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DAY SEVEN ... the week of July 26th to August 1st

HELLO AGAIN ... and welcome to Day Seven, as we look back at the posts and commentaries that caught the most eyes this past week. Let’s get underway with the return of a commentary from the previous week ...


#10 ... HISTORY’S IN THE MAKING ... and Canadians should pay attention (July 21st)

The average Canadian might not be aware, but Leslyn Lewis has a good chance of winning the Conservative Party’s leadership next month.

Born to immigrant parents who left Jamaica in pursuit of freedom, peace, and hope for a better future, Lewis is a mother of two, a successful Bay Street litigator, and a business owner. She holds a master’s in environmental sciences and a PhD in international law. She’s intelligent, articulate, and kind...


#9 ... J. EDWARD LES --
The Hammer and the Dunce (July 27th)

This little piggy went to market, this little piggy went home.

This little piggy had roast beef, this little piggy had none.

This little piggy… went WE, WE, WE all the way home.


Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Canada’s Sultan of Sunny Ways and Grand Pooh-bah of Transparency, is being formally investigated by the Ethics Commissioner for the third time since becoming PM — this time after being caught shoveling oodles of taxpayers’ cash to his best bros at the WE Foundation...



#8 ...
FELDSTED -- We have no reason to allow various foreign-funded non-government organizations to operate in Canada (August 1st)

I cannot dismiss this article by Chris George as I was engaged in the 2015 election, and happened to live in a riding targeted by Leadnow.


I can vouch for the sudden appearance of a few dozen NDP campaign ‘volunteers’ who were not local or affiliated with any of the local NDP organizations. You get to know your opponents over time, and these people were not local
...

 

With talk from the BC Liberals, this past week, and their call for the BC NDP to provide rebates to BC drivers, due to COVID-19, this commentary from back in April resurfaced ...

 

 #7 ... If other public and private insurers can pass on savings of nearly three quarters of a billion dollars, the people of BC deserve the same from ICBC (April 23rd)

Two weeks ago, the Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC), which represents companies providing private auto insurance across Canada (excluding Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and British Columbia), made a major announcement, due to the impacts of COVID-19.

The April 8th media release IBC stated that to help Canadians cope with the financial impact of COVID-19, Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) member companies would be offering substantial consumer relief measures
...


#6 ... DAN ALBAS -- Trudeau Liberal government will, over the course of the next two years, remove the excise exemption for 100% Canadian grown and produced wines

While it would be relatively easy this week to cover the latest developments of the WE Charity Foundation, as they unfold at the Finance Committee, I would rather focus on outcomes of government policies.

More specifically when former Conservative Finance Minister, the late Jim Flaherty, created a very important policy to the Similkameen and Okanagan Valleys
...


#5 ... BC GREEN PARTY announces names of the official candidates running for leadership of the party (July 29th)

This morning I received an email from Lesley Malcolm (Field Team Coordinator for the BC Green Party) advising that the leadership application period has closed, and that there were three official leadership candidates. They are ...


#4 ... FORSETH -- Today was to have shed light on the entire situation – not that any of us expected it to happen – despite the best attempts of the NDP’s Charlie Angus, and Conservative Finance Critic Pierre Poilievre (July 30th)

This afternoon, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau came before the Finance Committee to answer questions about the #WECharity ... and the ensuing chaos that came about as a result of the government handing over nearly ONE BILLION DOLLARS ($900 million) to the WE Charity, before the contract was cancelled.

In the ensuing weeks, we have heard of multiple instances of the family of Justin Trudeau having various roles, and participating in events WE held ... and the same for the governments Finance Minister, Bill Morneau
...


#3 ... THE SIDEWINDER -- John Horgan’s do-it-yourself opioid solution for local government (July 28th)

Throwing up his hands in an apparent admission of defeat, Premier John Horgan has thrown a live grenade into the laps of local governments as he challenges communities to solve their own opioid drug crises.

A few common elements have been present for decades in the systemic failure to deal effectively with drug addiction, alcoholism and the mental illnesses associated with homelessness
...


#2 ... STEVE FORSETH -- Electoral Areas need provincial/federal infrastructure grant programs that don’t force Electoral Areas to compete against bigger communities (July 27th)

This past Saturday – Saanich North and the Islands MLA Adam Olsen wrote in this blog about getting on with a fiscal framework for BC’s Local Governments -- which has been discussed for many years with Provincial Governments of different political stripes (Socreds, NDP, BC Liberals) however I want to look at this from an Electoral Area point of view …


AND NOW ... let’s take a look at the #1 commentary of the week ... it’s from the BC Liberals:

Today’s shocking Site C announcement is a classic example of NDP mismanagement and their lack of leadership on important files (July 31st)

The BC Liberals are raising serious concerns about the NDP’s management of the Site C Project after a report released today by BC Hydro reveals that, despite inheriting the project that was on time and budget in 2017, the NDP has no idea what it will ultimately cost or when it will begin producing electricity ...

And that’s a wrap ... the end of the week ... and tomorrow we’ll begin anew.

Enjoy the rest of your day, and thank you for sharing time with us on BC Politics and More – we appreciate you being here, and making it worthwhile to share what we do   😊

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