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Job Creation -- Fiscal Responsibility -- and a Social Conscience ... all things which can, and should, be an easy fit

The beauty of having Google Alerts set in place, for things relating BC Politics, is that I will often times get notices on stories that I may not otherwise have come across.
Such was the case this morning, as I received a notification regarding an editorial in the Victoria Times Colonist entitled, "BC Liberals Face New Reality"
In it, the writer of the editorial stated, "Most voters can say where the NDP and Greens stand on raising the minimum wage, increasing income assistance, subsidizing child care or strengthening public education. These are all key planks of a centre-left platform."
No problem there -- most would agree with that -- however I would also add they are NOT keen on raising the hackles of their base by approving industrial, resource, and similar projects.Not with their support firmly settled in the large metro area of the lower mainland ... and on Vancouver Island ... the younger, greener, anti-traditional job creation projects people.
Green-lighting t…

Black Lives Matter Is Not a Hate Group? Sorry but I have to disagree!

J. Richard Cohen is president of the Southern Poverty Law Center, and recently penned a piece in Time magazine entitled, "Black Lives Mater is not a Hate Group".Sorry but I have to disagree.  Any group that vehemently opposes others, is in my opinion, a hate group.In this case, it appears that Black Lives Matter oppose, and dare I say 'hate', uniformed police officers.  Not just the few who have abused their position, but they seem to have tarred many with the same brush of hatred and abuse.  Police officers, who wear the uniform, are most certainly not all guilty of abuse.
Cohen spoke in his piece saying, "Generally speaking, hate groups are, by our definition, those that vilify entire groups of people based on immutable characteristics such as race or ethnicity."
He also stated that, "There’s no doubt that some protesters who claim the mantle of Black Lives Matter have said offensive things, like the chant "pigs in a blanket, fry 'em like bac…

Voters are desperate for elected officials to quit with the BS. However that request is a double sided sword

Today is a little bit of this ... and a little bit of that.In between paying bills and checking our family budget online, a diverted a few times to check out things politically.
That led me initially to an article in the Maple Ridge News by Cheryl Ashlie (a former Maple Ridge school trustee, City Councillor, Constituency Assistant and current Citizen of the Year).
I have to say that at least for me, this individual has hit the nail on the head, about what is needed for political success.Indeed she should be cultivated as a candidate.  
Paraphrasing her article she stated that when she was young she didn't really pay attention to politics ... she became older and then did ... she listened to the platforms and voted accordingly ... and then watched as the party in power blatantly ignored what they said they would do.
Sound familiar?
Her article closed with the following observation: Aside from the occasional blip, voter turnout has been on the decline for the past 50 years. There are many…

Today they clearly had killing this HIGH PAYING / UNION JOB CREATING project dead in its tracks

NOT eco-extremists ...
NOT eco- terrorists ...
BUT certainly the BC NDP, propped up by Andrew Weavers Green Party, could perhaps now be called eco-radicals!
What else do they DESERVE to be called after fully stating that they will do everything in their power to oppose, and shut down, the twinning of the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline?
Running 750 miles, this pipeline has operated safely now for sixty four years (since 1953).Not only does the Trans Mountain pipeline run through Kamloops, it is an important part of the pipeline.As Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain Pipeline portion of their website states: 
Refined products from Edmonton are routed to Kamloops for local distribution. Kamloops is also a receiving site for products from northeastern British Columbia that are bound for the west coast. The facility contains two storage tanks with a shell capacity of 160,000 barrels (25,000 m³).
Despite the fact this project is LEGALLY able to go ahead (projected to start in September) af…

IF the party does no better from within, than in its' recent past then Mel will be right

THE ARMCHAIR MAYOR SAID TODAY ... "OH, GOSH when will the BC Conservatives give up and find something better to do?"

This of course followed my latest commentaryin which, nearing the end, I made the following disclosure:

And now a confession must be made because just a short time ago (prior to completing this post), I received an invitation to rejoin the BC Conservative Party … I have done so.

Those who know me will understand that my heart has always been with the BC Conservatives.  I hope that the corner has been turned on past difficulties.  Let the rebuild begin!

Did I have to post a response to Mel?  Of course not, but I did think that perhaps just a short comment might not be bad, so I said:

I know you won’t be surprised that I disagree with you Mel.  You stated:

For months, Forseth has been asking plaintively whether it’s time for a rightwing alternative. The answer is, not any time soon, and if it is, the BC Conservatives haven’t demonstrated they have any right to the…