Lets talk about a few "burning issues"......As you know the snow pack in our BC mountains is half of what it normally is, Kelowna has already had brush fires, there are some serious events about to happen this year, events that will have serious implications to tourism, serious implications to run of river power generation and even more serious implications to a fraudulent BC budget!
First off, the ministry of forestry has only allocated $57 million dollars for fighting forest fires,last year the Province spent about $400 million dollars, in fact Colin Hansen and Gordon Campbell both used the money spent on fighting fires as one of the reasons last years budget deficit was $3 billion dollars higher than what they said it would be pre-election,you remember,"$495 million dollar deficit maximum"....We all know how well that turned out.
The pine beetle infestation, dry red pine trees by the billion are laying in wait, let me be clear, I don`t blame the Campbell Government for the infestation,but, the fact is those pine trees are going to burn, towns all through the Province will have their tourism industry spanked, "Who are those guys" A "Butch bravado and ritual Sundance" isn`t going to stop those fires from burning! .......Do they not realize that $400 million dollars minimum must be allocated to fighting forest fires? Or does the Government plan to just let the Province "Burn baby burn"!
Those are the only real options, the greenhouse gases those fires will emit into the atmosphere will be equal to a century of car emissions, yet we will continue to be punished with a useless carbon tax that hasn`t reduced emissions by one ounce, but the more pressing issue is the looming $400 million dollar budget hole that fighting those fires will cause, Hansen has predicted a $1.7 billion dollar deficit for fiscal 2010/2011 year....Well friends you can add $400 million dollars to that deficit projection, now we are up to $2.1 billion dollars, the warmest,driest winter in BC history, towns all through BC are going to have fires threatening their survival, the cost will be immense,many have warned the Campbell Government and Pat bell of the looming disaster, either Gordon Campbell is a complete idiot or what we have is....."A failure to communicate"! Definitely there is no cool hand Luke steering the Provincial ship!
"The colour of money" is green, the holes in this years budget are staggering, the estimates are so flawed, another excuse from Colin Hansen and Gordon Campbell about last years surprise surprise after the election budget shocker was....They claimed that Natural gas prices had plummeted, that was true but Natural gas prices didn`t plummet during the last month before the election, gas prices were extremely low in January of 2009,February,March....Well friends, guess what,Natural gas prices have been plummeting month after month, a North American glut, a world glut, an early arrival to spring, the mercantile exchange today records Natural gas prices at below $4 dollars and falling($3.86), the Campbell Government based their revenue projections on $6 to $8 dollar natural gas, their wrong, add in all the new subsidies and royalty holidays the Province has given and there is a huge revenue hole building, certainly if in 2009 they claimed they lost over a billion dollars on Natural gas revenues the same scenario is playing out this year, Who are these guys, there seems to be a complete failure to communicate.
Just food for thought friends, the facts are there,the trees will burn, Natural gas revenue will continue to plummet, the budget deficit of $1.7 billion won`t be realized, it`s going to be.
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