Skip to main content

“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

Economic recovery out of sight in Budget 2021 -- BC Liberals

After a delay of two months, British Columbians expecting a plan to help restore their economic health will find little support in John Horgan’s latest bungled budget.

“British Columbians were looking for a shot of optimism that the NDP had a plan going forward, that individuals and small businesses who have struggled for the past year would get some help,” said Mike Bernier, BC Liberal Critic for Finance. “What we saw will be a disappointment to those people. There’s no plan for economic recovery, there’s still no jobs plan, and there’s nothing to make British Columbians feel hopeful about the future of this province as we move beyond COVID-19.”

While we are in the third wave of the pandemic:

  • Health authorities are seeing a cut of $1.1 billion in funding
  • School districts are seeing a cut of $53 million
  • There are no new supports to help people get by immediately, today
  • There is no new, comprehensive funding for jobs and economic recovery
  • For months, the BC Liberals have called for a private-sector jobs plan, and a jobs plan for women and youth — these are missing in action
  • There is no funding for the George Massey Tunnel Replacement
  • John Horgan is getting two new schools in Sooke, but on the Lower Mainland there is no new Burke Mountain School and no new Olympic Village School
  • The second Surrey Hospital is only notionally in the capital plan, with no immediate funding

“All you need to know about the NDP’s priorities is that the Minister of Jobs – the one in charge of economic recovery – saw his budget cut,” said Bernier. “The recovery grant funding is from last March, which illustrates just how incompetent they’ve been. They’ve abandoned their commitment to affordability. There’s no new support for individuals who are struggling to pay their bills, the $400 annual renters’ rebate has disappeared, and they’ve actually cut funding to school districts.”

“John Horgan has repeatedly said we’re all in this together, but this budget doesn’t deliver on that promise. The only plan seems to be an expansion of government services. It’s not a stretch to say Horgan and the NDP have blown it for all of us.”


Popular posts from this blog

It seems the call for blood donors is being responded to, however ... “This effort is a marathon, not a sprint” says Canadian Blood Services

A week and a half ago I wrote the commentary ... “ While the national inventory is currently strong, an increase in blood donor cancellations is a warning sign of potential challenges to maintaining a health inventory of blood ” It was written as a result of talk about a potential blood shortage that would occur if people stopped donating due to the COVID-19 virus. It seems the call to Canadians was responded to, however, as I was told this afternoon ... “ T his effort is a marathon, not a sprint ”. As it now stands now, donors are able to attend clinics which are held in Vancouver (2), Victoria, Surrey, and in Kelowna, so I asked if there any plans to re-establish traveling clinics to others communities - for example in Kamloops, Prince George, Prince Rupert, Revelstoke or Cranbrook, and perhaps further north at perhaps Ft. St. John? According to Communications Lead Regional Public Affairs Specialist Marcelo Dominguez, Canadian Blood Services is still on

FEDLSTED -- Rules will have to relax-- the question is how and when

The media has created a fervour over the mathematical models that allegedly help governments predict the future of Coronavirus infections in the general population. Mathematical modelling has limited use and value. We need to understand is that the data available on Coronavirus (COVID-19) infections in Canada is far too small for statistical reliability. The data available for the whole world is useless due to variables in how nations responded to Coronavirus infections. There is no commonality in steps taken to combat virus spread and no similarity in the age demographics of world nations, so the numbers you see on the daily tracking of world infections are not useful in developing a model of infection rates that can be relied on. Mathematical models of the future spread of Coronavirus are better than nothing, but not a whole lot better.  Mathematical models must include assumptions on virus spreads, and various factors involved. As they are used in projections, a small erro

WUN FEATHER -- can we just put those two names to bed for a while? You can call me an ‘Indian’ and I won't mind. And let's not call the farmers and ranchers ‘Settlers’ anymore

Hey there # TeamCanada !   I can't take it any more! Well, I guess I can, but I don't want to. I want to talk about the names we call each other. My very best friends, and all my Elderly Aunts and Uncles call me an Indian. I have walked into the most magnificent dining hall at the Air Liquide Head office, Quai D'orsay in Paris, France, surrounded by the worlds top producing Cryogenics team, and Patrick Jozon, the President of Air Liquide, has seen me enter the room, and yelled: " Bonjour! There is Warren! He is my Indian friend from Canada! He and I chased Beavers together in Northern BC!" And over 400 people turned to look at me and then they all smiled, and nodded. To most European people, an Indian is an absolute ICON!   The ultimate symbol of North America. They love us. And then, one time I had just gotten married and took vacation days off to take my new wife to meet my Grandmother; I was so proud. But as soon a


Show more