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DAY SEVEN … the week of February 2nd to 8th

Hello again, and welcome to Day Seven … a look back over this past week, and the stories that most caught your attention. Not surprisingly, resource and energy matters top the list this week … but ICBC, and even a post regarding Ezra Levant, make a visit as well. Let’s get under way with Number Ten …

#10 … BC Premier John Horgan gives tepid ‘acceptance’ of court ruling, while Alberta Jason Kenney states Appeal Court ruling a ‘victory for common sense’ (February 4th)

While there has, as of yet, been no official media release from the BC government regarding the Appeal Courts decision, in a story in the Vancouver Sun, they stated that Premier John Horgan ... accepts the court ruling even though he is “not enamoured” with the prospect of a seven-fold increase in tanker traffic in the Strait of Juan de Fuca and Salish Sea

(February 5th)

on the subject of Government bills introduced to date, I will give the Liberal government some credit for introducing legislation likely to get passed. There have been just five Government bills introduced. Two of these are operating bills such as appropriations and oaths of office

#8 … AARON GUNN: This actually undermines the very basis of confederation, that together we are stronger than we would be apart (February 4th)

there have been warning signs that they could delay, or outright reject, Teck Resources $20 billion Frontier oil sands project … this, even though the project has cleared every regulatory hurdle, exceeded every environmental requirement, and has the support of all 14 First Nations in the area

and the other on the other side of the fence ... and things get shaky. Well you just might fall, and hurt yourself. I suppose you can still, for commentary purposes and to make a point, describe such things in this way notwithstanding this panic driven politically correct world we now live in

#6 … We are extremely proud of the broad support we have across northern BC ... this is why the situation we find ourselves in today is so disappointing (February 6th)

it is disappointing that the Hereditary Chiefs sought to have our legal permits rescinded by the provincial government. We are grateful to the Province for their commitment to our project and for their respect for the six years of exceptional effort expended to achieve not only our permits but also the support of our 20 partner Indigenous communities, local communities and the public who recognize the benefits our project will deliver

asserting constitutional provincial sovereignty will make an arrogant federal government a natural common enemy and counter the divisiveness that is destroying this nation and our way of life … we must make the case that the federal government must confine itself to its constitutional responsibilities and allow the provinces to exercise the full range of their constitutional authorities ...

#4 … PECKFORD: He is supposed to have violated the Elections Act for spending over $500 on elections advertising expenses. Now if that is not Russian style these days, I don’t know what is! (February 3rd)

since when has to the two largest countries geographically changed places? Canada becomes Russia and vis versa. We have Trudeau’s Election Commission chasing after Ezra Levant because he wrote a book (‘The Libranos: What the Media Won’t Tell You About Justin Trudeau’s corruption’) and publicized it on billboards

lost somewhat perhaps, with news of the Court of Appeal Ruling on the Trans Mountain Pipeline, was news regarding the Wiggus Table that had been held over a period of seven days. The Wiggus table, with the Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chiefs, was related to the stalled Coastal GasLink Project

#2 … BC’s NDP government plans for ICBC to deliver lower rates and better benefits - BC Liberals asks why should we trust the NDP - BC Conservatives say completion makes for an open and transparent choice for consumers (February 7th)

the insurance monopoly has been described as an out of control dumpster fire ... we have seen outrageous rate increases ... some (many?) have said it was on the road to insolvency ... they’ve had so-called ‘excess capitol’ syphoned off into government revenues ... some have said they are tired of going in to make a claim and being treated like a criminal ...

AND NOW … let’s take a look at the #1 commentary of the week …

let me just say it seems like governments (pick one, any one) will spend inordinate amounts of money on ‘planning’ in all manner of things, when common sense instead could be used for a tenth the cost, and the remaining 90 per cent could instead be used in the actual delivery of programs and services

I hope you’ll have an opportunity to check out any of these commentaries you may have missed this past week … and I’d also like to encourage you to let your friends know about this blog site, and the type of stories they’ll find here.

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See you tomorrow ……


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