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“I am a Canadian, free to speak without fear, free to worship in my own way, free to stand for what I think right, free to oppose what I believe wrong, or free to choose those who shall govern my country. This heritage of freedom I pledge to uphold for myself and all mankind.” ~~ John G. Diefenbaker

DAY SEVEN … a look back at the week of December 8th to 14th


Hello again … it's Sunday, and time to take a look back at the top posts of the week.  This week saw the largest number of posts (3) returning to the top ten, for a second week in a row.  The first of those was from Adam Olsen, and it takes the #10 spot …

#10 … ADAM OLSEN -- It is the oxygen for the fire and what was once small quickly grows out of control and it is usually fueled by speculation (December 7th)

it’s not always easy to confront the discomfort head on. However, it is much better to go straight at the issue than to let the discontent foment. Often a lack of response is interpreted through an individual’s own perspective and the quiet is, by extension, agreement with the disagreement or vice-versa


#9 … FELDSTED –- Getting rid of the minions, who party officers’ control, is not a solution to the internal competition for control among Party factions (December 14th)

painting Mr. Scheer as a miscreant for accepting the Party offer is outrageous; it is the Party officers who should have known that they were in breach of their fiduciary trust of member donations … public release of the internal arrangements was deliberate, slanderous and viscous


#8 … FELDSTED - Two years after the change was to happen, they announce the change they promised five years earlier and bury overrun costs as best as they can (December 11th)

trips by recently appointed Deputy Prime Minister of Canada, Christina Freeland, to the US and Mexico, are also window dressing. This is the tiresome nonsense that governments love. They announce a grand change to programs with great gusto. Two years later they re-announce the same change in an economic update


#7 … FORSETH -- It shows, once again, that political parties are run by a select few at the top, with little influence by rank and file members (December 14th)

the results of the campaign speak for themselves – another term for the Liberals for as long as their minority government lasts. The fact that underhanded maneuvering, by some at the top, forced Andrew Scheer to set in place a new leadership campaign is, to say the least, disappointing



#6 … Government can start to heal regional divisions by alleviating this jobs crisis impacting 1000’s of workers, their families and communities across BC ~~ Conservative MP Cathy McLeod (December 11th)

Canada’s forestry sector supports about 140,000 jobs and generates about $4 billion in revenues annually for British Columbia … since the crisis began, at least 20 lumber mills have been forced to shut down or restrict production … thousands of people across 27 communities in BC are out of work

Coming in at number five, is a story from a week and a half ago, regarding BC Conservative leader Trevor Bolin, about the start of construction on the Trans Mountain pipeline …

#5 … This is news that all Canadians can celebrate, as work gets started on the long-awaited Trans Mountain Pipeline’ ... BC Conservative leader Trevor Bolin (December 6th)

BC Conservative leader Trevor Bolin was in full agreement with the words of the Alberta Energy Minister.  What’s good for our neighbours in Alberta, is good for us in BC and great for all of Canada”


#4 … It’s one thing to support an emerging industry, but it’s quite another to prioritize taxpayer dollars for previously illegal enterprises, says Forestry Critic John Rustad (December 9th)

… “To think that John Horgan and the NDP have created a relief program for illegal cannabis growers at a time when the forestry industry is imploding and forestry workers throughout the province are struggling to survive, shows you the misguided priorities of this government,” said Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Critic and Nechako Lakes MLA John Rustad



I do not like how it affects ego and how people change when they are chasing a leadership position, or are honoured with it. Of course, I am speaking in generalities here, however, I believe we need to reconstruct leadership.  I think we should be more willing to share the burden and work together to accomplish the things we need to accomplish


#2 … ‘When voters head to the polls for the next provincial election, the riding of Kelowna-Mission will be strongly represented with our Made in BC 5 Point plan’ ~~ Trevor Bolin, BC Conservative Party leader (December 10th)

Forestry workers, resource workers, those in ranching and agriculture, and every other hard-working British Columbian deserve better than they have been receiving under the current or previous government. “We’ll be there to provide it!”, Bolin concluded.


And now … back again for a second week as the most read post … here is number one:



international politics is measured in points and is like money; one can create a political deficit that reflects badly in future dealings. Trudeau is well on the road to rendering Canada inconsequential in international dealings


And that’s the week that was December 8th to 14th.  Thanks for joining us … thanks for your suggestions on posts to consider writing … and thanks especially, for making sure others know about the Thoughts on BC Politics and More blog site.

Have a great week ahead, and we’ll see you back here again tomorrow.

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