On the surface this story may appear to be a simple case of a council rejecting a proposed development but that is but one tiny little thread, for only yesterday, Adrian Dix was elected as new NDP leader, Christy Clark has talked about her families first agenda and listening to all parties, Christy talked about a friendly transparent open Government. Adrian Dix has talked about health, education, human rights, fair taxation, students and seniors..
Another dynamic is Gregor Robertson lagging in public support going into Fall civic elections, here`s the wedge issue, Gregor has sided with the majority in voting down the casino.
There are so many threads to this story and none are more glaring than the connections between Rich Coleman, Kevin Kreuger, Paragon gaming and Patrick Kinsella, now add in all the donations to the BC Liberal party by interested parties, remember when the BC place retractable roof was almost canceled because the price ballooned from $360 million to over $600 million dollars, remember the calls from Paragon officials directly to Kevin Kreuger and in a matter of days presto, the retractable roof was back on, Paragon threatened the Government that without the retractable roof and walkways to their casino they were out, the BC Liberal Government obeyed their masters and everything was put back on the rails...
There are so many big time BC Liberal insiders connected to this deal, a great deal of money has been spent ramming this project through, plenty of political contributions, many people stand to make large cash on the deal.
We have a brand new Christy Clark as premier beholden to the people that placed her in the premier`s chair including one Patrick Kinsella, Gordon Campbell`s right hand man!
And people, there is one more very special thread in this story, the City of Vancouver doesn`t own the land that the new casino was to be built on, the Province does, that`s right folks the Province owns the land and....The lands is also zoned "Entertainment District".....What does that mean?
It means a war between the left and the right, it means a war between the Province and the City with both going into election cycles, Gregor needing a boost to help his fortunes and Christy needing to appear different from Gordon Campbell by LISTENING to the People and communities....
And if that wasn`t enough to get your juices flowing there is one more thread.....Remember in Gordon Campbell`s and Christy Clark`s first term in power, I forget the Bill number but the Province has a Bill where they can over-ride communities, towns, cities or the like, that means that Christy Clark can use authority she and company enacted and ram this project down the throats of Vancouver.
This is gonna be a war, who has the power, Gregor Robertson or the BC Liberals, who has the most influence, what about Paragon and Patrick Kinsella, what about the promises, what about the donations, what about Gregor fighting a cause the majority want, what about Gregor`s new found re-election chances, what kind of disrespectful bullying Government does Christy Clark want to portray.
The tentacles are everywhere with Paragon and the BC Liberals, in my opinion this deal was cooked up and rammed through with a stench, the retractable roof, the sweet deal, the kickbacks, the party donations and so many back-room BC Liberals involved.
Will the BC Government ram the project through.....Will the power brokers behind Christy Clark force her hand....Will Christy Clark stay out of the battle.....Does the BC Liberal Government and party insiders leave the dead casino project alone until after both civic and Provincial elections.....Will the BC Liberals ram the project through with their draconian legislation.
This is going to be very entertaining, who will prevail, David versus Goliath?...Juice Boy against the "New Sensation"
A tip of the hat for Gregor Robertson, a political masterstroke, the casino project isn`t dead yet and you can bet your last dollar that the big boys behind the scenes are phoning Christy asking(demanding) help, Gregor sided with the majority of the residents and made the right decision and you watch, CKNW/Global and CTV will be ruthless in mocking Groegor`s business prowess, if the power brokers who rammed this project through want the deal they will have to persuade Christy Clark to use the Provincial sledge hammer to get it done!
If Christy Clark uses the sledge hammer the label of a different caring listening Government will tarnish fast!
Pleasant dreams Patrick Kinsella....
Well Christy Cluck Cluck Clark, the ball is in your court!
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Cheers Eyes Wide Open