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NDP Green nonaggression pact could end Clark's political career
Pouring cold water on Liberals deathbed repentance
Whoop-dee-doo Liberal leader hops skytrain
NDP and Greens Attack Throne Speech: ‘You Have to Change Before an Election’
BC Liberals unveil agenda ‘with humility’, drawing heavily from opposition platforms.
In the church of Naomi Klein
So here goes, as it could happen Monday but more probably Thursday
Ten possible explanations for the B.C. Liberals' colossal policy flip-flop
Whatever the case may be I think we can all agree that the stench of desperation waffling from Clark and the B.C. Liberals can be smelled across the province and their next move is really anyone's guess.
The Liberals and their right-wing full court press, eh!
B.C. election result makes Greater Vancouver Board of Trade members uneasy
BC needs a corruption inquiry
Trust the CBC to spew out their right-wing nonsense once again. Liberals true to form are representing themselves, the one percenters, as opposed to the NDP who are representing the vast majority of BC citizens, but the CBC has to try and drag the NDP down in the gutter with the Liberals. Pathetic!
Theatre of the absurd: Day 1 of historic week in B.C. politics sees contradictions by all parties
Marty's Brown is about the only journalist that has his finger on the pulse of BC politics, as he clearly and accurately describes the BC Premier's pathetic attempts to avoid her coming rendez vous with reality on Thursday, June 29th
Chrisy Clark continues to crash and burn with every breath she has taken since the May 9th, 2017 election
Premier Wile E Coyote's last run
Christy Clark is the kind of feminist that makes women's lives worse
The longest-serving female premier in Canadian history will end up with the same reputation as Margaret Thatcher. The real sexism here is employed by the Christy Clark government against the women of British Columbia. Sexism doesn't exist in a vacuum. Sexism can't flow uphill. Only the most self-interested would claim that the wealth and whiteness of a person doesn't influence how they are treated vis à vis their gender. It's self-evident. So why are we not capable of challenging Christy Clark and Suzanne Anton and these women who are waging a war on the poor in British Columbia?
Former British Columbia premier Christy Clark will resign as leader of the provincial Liberal party
Former British Columbia premier Christy Clark will resign as leader of the provincial Liberal party
Hats off to the stupidist political commentator, from the sleaziest publication in Canada.
You've been doing one hell of a job Kelly!
Kelly McParland: Christy Clark is the Terminator of B.C. politics: She'll be back
Anyone who has followed Clark cannot be surprised by her reluctance to accept the will of the people just because it went against her
Christy Clark is done
For the good of her party, she must go
“You see, in this world there’s two kinds of people, my friend: Those with loaded guns and those who dig. You dig.” — Clint Eastwood in The Good, The Bad and The Ugly.
British Columbia’s election came down Monday to a final, climactic showdown, a political shootout between the BC Liberals, NDP and Greens — where only two winners could emerge.
And like the epic last scene in the classic western The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, the twitchy calculations of three gunslingers — BC Liberal Leader Christy Clark, NDP Leader John Horgan and Green Leader Andrew Weaver — eyeing each other and the extreme tension they felt were nerve-wracking for B.C.
Weaver pulled the trigger first in a surprise draw, announcing the Greens have an agreement with the BC NDP, effectively making Horgan our new premier in the days ahead.
For Clark, it’s the end of the line, as premier and as leader of the BC Liberal Party. She lost this showdown and will now face another over her leadership — unless she steps down soon.
The BC Liberal caucus, facing the potential of years in opposition, won’t want to go into the next election led by Clark after her failure to secure a majority despite the best provincial economy in Canada and four balanced budgets.
The BC Liberals may be tempted to try every trick in the book to retain power, but the idea of putting Clark forward as a pantomime premier who clearly no longer has the confidence of the B.C. legislature would be a huge error.
And there is a lot a stake at a time when BC Liberals need to think of the good of the province and the country — not personal power. It’s important for our economy, and to deal with our growing trade dispute with the United States, that British Columbia has a functioning government with an agreement for stability and a legislative agenda.
If the BC Liberals attempt to delay holding a legislative session for months, try to poach a Green or NDP MLA to their side to block the new government or other desperate measures, it will not only harm the province’s broader interests, it will also backfire badly.
The fact is that a majority of British Columbia voters, and elected MLAs, want a change in government and have priorities different from those of the tired Clark government.
How could Weaver have reached a deal with Clark? Only if the BC Liberals gutted their own beliefs and platform to meet Green demands in a desperate move by Clark to retain power.
To ignore that would devastate the BC Liberal brand for a long time to come, and at a precarious moment when another election is always possible.
That’s important because the BC Liberals will not only lose their enormous financial advantage from massive unlimited corporate and foreign political donations, they also won’t have a multimillion-dollar partisan government advertising budget with which to promote themselves.
The BC Liberals also have to recognize that a new minority government was the likeliest possibility right from election night.
The BC NDP-Green agreement was one of the three possibilities; the other two were a BC Liberal-Green deal or the Greens saying they will go “issue by issue” without an ongoing commitment of support.
When you gamed the options out, however, only one made sense for the BC Greens — an agreement with the BC NDP.
The reasons were obvious, regardless of your political leanings.
The BC NDP and Greens shared significant parts of their platform: ending corporate and union political donations; moving to a proportional representation electoral system; opposing the Kinder Morgan oil pipeline; expressing deep concerns about BC Hydro’s expensive Site C dam; banning grizzly bear trophy hunting; funding public transit; making housing more affordable and improving disability benefits.
But the BC Liberals disagreed with all of that. How could Weaver have reached a deal with Clark? Only if the BC Liberals gutted their own beliefs and platform to meet Green demands in a desperate move by Clark to retain power.
How credible would her promises have been when she and her MLAs just campaigned on the opposite? And would the entire BC Liberal caucus actually have supported Green positions they despise and disdain? Extremely unlikely.
That left the third option: no Green agreement with either the BC NDP or BC Liberals — with the Greens voting “issue by issue.”
But that option, trumpeted by some observers, actually failed every test.
It would have left Clark as premier, appointing a cabinet — introducing a Throne Speech and budget — and continuing to hire and fire all public servants, with the Greens clearly seen as propping up Clark. That option was hashtag-fail.
What the Greens shrewdly realized was that they needed to do what the majority of British Columbians — and especially their own supporters — clearly wanted.
An Insights West poll last week showed that 51 per cent wanted a change after 16 years of BC Liberal rule, against just 38 per cent asking for more of Clark.
It will be up to Clark’s BC Liberal caucus to decide whether the government will change sooner or a bit later, but either way it will happen.
And so, the political showdown is over. As the two winners, Horgan and Weaver will now focus on forming a new progressive government. As the loser, Clark faces a bleak political future.
But finally she did resign; the news:
and some thoughts on why:
Should never be forgiven is correct
The dimmed political legacy of Christy Clark
This is the kind of right-wing tripe that gets spewed out every day from Canada's mainstream media. What friggin' nonsense! Clark is gone for one reason and one reason only. Even with 10 times the amount of money that the opposition had, she failed to deliver a majority government for the Liberal financial bag men, and she was in the process of being forced out. What's not to understand about this.
If Clark had any class she would have resigned May 9th, election nite.
If Clark had any class she would never have co-opted the NDP platform for her Throne Speech
If Clark had any class she would never have asked Judy to call another election.
Quite the impressive record these right-wingers have created when they are allowed carte blanche to manage other people's monies.
Running on ‘Debt Free BC’ Slogan, Clark’s Liberals Added $10.85 Billion to Debt in Four Years
Still, party continues to claim high road on fiscal responsibility.
What Drove Christy Clark to Live Her ‘Public Life’?
Some close, even personal observers of the former premier paint an ugly picture.
Trust the CBC to express their concerns about who was probably one of the least progressive politicians in Canada
I think they were talking about sexism.
Trust the CBC News Dept to worry about the above with shit like this going on
Kash Heed - remember him?
Pulse prematurely drops Kash, after ex-Liberal cabmin books guests critical of B.C. government
dated Feb 20 '17
B.C. failed to reduce wildfire risk, despite warning, communities say
But don't worry, this is the kind of government the CLAC-loving ICBA supports, eh!
B.C. government credit cards create alphabet pasta of financial reporting
Given that Christy resigned two months ago, why is this thread still going?
Clark Clique scored huge golden parachutes
One of Christy Clark’s closest friends, who approved a misleading 2012 press release about an RCMP probe of government scientists that didn’t happen, got a nearly $475,000 golden parachute when the NDP took over from the BC Liberals in July.
That, according to documents released to theBreaker under the freedom of information laws on Sept. 13.
Athana Mentzelopoulos was paid $284,052, plus $50,002 in expenses, in her last year as deputy minister of finance under the BC Liberal government. Her $474,552.51 settlement was the second-biggest after Clark Deputy Minister and Public Service head Kim Henderson’s $540,955. (Henderson, who was paid $312,730 last year, agreed in August to be the $1-a-year special adviser to her NDP-hired successor, Don Wright.)
Ombudsperson Jay Chalke concluded in his damning April 6 report that eight health ministry researchers were wrongly fired over trumped-up claims of a data breach. His report said that then-goverment communications deputy minister Mentzelopoulos “conceded that she thought that it was important to have the RCMP in the press release, ‘because I assumed that it was true’.”
One of the eight, Roderick MacIsaac, died of suicide in fall 2012. In 2013, the government sent his sister, Linda Kayfish, a posthumous settlement cheque for $482.53.
Mentzelopoulos was a bridesmaid at Clark’s wedding and they worked together in Ottawa during the Chretien administration in the early 1990s. Mentzelopoulos oversaw the public affairs bureau for Gordon Campbell during part of his premiership, but returned to Ottawa as the director general of Health Canada’s consumer product safety directorate before Clark hired her in 2011.
Mentzelopoulos, Henderson and eight other top-level bureaucrats accounted for more than $4.02 million of the $11.3 million that the NDP government said it paid to 133 people officially laid-off in cabinet orders signed by Clark on July 17, her last day in office.
The list provided to theBreaker totalled $8,191,695.53. It was not complete, because the individual settlement amounts for dozens of politcal appointees had not been finalized. One of them, Virginia Bremner, is Clark’s ex-receptionist and the wife of NPA Vancouver city council candidate Hector Bremner.
Whenever you hear the term 'non-partisan' be wary, very wary!
CC4BC: Liberal Lobbyists behind ‘non-partisan’ group
Attacks, alternative facts and the B.C. election campaign hasn't even started
“Christy Clark and her friends are no strangers to making stuff like this up and I expect we will see more of the same throughout the campaign.”
Calls to Shepard’s home went unanswered and the CC4BC website has no contact information.
The website is almost entirely devoted to the Leap Manifesto, which can be downloaded from the site and, only tangentially, refers to Horgan.
It urges supporters to share on social media digital bumper stickers including this one: “We’re concerned … John Horgan says he only supports some of the elements in the NDP’s Leap Manifesto. Which parts will he reject?”
Concerned Citizens for British Columbia 2017 was incorporated in December and registered under the B.C. Societies Act. Shepard is one of three directors along with Doug Holtby and Scott LaPrairie.
Holtby, 69, is the former CEO of Goldcorp, current CEO of Star of Fortune Gaming Management and director of several broadcast and resource-related companies, while LaPrairie is CEO of the Calgary-based LaPrairie Group of Companies, which includes oil and gas service firms.
Shepard led an earlier iteration of Concerned Citizens for British Columbia during the last provincial election. It spent close to $1 million on anti-NDP attack ads and shared an office with Wazuku, a consulting firm one of whose principals — Brad Zubyk — was active on the Liberals’ campaign.
When the first CC4BC website launched in January 2013 a press release said it was set up to “help [voters] to make a clear, informed and confident decision for responsible free enterprise come May.”
Although the B.C. Election Act requires “advertising sponsors” to register and file financial disclosures after the campaign, the group doesn’t show up on Elections B.C.’s website as having done either of those things during the last campaign.
The latest version of Concerned Citizens for British Columbia also hasn’t yet registered as an “advertising sponsor.”
Shepard was formerly as a $1-a-year economic adviser to Christy Clark.
Now 77, Shepard has battled ‘socialists’ for decades. In 1999, after NDP premier Glen Clark came to power, the CEO of Finning International moved the corporate head office to Alberta. A year earlier, he founded the Business Summit that aimed to “rekindle the ‘can do’ spirit of free enterprise”, according to the citation accompanying his Order of B.C. in 2015. That almost certainly would have led to some discomfort in 2009 when Shepard was CEO of Canfor and Glen Clark joined the board as president of Jim Pattison Group, Canfor’s largest shareholder.
What’s surprising about the recent ad’s blatant lie is that the truth is Horgan is politically vulnerable.
Without due concern for the environment, he is in danger of losing votes to the Green party. While too close attention to environmental concerns in opposing the Trans Mountain pipeline has already cost the party support among the building trade unions. Last week, a hard-hatted Christy Clark happily received the endorsement of Local 97 of the Ironworkers Union.
But why bother with truth? This is 2017 and alternative facts have already become a thing.