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DAY SEVEN … the week of December 1st to 7th


This week Adam Olsen cleans up with three posts in the Top 10 … while John Feldsted had two there as well!  As for discussions?  Andrew Scheer was one … the forestry crisis continues to be a grave concern for many … and the start to getting the Trans Mountain Pipeline was heralded as a positive step for BC, Alberta, and for Canada.

So … let’s get underway … here is …

#10 … Kamloops Thompson Cariboo Conservative MP Cathy McLeod holds government to account on BC forestry crisis (December 6th)

The Prime Minister (Justin Trudeau) didn’t give the courtesy of a response and left it to the Deputy Prime Minister, who struggled through an answer to my question,” said McLeod



WHY is the provincial NDP government allowing someone with over SIX HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS IN UNPAID FINES ... contempt of court charges for continued violations ... and multiple stop work orders to continue in (the asbestos removal) business


#8 … ADAM OLSEN -- I decided to share her perspective here, because I felt it was a fair representation of much of the sentiment that people shared with me (December 2nd)

I received a lot of feedback from my constituents during the labour disruption. One of those messages was from Judy Reimche, a grandmother and a former journalist on the Saanich Peninsula


#7 … DAN ALBAS -- What is the one issue that you most want to see referenced in this week’s Throne Speech as a priority of the Federal Government? (December 4th)

as critics, it is part of our job to hold the government to account. It is also our responsibility to not just oppose but also to propose policy and solutions that we believe can be of benefit to the citizens that we are elected to serve


#6 … ADAM OLSEN -- Whether it was phone calls, coffee or board meetings, he sat through them all, soaking in the information and the attention (December 4th)

I remember that first board meeting he attended with my colleagues' questioning eyes scrutinizing my decision to bring a child into the important business meeting. Maybe it was only my sensitivity but I got the idea that, for some, a child’s presence in the room diminished the importance of the work



#5 … SLOW NEWS CYCLE? The following was sent out not once, not twice, but three times, by the Prime Ministers Office (December 2nd)

How do you know it’s a slow news day ... or that Justin Trudeau and the mainstream media will find any reason for a photo op?


#4 …
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)


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. On the political landscape, silence equals a lack of accountability or an unwillingness to be transparent


#3 … FELDSTED - All this was predictable, and is easily traced to the decision to shut Max Bernier out of a significant role in the Scheer-led party (December 2nd)

the ‘dump Scheer’ narrative lacks advice on who could do a better job or on how to fix the party to prevent the next leader from becoming another victim of internal interference and bickering. If the people promoting a change in leadership have no constructive solutions


#2 … 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” ...


AND … this post topped everything else for the week … a runaway winner … with four times as many people reading, it as the one above which came in at #2 …


Trudeau fails to realize that if there was a “jaw dropping” announcement or pronouncement during the press interview, Trump’s political enemies will jump on it. It is important to avoid the perception of appearing as one of those political enemies when dealing with a neighbour, important trading partner and defence ally

We thank you again for taking time to spend with us here on Thoughts on BC Politics and More … you are the reason we do this each and every week!

Enjoy the rest of your day, and we'll be back tomorrow with more to discuss on political, economic, and social issues affecting British Columbia ... and Canada.

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