“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, 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.

Perhaps it's time we have our laws reflect some of our more common sense and traditional practices



It's been a while since I've written a blog post. Much has transpired in BC politics since, and I am usually one to write about my thoughts on the topic. Especially now, as we have an unholy union on the left and no voice what-so-ever on the right.

Let me ask you a question. Honestly, do you think that the BC Liberals can elect a leader who can bring the common sense conservative base back to the coalition? Or will the BC Conservatives, I mean ... and I beg your new brandings pardon... the Conservatives of BC, do it instead?

Well that topic is already depressing me, so I am going to go over to the medicine cabinet, pour a drink, and read the Vancouver Sun.

Could it get worse?  Well look at that.  What did I find, you ask?

Just look at how we protest and make things happen,
beer in hand, compared to the rest of the world.
“Beer on the Beach: Vancouverites plan to protest liquor laws by drinking at English Bay”

Despite the madness at the legislature these days, I think British Columbians are starting to renew my faith in humanity. Just look at how we protest and make things happen – beer in hand - compared to the rest of the world.

Just for the fun of it, lets do a quick comparison with our neighbours to the south, shall we.

While Americans are talking about building walls, BC can't help themselves but open up new bridges. While Americans are beating the hell out of each other in political protests, British Columbians protest our own crazy laws by walking down to the beach with their six pack's and beer bellies to demonstrate the unthinkable, the cracking open a cold one in public.

Whatever your take on some of these laws, you have to admit we have a better handle on our protests and can generally tap our politicians for things in ways most other jurisdictions haven't figured out.