“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

Monday, December 31, 2018

FELDSTED: Political candidates should be focused on how they can meet our needs, not pedaling party policy like a used car warranty (they are worth about the same)

Many of us are struggling, in particular pensioners, people who have lost jobs, people who can’t find jobs, those who suffer disabilities, and those who are homeless or poor.  It does not stop there. Most of us find that costs are steadily increasing, and incomes are not keeping pace. With each passing year, we have less left to sustain us.

We can look forward to 2019 as a watershed year. Increasing numbers are done and finished with governments that are not working for us. Many people tell me that they know change is needed, and then wonder who might lead that change.

Canada’s strength has always been with its people, not with its institutions. From our earliest days, people came together and built churches and community halls to serve them, not to manage or rule them. Canada is founded on building institutions that serve us.
Over time government leaders have created a system where the government controls us rather than serves us – it operates on the false premise that it has sole authority to decide which issues are the priority for us.

Collectively, we have allowed this gradual transformation, assuming that the people we elect have our best interests at heart. In many cases, they are good people who want to serve us.  Unfortunately, they are overridden by party officials and leader’s office strategists. Those people want to avoid alienating voters ... they pander to special interest groups ... and do whatever is necessary to either retain or gain power. To them, national and public interests are of no consequence.

Saturday, December 29, 2018

MUIR: To execute the key points of the Rockefeller document strategy, the group commenced a decade-long campaign to taint the world’s image of Canada, and turn Canadians against each other ... it was a brilliant success

RE-PRINTED with permission:

Canada’s debilitating inability to gain fair market value for its largest export commodity – crude oil – has become the top economic story of 2018. It will likely dominate headlines in 2019.

It’s so bad that heavyweight energy investors with large bets on Canada are now seeing fit to write courtly letters to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau explaining the nature of their business, since there seems to be no other way for him to know it. They’re probably wondering why they’re wasting time, with so many of their brethren having already hightailed it out of Canada.

Just a few years ago, oil executives encountered in Calgary seemed like a taut and eager breed of problem solvers — sharp-eyed and ready to spring on the next challenge. 

No longer.  So, “Why is the patient so ill?” 

The recent oil price crash threw an unexpected wrench into the works, yet broader economic conditions are favourable. Money is still fairly cheap. Success is not hampered by a shortage of labour or know how. New oil sands projects are coming online and the result is a record amount of our heavy oil being produced and ready for export.

All of this should add up to success, but that’s not what’s happening.  The simple fact that Canadian oil is being heavily discounted seems an insufficient explanation for the current funk. So, does the banal observation that a lack of pipelines is the problem. There is more to it.

The time we are living in right now, suddenly bears an uncanny resemblance to the future envisaged a decade ago in an environmentalist strategy document.  A document now infamous in the Canadian energy business: The Rockefeller Strategy, so named because of the foundation on whose letterhead it was circulated.

The basic strategy was to raise the negatives of the oil sands, raise costs, slow down and stop infrastructure, and enroll key decision-makers in opposition to Canada’s oil industry. Ten years later, all of those things have come to pass.

Thursday, December 27, 2018

FELDSTED: Why do some people think they have the power to limit our freedom of expression, and tell us an issue or topic is off limits because they know the ‘proper’ answers. DARE TO BE DIFFERENT!

Dare to be different – Part 1 

Most of us are so beleaguered with tasks, fretting over our bank accounts, and honouring our commitments to family and friends, we have little time left to enough to enjoy the love and warmth that our families and friends bring to us over the holidays and all year through. 

The day to day struggle often seems overwhelming, but much of that is an illusion.

Each and every one of you is important. You are a vital part of what Canada is. You are law abiding, caring, empathetic, generous, intelligent, loving, reasonable, responsible citizens. You give what you can afford (or a bit more) to charities, you volunteer in service clubs, to your community centre or school or kids sports team or a soup kitchen, homeless shelter ... there is no end to the list.

That is why we must dare to be different.

We need to confront political correctness. Why do some people think they have the power to limit our freedom of expression? They try to tell us an issue or topic is off limits because they know the ‘proper’ answers. They can’t defend their positions and attack anyone who dare to question them. We have graduate degrees from the school of hard knocks. We will not be degraded by anyone. If they are not civil and polite, they can expect to be called out as the ignorant and uncivil thugs they are.
Political parties and politicians are locked in a power struggle. They promise us more and better, but not much changes after an election. We are stuck with too much expensive government that does not change to avoid doing more of the same the previous government did.

We wonder why Andrew Scheer and the Conservative Party don’t get more press when they confront Justin Trudeau's  Liberal government. The answer is distressingly simple. The Liberals have an 11-seat majority. That means they cannot be defeated by the combined opposition. No matter how correct opposition criticism is or how stupid government policies are, the Liberals cannot be brought down until October 2019. They are politically bullet proof.

We can demand answers from our MPs. We will get garble for answers, but come October, we can vote accordingly.

We must get loud and proud. We need to e-mail and write to our representatives and write letters to the editor expressing our views. We need to speak up. We need to destroy the myth of a ‘silent majority’ and let our representatives know we are neither silent nor happy. They will hear and heed us or suffer the consequences.

We need to produce our list of election issues. We must not allow political parties to decide what the issues will be. They exist to serve us not to rule us. If they can’t or won’t take a stand on the issues we raise, don’t vote for them. We don’t need to kiss anyone’s rear end.

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

2018 - a look back with Alan Forseth, Ben Besler, John Feldsted, Frank Leonard, and guests

As the year 2018 comes to a close, I thought you might be interested in the top 18 most read blog posts of the year.  The covered things like the tragedy of overdose deaths ... Justin Trudeau’s continued experiments in social engineering ... a third vote in BC regarding how we would vote ... the United Nations ... leadership ... populism politics ... and more.

We appreciate the comments you have made over the past year ... story suggestions (please keep those coming) ... and friends we have made through this blog site.

May the new year be a time of reflection, and good things for you and your family.  We’ll be hear again in 2019, and hopefully with we what say and share, you’ll take time to questions what we are fed from our politicians, and if it makes sense or not.

Now ... here the Top 18 ... for 2018

#18  BC Conservative Party leadership campaign will open on October 29, 2018

A leadership race timeline has been adopted for the BC Conservatives.  This morning (April 7th) current party President Ryan Warawa stated, "I would like to begin by thanking Scott Anderson for doing a tremendous job as Interim Leader of the BC Conservative Party, and congratulate Justin Greenwood on recently having been named as the Party’s Interim Deputy Leader" ...

I find it interesting to note, given all of the recent hypocrisy about racial intolerance, the words to the national anthem of our country ...

#16  JOHN FELDSTED:  Every election is a sort of advance auction sale of stolen goods 

Henry Louis Mencken (1880 – 1956) was an American journalist, essayist, satirist, cultural critic and scholar of American English. He was of the opinion that ...

#15  ALLEN HERN: Asking men in leadership to set aside their egos, in the interest of a greater good, is an unlikely prospect -- it would require a miracle

At the risk of wasting my breath and my time, I want to express the following suggestion ...

To deal with the carnage addictions to drugs,alcohol, tobacco, and
gambling wreak on a small portion of BC residents,government slaps a mini band-aid on the problem, instead of the biggest size needed for a gaping wound

I admit to be stymied, or better yet obstructed, from getting information that I believe is pertinent for all British Columbians to know – BEFORE the legal sale of cannabis begins in October.  It’s information I have requested both from the Ministry of Health … and from the Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions.  And what is it that I’ve been trying to find out?  Pretty simple really

Monday, December 24, 2018

May the message of Christmas fill your life with joy and peace. Best wishes to you and your family

Alan Forseth:
Much has happened over the past year, and we have commented on many of the events impacting the people of BC, and across Canada – we’ll continue to do that in the coming year.  

Thank you for sharing the journey.

I hope you have a wonderful Christmas blessed with happiness and joy – and may 2019 be a year of new beginnings.

Happy Holidays ...
Alan Forseth

Frank Leonard:
Simply said, I appreciate the response to my blog commentaries on “lessons in leadership”.  I wish everyone a Very Merry Christmas.

Sincerely ...
Frank Leonard

John Feldsted:
I deeply appreciate your feedback, comments and the tips on issues of interest you send.  
There is far too much mail to allow me to reply to everyone, but nothing goes unread. May the Spirit of Christmas comfort you in these chaotic times.

Best regards ...
John Feldsted

Sunday, December 23, 2018

FELDSTED: Our politicians don’t comprehend that when they listen to these twits, they will pay the price

What you see above is a singer, and a botanist,
pretending they are world climate gurus
Neil Young returning to Winnipeg for 2 February concerts 
By Kevin Hirschfield ~~ Global News ~~ December 22, 2018 

Rock legend Neil Young is coming home to Winnipeg for two concerts.

Young announced on Facebook that he will be playing a pair of shows at two different locations: one on Feb. 3 at the Burton Cummings Theatre and one on Feb. 4 at the Centennial Concert Hall. 

AFTER HIS PERFORMANCES at Fort McMurray, I would not contribute a dime to this elitist snob.

What you see in the image above, is a singer (Neil Young - left), and a botanist (David Suzuki - right), pretending they are world climate gurus. Wherever they go, both leave carbon footprints the size of a dinosaur – meanwhile, they beat a drum telling the rest of us to shape up.

The only reason they come to Canada at all is because they can spout their nonsense, without getting hung or tossed in jail -- we are civilized, lawful and polite. They stride into our living rooms, defecate and leave laughing.

Saturday, December 22, 2018

WARAWA When we are united together as Conservatives, we are stronger

BC Conservative Party
Leader Ryan Warawa

A message from BC Conservative Party President, Ryan Warawa:

Season’s greetings! I hope you are having a wonderful holiday season with your friends and family. I am writing you to give you some important updates on the BC Conservative Party.

Annual General Meeting

The Party held a successful Annual General Meeting at the Sandman Hotel and Suites in Kelowna on November 24th. A revised Constitution and By-laws was adopted, and a number of new policies were passed. To read a press release about our new School Choice policy, please visit the link here.

I am also happy to announce that the following individuals were elected to the 2018-2019 Board of Directors at our 2018 AGM:

  • President: Ryan Warawa
  • Vice President: Jeff Bridge
  • Treasurer: Bob Bray
  • Secretary: Glen Chernen
  • Directors at Large: Gurjinder Bains, Justin Greenwood, Darryl Seres, Christopher Wilson and Matthew Breeden

Nanaimo By-election
With former MLA Leonard Krog having resigned to become the new Mayor of Nanaimo, Premier John Horgan must call a by-election in Nanaimo over the coming months.

The Party has opened up nominations for prospective candidates to apply to run as a BC Conservative in Nanaimo. If you are interested in running for the nomination, you may request a Candidate Application Package by emailing bcconservatives@hotmail.com.

Applications will be accepted until December 31, 2018, and prospective candidates will be reviewed by the Party’s Candidate Selection Committee. The Board of Directors will then meet to appoint the Party’s candidate in Nanaimo. We anticipate announcing our Conservative candidate for Nanaimo in early January 2019.

THOMPSON: We need more disruption in politics … as opposed to more entrenchment

BC Liberal Leader
Andrew Wilkinson

Dear BC Liberals who opposed Pro-Rep,

The first two times the majority wanted to change, and change is needed. Your assessment that the current system challenges fair regional representation is correct. However, the choice of the Andrew Wilkinson and the BC Liberals to oppose the process, made it a partisan issue -- that choice was errant.

When you opposed Proportional Representation (ProRep) you joined ranks with Bill Tieleman, and other NDP supporters, who wanted it opposed also.

Now, as in the past, a large swath of the population is without representation - the artisan class, farmers, small business people, gig economy people etc ... all have their interests subordinated to the mass of the trio - big government, big business and big labour. We are destined, for now, to the established pattern of politics in BC – furthermore, this outcome has given the NDP what they actually wanted.

I do share your assessment of the execution of the process, so poor one could deduce the loss was intentional - on the NDP's part. If you believe all people need representation in government, you will lament the absence of reform, and the poor execution on the part of the government.

This was a blow to the 1/3 of the population that is presently being taxed without representation, which leaves the grayness of the status quo is here to greet us.

We need more disruption in politics … as opposed to more entrenchment, which sees a hideous outcome to a hideous process.

Neil Edward Thompson lives in Kamloops, British Columbia, and is President at Inverine Consultancy.  He studied at Thompson Rivers University - TRU World