“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

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.”