“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

Thursday, June 29, 2017

That has never happened before, and most will consider it to be a perversion of democracy



UPDATE ... 8:15pm Thursday June 30th ... John Horgan, NDP Leader, has been invited to form government.




Today in the legislature, a long drawn-out limp to the finish line played out for the BC Liberal Party.  It began this afternoon with parries between Weaver and Clark ... beginning with these words:



A. Weaver: Yesterday the Premier held a press conference in the rose garden, where she stated: "This is isn't a working Legislature, and I haven't seen any evidence that it could work." She further stated: "There's no effort on the part of either opposition party to work together."



Hon. Speaker, she implied that because her government, the government under her leadership, has been unable to advance its agenda — frankly, our agenda — the only option is to subject British Columbia to another election. For weeks, the Premier has delayed a confidence vote that she knows she will lose. Instead, her government has chosen to play political games that are designed to undermine cooperation and stability.



Let me be clear. Stability does not depend on this Premier holding on to power. The Greens stand ready to work with all parties…once the government has demonstrated that it has the confidence of the House



My question to the Premier is this: can the Premier clarify why she made this statement when the majority of members in this House stand ready and willing to work together?



Hon. C. Clark: You know, that member campaigned hard in the election on saying that he was going to be different. Instead, what he's done is decide to just be more of the same.



That member campaigned in the election saying that he was going to be an independent voice in this Legislature, and instead what he's done is decide to sit there and take orders from one of the major parties rather than making up his own mind.



That member said that he supported campaign finance reform and then refused to even look at it when it was proposed in this Legislature. And now that member stands up and says he's willing to work with anybody. Nobody believes you anymore.



I said the same thing a few days ago.  In fact I went so far as to say, on a post to Andrew Weavers story; "Explaining my votes in the BC legislature today":




Principles my buttoo. Andrew Weaver was demanding campaign finance reform, until today. Now he's voted against it. What HE HAS DONE is just showed his true colors... and LACK OF PRINCIPLES. Have fun getting trounced next election Andrew!



Later in the afternoon, in the BC Legislature, Christy Clark stated:
"Now, let me speak to the question that everyone in this chamber has raised in the last few days, because I've heard a lot of people say we've changed. But I know leaders don't lead by refusing to adapt. Leaders do not lead by refusing to hear and refusing to listen."



Let me state ... Clark was full of as much crap as Weaver was.  Neither really care about anything except in Weaver case getting power ... and in Clark's case trying to maintain power.  For Andrew Weaver he unfortunately has not yet come to the realization that come next election the Greens will be wiped out.  And Christy Clark obviously is getting VERY bad advice.  Who in their right mind thought that stealing every election platform idea from the Greens and NDP would do anything except make every British Columbian, no matter what their political leanings, laugh at her pathetic eleventh hour conversion.



Minutes later the Speaker of the House, Steve Thomson, spoke these words that ended sixteen years of government by the BC Liberal Party:


Seeing no further speakers, the question is the amendment to the Address in Reply to the Speech from the Throne moved by the Leader of the Official Opposition, seconded by the member for Cowichan Valley, which reads that:



[Be it resolved that the motion "We, Her Majesty’s most dutiful and loyal subjects, the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia in Session assembled, beg leave to thank Your Honour for the gracious Speech which Your Honour has addressed to us at the opening of the present Session," be amended by adding the following:



"but Her Honour’s present government does not have the confidence of this House."]



"Be it resolved that the motion 'We, Her Majesty’s most dutiful and loyal subjects, the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia in Session assembled, beg leave to thank Your Honour for the gracious Speech which Your Honour has addressed to us at the opening of the present Session,' be amended by adding the following: 'but Her Honour's present government does not have the confidence of this House."



Amendment approved



The BC Legislature adjourned at 5:26pm, following which Christy Clark went and spoke with Lieutenant Governor Judith Guichon, and just before 7:30pm came and out said that "retired to make her decision."




What will that decision be?  There are only two choice ... call an election, or offer to NDP Leader John Horgan the opportunity to form government.



My personal opinion is that she'll call on Horgan to form a government ... one which will have the support of the three Green Party members including Andrew Weaver.



That government however will fail as well because the house will be in a virtual tie.  43 for the GreeNDP ... 43 for the BC Liberals ... and the Speaker. 



NO British Columbian -- at least the 60% that didn't vote for the Greens and NDP -- will agree with the Speaker of the House voting every time with the government to approve its legislation.



That has never happened before, and most will consider it to be a perversion of democracy.



That government will fall, and then we'll be right back into a brand new General Election.



I'll make my prediction right here an now:
BC Liberals ... 49

NDP ... 38

BC Green Party ... ZERO



Now ... we wait for the Lieutenant Governor to decide on if we go straight to an election campaign ... or take a short six to eight week delay for the GreeNDP government before it falls.



Stay Tuned!

In Kamloops ... I'm Alan Forseth

Monday, June 26, 2017

It (the current situation) should wake up those who think Clark is right of centre. Will it? Time will tell



When former MLA and Cabinet Minister Bill Bennett muses aloud about what's to become of the so-called big tent free enterprise coalition ... people really do need to have a listen to what he is saying.

In an article in the Province newspaper on Friday, Bennett (not to be confused with the Kelowna Bennett dynasty) stated:

... the abrupt changes will put pressure on the free-enterprise coalition of centre-left liberals and right-wing conservatives.

“I think there’s likely to be some real angst today on the part of business and fiscal conservatives,” ... the resource sector is likely to be particularly concerned about increasing the carbon tax ...

... challenge will be to deliver the new promises while not compromising the basic principle to balance the budget, pay down debt and maintain the province’s AAA credit rating ... going to be a tall order given some of the new commitments ...

Did Bennett know something he wasn't able to say prior to the election, regarding the future of Christy Clark in the party, and did that play in to him not running again?

Former MLA and Finance Minister Kevin Falcon certainly wasn't singing the praises of Clark on election night, and certainly questioned her future as the scene unfolded while votes were being counted.  And, in the same Province newspaper article from Friday he said he:
... has strong views but would not comment on the throne speech specifics because was still in shock ... “I’m still trying to deal with the magnitude of the shifts ..."

Back to the future of the BC Liberal coalition.

Christy Clark's government will fall later this week on the vote of non-confidence.  Then as long as BC Lieutenant Governor Judith Guichon approves, the Weaver / Horgan GreeNDP government will take over.

That's where the BC Liberal coalitions future comes in to play.

The longer it survives, the better Clark's chance of holding things together for the Liberals, and maintaining her hold on the party.  Once that GreeNDP government falls apart however, what election platform is she going to present, and campaign on?  She already has stolen every planks the Greens and NDP had for the May 9th General Election.

If she abandons them as fast as she did the platform she campaigned on this Spring, what voter will ever believe her (not that she currently and previously had a stellar reputation with voters to start with)?

If she doesn't, then BC voters will have THREE parties running on the center-left.  Meaning the BC Liberals will finally come out and abandon any pretense of actually being conservative.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

THE SIDEWINDER - RE-ARRANGING THE DECK CHAIRS



Figuratively speaking, Christy Clark's speech from the throne could have been a screenwriter's outline for a new documentary on re-arranging the deck chairs on the Liberal's sinking Titanic ship of state.

Knowing that her tenuous hold on the reins of government is doomed, Christy produced a thinly veiled and cynical attempt to lure one or two Green Party MLAs to double cross their party leader and throw in their lot with the Liberals.

Clark's last ditch attempt will fail and the only satisfaction she will get is watching Green Party leader Andrew Weaver and NDP leader John Horgan vote against the throne speech which contained far more NDP/Green Party campaign promises than anything resembling a Liberal platform.

Although she is a tough fighter and won't back down from anyone, Christy Clark's throne speech has not only sealed the fate of her Liberal government but could very well become her swan song as party leader.

Depending on the health and well being of NDP and Green Party MLAs, Clark's disingenuous nonsense could very well become the thing which will keep the unholy alliance between the Green Party and NDP in power longer than anyone thought possible a few days ago.

Unlike the band on the real Titanic which played Nearer My God to Thee as the once perceived unsinkable ship met its doom, this time the band will be playing Perfidious.

What the future will hold for provincial Liberals will ultimately be determined by whoever the party chooses to replace Christy Clark.


SANDY Macdougall ... is a retired newspaper reporter. He was elected for three consecutive terms to Maple Ridge municipal council in the late 1970s and early 1980s, and also ran for the Progressive Conservatives in Kim Campbell's ill-fated federal election campaign.

Monday, June 19, 2017

A little puking, at the sight of it, might just wake these people up to the fact they are creating the problem



Why exactly is the City of Kamloops not issuing fines to people who put garbage out the night before pick-up? 

Last Thursday, in an article (Garbage pointed to as culprit in bear deaths), in Kamloops This Week, it was reported that Conservation Officers had had to destroy two garbage addicted bears in Juniper Ridge ... as well as two in Aberdeen. 
The story stated:

While the city has a WildsafeBC program and fines for residents who leave out garbage cans overnight, Van Damme said it only takes one scofflaw to create a problem.  Some residents also don’t have a shed or garage in which to lock up cans. Research has been done on ways to lock city garbage bins. 

I searched for an article (without success), however I recall a recent news or radio story which stated the City of Kamloops would be inspecting garbage and re-cycling cans.  This was to ensure that we were not putting the wrong things in to them ... and the threat of fines was being put forward. 

Personally, I would much rather have City By-Law Officers headed out in the evening and handing out tickets to people putting their garbage out as soon as the sun goes down.  In fact, they should be doing it between midnight and 2am ... AND ... and knocking on doors to personally hand out the tickets to householders. 

I live in Juniper, and can guarantee that a large number of residents here, put their garbage and recycling, tins out as soon as it gets dark.

I know it will never happen, however instead of fines, it's too bad Conservation Officers can't force these ignorant individuals to be there when they have to put these bears down.  A little puking, at the sight of it, might just wake these people up to the fact they are creating the problem. 

Wherever you live in BC ... and this is definitely not just a Kamloops problem ... we have a responsibility to ensure that we are not creating the problem of bears becoming 'garbage addicted'. 

It's just my opinion, however there is NO excuse for laziness, and for not ensuring bears do not have access to our garbage.  Would you agree? 

In Kamloops ... I'm Alan Forseth

Saturday, June 17, 2017

THE News that was THEN ... and the News that is NOW



Care to guess which of the following news story starts, from the BC Government News on Demand website, ran prior to the start of the BC provincial election -- and which have run since after the election?

  • Effective immediately, the new allowable annual cut for the Quesnel Timber Supply Area is set at 2,607,000 cubic metres, chief forester Diane Nicholls announced today...
  • Floodwaters and groundwater in many places in the Central Interior are expected to continue to rise, and the threat may not be over for some time...
  • Effective at noon on June 15, 2017, the size of open fires will be restricted at all elevations throughout the entire Kamloops Fire Centre to help prevent human-caused wildfires and protect the public...
  • All travellers, including drivers, pedestrians and cyclists, are reminded that McKenzie Avenue will be closed while construction crews install the new Galloping Goose Trail bridge as part of the McKenzie interchange project...
  • BC Wildfire Service crews have made good progress fighting the Pantage Lake wildfire, which is burning about five kilometres south of Pantage Lake and 40 kilometres northwest of Quesnel...
  • Post-secondary students at 16 colleges, institutes and universities throughout British Columbia will benefit from an investment of $1.3 million to raise awareness of the benefits of work experience among employers and students...
  • Provincial funding of over $10 million will bring more than 70 new affordable homes at two new housing developments in Kamloops...
  • The Province has provided $6 million to the VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation to support the Vancouver Prostate Centre in expanding its Prostate Cancer Supportive Care Program throughout British Columbia...
  • The Province is providing $250,000 to the Kootenay Livestock Association over the next three years for projects administered under the Grassland and Rangeland Enhancement Program (GREP), Bill Bennett, MLA for Kootenay East, announced on behalf of Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Steve Thomson...
  • Members of Lake Babine Nation will benefit from forestry skills training and traditional ecological knowledge development that helps advance Lake Babine’s participation in the forest sector, made possible through $210,000 in funding from the Province...

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Nomen Nescio -- I Do Not Know Your Name



This morning, I received an email from "Nomen Nescio".  Never heard of him?  Well neither had I until this morning.

 

For those unaware, and according to Wikipedia, Nomen Nescio is used to signify an anonymous or unnamed person. From Latin nomen, name, and nescio, I do not know (from nescire, not to know), it literally means, I do not know the name.

So what did Nomen Nescio have to say? 

 

"... the president and board of directors of the BC Conservative Party have failed Kamloops. Their lack of organization and capacity for making disastrous decisions in the months leading up to the May 9, 2017 Provincial General Election (e.g. not appointing a Party Leader, nominating only 10 of 87 candidates, releasing an incredibly weak pre-election platform, and leaving all major planning decisions to the last minute) undermined our Party's election performance. In the end, we captured 0.5% of the popular vote, about 1/10th of the popular vote in 2013.

We need to take back our Party and move it forward in a more productive direction. With Christy Clark's BC Liberals on their way out, it is now more important than ever for you to have a say in the future of the BC Conservative Party. This opportunity is unlikely to come again anytime soon. Please take the time to read and sign the online petition located at the web address below
......"

 

Do I think the BC Conservative Party -- at least a few who have had their hand on the rudder in recent years -- have failed those who desire to have a conservative voice, and party they can support?  YES!

 

BUT ... in the same way another anonymous letter came out during the Dan Brooks / Rick Peterson leadership campaign (which smeared Peterson), the email I received went where it deserved to go.  JUNK ... delete ... and gotten rid of.

 

This is just my personal opinion, however, if you received the same email I did this morning, that is where yours also deserves to go.  DELETE --- JUNK!

 

Is the author of this email right in their statements?  I will not comment on that because if this individual is unwilling to let their name stand, then it's not worth doing or saying anything about it.

 

Nomen Nescio, I do not know your name --- stand up for what you believe -- or you are not worthy of discussion on what you have to say.

 

In Kamloops, I'm Alan Forseth

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

I say that simply because even now, years after George Abbott's comments, we are still having this discussion


Former BC Liberal, and Shuswap MLA, George Abbott

DECEMBER 2010: George Abbott has said the BC Liberals have lost the trust and confidence of many British Columbians, and that he intends to use this campaign to help see it rebuilt.

He has also said he is traveling the province to meet with people to discuss their concerns and ideas … and one of the reasons why he is placing a heavy emphasis on reconnecting with the grassroots is because, and I quote, “if we don’t do that, there will be other parties that will fill that void” … “such as the BC Conservative Party

What I fail to understand however is why it has taken Abbott and the rest of the Liberal leadership hopefuls, ten years to understand the obvious – voters want government to be accountable, and we want our elected MLA’s to actually represent us.


JUNE 2017:  Hmm ... anyone care to reflect back on May 9th, 2017?

The quagmire we are now in, just one short month since May's election, is a direct result of the BC Liberal's continuing rejection of grassroots input to governance.

Seven years ago, as the BC Liberals went through a leadership race following the resignation of Gordon Campbell on November 23rd, 2010.  George Abbott (Shuswap MLA elected in 1996) was pretty much a lone voice in the wilderness acknowledging that; "... the BC Liberals have lost the trust and confidence of many British Columbians ..."

Has anything changed since then?

If the results of May 9th are any indication, they have not.  Which is why we now have the ridiculous state of affairs where we have no idea who our government will be.