservatives in Alberta?

Does it matter?

With 60% of the BC Liberal Party allegedly being affiliated with the Conservative Party of Canada, do the Conservatives need the Liberals more? Or is it the other way around?

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

I am encouraged by this news -- and I like the description of the (BC) Liberals as the coalition of chaos



On Monday (October 2nd) I posted on social media, rumors that the BC Conservatives might be announcing an Interim Leader.  That did indeed come true at 7am this morning.

The Executive and Board of the BC Conservative Party announced that Vernon City Councillor, and four term BC Conservative board member, Scott Anderson would take on the role.



Vernon City Councillor Scott Anderson
has been announced as the new BC 
Conservative Party Interim Leader
In an early morning media release, Anderson was quoted stating:
"Having been on the inside through both the hard times and the good times, I can say with complete candor that I have never seen the party so united and energetic as it is now. My intention is to help brand the party as a home for all fiscal conservatives, including the thousands of former BC Liberals who were betrayed and left out in the cold by the recent Liberal Throne Speech."



He continued, "I believe that this is the time for all small ‘c’ conservatives to unite, no longer abandoning your core beliefs for an alleged ‘coalition’ that will do and say anything for your vote."



After hitting Social Media online this morning at 7am with this announcement, former BC Conservative member, candidate, and board member, Ben Besler (also a writer on this blog) commented:



With the split the vote argument being destroyed by the Liberals in the last election, I know BC is ripe for new ideas; but is it ready to bring in a new official party to the legislature? I don't know. And what of Dianne Watts bid for leader of the BC Liberals? Is she not the voice that conservatives have been looking for?



Another fellow writer to this blog, Sandy Mcdougall also stated:
Diane Watts is not my choice but I wish her well should she become leader of the B.C. Liberal Party.



Remarking specifically to Ben, I commented:

I think BC is ready for a party, whatever it's name, that will bring integrity back -- and one that is NOT the coalition of chaos. I have fingers crossed its the BC Conservative Party.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

BC Liberals are the "Coalition of chaos" ... "BC Conservatives need to be something that counts ... for the province of BC”



On Saturday (September 30th) the BC Conservative Party, a continuously active political party in British Columbia since 1903) held its' annual general meeting in Langley.  Unlike the last one held in Langley a number of years ago ... and knowing how troublesome trying to make changes can be ... the whole process went very smoothly.



New BC Conservative Party President Ryan
Ryan Warawa takes over the helm
A new president and board were elected, as Ryan Warawa took the helm as President.  Elected as Vice President was Jeff Bridge, who like myself, recently returned to the party.  Bob Bray will continue as the Party Treasurer, as does Bob Brown as Secretary.



Nearly all motions for changes to Constitution and By-Laws were passed, with two notable exceptions.  First was the vote against changing the name of the party from the BC Conservative Party -- to the Conservative Party of British Columbia.  Additionally, one which many individuals seemed to be strongly against, was a change that would have seen a complaint to the party "... accompanied by a $1,000 bond ... to be used at the Board's discretion, to offset any legal or other costs that may be incurred in reaching a final disposition of the complaint ..."



Many were in agreement that costs could, and would, likely be incurred by the party, in dealing with complaints.  It appeared however that the majority felt it could signal closure in trying to stop complaints, as well as a strong feeling that the cost would be too high for some.



Comments from Corbin Mitchell, who was retiring as President, included a message from the wife of the late Ian Marchuck who recently passed away; Ian had been the Peace River Regional Director. His widow Erna had written an email to Corbin in which she said to him, “May this years AGM reflect a spirit of reconciliation and focus to further the voice of British Columbians, and indeed that of British Columbians.”


Thursday, September 28, 2017

A lot has happened since then, and while nothing is perfect, there are a number of people working hard to rebuild



A BC Conservative Party Annual General Meeting is about to get underway this Saturday (September 30th) in Langley.  The last AGM I attended for the party was four years ago -- and it was also held in Langley.  That was the one just months before the 2013 Provincial Election -- and the one that spelled the end of the party fortunes, which until then had them neck and neck, in the polls, with the BC Liberals.

A lot has happened since then, and while nothing is perfect, there are a number of people working hard to rebuild the party, and former members (who left for a number of reasons) are beginning to rejoin the party, along with many new ones.


Policy -- principles -- beliefs are the basics needed to create an entity -- it's the people who lead it however that can create -- or destroy that said entity.

What draws people to the BC Conservative Party are a belief in low taxes, small government, and efficient service delivery.

Party spokesperson Scott Anderson agrees and goes on to say, "But that's only part of the solution to bringing back common sense solutions to the problems we all face in British Columbia. After all, a political idea remains nothing more than an idea until it becomes part of a legislative agenda, and turning ideas into reality is what this party is all about."

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

THE SIDEWINDER: MacDUFF'S NAIVE CALL



I have just struggled through Cheryl Ashlie's column (MacDuff’s Call: A political novice with a sizeable ego), in the Sept. 22 edition of The Maple Ridge News.


To say the least, Ashlie's comments are naive and show just how totally out of touch she has become with political reality.


Ashlie lauds the decision of Darryl Plecas to accept John Horgan's invitation to become the Speaker of the House, a move described by almost everyone else as self-serving and a betrayal of the trust of the constituents who voted for him.


Ashlie claims Plecas' turncoat move will help provide good governance but in making this claim, she fails to explain how he will achieve this lofty goal.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

When will this never ending vacuum called government, consider enough is enough, and leave us with a few crumbs of our own money?




To fund or not to fund,
That is the question.
Whether tis nobler to fund,
thine own election campaign,
or drink of the trough called gluttony,
called taxpayers money.
No more; and by a sleep (or until the bill is passed),
to say we end the heart-ache (to taxpayers).
And the thousand natural shocks,
as money is siphoned from General Revenue.
'Tis a consummation (of our money),
devoutly being wished
by the GreeNDP 
who never once campaigned on it.

With apologies, of course, to William Shakespeare.  I don't know where that came from, but there you go, my very bad poetry will be what gets things underway today.

Last week of course came news that the GreeNDP led by Andrew Weaver --- Oooops I mean John Horgan --- (no, wait a minute, who is in charge anyway?) decided that taxpayers would fund political parties to the tune of $2.50 per vote received.  That, my friends, would amount to roughly seventeen million dollars.

As pointed out elsewhere the NDP's John Horgan, just a mere seven months ago, specifically told CHNL's Shane Woodford that taxpayers WOULD NOT be subsidizing political parties, and that Elections BC would, " ... look across the country and around the world at the best way to make sure that only individuals are paying for our political process and election process."

That review by Election BC never happened, and likely never will now.  So, is it any wonder that numerous stories such as these came to pass immediately?


HEADLINES should have read “BC’s Wild West reputation laid to rest.” Instead, British Columbians woke up to “Taxpayers would give millions to political parties in NDP plan,” all thanks to an ill-advised decision to slide two unexpected provisions into the government’s campaign finance reform package ....

  • Dermod Travis is the executive director of IntegrityBC
... hard to know who to cheer for in Victoria these days ... NDP government is ending the so-called “Wild West” days of campaign financing ... taxpayers will have to pay through the nose to make it happen.

  • Mel Rothenburger, the Armchair Mayor

On the other hand, a Kamloops resident, Al Horne, had this to say about my own commentary, which was posted in the Armchair Mayor website, as well as my own blog site:

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

The level playing field has now been paved over with speed bumps ... OR ... "cleaning up B.C.’s “wild west” system of campaign finance" GreeNDP style



What do I think about the taxpayers of British Columbia chipping in millions of dollars for the election campaigns of Andrew Weaver and his Green Party?  John Horgan and his NDP?  Whoever is the next leader of the BC Liberals?  Or even for the party that I support -- the BC Conservatives? 

I was honestly speechless earlier on first hearing, and reading, the news!  Friends of mine on Social media certainly had thoughts; here's just a few of them:

... I'm pretty sure John Horgan explicitly said there is no way that a ban on corporate and union donations would result in taxpayer funded campaigns ..."

" ... brutal ..."

"... because its so much more important that they take from everybody, rather than just those who are looking for favours ... we are sooooooo screwed ..."

" ... the bull shit NDP and Green conspiracy reveals its true nature in their campaign financing rules ..."

"... most people I've spoken with don't want to see direct to party subsidies or reimbursements ... "


And as Vaughn Palmer stated in an opinion piece in the Vancouver Sun; “The Greens just won the lottery,” as one of my colleagues remarked.  Yes, but how often does the holder of the winning ticket get to pick it himself and also have a hand in setting the size of the prize?

The question being asked though is when did either Horgan, or Weaver, EVER state during Mays Provincial election campaign, that this was a plan they were considering? 

I'll tell you when -- it was NEVER!

And I'll go so far as to say Weaver was the worst of the two (between Horgan and himself), when it comes to having clean hands, after he was so officious and preachy about ridding BC of questionable donations.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Let me be clear ... I DO NOT want to see the victims of this crime sent to jail -- they need help, and society needs to ensure it is available



While I will freely admit that my blog is 'generally' read by people who are centre-right, I actually do have friends right smack dab in the center of things ... and others who I would consider to be center left.  Mondays blog post, "At least those deaths came with the possibility of providing continued life for someone else" was for the most part accepted by all sides of the political
spectrum as fairly reasonable, although one of my political friends indicated, "not sure I'd want an organ donation from someone who died of drugs.  Rest is right on." (this individual is NOT center right :)

 

One of my friends however, and this individual is in fact one of my many media acquaintances, did take me to task.  One for selectively quoting the article from Kamloops This Week (although I did provide a link to the entire story) ... second that because the pills were stamped Percocet it could be said that Hickson indeed may not have known they were Fentanyl ... and third, I do not believe they were impressed with me calling Hickson a "slimy dick-head of a puke"

 

Fair enough.  I am willing to hear and take the critique, however, I don't necessarily have to agree though.  Here is what they had to say to me:



Hi, Alan,

The same KTW story you selectively quote says the fentanyl pills found in Hickson's vehicle were stamped to look like Percocet and that B.C. Supreme Court Justice Hope Hyslop said there was no evidence that Hickson knew he was carrying fentanyl.

This contradicts your next several paragraphs. How is he a “slimy dick-head of a puke” who knowingly was selling something that could cause near instant death (presumably you’re talking about fentanyl) when there was no evidence he knew it was fentanyl?

Not an upstanding citizen, for sure, but c’mon. We’ve got to stick to evidence, don’t we?


I responded by stating ...

I hear you  ... however manufacturers, in these death labs, are all stamping their pills with different shapes, size, and names on them.  In this case (and maybe I should have made note of it), the circumstantial evidence was strong, when stacked with the rest of what was found in his vehicle. 

Monday, September 11, 2017

At least those deaths came with the possibility of providing continued life for someone else




DAVID CHARBONNEAU, in his Armchair Mayor column says, "Help fentanyl labs make a safer drug"

I however, will continue to say, "Arrest, charge with attempted murder, and throw the manufacturers of this deadly poison in jail for a VERY LONG TIME!" 

 

In his commentary he quotes the Dr Tyndale, of the BC Centre for Disease Control, as stating that the, "... manufacturers don't know what they're doing and they're putting out ridiculous concentrations of these drugs."

 

Seriously ... that's what a university trained mind comes up with?  The reality is these turds (I really wanted to use something stronger but held back) simply do not care, in the least, about the death and misery they hand out in the dark spaces they inhabit. 

 

The Fentanyl crisis really only started to show up, as a possible upcoming problem, in 2011.  Yet in just six short years it has become critical.

That despite supervised injection sites opening all over the province, including here in Kamloops ... public education ... more training for those working at the street level with marginalized people, as well as health care workers ... thousand of Naloxone kits being handed out and available in problem, and public, areas ... and an injection of $10 million dollars from the federal government, sent to BC, to 'help fight the overdose crisis'

 

Let's see how well all of this is working for those at street level, who are addicted to drugs. 

 

In 2011 there were just eight fentanyl related drug deaths ...

2012 ... 20

2013 ... 332

2014 ... 368

2015 ... 518

2016 ... 935

 

And this year?  From numerous news stories I have read, it appears BC will be seeing in excess of 1,500 deaths.  That is not just tragic --- it's criminal.

With that many deadly tragedies, you would think that political leaders at the municipal, provincial, and federal level would be working overtime at a possible solution -- like minimum sentences that relate to the reality of the crime being committed.

Unfortunately however, that is not the case. Our fearless leader, Justin Trudeau, has closed the books and said "NO" to any jail terms with real teeth to them.

In an article by Michael Spratt in Canadian Lawyer he asked the question, "So what can possibly explain the government’s lack of action on minimum sentences?"

Sunday, September 10, 2017

My best guess is that none of his former Liberal colleagues will be clamouring to dine with this modern day Judas



John Horgan has been peeing all over himself lately, explaining how he ended up in a team photo which included Maninder Gill, a person convicted in a shooting incident. Gill has been sentenced to four years but is out on bail, pending an appeal of his conviction.
 
Horgan said he'd be much more careful in future about who he is seen with in photos.

I wonder if Horgan will apply that standard to turncoat Darryl Plecas, justifiably stripped of his Liberal membership, who accepted the NDP/Green offer of appointment as Speaker of the House.
Dr. Darryl Plecas was elected MLA for
Abbotsford South on May 14, 2013

Of course, Plecas hasn't been convicted of any crime but he appears to have sold out the Liberal party to pursue his own interests.

Do you think Plecas is being truthful about why he didn't accept the first offer from Horgan? I guess Plecas himself didn't grasp how upset his constituents would be with this bit of treachery and deceit.

Dream Weaver and Horgan can downplay it all they like but it still smells of self-interest to me and almost everyone else.

To begin with, as Speaker of the House, Plecas' salary increases by $50,000 per year more than an MLA and will now be equal to that of a cabinet minister. He also inherits the poshest office in the legislature and has his own private dining room adjacent to the regular legislative dining room.

These perks are all afforded the Speaker because he or she is not supposed to mingle with other MLA's while the House is in session.

In any event, my best guess is that none of his former Liberal colleagues will be clamouring to dine with this modern day Judas who sold his soul for a few shekels and a nice office.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

It's time to quit being apologetic ... if you live in rural and Northern BC ... and make your living from the land, and its resources



A post on Twitter this afternoon (Sept 10th), from Mike Hudama (@MikeHudama), stated, "BAM! Hundreds out in Vancouver to stand-up against #KinderMorgan #tarsands pipeline. BC says NO"

I hate to deflate your big city -- rose-coloured glasses  -- cocooned life Mike, however, BC does not say "No" -- at least not all of BC --- in fact not even the majority.

Your are part of the loud a vocal minority of people who by sheer numbers tend to live in the Metro-Vancouver area;
... with hillsides clear-cut to make way for tens of thousands of overpriced homes
... with thousands of acres paved over with concrete for all of your designer stores selling more of the same crap with a different label
... that you drive to in over-priced vehicles with huge engines that can never be driven to capacity (but still burn huge volumes of fossil fuel)
... who live miles, and hours, from work that require huge expensive transit systems to get you around to where you need to be

Shall I go on???

You are fine ones to talk about what we do and do not need ... what types of jobs and work we should or should not have ... and even whether our lifestyle is or isn't up to your standards.

Yes ... the loud and vocal minority of two faced, oil dependent, city folk, can continue to protest away.

Another protest from those opposed to the twinning
of the Kinder Morgan Trans-Mountain pipeline
Feel free to do so because it's is a democratic country we live in.

It is interesting to note however, all of the things needed and made from fossil fuel, that I saw in the picture Mike posted.

When I mentioned this as a reply to Mike, another individual (Corey W @velleity33) indicated that while that might be true, all of those things could be sourced from vegetable matter.

SERIOUSLY??? You have to be kidding me!

NOT EVEN CLOSE TO everything can be made from vegetable sources, and regardless, fossil fuels would still be required to create those things in one way or another!  And ... even if the fuel in the Trans Mountain pipeline is for export, the twinning of the pipeline will create many good paying, family supporting, jobs.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

SANDY MCDOUGALL: I have a much easier to understand description. I would describe it as utter bullshit



The opioid crisis, as government officials currently describe it, is really nothing more than a manifestation of the ongoing incompetence at every level of government, in dealing with a relatively simple problem.

The Justice Institute of B.C. is about to launch yet another attempt to deal with the problems created by drug addiction.

The Justice Institute course, “Understanding Substance Abuse”, will kick off in mid-September and it won't be cheap. Applications alone will cost $75, and the course an additional $3,000.

The course is described by the Justice Institute as a 'bio-psycho-social-spiritual model which will be grounded in harm reduction.”


I must point out that this psychobabble description is in the words of the Justice Institute, not my words.

I have a much easier to understand description. I would describe it as utter bullshit.

For the past several decades the high priests of the Four Pillar approach to solving the problems associated with substance abuse (another cute phrase which can be freely translated to drug addiction), have relied much too heavily on harm reduction, a term which has nothing to do with harm reduction to the community which drug addicts, thieves and prostitutes populate.