Saturday, December 18, 2010
A View from the Rocks
For the most part I have no more information than you but someone needs to tell the story, if there is one ability I have it`s the gathering of clear perspective, nothing is in isolation, one must account for history, pattern, truth, and plain old common sense......Judge Judy has the line..
"If it doesn`t make sense, it isn`t true"
I read this story by Peter Ewart
Peter suggests the NDP in 2003 backed off of their demands of stopping the sale of BC Rail over the taint of the deal.....Well friends, it was a well written story by Ewart although too airy fairy, having watched the BC Legislature almost daily in that time period ......Jenny Kwan and Joy Mcphail shouted, demanded, bitched and debated up a storm in the legislature, unfortunately, as I have written about before, oppositions can`t stop anything, PERIOD....All an opposition can do is highlight the flaws. point to the real facts, it`s only public backlash of epic proportion that can stop Government(sometimes)...And an honest media is required, Baldrey, Palmer, Canwest, Global, CTV, Bill Good and CKNW not only failed to report the facts they publicly endorsed every decision made by Gordon Campbell`s Liberals, what we had was a conspiracy of media owners and the Government...Let me be clear, I WAS disappointed with the NDP under Carole James, I was equally impressed with Jenny and Joy...77 Liberals against 2 NDP.
Mr. Ewart, with all due respect, the BC Rail deal was never in jeopardy of coming off the rails, CN Rail was always getting BC Rail as of 2001, the only thing in dispute at that time was when they would receive it and how little they were going to pay for it, the NDP had no ability to stop the sale short of blowing up the legislature(while the Liberals were in it), the fix was in, and with CN Rail`s growing tax indemnity against the Province it appears the CN will get BC Rail for free...
The NDP couldn`t stop Campbell and cabinet from a Saturday late night secret session in the BC Legislature with no media present when they shredded the HEU agreement and fired 9000 women, nor could they stop 3 votes on the Canada line, the NDP couldn`t stop the $500 million dollar over budget convention center, the opposition couldn`t stop the privatization and using BC Ferries as an ATM ....Nor could they prevent giving Translink the power of taxation or stopping the stripping of town`s rights....I have said it over and over again, oppositions are not effective, the only opposition is by taking power and actually doing the right thing for the people of this province....An opposition needs a firm clear voice and the ability to prevent facts to the public but again, if a media is corrupt, if senior columnists and radio voices get their wives jobs with public affairs for Government, if print and TV newsrooms fail to report in lieu of advertising dollars, if all that happens it makes an opposition`s voice silent....
That trend is slowing ending with quality blogs, better detail and inside working`s are coming from the internet, BC is a wired Province, the Canwest, Global, CKNW edge is now gone, .....Back to Ewart`s column, an opposition, this opposition couldn`t stop Gordon Campbell from tripling BC`s debt, they couldn`t stop the massive expansion of gambling at the same time gaming grants to charities and sports groups were taken away, they couldn`t stop $900 million dollar retractable roof and gauntlet into Paragon`s soon to be "house of Horror" casino, the NDP didn`t stop Campbell from running a $4 billion dollar deficit when he claimed a $490 million deficit maximum, the opposition couldn`t stop fees being raised on seniors, the carbon tax, tripling of MSP premiums, user fees on parks, illegal gag laws, outrageous ferry fares, shadow tolls on the sea to sky highway, the NDP couldn`t stop the HST , even when the BC Liberals said on paper on the lead up to the 2009 election there would be NO HST, even with 720,000 BC Voters signing a petition to stop the HST, even with every NDP MLA standing and screaming in the Legislature, with 80% of the public on their side they couldn`t stop the BC Liberal party from doing whatever they pleased and the public be damned!
How many legislative sessions have been cancelled, how many times has closure been used by the BC Liberals, how many times has Campbell used the guillotine to ram multiple bills through in a few minutes, too many times to count, and all along Keith Baldrey, Bill Good, Vaughn Palmer and the media forgave, forgot and moved on......I am not defending the NDP but one must look at the big picture, could the NDP stop Kevin Falcon from trying to sell our BC healthcare and turn your hospital into a medical tourism mecca, no they couldn`t, the Canada Health Act did, could the opposition stop Kash Heed from breaking the election law, Jane Thornthwaite from driving drunk during the Olympics, could they stop Colin Hansen from lying day after day about the HST and deficits, the NDP couldn`t stop Campbell from pillaging ICBC for $760 million dollars earlier this year, ...
The NDP couldn`t stop every BC Liberal MLA from standing up in the Legislature and completely ignoring their constituents and ramming the HST lie and fraud down their throats, the NDP couldn`t force the Liberals to raise the minimum wage, nor could they lift B.C. from 10th and last with the most children living in poverty,the loyal opposition couldn`t stop dozens of BC Liberal insiders from getting directorships at IPPs
The NDP couldn`t stop Gary Collins from getting knee deep in more trash
You see friends, the opposition is only as effective as the media wants it to be, there have been hundreds of items and reasons to throw out the Campbell Liberals, in fact many should be jailed and when the next writ period begins the media, Global, cknw, Baldrey, Palmer, all of them will forget everything again, they will remember propaganda from the PAB spin machine....
Just like the opposition couldn`t stop Tommy Douglas and keep us from creating national healthcare, the opposition couldn`t stop the NDP from building the Island highway or stop the NDP from building ferries with BC Labour, the opposition couldn`t stop the NDP from creating ICBC or the ALR, agricultural land resereve, the BC Liberals couldn`t stop the NDP of the 90s from building hundreds of schools.
I expect that there will be a thorough public inquiry no matter which NDP leader becomes premier of British Columbia, and as for Peter Ewart and his assertion that the NDP may have possibly stopped the sale of BC Rail, that`s wrong, completely wrong, even with 80% of the public and 700,000 plus signatures the NDP couldn`t stop the BC Liberals from choking us with the HST, BC Rail was ignored by the media at the time and if not for BC Mary and a few dedicated voices no one would care today, what else is wrong is child poverty, for if by selling BC Rail we eliminated or really reduced that statistic...Number 1 in Canada for the most children living in poverty, 9 years in a row, if that number went down it would be worth selling BC Rail...
But it didn`t, 2 members of the opposition or 35 members, it matters not, the only effective opposition is when they take power and do the right thing.
Remember what we as NDP stand for, health care, education, the environment(not a phony carbon tax)..Affordible tuition, let`s not allow the media to re-write the history on the 2000s in British Columbia....A giant step backwards for humanity.
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