Well well well...
Let me first say that I support John Horgan and Mike Farnworth, I hope either one or both of them show real leadership and ask Jenny Kwan to leave the NDP caucus..
It`s true that the BC Liberals have committed outrageous crimes against British Columbia,BC Rail stolen, ethnicgate, Basi/Virk payoff, IPP`s bankrupting BC Hydro, the list is 100`s of pages long..
Bill Good today on the Yawning edge of the ledge ignored Jack Mintz`s and Imperial Oil`s LNG monkey wrench, a huge story that Global BC..CTV and CKNW completely ignored..The 3 stooges at CKNW..Not Larry Curley and Moe but...Barely, Hurley and Mole..
Our tainted medie never howled or screamed with outrage over Christy Clark`s outrageous travel expenses, oyster bar shindigs or any blatant BC Liberal corruption, including massive severance packages for disgraced criminal BC Liberal political appointees..
However, this site is called The Straight Goods, we hold no punches and we call it as we see it..
Yes Jenny Kwan has done good work for her constituents over the years, and I thank her for that, I have met Jenny Kwan and all I can say is...
This is totally outrageous..
Jenny Kwan has just finished a press conference trying to explain away this scandal and her comments are not satisfactory to me, Jenny Kwan has also announced that she is taking a leave of absence..
Unless your husband is a super-rich person like Jimmy Pattison or Aquilinni, .....
I`m not married, but I have sisters who are, my parents were married, my friends and associates have spouses and these people I know have one thing in common..
If a wife or husband buys the other half a trip, a car, a vacation, an expensive piece of jewellery or any other type of expensive gift, human nature takes over..
These conversations would take place.....
"Honey, what a great gift, did you put the bill on your visa credit card or did you write a cheque....Did you pay for it out of our joint savings account or out of our rainy day fund...Did you get a bonus cheque from work, did you win on BC49 or 6/49....."
This is what married couples do, what couples living together do, it`s human nature to ask who, where, what, how can we afford it, ....
Jenny Kwan has offered to repay the money, (over $34,000.00 for three trips, limo rides, $1000 dollar per night hotels, expensive dinners and the like)this excuse doesn`t fly, Jenny Kwan is a veteran politician, she knows all about conflict, perceived conflict and how it is not appropriate to accept gifts or perks without thoroughly vetting the source and checking with the NDP party..
Even if Jenny Kwan was legitimately duped by her significant other, mistakes cost people jobs, mistakes cost lives, mistakes can turn one`s chosen path into being lost in the backwoods, the NDP party can`t absorb this Jenny Kwan episode in a BC Liberal media friendly town..
It saddens me very much to write this article, why is it that politicians of all political stripes once in power too long become too comfortable, too accepting of gifts, perks and freebies, MLA`s make good money, their income without perks is more than double the average Canadian family combined income, not to mention housing allowances and extra cash for sitting on do-nothing committees..
Jenny Kwan....You need to resign,....Mike Farnworth and John Horgan...
Time to step up and make a statement, an authoritative statement and show British Columbia you have the cajones to be leader, and premier...I don`t expect Adrian Dix to do anything...He is no longer leader, and yes, You Mike Farnworth and John Horgan are not leader yet, but you both have access to media and a cognitive brain to make the right call and or make the right statement..
There was no legitimate reason for any Portland Hotel Society member or director to be in Europe, Brussels or Disney land..!
Jenny Kwan is not with her husband anymore, separated or divorced, doesn`t matter, innocent people, an innocent MLA wouldn`t need a leave of absence from doing the people`s work, if Jenny Kwan needs a leave of absence over the duress her ex has caused her?....
As judge Judy so famously says..
"If it doesn`t make sense it isn`t true"
Have a nice life in the private sector Jenny..
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