Shirley the stunned will stand up, lie and spin, the ultimate excuse maker, my question is...Why does BC`s media give this wench a free pass time after time, I wrote months ago that the BC/Ottawa RCMP contract negotiations were a mere ploy, I specifically cited the Kevin Falcon failed and predetermined HST negotiations with Ottawa, now Shirley Bond stands naked and exposed(cover your eyes) before BC`s municipalities, a blathering lying windbag, not only are costs going up but the RCMP. an organization that`s badly tarnished in the eye`s of the public, not only are costs going up to cities and towns but wage increases too, in-fact retroactive wage increases are being applied to that contract, when every BC public sector body is being forced to accept zeros, Federally at a time when the CBC, food inspectors, environmental protections are being gutted the RCMP seem immune, let me be clear, my issue isn`t with the pay of officers, the issue is negotiating a contract where our so-called smartest legal mind(in Government) is doing our bidding, and this is the best she can come up with, nothing! To hear Shirley Bond is "shocked and awed" over these revelations so soon after the ink dried comes as no surprise?
Shirley windhag Bond lied about not knowing of wage increases coming to the RCMP, either that or her mind was too simple for the task...
Toews told Bond the pay raises should not have come as a surprise because they were discussed with the provinces.
“There was a phone call with my staff about a year ago when they said that you should be prepared to anticipate wage increases,” Bond said. “But that was the extent of the discussion. At no point did it come back to us for input on the type of package that would be going to the federal Treasury Board.”
So there you have it, that above article was written in October 2011, not only did the Peace Arch news mention the 1.2 $billion dollar plus building but they specifically mentioned RCMP wages, and it also mentioned that BC had NO PLAN B....A little old newspaper in a column mentions wage increases but BC`s negotiators are oblivious..Come on!
So what we have is Shirley Windbag Bond flexing imaginary muscles, BC had no back up plan, Surrey had committed to building state of the art RCMP buildings before the negotiations, and all the phony fanfare from the BC Harper Christy Clark party, and just what exactly did Shirley Bond deliver, from what I gather, nothing..
It was all a smoke show, pure political bullshit designed to fool a gullible electorate, at a time of the IAN Bush ghost stories, Monty Robinson and many many other RCMP horror stories, at no time in history of BC have the cops been so-distrusted then at that time, BC was cracking down and negotiating...Yea, sure we were ...Costs for smaller municipalities are going up, costs for larger municipalities are going up, RCMP wages are going up, last year, this year and the next three years, the force may also go union in the future which will entail even more costs....
What kind of negotiator excludes pay raises and their implications, one that never negotiated anything, for in-fact the Harper version of the Federal Government told British Columbia in no uncertain terms that there was the deal, take it or leave it, Shirley Bond delivered nothing, as did Kevin Falcon when he negotiated to no avail the horrific BC HST betrayal, ...Think of Falcon`s negotiating prowess, we are stuck with the HST that the BC Liberals foisted on us...From July 2010 to April 2013..3 years of a 5 year deal sees BCers paying $billions in extra taxes each year and still we as a province have to payback the entire $1.6 billion dollar bribe...Falcon delivered nothing, and in-fact the BC Government is plotting such ruthless tactics in taxation that we will never be free of the HST, the rumor mill is abuzz with stories of a contemplated permanent new entertainment and meals tax, call it an HST replacement tax, all through the ministry of finance trickery taxes are being developed to maintain the corporate largesse tax holiday...
Why has the media failed to hound Christy Clark, complicated new tax rules for homebuilders were developed, certain areas there is no HST, vacation properties outside of greater Victoria and Vancouver are now HST free, all designed to appease the grumbling homebuilders, winners and losers chosen, yet Christy Clark`s Harper controlled Government couldn`t remove a little tax from the price of meals, or domestic flights, all too complicated for BC`s finance ministry....Yet they can deliver these rules for people buying second homes, vacation properties and the like.
"To help support workers and communities in B.C. that depend on residential recreational development, purchasers of new secondary vacation or recreational homes outside the Greater Vancouver and Capital regional districts priced up to $850,000 will now be eligible to claim a provincial grant of up to $42,500 effective April 1, 2012."
- B.C.’s portion of the HST will no longer apply to newly built homes where construction begins on or after April 1, 2013. Builders will once again pay seven per cent PST on their building materials. On average, about two per cent of the home’s final price will again be embedded PST.
- The temporary housing transition measures will be in place for two years, until March 31, 2015. The tax only applies to homes where construction begins before the transition date and ownership and possession occur after.
- The temporary housing transition tax and the temporary housing transition rebates will be administered by the Canada Revenue Agency on behalf of B.C. The Province is administering the grant for new secondary vacation and recreational homes.
- Average amount of embedded sales tax in newly built homes under PST: two per cent.
- Tax paid by purchasers on an $850,000-newly built home after HST rebate: two per cent.
- Tax rate on a newly built home during transition: two per cent.
- "For newly built homes where construction begins before April 1, 2013, but ownership and possession occur after, purchasers will not pay the seven per cent provincial portion of the HST. Instead, purchasers will pay a temporary, transitional provincial tax of two per cent on the full house price. This ensures equitable treatment among purchasers and will help mitigate distortive market behaviour. Builders will receive temporary housing transition rebates to offset PST on materials to help prevent double-taxation on homebuyers.
Average amount of embedded sales tax in newly built homes under PST: two per cent"_________________________________
Why has no one asked, they can craft fancy homebuilding HST transitional rules for people buying homes, eer, I mean second homes and vacation property but they can`t remove $2 dollars from a pizza for your average Joe...Where`s Einstein when you need him...
How could we ever have had success negotiating out of the HST when Kevin Falcon said things like this through out the negotiations with Ottawa...
"The HST was good policy rolled out badly.....It`s foolish returning to an archaic old clunker of a tax in the PST/GST"
It`s quite clear to anyone who looks at it, we don`t have a British Columbia controlled provincial Government, we have a Stephen Harper controlled provincial Government, Gordon Campbell and his brother Michael Campbell along with spineless Liberal MLAs sold out to Harper, Gordon Campbell has long since fled Canada with his ill-gotten loot and Smiley face Christy Clark was recruited to keep in place Harper`s policies....What are these Liberals calling themselves now, the "Free Enterprise Party"...Free for who, not the average taxpayer, not for families, students, the poor, a regressive tax, but there was one silver lining... As you know when the HST came in the price of expensive luxury vehicles went down, rich cats could save $10 to 20K per new car, yet private used car sale`s costs went up 5%, and corporations pay no sales tax still, 4 years of reward while consumers pay.... Kevin Falcon claims it`s too complicated to change the tax rate on a cash register at McDonalds, 3 years to remove that tax....Are you kidding me
Shirley Windbag Bond, the ultimate word twisting babblerdoctor went on the Sean Leslie show(Saturday past) where she received T-ball questions from the jellied one Sean Leslie..Bond expressed shock and dismay over the RCMP wage increases and then she blathered out news of whopper sized savings, only these alleged savings are but vague faint verbal illusions..
A surprise pay raise for RCMP contracts in B.C. could be offset by sweeping nation-wide cost reductions that could reach $195 million, but details of such savings have yet to be released
Shirley Bond is encouraged by Vic Toews statement, oh goody for us...
A statement, after blathering on and on about tough negotiations we had zero say over wage increases, zero say over anything, the cost to towns and cities are going up and Windbag Bond is telling BCers she is "encouraged" about "potential" savings, not a thing in the contract but she is "reassured by a STATEMENT"....Where is the contract language, contract language on wages, cost sharing, contract talk on these mythical savings because surely if there were savings, negotiated savings different from other provinces we would have heard as much..But we heard nary a peep..
We have an open-mouthed windbag blathering about being reassured by a statement, this a whole 2 weeks after BC signed the same deal every other province did...
And where is the media to call out our provincial Government for these sham negotiations, perhaps Shirley Bond could point out the differences between the RCMP contracts between provinces...Ahh, but then the media might have to admit it`s been had..
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