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British Columbia's NDP Government: 2017

Re: British Columbia's NDP Government: 2017

Postby hobbyguy » Feb 8th, 2018, 11:38 am

The gift that keeps on giving, the crooked sell out of the education system by Adrian Dix just keeps on being destructive: https://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/british-columbia/bc-school-board-seeks-non-certified-teachers-to-fill-gap/article37895773/

Quantity over quality at great expense. All so the lunatic BCTF can pad their coffers with more dues.

This just highlights the BC NDP's inability to ever get to the simple question, "and then what?". Going off half cocked without a plan always leads to failures and unnecessary unintended consequences.

The BC NDP have been ginning up every little rub into a "major grievance" for a long time to try to pander for a vote here, a vote there. Dividing people as much as possible using schoolyard tactics, and pulling backroom deals for short term appearances and personal political gain. Which is exactly how we have a "government" by the BC NDP at the moment.

Good governance requires striking balance, looking at the whole picture, and looking to the long term.

The current nonsense stunts being pulled by Goerge Heyman and backed by John Horgan clearly show that the BC NDP are not prepared to be citizens of Canada. They also show that the BC NDP are incapable of thinking and acting beyond their immediate "today" impulses.

As Glen Clark learned when he was forced out of the BC NDP bubble into the real world, you check your ideologies when you have responsibilities in the real world.

As every parent learns and knows, the real world responsibilities of raising children require that you put aside childish impulses, and balance your life for benefit of the family in the long run. Wind surfing in Mexico or put money into RRSPs? Sports car or family sedan? Etc.

Canada is our family. We are all Canadians. The BC NDP have no right nor any mandate to divide BC from Canada. Yet that is the silly game they are playing. The stakes in the real world and the balance for our Canadian family clearly show that the TMX is the way forward for a better and more sustainable Canada, yet the BC NDP choose to play schoolyard games and not show any maturity at all.

What is the NDP "plan" here? Do the BC NDP even have a "plan"? It appears not. This is not the schoolyard. The grab bag of ginned up grievances without costing, budgeting, taxation planning that was the BC NDP "platform" was and is not a plan.

The ramifications from the BC NDP tilting at the windmill of the TMX show a tremendous lack of maturity. The issues surrounding the TMX have been debated at length, examined by the experts, and determined to be in the interests of Canada and the environment in broader view terms. There will always be detractors for any project, and those who will use any controversy for personal gain. The BC NDP seem to be stuck in latter category and it is not constructive nor wise.

What is the NDP plan here? Do they want BC to leave Canada? Do they want to reduce Canada to a squabbling schoolyard instead of federation? Grow up fer cryin' out loud.

The lack of real leadership shown by John Horgan through the early days of this NDG government is appalling. Not surprising though. John Horgan did not want the leadership (he said at the time he was not the right person), and in fact the BC NDP had such a dearth of leadership, that in the end, the BC NDP did not even have a leadership campaign nor a membership vote for leadership - which begs the question: without a membership vote of confidence how can a "leader" be effective?

Just what does the BC NDP have in mind to replace the economic activity, jobs and government revenues that the TMX brings? Just how do they expect the fledgling Alberta change of heart toward environmental priorities to succeed if the carrot of the TMX is taken away? Just how do the BC NDP expect to deal with one of the much more numerous container ships (carrying up to 4.5 million gallons of oil - more than a WWII crude oil tanker) if it gets into trouble without the response capabilities that the TMX is bringing and paying for? How do the BC NDP plan to deal with the inevitable increase crude by rail and truck if the TMX is not built? What will the BC NDP say to all of us when gasoline in BC spikes $.20 per liter or more? (How is THAT going to make life in BC "more affordable"???). How are the BC NDP going to deal with being #9,999 on the federal priority list for grants? Is the BC NDP plan to have the Americans make all the profit from the oil sands while doing less than nothing about the environment as Alberta falls back to its old ways? Does the BC NDP want the Alberta NDP and the federal NDP to fail? (Seems so).

This is what happens when you have a political party loaded up with radicals and folks lacking real world experience combined with a leader who is not a natural leader and just doesn't have the skill set nor experience. The BC NDP are heading BC for the poorhouse, and with nothing at all to show for it, even the silly grin is gone.
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Re: British Columbia's NDP Government: 2017

Postby seewood » Feb 9th, 2018, 6:37 am

Great post HG, thanks.
Do the NDP still have the policy where certain ridings have to be filled by a women regardless of qualifications? or are they starting to realize qualifications, smarts and education are also important?
Heyman is an idiot as are many in this party. Wonder how he feels right now? Did he not think Alberta would and Canada for that matter, would just sit back and say fine? https://www.castanet.net/news/Canada/21 ... -intervene

Just dumb, no other word for it.
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Re: British Columbia's NDP Government: 2017

Postby rustled » Feb 9th, 2018, 7:52 am

seewood wrote:Great post HG, thanks.
Do the NDP still have the policy where certain ridings have to be filled by a woman regardless of qualifications? or are they starting to realize qualifications, smarts and education are also important?
Heyman is an idiot as are many in this party. Wonder how he feels right now? Did he not think Alberta would and Canada for that matter, would just sit back and say fine? https://www.castanet.net/news/Canada/21 ... -intervene

Just dumb, no other word for it.

In all fairness, the NDP haven't made it entirely about gender. Women can lose out to someone with more important characteristics, as :
...an equity policy that requires retiring male incumbents to be replaced by candidates who are female, visible minorities, Indigenous, disabled or LGBTQ.
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Spring Hawes filed her nomination papers. On paper, she seemed an ideal candidate. Not only is she female and uses a wheelchair since suffering a spinal cord injury, Hawes had political experience as a councillor in Invermere.

But Hawes lost the nomination to Invermere Mayor Gerry Taft. He declared himself an equity candidate — bisexual, he quietly told party officials, only disclosing his ‘minority’ status after defeating Hawes.
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Re: British Columbia's NDP Government: 2017

Postby The Green Barbarian » Feb 9th, 2018, 8:59 am

rustled wrote:
But Hawes lost the nomination to Invermere Mayor Gerry Taft. He declared himself an equity candidate — bisexual, he quietly told party officials, only disclosing his ‘minority’ status after defeating Hawes.
http://vancouversun.com/opinion/columni ... p-on-power


Their stupidity cost the NDP that seat in Revelstoke. They also lost a seat on Vancouver Island because of their sexist and racist nomination policy. They lost that seat to the Greens though, so it ended up in even dumber hands.
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Re: British Columbia's NDP Government: 2017

Postby George+ » Feb 9th, 2018, 10:39 am

Nah..not Revelstoke..

It is in the WASP area that still refuses to vote for women.

But are you saying the NDP should have had a majority! With the two more seats?
Nice.

Just wait til the left unites!
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Re: British Columbia's NDP Government: 2017

Postby hobbyguy » Feb 9th, 2018, 10:49 am

George+ wrote:Nah..not Revelstoke..

It is in the WASP area that still refuses to vote for women.

But are you saying the NDP should have had a majority! With the two more seats?
Nice.

Just wait til the left unites!


The left will go for a center left party, not the BC NDP Marxist incompetence.

Andrew Weaver and the Greens are dead set on breaking up the BC NDP, and they are doing a good job of it. It helps that the BC NDP are long on yap and study and light on action, especially constructive action. The Greens have already released a complete and well thought out affordable housing strategy. Meanwhile, the BC NDP have released what? on a housing strategy? Nothing, just a few small tactical maneuvers that were released for appearances sake.

Good ole BC NDP, raise a big stink about something that that their junior varsity made worse (bicycle Gregor and demovictions Derek) and then when promising to solve the problem and in a position to act - "uh, oh, uh... the dog ate my homework".
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Re: British Columbia's NDP Government: 2017

Postby George+ » Feb 9th, 2018, 10:52 am

Uh..
The Greens are still fully supporting the NDP.

Their actual housing strategy is not much different.

The NDP is the slow version of the Greens.

Think taxes!
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Re: British Columbia's NDP Government: 2017

Postby rustled » Feb 9th, 2018, 11:03 am

George+ wrote:Uh..
The Greens are still fully supporting the NDP.

Their actual housing strategy is not much different.

The NDP is the slow version of the Greens.

Think taxes!

That's for sure! [icon_lol2.gif]
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Re: British Columbia's NDP Government: 2017

Postby hobbyguy » Feb 9th, 2018, 11:14 am

George+ wrote:Uh..
The Greens are still fully supporting the NDP.

Their actual housing strategy is not much different.

The NDP is the slow version of the Greens.

Think taxes!


What BC NDP housing strategy? Please provide a link. You are conflating a lot of yap with a strategy.

We do agree that the BC NDP are slow. Methinks one has to hold up a stick to see constructive movement by the BC NDP, kinda like watching grass grow.

Typical BC NDP: under bicycle Gregor the junior varsity BC NDP have had 10 years in power in the City of Vancouver. The City of Vancouver has had a policy of 20% social housing since 1988. What actually happened with bicycle Gregor, Geoff Meggs (Horgan's right hand man) and the rest of the BC NDP junior varsity in control? They let the social housing stock drop to 8%. Think about it, if Gregor and his snollygosters had done their jobs (not just yapped) 20% social housing would have a big influence on holding down rents, condo prices (lower demand) and a little on other housing prices as well. But no, Gregor and crew had LOTS of money for bicycle paths and such, but social housing was no fun, so they let it slide. They also ignored the real elephant in the environment of the City of Vancouver - dumping raw sewage into the waters of False Creek and Burrard Inlet. Bicycle paths gave them "creds", so somehow it was OK to continue dumping raw sewage into the waters around them?

I would suggest that all BC NDPers should go swimming in False Creek if they want to understand how much the BC NDP really cares about the environment. Watch what they do, not what they say. The BC NDP are all about appearances, and there is no substance.
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Re: British Columbia's NDP Government: 2017

Postby hobbyguy » Feb 9th, 2018, 12:31 pm

Hmmm... the January jobs numbers are out.

BC falls to 5th place in creating full time jobs. Alberta created 7 times more full time jobs than BC. Hmmm... Rachel seems to have a good handle on the balance needed... Johnny boy? Not so much.

The unemployment rate in BC ticked up more than every province except New Brunswick, PEI and Quebec.... hmmm.

Short term data, but not looking good...
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Re: British Columbia's NDP Government: 2017

Postby George+ » Feb 9th, 2018, 1:23 pm

You have no idea what a Marxist really is.

B.C. has a lot of seasonal workers.

But I hear Trudeau is visiting California.

Must be setting up a whine pipeline for Alberta! and more one time jobs.
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Re: British Columbia's NDP Government: 2017

Postby hobbyguy » Feb 9th, 2018, 2:26 pm

George+ wrote:You have no idea what a Marxist really is.

B.C. has a lot of seasonal workers.

But I hear Trudeau is visiting California.

Must be setting up a whine pipeline for Alberta! and more one time jobs.


Do you have any idea how off the mark and weak that so called defense of the dufus BC NDP clown car looks?

What seasonal workers are speaking of? People picking apples in the orchards in January? Planting vegetables in the Peace?

As I said, it is just 1 month... but it looks like BC is falling behind again, just like the 1990s... same world view, same failed policies... I hope not, but it bears watching.

Yes, no idea of what a Marxist is? Any idea of anything?

Where is that BC NDP housing policy link? Or is: uh, oh, "the dog ate my homework" all you could find?
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Re: British Columbia's NDP Government: 2017

Postby Queen K » Feb 9th, 2018, 2:30 pm

https://www.castanet.net/edition/news-s ... htm#218565

Family Day moving to the rest of the Canada's.

Great oh GREAT said the Hotel and Resort industry, put pressures on the booking system. Instead of having a thousand people needed accomodation, now we have ten thousand.

And they can't gouge.

I don't approve of this move. Not at all. Pressures on airlines, hotels, restaurants. The whole reason it was off step was to allow businesses reap some rewards both weekends. And allow people to get what they want to book.

Nope. This is a "nope."
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Re: British Columbia's NDP Government: 2017

Postby hobbyguy » Feb 9th, 2018, 3:07 pm

Queen K wrote:https://www.castanet.net/edition/news-story-218565-3-.htm#218565

Family Day moving to the rest of the Canada's.

Great oh GREAT said the Hotel and Resort industry, put pressures on the booking system. Instead of having a thousand people needed accomodation, now we have ten thousand.

And they can't gouge.

I don't approve of this move. Not at all. Pressures on airlines, hotels, restaurants. The whole reason it was off step was to allow businesses reap some rewards both weekends. And allow people to get what they want to book.

Nope. This is a "nope."


When, on behalf of management, I negotiated union contracts, we set it up so that it was a floating holiday, anyone who wanted that particular day could take it then, or they could could bank it for use later. Win-win. The company had almost no disruption and the employees could schedule the day for when it suited their family.
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Re: British Columbia's NDP Government: 2017

Postby hobbyguy » Feb 9th, 2018, 5:05 pm

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/bc-pharmacare-changes-2018-1.4528807

"British Columbia has announced plans to eliminate or reduce prescription-drug deductibles for low-income earners.

Health Minister Adrian Dix says single people and families with a net household income under $45,000 will benefit from changes to the Fair PharmaCare plan starting Jan. 1, 2019.

Families earning between $15,000 and $30,000 will no longer pay any deductibles for medication."

Adrian Dix has been very quiet. I will give him some credit for seeming to focus on getting things done, not yap flapping like the rest.

I will also give him credit for this change, which I think is a good one. People shouldn't have to choose between food and meds.
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