"In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing” ~~ Theodore Roosevelt


Wednesday, April 19, 2017

I CAN'T support that kind of campaign, or a party that would allow a leadership team to okay that kind of campaigning


The BC Liberal Party "Troll" truck has been
showing up at NDP campaign stops in recent days

A friend and acquaintance asked me today, "If the BC Liberals are Liberals, then why do the use Federal Conservative 'blue' so prominently on their signs and advertising?  Isn't the Liberal color supposed to be Red?"

Let me say, before going further, this individual has not lived in Canada for all that long, and so someone asking the question made perfect sense.

I said to them, and I'm paraphrasing now, "BC is kind of a weird place. For a long time we had Liberal party ... the Conservative party ... and then after awhile we had the CCF, which eventually became the NDP.

Now the Liberals were Liberal in every way ... the Conservatives were Conservative in every way ... and the CCF was the peoples party made up of socialists, unionists, and what I'll call social democrats.

With a Conservative / Liberal coalition government falling apart, and the CCF threatening to take the reins of government, a plucky Okanagan fellow (and former Conservative MLA) by the name of W.A.C. Bennett became Premier of the province when the Social Credit Party won the majority of seats in the 1952 provincial election.

Thus began a non-traditional party (Liberal or Conservative) gaining the reins of government in British Columbia ... and doing so for a very long time.  The Socreds governed center right as conservatives, however with just enough liberal impact to keep both liberals and conservatives happy under one tent.

With only a few exceptions of short-lived NDP governments, Social Credit held the reins of power until the election of 1991, losing again to the NDP.  What followed was the rapid collapse of Social Credit within just four short years ... and within just a few more years it basically had collapsed into obscurity and become a non-entity in BC politics.


And with that, began the rise of the BC Liberal Party -- which was not affiliated with the federal Liberal Party, and instead was more conservative when campaigning, governing more from the left while in government.

And again the call for the centre, and the centre-right, to stay united became the mantra of the day.  And so they did --- the BC Liberals, with high-ranking federal Conservatives and federal Liberals in their ranks took the party over.

It has however always been a shaky unhappy marriage as multiple times true conservatives have tried to rise again (in 1996 as the BC Reform Party under the leadership of former Socred MLA Jack Weisgerber) ... and again in 2013 with former Reform / Conservative MP John Cummins under the banner of the BC Conservative Party).  Both efforts failed dismally.

Sadly, those of the conservative ilk are hard to keep together ... the old saying of trying to herd cats comes to mind.  With each failure came more splits until there are, or have been, over a dozen different parties formed on the centre-right -- NONE with any success.  And again each failure only ends up with something else trying to gain momentum on the right.

So honestly, "What's a guy like me to do?"  And I am sure I am not alone in asking this question.

We have Liberals campaigning as conservatives during election ... and then governing as reckless fiscal liberals once the campaign is over and they are back in Victoria.

The New Democrats while saying they are pro-labour, are against almost every resource development opportunity that comes up.  And then there's the Green Party --- who are most certainly ARE against every resource project -- period, end of story.

I had almost convinced myself that I had no choice but to hold my nose and vote for the Liberals, and Todd Stone, here in Kamloops South Thompson.  Sure enough however, the Liberal campaign team decided to come up with a bonehead idea that was, and is, nothing but childish in nature.

They've been following BC NDP leader John Horgan around to his events and setting up ahead of time with a big moving / delivery type truck with a large banner going super negative of Horgan.  Seriously ... are they that worried about losing that they have to go that negative ... that they have to act so immature?

I CAN'T support that kind of campaign, or a party that would allow a leadership team to okay that kind of campaigning.

One things for sure ... social media has not been kind to the BC Liberals on this matter, and I'm glad to see that.

So again I ask ... what's a guy like me to do ... along with anyone else who happens to be a true BLUE fiscal conservative?

We have no strong Independent candidate that can gain our support, and I can't stand the idea of not voting.  That is a right which I have, only through the blood of others, in wars fought for us to keep our democratic rights.

Unless something major happens, to turn things around in what and who the BC Liberals are, then I will indeed go to the polling station on election day.  I will however mark a big X through the ballot to show my displeasure with such poor options (at least in political parties) presented to us.

Sadly ... it will be a first for me, but I see no other choice given the current crazy world of BC politics.

In Kamloops I'm Alan Forseth.

8 comments:

  1. I am in the same situation as you Alan. Right now I am leaning heavily to spoiling my ballot. But I will vote. Unfortunately I cant get over those simple bastards that have thoroughly screwed up the BC Conservative Society. They are responsible for many British Columbians not being able to vote for a credible alternative. While I am not in Michael Henshalls riding I think I will make a donation to his campaign. When I met him I was impressed with him. But he too found in necessary to leave the BC Conservatives. Tell me Alan is it really trues that they tried to get Dan Brookes to be interim leader once again?

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  2. A concern I have, although I understand the rationale..is what happened in Alberta during their last election. Many of the traditional conservative voters where ticked off with what their party's leadership had been doing lately that they decided to not vote or even vote NDP to show their dissatisfaction. Many were horrified to wake up the next morning with the realization that many of their neighbours did the same thing,,,, and woke to an NDP victory..

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  3. But the Alberta NDP will almost certainly be defeated in 2019 and the conservative parties are in talks to merge. Sometimes you have to take a loss to lead towards a future victory.

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  4. I may feel the same Alan, but spoiling a ballot is also childish. Until things get better we have one responsibility - to keep the NDP from taking power. I will do almost anything to that effect. Holding my nose is the least of my problems. Don't get side-tracked with individual actions or personalities, keep looking at the bigger picture. A spoiled ballot is a vote for NDP.

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  5. I cannot stomach one more day of BC Liberal corruption and mismanagement.
    To that end I must vote for the NDP.
    MSP and Hydro top the list, but there are many idiotic things I can't forgive them for.
    BC Rail, BC Ferries, BC Ministry of Health firings, Mt Polly disaster, fuel spill response times...
    The list of infamy is long.
    5hey must go and stay gone until they learn how to respect people.

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  6. Mr. Forseth, it seems you mistakenly assert that the 'NDP is against almost every resource project.' The fallacy committed there is the folly assumption that fossil fuels are our only resource. The wind, the sun, the heat coming from within the earth, our salmon, our timber, these are all valuable resources! It is not the NDP, but our friends on the right - whose wallets are soaked in and filled by LNG and bitumen - that are against developing these extremely valuable! clean! and renewable! resources.

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  7. I have an excellent solution for your quandary Alan. You could go out and speak to supporters of the different parties and learn what they are really about. Don't ask them to describe as you have how they view their opposition because they can't help but be biased, just why they support the party they do and how they think their party will be good for BC. As for me, I am all for the NDP because they do take precautions to minimize the collateral damage of major projects. They really do think of families first and that means creating a healthy economy, affordable services and diversifying job markets to ensure there is something left for future generations. People have been conditioned to veer away from the term socialist or progressive by a very active propaganda machine, a machine that is driven by major multi-nationals and the resource extraction industries. And contrary to what so many have been led to believe, the NDP were better at managing the provinces finances, there was less corruption and businesses did not suffer.

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  8. Personally, I would vote for the devil himself rather than let CC take the reigns again. Oh! I should be careful as I believe Christy is the devils wife.

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