Written by Grant G
We need to talk a little bit more about Jenny Kwan, and in particularly why she must resign..
The party, the NDP does not need this distraction, with Jenny kwan remaining in the NDP caucus it`s almost impossible for the party to criticize BC Liberal corruption and cronyism, to complain of taxpayer abuse, we appear hypocritical to say the least.
I have battled NDP supporters online and on Twitter over the Kwan scandal, over and over again I hear the same refrain from those in Kwan`s camp...paraphrasing here..
Christy Clark spent a fortune on Mclean`s Whistler airline for suspect government business...John Les was shady...Kash Heed was less than honest...Ethnicgate, Bollywood, oyster bar shindigs..and
Today Linda Reid got busted for taxpayer abuse too...
That sounds like school children arguing when caught, Billy did it too, Sally did it, all the other kids are doing it...We aren`t in a school playground, we are talking about legislative representatives who are very well paid, legislators with strict guidelines..
I had a real feisty Twitter exchange with Peter Kelly, ....Mr. Kelly(in my opinion) kept making up his own facts to justify his defense of Kwan...
Peter said that Jenny Kwan`s husband lied to her......Jenny Kwan never ever said that..
Peter Kelly said...Why should Jenny pay the price for what PHS executives did, what they spent..
Peter Kelly said...Would Jenny Kwan risk everything on a few trips
We need to clear up a few facts, no where did Jenny Kwan say her husband lied, Jenny said..
I was told he paid for trips from his personal monies ...Snip.
You see, that doesn`t ring true...because in this article..
And in this one..
And here it is..
"Together with my family, I did join my husband - who was an employee of PHA - on two trips in 2012," she said.
"I was assured at the time by my former partner that he paid out of his pocket for the familyportion of the travel expenses."
"I never would have gone had I known that the family portion of the travel would appear to have been be paid for by PHS.
"I trust that my former partner will address the findings and take appropriate action to ensure that the PHS is reimbursed for any expenses related to family travel.
"And if he doesn't, then I will."
Kwan and Small separated last year.
Government auditors said the Disney stay included a room at the Disney hotel in Anaheim, which was upgraded to accommodate a staff member in poor health.
Small has a heart condition.
Townsend said the trip was a way to show appreciation for Small's hard work because the society doesn't offer benefits like long-term disability.
"For us, this was something we were doing for a staff person in lieu of overtime and health benefits," said Townsend.
"I don't want to go into the individual details of all these things, but it fits into the fact we do not have long-term disability."
Jenny Kwan never said her husband lied, from the few reports I read Mr. Small had some grave physical ailments, there were thoughts floating around he may die, or become disabled..
Portland Hotel Society executives put their feet firmly in their own mouths..
You see, they admitted to spending on these items, they justified the spending, in lieu of a long term disability pension we executives at PHS will take lavish trips, lavish meals and more..
MR. Small was the sickest(health wise) of the bunch...These executives deemed they were entitled to these perks, they made an unauthorized decision to pay themselves, they authorized changing the salary arrangements to themselves...
If this was their demented belief, it only makes sense that Mr. Small believed those unauthorized perks were his personal money...Jenny Kwan parsed her words very carefully.
PHS hadn`t been audited since 2002....Nobody was making waves, no doubt those executives were troughing for much longer than the time period covered in the audit..
I`m calling for a forensic audit going back to 2002....We need more than just the last three years..
I have questions, did PHS ever approach government about a work pension plan?...
Don`t many companies who offer disability pension plans ask for an employee contribution, or employers ask for reduced salary in lieu of hefty pension..
These PHS executives didn`t ask, they believed they were entitled to extra perks, they took it upon themselves to serve themselves....Mr Small was in the poorest physical shape of the lot, if those executives lavished trips on themselves with the belief they were entitled, so did Small..
So....So if Jenny Kwan`s husband stated trip monies were out of his personal monies in his mind he wasn`t lying, ....Hence Jenny Kwan refusing to call her husband a bald-faced liar!
Mr Small has not made a public statement, hasn`t admitted to lying, ....
If Jenny Kwan is positive she did nothing wrong she should not have paid back the money...Jenny should have a law suit filed against her ex-husband for $35,000.00 ....But she doesn`t.
Yes the BC Liberals are dirty, they lie, cheat and have robbed the province of $billions of dollars, they govern through party donations and cronyism, they are incompetent, corrupt, couldn`t run a peanut stand however..
Billy did this and Sally did that isn`t a legal, or compelling argument..
Jenny Kwan when she resigns will have a maximum MLA pension, the riding is a NDP stronghold, we could run an orange pylon and still win there..
Until the Kwan scandal is removed the NDP party can`t be an affective opposition, just today the BC Liberal minister of advanced education eluded to Jenny Kwan while not answering a query in question period.
NDP party supporters will never look at Jenny Kwan the same way, lavish trips, 5 star hotels, ...Oh sure MLAs work hard, but joe average works harder for crumbs..
Carpenters working their ass off for $60 k per year, rod busters packing iron, grooves carved on their shoulder from packing rebar..Furniture movers, ...These people work harder, they can`t work until they`re 70, lucky to make 60 years of age and what pensions are they offered.
Nothing...Isn`t the NDP..Aren`t we supposed to be different, be better, be honest, ....What are we when Jenny Kwan stays on..?
BC Liberal light, not quite as corrupt, a little less unskilled, not quite as Kash Heedish...
I would die for Jernny Kwan`s pension, so would 90% of Canadians, or more..
MLAs make great money, travel allowance when on Government business, a $21,000.00 per year housing allowance for when in Victoria....Extra money for every committee they sit on..
Doing your best for your constituents is not a paid extra, it is expected as part of one`s elected duties.
Those evil corrupt BC Liberals, how dare they, oh the humanity....Look in their eyes and see the evil, look in their eyes and see our own reflection looking back...
Maybe we have become what we fear the most....
Have we become.....The same as them.
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