Thursday, January 11, 2018

John Horgan-Once Gaining Power Veers NDP Party To Right-Abandons Grassroots-Rolls Electoral Dice-Can Horgan Garner BC Liberal(Conservative) Voters to Make up for Losing BC's Progressive "Activist" Support




Written by Grant G


"Will the real John Horgan please stand up"


I must say....John Horgan's year end message to me, to all BC's progressive voters, to all NDP issue savvy voters is rather disheartening, to say the least, it's actually more..

John Horgan is telling you to shut up, be quiet and accept the status quo, accept the New NDP Government,  a government that administers better, administers BC Liberal policy better, a government of .....?

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B.C. Premier John Horgan had a clear message for his B.C. NDP at year’s end.




"If we’re going to be a government that governs for all British Columbians, we have to set aside our activism and start being better administrators,” he said in an interview with Global BC’s Keith Baldrey to cap off an eventful 2017 for the NDP leader.

https://globalnews.ca/news/3919804/john-horgan-year-end-interview/

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That's John Horgan talking in a year end interview with his new adviser Global BC's Keith Baldrey..

The Site C decision....John Horgan in an interview with Alaska Highway News stated that Site C power will be used to electrify BC's northern gas fields...to be more precise, to use Site C hydroelectric power to aid BC's gas frackers...to enable the natural gas frackers to use $12 billion dollar Site C power rather than use diesel generated power for fracking(Fracking process takes a great deal of water and power to shatter shale).....

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AHN: Let’s talk natural gas quickly. I understand you have a trade mission to China in the new year, as well as meetings with LNG Canada. What are your priorities?
JH: I’ve been to Kitimat earlier in the fall. I met with LNG Canada officials as well as Kitimat LNG. You will know Kitimat is a community that welcomes industrial development. Kitimat LNG was the first out of the gate actually to start advocating getting the first export permit and are still working diligently to await the turnaround in prices so they can proceed.
LNG Canada, again, a large project that includes Shell Canada, three offshore companies, KoGas, Mitsubishi, and PetroChina. So when we visit Japan, Korea, and China in January, I intend to meet with those three companies and talk to them about their continued interest in a final investment decision on LNG Canada. We want to make sure that we can get our natural resources to higher-priced markets. The advent of hydraulic fracturing has meant North America is awash in gas and that’s driving the price down, making it difficult for producers in the Peace to succeed.
We’re fortunate to have a lot of liquids, particularly in the Montney, which has allowed projects like AltaGas’s propane export facility in Prince Rupert to be built. I visited that site as well. So, I think there’s a bright future for natural gas in the Peace and in British Columbia, but we want to make sure we’re meeting our climate objectives. We’re serious about reducing our emissions, I know the industry is as well. That electrification (of gas fields)is part of that,


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This is what the Peace River valley looked like before Site C dam




Activism......Activism comes in many forms....activism to stop Site C, activism to stop Kinder Morgan, activism to stop Taseko mines, activism against Imperial Metals there's also social and human rights activism....

The fight to raise disability rates, welfare rates, the battle by teachers and their union for kids, for class size and composition...

"activism" from the BCTF that lasted over a decade reversed the draconian changes Gordon Campbell and his BC Liberal government made to how we educate and instruct children..

It wasn't the BC NDP Party that funded or contributed to that decade long court challenge, a challenge eventually won through "activism"....John Horgan's new government isn't changing the teachers' win, or bringing the teachers' win in...John Horgan is merely administering what was returned to the curriculum last year....An Activist teacher's union won that battle..

"Activists" in the 70's stopped the clearcutting of old growth forests...Activists changed things for the better....in British Columbia, in 2017, almost 2018, under John Horgan's NDP  "activists are no longer required"

Kinder Morgan.....

BC NDP party ...besides chatter in our legislature when they were opposition...BC NDP have not expended any money to stop Kinder Morgan's "tripling" of capacity, along with a 7-fold increase in tanker traffic..."Activists" in Burnaby, activists from all over have been fighting Kinder Morgan's expansion...including Burnaby Mayor Derrick Corrigan..

LNG and Kinder Morgan are connected....John Horgan's New Year's trade mission to Asia(China) is all about bitumen and LNG exports...John Horgan is leveraging Kinder Morgan's bitumen exports to China with B.C. LNG....as in..Sign longterm BC LNG deals and you get both...Kinder Morgan bitumen and LNG..

John Horgan going to China, to convince the Asian nation to buy B.C. LNG..and Horgan, while peddling liquid gas is going to tell the Chinese he's going to stop Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion??? considering it's Chinese buyers who have booked Kinder Morgan's expanded bitumen exports...China is the offtaker of Kinder Morgan's increased export capacity...Does anyone believe Horgan has a chance in hell of selling British Columbia LNG to China while blocking bitumen/tar oil...?

John Horgan to sell LNG to China must use Kinder Morgan bitumen as bait....

We lose every big environmental battle under Horgan..

I don't recall John Horgan telling NDP progressive voters that if he won power, or was PROPPED UP AND PLACED IN POWER that he was swinging the NDP Party to the right..

One might wonder about Andrew Weaver's opposition to Horgan's rightwing swing...Andrew Weaver will of course oppose, however, Andrew Weaver gave John Horgan a free pass on Site C, and as mentioned before in a recent Straight Goods post, Andrew Weaver won't rock the vote until after a referendum on electoral reform, ...and if the referendum fails?, considering now that Horgan is chasing BC Liberal rightwing voters?, considering now that Horgan's "New Party" isn't going to campaign for changing our electoral voting system..With BC Liberals on full frontal assault against electoral reform, with John Horgan chasing those same BC Liberal voters...With Bill Tieleman leading the NO ELECTORAL REFORM CAMPAIGN....With John Horgan this week telling the CBC in a year end interview that if this upcoming electoral reform referendum fails, BC will not revisit the issue...

John Horgan just revealed the hand he's playing on electoral reform...when this referendum fails, his party won't make it an election issue in 2021, in other words, how important is PR or any electoral reform to John Horgan when he's prepared to give up on it...The first B.C. referendum on electoral reform in 2005...Changing to PR garnered OVER 50% of the vote(The threshold for changing our electoral system was set much higher in that 2005 referendum..60% was required)...here is what Horgan said about electoral reform in a year-end CBC interview....you'll notice there is no fire in Horgan's belly...

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Last chance?

B.C. voters turned down two previous referendums on electoral reform in 2005 and 2009.
Horgan said the referendum will likely be B.C.'s last.
"I think we will have exhausted the public's interest in this issue," Horgan said.
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Clearly John Horgan has no "real" desire for electoral reform.. In 2005, 57.7% of the electorate had voted in favour of reform, including a majority of voters in 77 ridings out of 79.......So, in 2005 the majority wanted change, the threshold was set too high...in the 2009 referendum, the referendum was rigged..and Bill Tieleman(recognized as the voice of the NDP, a NDP pundit and lobbyist) led the campaign against electoral reform..over half of BC voters reported being not even aware of a 2009 referendum.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_Columbia_electoral_reform_referendum,_2009

NDP spokesman in 2018 Bill Teileman campaigning against, with Horgan yawning his way through, with BC Liberals screaming no...with Postmedia pumping up the NO CHANGE campaign..

John Horgan and Justin Trudeau(remember Justin Trudeau's election promise on changing our electoral system, that was the first election promise Trudeau broke) have made a deal on Kinder Morgan, John Horgan's NDP Government will only give tepid lip service in opposing the project...John Horgan will use the meme...(Kinder Morgan and pipeline expansion is Federal Jurisdiction, legally I can't stop it) 

Horgan thinks he can sidestep grassroots opposition against his government over Kinder Morgan going through by claiming his hands were tied...just like he did with Site C...

Site C ...John Horgan had the power to stop Site C...as for stopping Kinder Morgan, he has no real power and since Horgan no longer has the fire in his belly to stop it, since he's chosen to swing the party to the right...Horgan believes he can deliver LNG, create a BC LNG industry where the BC Liberals couldn't...And that is where John Horgan believes he can make-up for losing BC's progressive voters, by replacing them with BC Liberal rightwing voters..

That is a "fools' errand".....John Horgan, in my opinion won't garner those votes...not unless he changes the party name because the name NDP is a dirty word to rightwing voters..

John Horgan has sent clear message to the party grassroots and "activist" base that he is taking the party to the right..

The "progressive" in John Horgan's Government has quickly turned into the regressive, to a 1950,s...to 1990's mindset..

Using the $14 billion dollar Site C hydroelectric energy produced to aid and abet the hydraulic fracking process(producing methane emitting fossil fuel for export)...

When the world is thundering towards cheap renewable power(s) John Horgan is embracing the fraud known as "Clean LNG"...

https://www.ecowatch.com/tesla-australia-battery-2520491667.html

https://www.ecowatch.com/electric-vehicle-news-2520451145.html

Even if a massive surge in electric car use happened it wouldn't require BC hydro to acquire new power..

Technology has already rendered Site C obsolete...BC NDP's new vision under John Horgan is to embrace the past, as in the 1950,s...methinks Horgan should really consider the early 2000,s too..in particular.. 2001...

Burning LNG...if it's so clean why does BC's Clean Energy Act prohibit British Columbia from using natural gas or LNG to produce electricity...

The pathetic word play, word salad our BC Government is engaging in....

BCUC could not consider using natural gas or LNG(Burrard Thermal) for producing power in their review...BCUC had to consider the costs of replacing Site C power(not needed power) with "other" forms of non-fossil fuel generated power...

And now..John Horgan has drank the LNG Koolaid...Site C power being used to Frack, and power up a natural gas/LNG industry, an industry so dirty that BC's own "Clean Energy Act", an act that John Horgan cites regularly, a BC Government Act that prevents it's use for power generation in BC..

That is too funny...

The meme John Horgan is going to use to justify his drive to make BC a LNG power will be...

(BC LNG will clean up China's airshed)

The same bullshit Christy Clark uttered...Site C power, the amount of power Site C will produce is not enough power to electrify the gas fields and 1 large coastal LNG liquefaction plant...

A great deal of power is required to do hydraulic fracking, but an even bigger, more enormous amounts of power are required to actually liquefy the natural gas...LNG liquefaction plants worldwide use natural gas to produce power for liquefaction..the reason being, is it not practical to build massive 12 $billion dollar hydroelectric dams for each and every large LNG liquefaction plant...

Site C power...as advertised by BC Hydro and the BC Government..."Site C will produce enough power to run 450,000 homes"...What BC Hydro and or the Government won't tell you is..

Site C will produce enough power for 1 large LNG liquefaction plant and one LNG plant only..

So...Site C power is to prop up a BC LNG industry...So John Horgan..What happens if we get a second, or third, or fourth LNG liquefaction plant?..are BC Taxpayers/BC Hydro ratepayers going to build more massive dam projects...not likely..

Two large LNG Liquefaction plants alone will cause BC's greenhouse gas emissions to rise by roughly 40%...

So, Premier Horgan is going to word salad us grassroots and progressive voters...Horgan is going to try and sell us this inane bafflegab..

When John Horgan and Trudeau sign LNG and diluted bitumen deals with China..

Horgan's "plan"..if BC's LNG industry does take off, each and every new LNG project beyond the first one(if it happens) as Site C is only enough power for one plant...Each additional LNG Liquefaction plant that is NOT provided BC Hydro taxpayer subsidized(free power) will increase BC's total greenhousgas emissions by 20%..one project, 20% increase in provincial emissions....

  
Without a Site C power supply for each and every LNG plant, BC's emissions skyrocket...

Site C power...Site C being pushed forward, a subsidy for an non-existent LNG industry...a subsidy being paid for by BC Hydro residential ratepayers...

So..Under John Horgan, he continues with the LNG fantasy..a fantasy that if comes true..any pretense of reducing provincial and Canada's emissions is over, how many more massively expensive hydroelectric projects can BCers afford to build?...We can't afford to build Site C, let alone more dam projects..

John Horgan in his interview with Alaska Highway News...Horgan stated that he has met with LNG Canada(Shell) CEO Andy Calitz...that's true..but what Horgan isn't saying about those meetings with LNG Canada and the BCLNGA is...The other list of demands LNG Canada has made, and expects before they make a final investment decision..

Andy Calitz/LNG Canada wants.....They want Canada(as in the federal Government) to remove the "dumping duties" they have imposed on Chinese and Korean steel products....Why does Andy Calitz and the LNG industry want these duties removed?..Because these BC Coastal proposed projects will have entire LNG plants, mainframes and near every component shipped to BC by barge,..and then assembled, in other words..Dumping duties imposed by Canada trade officials to protect Canadian steel industry must be removed....Race race race to the bottom...enjoy the John Horgan downhill slide into regression....Canadian manufacturers will be near completely shut out of any LNG industry....The LNG industry want dumping duties removed, they claim they can't afford to press forward on LNG projects if forced to pay Canadian Federal Government imposed duties..

Full-Stop..

If the LNG industry can't afford to pay duties on dumped steel projects how are we to believe there will be any profits for the owners of the resource(BCers)

Andy Calitz, CEO of LNG Canada wants more that that...Calitz wants reductions in local taxes, provincial taxes and federal taxes, they also want an exemption from any carbon tax increases and more...

Remember the LNG taxation framework the BC Liberals brought in, not the first framework legislation that John Horgan's NDP opposition Party along with all the BC Liberals voted for, all voted yes..  not that framework, i'm talking about the BC Liberals second LNG taxation framework Act they brought to our legislature...after the LNG industry thoroughly rejected the first LNG framework..BC Liberals tore it up and gave near everything away..a framework so bad that every BC NDP MLA stood up in our legislature, called it a "generational sellout"

Every BC NDP MLA voted against it, they pleaded and urged BC Liberals to vote against..BC Liberals rammed it through..

Andy Calitz....CEO of LNG Canada wants that second LNG taxation framework ripped up and removed....Calitz wants the Australian LNG taxation model...That's the model where LNG companies never have to pay taxes, ever, a framework where they can fast-track plant build cost writeoffs...a framework where LNG companies can writeoff interest on offshore shady loans against any Australian taxes...

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......In addition to meeting one-on-one with Mungall last week, Calitz said he planned to meet with Premier John Horgan next month.
Asked if the Green Party’s opposition to the LNG industry concerned him, Calitz said it didn’t and pointed out that the official opposition – the Liberals – are fully supportive of an LNG industry.
The combination of the NDP (MLAs) and Liberal (MLAs) who support an LNG project and a new mega industry for British Columbia is good enough for me to move forward in British Columbia,” Calitz said.
The biggest hurdle for the project may be the question of tax competitiveness. The new NDP government plans to raise B.C.’s carbon tax from $30 per tonne to $35 per tonne, starting in the spring.
Calitz made it clear that it’s not carbon taxes per se that are the big concern. Rather, it’s the full suite of taxes, from the municipal to federal level, that need to be considered.
“There should be a tax on carbon,” Calitz said. “It’s not the first increment of $5 per tonne that scares me, but somehow we need an indication from the government as to where that will go.
We need the government of British Columbia specifically, but also the federal government, to take a last look at the fiscal tax competitiveness of Canada for an LNG project.
“This is an important but also a sensitive matter. We do not seek any form of subsidy at all. We pay our full tax burden. One of the conditions of the new government is that there should be a fair return and benefit for British Columbians. We will do that. We need them to look at the full complexity of federal, provincial, local and other taxes that we pay to say, ‘Does this still make sense? Is this still competitive?'”
One of the biggest criticisms from the industry’s standpoint of the former Liberal government’s tax and royalty regime for LNG was a special LNG tax, which companies in regions like the U.S. and Australia do not pay.
Asked if that LNG tax was something LNG Canada needs addressed, Calitz indicated it was.
“That is a subject we are discussing with the government,” he said.
Calitz said LNG Canada will submit a “decision support package” to all four companies in the joint venture in support of a final investment decision sometime in 2018.

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Here goes John Horgan.....Chasing unicorns, racing to the bottom....Will Andrew Weaver stop John Horgan....nope, Weaver will do nothing to harm, or bring down the Horgan Government until AFTER electoral reform referendum..

Anyway...As for Andy Calitz wanting BC, and Federal Canada to adopt Australia's LNG taxation model....Who wouldn't...Australia and Australian taxpayers are getting royally screwed..legally screwed through tax avoidance loopholes....Chevron and Shell have become masters of avoiding taxation..

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Chevron’s tax schemes: piping profits out of Australia?







The report was produced by the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) and endorsed by the Tax Justice Network – Australia.
Chevron’s tax practices, and those of other corporations, have huge implications for the living standards and public revenues to fund essential services in countries across the globe.
With US$197 billion in market capitalisation, Chevron is the world’s third largest and most profitable Oil & Gas Company – yet, Chevron has:
  • stashed over US$35 billion in un-taxed revenues in off-shore accounts
  • at least 600 shell companies -and likely hundreds more- registered in Bermuda and Delaware
  • set aside AUD$350 million to settle a tax avoidance lawsuit with the Australian Tax Office (ATO)
  • set up a new tax scheme, currently being audited, to reduce its tax bill by AUD$35 billion or more
  • amassed credits to avoid royalty payments on the Gorgon project, the world’s largest liquefied natural gas (LNG) project, for the first 8 years of operation or longer
  • had operating revenue in Australia every year since 2011 of over AUD$2.5 billion, but managed to receive over AUD$30 million in tax refunds
Additionally, Chevron’s own annual report reveals that tax filings have not been approved by the United States government since 2008; in Nigeria since 2000; Angola since 2001; Saudi Arabia since 2012 and Kazakhstan since 2007. Chevron is unable to estimate the tax it may be required to pay given the ongoing examinations by tax authorities in countries around the world.
Chevron’s Gorgon project in Western Australia -which also includes Shell, Exxon and several Japanese energy companies- is crucial to Chevron’s future growth and will make LNG Australia’s largest export.
The current ATO lawsuit against Chevron involves a high interest AUD$2.5 billion scheme between a Chevron subsidiary in the US state of Delaware -one of the world’s most used tax havens- and Chevron Australia between 2004 and 2008.
In 2009 Chevron created a new high interest AUD$35 billion ‘credit facility’ between Delaware and Australia. The result of this scheme is to reduce profits in Australia, where they might be taxed, and generate profits in Delaware, where they are not taxed. While operating revenues in Australia have increased by 15% since 2011, interest charges to the Delaware company have increased from 26% to 62% of operating revenue. As a result, profits in Australia have decreased by 83%. In 2014, Chevron Australia’s related party interest charges were more than five times greater than profits. It would be difficult to argue that this is not an intentional scheme to reduce profit and avoid taxes in Australia.
The tax avoided by Chevron’s latest scheme could be larger than Australia’s 2015-16 federal budget for education or more than half the budget for health.
Chevron’s aggressive tax avoidance schemes require much greater public scrutiny as billions of future tax revenues are at stake.
It is time to take action to level the playing field and make sure that companies like Chevron are paying their fair share.





http://www.world-psi.org/en/chevrons-tax-schemes-piping-profits-out-australia

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So fellow progressive voters...John Horgan will not admit the truth that Site C BC Hydro ratepayer funded project is being pushed forward to woo an LNG industry..an industry that wants to import entire LNG plants from China and South Korea to BC...an LNG industry that wants all three levels of government to reduce taxes, an industry that wants BC's "generational sellout" LNG taxation framework ripped up and removed, an industry that wants BC to adopt Australia's LNG taxation model, a model so full of holes, loopholes that big LNG will never pay their fair share..

This is what Andy Calitz and LNG Canada want from John Horgan...This is what they WILL RECEIVE FROM JOHN HORGAN'S GOVERNMENT....

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Everyone is a loser in Australia's LNG Boom


The LNG debacle provides a good test case of what's gone wrong. Australia is on track to overtake Qatar as the world's biggest exporter of shipped gas by 2019 -- but getting there hasn't been a success for the government or petroleum companies.

Canberra's revenues from its Petroleum Resource Rent Tax fell 60 percent to their lowest level since 1999 in the year through June 2016, despite a 50 percent increase in gas export volumes.

 Petroleum tax and royalty revenues per oil-equivalent barrel came to about 4.2 percent of the local price of crude -- the lowest share since 1990, and well below the 25-year average of 10.4 percent.

The dip is unlikely to be a blip. Thanks to the way the government allows expenses to be deducted before a project makes a taxable profit, it could be decades before the country starts to receive a better return on its mineral wealth. The vast sums spent building Australia's LNG projects have created a tax shield of carried-forward costs that was worth A$238 billion ($182 billion) in 2016, with the figure rising each year 5 percent faster than the yield on government debt


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Activists ....we are no longer welcome in John Horgan's political party...

John Horgan believes he is going to succeed where Christy Clark failed...John Horgan is bringing an LNG industry to B.C. regardless of the cost, the human cost, the ground water cost..the cost to the treasury, or to BC Hydro ratepayers..

John Horgan has shifted to the right...activists and issue savvy progressive voters are nothing but canon fodder for Horgan..

So fellow BCers...

John Horgan rolls the dice, sacrificing progressive voters in hopes of gaining traditional BC Liberal/Conservative rightwing voters..

Those of us who fought for fairness, fought for an intelligent government, those of us who tooted the one-time progressive BC NDP political party's horn for a longtime are now...

Garbage...stinky garbage bound for the refuse can..

Lastly....John Horgan hasn't blinked an eye on China's latest big moves in BC..buying up Site C's main builder..Aecon..and a few days ago..a Chinese holding company just bought one acre in Vancouver for $245 million dollars..

China now has it's teeth into Site C and...China has their teeth firmly clenched onto John Horgan's ass too..



Now that government activities under Horgan's NDP is already stinking up a storm...John Horgan wants you progressive, First Nations and "activist" voters to plug your noses and shut the hell up...




P.S.....Merry Christmas everyone....May your New Year be....Wonderful!

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Monday, January 8, 2018

Canada: Craven Colony of the USA

  





Canada: Craven Colony of the USA



 Written by Robin Mathews



 Part I................................The Media at Work

        David Walmsley, Editor-in-Chief of the Globe and Mail, printed a column on December 29, 2017 entitled “Your trust is the pulse of our journalism” (A13).  Vowing to clean up the Globe’s journalistic act (without ever intending to do so, we may believe), Walmsley put his finger on the real problem – for the Globe.  By making the paper an Outer Office of the Imperial Globalization Project  (the U.S.A. as master of the world), what is called “social media” has moved in and exposed some of the fraudulence, the time-serving, the failure to deal meaningfully with almost ANY of the real issues of our time in Canada by such as the Globe and Mail…. 

which is why, doubtless, the one harsh note in David Walmsley’s lullaby to Canadians is his statement that the vacuum (in the work of the G and M) has been filled by the “social media”: “by those who shout the loudest”, Walmsely writes. He makes that irritated statement because as bad as some of us on social media may at times be … he knows we aren’t half as bad as the paid Stephen Harper Permanent Secretariat, called The Globe and Mail, Canada’s National Newspaper.  Remember – despite Harper’s proved attempts to wreck the democratic election process in Canada, and much more – the government of Stephen Harper was backed and campaigned for by the Globe and Mail up to and including the voting day of the last federal election: October 19, 2015. 

And now, along with most of Canada’s Mainstream Press and Media, the Globe and Mail has joined the colonial-cover-up of Canada’s cowardice at the United Nations vote on the U.S. recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and intending to move the U.S. Embassy to that location.  Almost the whole World has said hands off until the matter of Israel and Palestine is settled.  The U.S. has wrecked that quasi-status quo.

Canada does what its Imperial Master tells it to do.  And so the Globe and Mail and its media clones around the country made a very big thing, saying Canadian government people worked hard for ten days to hammer out a position on the Jerusalem question. (That was the story cooked up with-and-for the press.) There was nothing to hammer out. 128 nations made that clear, openly resisting the violent stupidity of the U.S.A.

There was nothing to hammer out, moreover, because “Canada” always betrays Canadians and buckles to any position  the U.S.A. wants Canada to take. Earlier “Canada” voted against UN motions calling upon Israel to end the building of Israeli settlements in occupied East Jerusalem. And “Canada” voted against calling upon Israel to respect the special status of Jerusalem…etcetera.  How many Canadians know of those cowardly betrayals made by “Canada” in their names?

The Canadian “decision” to abstain in the most recent vote which was 128 to 9 (with 35 abstentions) was “a U.S. job”, we may be sure. If anyone needs proof … here it is. The U.S. decided (idiotically) to throw an “exclusive” reception with Donald Trump (set for January 3) for all the countries that backed its position on Jerusalem.  “That must mean”, you say, “for the nine countries who voted with the U.S.A. - against the resolution to condemn the U.S. action about Jerusalem?”  No. 

Having gotten U.S. permission to wimp out of that vote which was focussed on a fundamental humanitarian principle, Canada abstained. Then it was reported that Canada was invited to the “exclusive” reception on January 3 for all those who supported the U.S.A. in the Jerusalem vote! How could that be? Canada’s permanent representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Marc Andre Blanchard, moreover, was reported as accepting the U.S. invitation “with great pleasure”.  The real position of “Canada” [not Canadians] was there for all to see! [That news report seems, somehow, to have been erased from the record … but it was up and readable a few days ago….]

On January 6, 2018 CBC’s The House did its usual ‘consenting adults’ act with the Ambassador, flattering and not challenging him on the sell-out by “Canada” at the United Nations.  (The CBC upholds - doggedly, proudly, and stupidly - our craven Colonial Condition.) The Canadian UN failures may explain, too, (in the same rancid air) the wild antics engaged in by the president of the University of Lethbridge, Michael Mahon, to assist ‘friends of Israel’ in their attempt to destroy the career of scholar and writer Anthony Hall for writing or speaking reasonable words Israel wants forbidden all over the world. (While the Globe and Mail looks anywhere, anywhere else!)

I guess if things had gone right, the real ‘Canada abstains’ story at the UN would never have hit the wires. Doubtless, Editor-in-Chief of the Globe and Mail, David Walmsley, will want a lot of answers if the person who told the real story is employed by his newspaper.  In his piece on December 29, David Walmsley wrote: “We know we have to do a better job of explaining there are stories that never see the light of day.”

No, no David, you don’t have to explain. Since (many of us believe) you never told the real story of the Mike Duffy entrapment, and never pushed properly for charges against Nigel Wright, and have accepted the HUGE RCMP fraudulent (False Flag) “Islamic” terrorist event in Victoria, B.C., (July 1, 2013) without tirelessly focussing Canadian public attention on the absolute need for a Public Inquiry into the workings of the RCMP ….

And since (many of us believe) you ignore “stories” like the Alberta Courts/Oil Patch/Alberta Energy Regulator corrupt and vile savaging of the internationally praised ‘Anti-Fracking’ worker Jessica Ernst, because … how could you hold your head up among the destroyers of the Canadian environment at warm and friendly lunches …?  And for the same reason [Private Corporations rule the world, and should] you do almost nothing solid to expose the truth about B.C.’s scandalously destructive Site C dam decisions ….

… and because you say almost nothing about Canada’s rapacious work in the global mining world and Canada’s slavish support of the U.S. desire to destroy the legitimate Venezuelan government …. Because of all those things (and much, much, much more) you don’t have to explain why there are stories the Globe and Mail makes sure never “see the light of day”. We understand, David. Perfectly.

 Some of us believe your main role is to make sure the most important information (what you choose, childishly, to call “stories”) never gets to Canadians, never sees (as you put it) “the light of day”.  Isn’t that why you are paid (well) by (what many believe are) supporters of Stephen Harper-style corruption … and why social media workers spend time making claims that the most important work of the Globe and Mail and its fellows in political Yellow Journalism (‘the Mainstream Press and Media’) is to create disinformation – the defacing of fact and the suppression of “stories” that should see the light of day? And (truly?) isn’t the main job of the Globe and Mail and its fellows to do devotedly the work of Craven Colonials in the Craven Colony of the U.S.A. … called Canada? .....





Written by Robin Mathews

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All We get is Radio and Media ga ga....




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Thursday, December 21, 2017

British Columbia N D P.....John Horgan, is he Dr Jeckyll or Mr Hyde(hide)




Written by grant G

A first term government, merely months old and already fatigue has set in, the dog days of December, the fatigue I refer to is mutual, John Horgan's government has already turned stale and has resorted to using public communications bureau to silence critics, grassroot members speaking up on Site C are now ridiculed by the party insiders, dismissed as unreasonable activists....John Horgan has also engaged in the "re-announcement" of previous government announcements, even worse for John Horgan, he's re-announcing BC Liberal announcements....so sad, so early into a 4 year mandate and John Horgan already sounds like what he and the NDP party said they hated..that being a disrespectful, dismissive thorny government....a government that feeds intelligent voters, feeds progressive voters tepid gibberish, ...John Horgan now treats issue savvy supporters as mere turnips bound for road rash...




(This is what the Peace River valley looked like before Site C dam)




There's been a recent string of elected politicians who came to office and sorely disappointed...I won't go into the Stephen Harper era, I will venture towards Justin Trudeau...remember Trudeau's election promise on electoral reform..that promise vanished first...a new era with First Nation, an era built on respect....a new environmental review process, and a promise of protecting our environment, as well as a vow to honour Canada's commitment to the Paris Accord...well..?

Site C..approved...Kinder Morgan...approved..Petronas..approved..NEB, still not reformed, still industry driven..

Justin Trudeau gave British Columbia voters and progressive voters the middle finger..

Thy Justin Trudeau speaketh in forked gibberish tongue...He fool nobody, even his own supporters know that Trudeau speaketh crappolla...

This next part is fact...Justin Trudeau made the statements on Canada's national stages that...because he was bringing in a carbon tax(eventually) and an emission's cap on Alberta's tar sands(which won't take affect for about 15 years, or until that cap is met..and again, like BC's 2020 GHG reduction targets, when it was apparent no reduction target would be met, ..BC Government ripped up our 2020..33% reduction target and set new reduction target date of...2050)

Promised action by government, err, let's make that...down the road promised government action ain't worth a hill of beans..!

Justin Trudeau made verbal claim to Canadians, and to the world that because of the eventual carbon tax and eventual emissions cap coming to Canada, that is what gave him "social License" to export more diluted bitumen and gas overseas???....and Trudeau said..."Canada exporting more fossil fuels is our commitment to the Paris Accord"...i'm not making that up..Trudeau actually said that, 

Yes, that's what Justin Trudeau said, and tried to sell Canadians..once again we progressive voters were treated like soon to be roadrashed turnips....

Justin Trudeau lies, he's a bald-faced liar....Trudeau turned out to be a fake, not even "Harper light"..no, Trudeau is plain old fake..Trudeau ran on a progressive honesty campaign and won...NDP Thomas Mulcair moved to the mushy center in election 2015 and..

Thomas Mulcair told Canada's progressive NDP voters to fuck off..he and the party were moving to a centrist position...


Years and years of federal NDP gains were wiped out...why?, because Mulcair turned the NDP into the other parties...Liberal heavy, Conservative light equals being thrust back into distant third party status...Add in Alberta's Rachel Notley's Dr. Jeckll routine after she fluked a provincial win...

Rachel Notley after being elected now wanted Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline pushed through, she and her NDP party wanted all the pipelines, she doesn't care if she destroys BC's pristine coastline..Rachel Notley once elected became a Alberta Conservative...she buckled, caved and capitulated to big oil...even worse, Jessica Ernst...Rachel Notley after winning Alberta election 2015 met with Jessica Ernst and asked her to accept a settlement from EnCana gas(for ruining her water supply)..Rachel asked Jessica Ernst to settle, and to sign non-disclosure agreement...Jessica Ernst said no, said hell no to a non-disclosure agreement..Rachel Notley was furious... Rachel Notley tried to buy off Jessica Ernst.


https://www.desmog.ca/2017/01/14/jessica-ernst-loses-landmark-supreme-court-case-against-alberta-fracking-regulator-5-4-ruling

(Courts are corrupt)...Rachel Notley....Her one term in power..Rachel Notley accomplished nothing substantive, no new reforms, no taking over Alberta's destiny, she capitulated to big oil and in doing so...Rachel Notley lost the Alberta progressive vote...in 2019..Jason Kenney will be Alberta's premier...His first act..he'll be suing the Federal government over the "impending carbon tax and years and years away Alberta tarsands emissions cap"....Just like Saskatchewan is doing..suing the federal government over a piddly carbon tax...

Justin Trudeau, remember him? his "social License" for Kinder Morgan..Petronas..Site C..and every other contentious project, his drive to ship dirty Alberta tar oil...Trudeau claimed his social license was the carbon tax and emissions cap...Jason Kenney..and Saskatchewan are going to sue Ottawa over it's carbon tax imposition....Is that "Social License" ?

http://www.calgaryherald.com/spoiler+alert+canada+energy+transition+will+face+pushback+2018/16401318/story.html

The above story linked...Postmedia, the National Post are already cheerleading Jason kenney and pushing him to attack Trudeau's carbon tax and emissions cap...There will be no let up by Jason Kenney..he'll become premier of Alberta mere months before Trudeau is back to the polls in the Fall of 2019....

So, Justin Trudeau's rational for increasing fossil fuel exports(tar)..his talking points, his "Social License" and Canada's commitment to Paris Accord was all neatly wrapped together in a carbon tax/emissions cap that Canada's oil producing provinces are suing him over..."Social License" eh Trudeau?

I did mention gibberish....we should mention hubris...the latest polls have Justin Trudeau down 17% points in support...wonderboy Trudeau now has a negative approval rating...and like Rachel Notley...Justin Trudeau accomplished nothing substantive and will accomplish nothing substantive legislation wise...nothing...even marijuana legislation...I've been informed that there won't be new marijuana laws and framework by July 1st 2018....Trudeau is pushing that marijuana legislation to late 2019..Trudeau's election winning marijuana legislation is being pushed close to the actual election date.....Trudeau's election winner....dream on Wonderboy!

Trudeau...a liar, a speaker of gibberish....Rachel Notley, "the big oil capitulator" ...Thomas Mulcair abandoned their progressive base vote, Mulcair lost bad in election 2015 because he veered to the center...Trudeau won big because he veered to the left, campaigned on the left..however, after Trudeau's 2015 election victory..Trudeau governed and continues to govern on the right, governs for the 1%, the wealth people are Trudeau's string pullers...Justin Trudeau stands for nothing real, he has shown Canadian people nothing but flowery words, gentile words, gentile gestures and as for governing...pipelines, bitumen, trample on First Nation's rights, ignore environmental concerns and sell it through word salad speeches...road-rash destined turnips, that's all we are to politicians..Trudeau, Notley...and now John Horgan...Once again, progressive voters were thrown to the curb...

Unfortunately for the Federal NDP...in 2019 their electoral chances are absolute zero...The reason? Rachel Notley and John Horgan...PC's might as well have won in Alberta's 2015 election..there is no difference in parties when it comes to big oil, big polluters...Notley and Horgan have destroyed the Federal NDP's brand... Notley caved..Horgan caved...are we to trust the Federal NDP...not anymore!

Out here in B.C.....I thought one man could make a difference, I personally put John Horgan over the top...without my election strategy force fed down Horgan's throat...without Horgan going against Party Advisers and grasping, running with my toll elimination gambit...Without me John Horgan would still be in opposition...

So, it's particularly hard for me to say....John Horgan lied to us progressive voters, he never was cancelling Site C...in fact John Horgan met with Lori Ackerman, a northern B.C. mayor in July..John Horgan(now as premier) told the mayor Site C was a go...everything that followed, the BCUC review, meeting with stakeholders...it was all a ruse...am I upset with John Horgan, do I wish he didn't gain the premiership..no, i'm thrilled Horgan won...it proved I was a winner and that one man can make, or break a premiership...John Horgan...well, if Christy Clark had won..we'd get Site C..Kinder Morgan..Petronas, you name it, any industrial project no matter how contentious would get approved under the BC Liberals....With John Horgan...were going to get Kinder Morgan...Horgan made a deal with Justin Trudeau to allow KM pipeline(for wildfire relief money)....John Horgan is also chasing LNG..even though there is no money to be made in the LNG industry(by the province).....John Horgan threw BC's progressive voters under the bus...he also committed political suicide....need more..

The NDP 2017 election platform..Horgan's promises...the only promises he kept are...removing bridge tolls and raising income support levels by $100 per month(after rates were frozen for a decade)...those were no brainers, a stroke of a pen...

As for John Horgan's "other 2017 election promises"...$400 dollar renters grant...that is OFF THE TABLE...$15 minimum wage?..that's been punted to after the 2021 election...$10 dollar daycare..there's nothing there, no money, no staff being trained..the election promise of $10 daycare is no closer today than it was on May 13/2017 election day..Daycare is not coming..and there's no money...as for Horgan's "housing crisis" election promises.."114,000 new housing units over 10 years" that's 11,400 units per year..That's billions of dollars, per year, money that isn't there...and there's that MSP premium, that ain't going away anytime soon...completing that promise is..once again, after the next election...which Horgan will lose..

After 16 years of BC Liberal deliberate mismanagement Horgan comes to power and all of a sudden he's A BC Liberal clone premier..

In other words..it doesn't matter who's in power...John Horgan caved to the same money players that Trudeau and Notley caved to...

It really is too bad..the fastest growing demographic of voters is.....Progressive voters, smart voters, issue savvy voters..with the internet, with almost everyone on line...facts and truth on full display..

Anyway.....it goes to show you, you can't trust politicians...

As for my site...I can't support John Horgan...i'll be around to write on specific issues, our environment and on life itself, including death..

But as for supporting and blogging for John Horgan and the BC NDP..no, those days are gone..When John Horgan, longtime energy expert stands on a podium with Carole James and David Eby...While Horgan cites the lamest bullshit for rational on Site C's greenlighting...

When John Horgan claims stopping Site C after $3 billion was spent, claims that it would hurt BC's social programs, hurt new school and new hospital procurement but somehow proceeding to spend $12 billion for unneeded Site C power will be more positive?....huh, what you say word salad man, what you say Horgan...John Horgan even mused about using Site C revenues for food security...Site C revenues, oh my gawd, not only did John Horgan learn to speak word salad fast, he does stand up comedy now too..!

Lastly...John Horgan could still cancel Site C...Horgan can reduce the sunk cost price tag by $1.5 billion, easy peasy, send out tenders for fast/simple/adequate site remediation, something Horgan should have done immediately after being sworn in...bringing total sunk cost total to $2.5 billion..

Funny too..two days after Site C approval, Alberta bought near as much electrical supply(through tenders) as the power Site C would produce..the price for that power Alberta just bought..1/3rd the price of Site C power..maybe even 1/4 the price...hubris, combined with ironic karma..

Anyway...John Horgan isn't backing down on Site C..Kinder Morgan is going through too...Horgan has hatched two secret deals with Justin Trudeau....Justin Trudeau...Dr Jeckll and John Horgan..Mr. Hide(Hyde)

Well Mr. Horgan...Premier Horgan..

Justin Trudeau can't save you...Trudeau can't even save himself..


As as for progressive bloggers blowing your trumpet Horgan?....

December 2017 in British Columbia....The Day The Band Stopped Playing Music...The Day John Horgan's trumpet went silent..








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