There is something wrong in British Columbia, seriously wrong, I watch our Government at work in the Victoria legislature, actually that isn`t correct, this isn`t a Government, children don`t behave that badly in school, questions are asked about funding cuts for daycare or education or for sports groups, arts groups, bed closures etc etc .....And all we hear as answers are stories about the 90s and blathering about record funding, it`s nauseating, I wanted to touch on this record funding claim, whether it be for schools , health, special needs or whatever else Government spends money on, it`s absolutely ridiculous, look at the price of homes in Vancouver, they have never been higher, does that mean you`re buying a better home than that of the 80s or 90s? The price of tomatoes has never been higher, the price of asparagas has never been higher, price of steaks, price of medicines, price of electricity has never been higher, price of Natural gas, property taxes have never been higher, look folks I could go on and on about how the cost of everything has never been higher, costs go up year after year yet wages have been flat for decades, minimum wage has been frozen for 9 years, the point I`m trying to make is this, despite all these costs going up, these costs do not translate into more service or an improved service, electricity is the same as decades ago, city services are the same, nothing has changed in schools, education isn`t any better than decades past.
There are more people every year, more people shop in the US every year, more people take transit every year, more people watch the Olympics every year, more cell phone users, yet I watch question period and these things, these Liberals stand up and bluster about record this and record that but the bottom line is it doesn`t mean anything, the Campbell Government has turned into a joke, scandal after scandal, stinky insider deals that make even the most naive person say whoa, yet the media reports next too nothing, the most blatant lies are told and the media stays silent....Friends, we all remember the Polish guy who got tasered 5 times at the airport, a team of cops, one non-english speaking visitor and if not for the video the story would have died, these cops blatantly lied, why did it take pressure from a foreign country to resolve the case, I guarantee if it was a BC citizen the story would have never been resolved.
It has now been revealed that the BC Finance department immediately following our last election was in talks with Ottawa on the HST deal, the deficit, $495 million dollar maximum to over $3billion dollars right after the election, it wasn`t on our radar, revenues declined by billions in the month after the election, we had no idea, the lies are so blatant, so pathetic, even yesterday when the funeral people disclosed an average burial will cost $700 more dollars in taxes and Colin Hansen speaks drivel about the funeral parlour not having to pay pst on a new carpet so funerals costs will go down, the lie is so bad, Hansen even looks like he is lying, gordon Campbell makes these same lies, remember the carbon tax, Gordon Campbell made the statement that the carbon tax was the equivalent of taking 400,000 cars off the road each year, another whopper, the Port Mann bridge, even before they had a shovel in the ground there was a big photo-op stating, the Port Mann bridge is one year ahead of schedule. When is Chris Galais going to start a news broadcast by saying, it`s obvious that Gordon Campbell and Colin Hansen are lying, why do they persist in lying to the voters!
What is going on, shouldn`t the reporters covering the stories start to laugh, shouldn`t they say to Colin Hansen, "you can`t be serious, are you joking, have you been drinking" isn`t that what the media should be reporting, the lies are spinning out of control, any decent parent would drag a lying child to the bathroom and stick a bar of soap in their child`s mouth or ground them, who would put up with this?
Meanwhile I watch question period and, for example when the BC Rail case was heating up last year and when questions were asked on BC Rail, the answer from Wally Oppal or Gordon Campbell would be "we can`t say nothing it`s before the court" and the BC Liberals will thump their tables and laugh and clap like trained seals, why are they clapping, I think the Liberals should wear paper bags over their heads in the legislature, why do we need to see their faces, why do we need to pay extra money to ministers to say back in the 90s or it`s before the court? ...The Liberals might think it`s a game but it`s not, when they laugh and giggle in the legislature their laughing at the public, could you imagine answering questions to a judge or a school teacher, you would be charged with contempt of court or sent to the principle`s office, we are a banana Republic in British Columbia, the Vancouver Sun, Canwest Global, CTV news, Colin Hansen talks like a child lying badly and the media closes it`s eyes and ears, yet they spin every Government announcement, I guarantee the HST will get enough signatures in all 85 ridings, I know the initiative isn`t binding, there are well over 5000 canvassers collecting signatures, if Gordon Campbell avoids the million signatures we will do "Recall in the Fall" and succeed, because friends, Kash Heed will be gone very soon, that means we only need to recall 6 ridings, unlike the HST initiative the Recall campaign canvassers don`t have to be from that riding, what I mean is that I can`t collect signatures for the HST petition in any other riding but the one I vote in, but with "Recall in the Fall" the canvassers don`t have to be from that riding, so what I am saying is there will be no problem finding canvassers for Recall, we already have over 5000 energetic heroes, I can picture it now, 500 canvassers recalling Point Grey, 500 canvassers in each of the 6 riding gathering signatures for "Recall in the Fall".
Recall is binding, us activists, the angry, the fed-up, all of us in BC can make history, this will mean a new era of politics in BC, never again will Provincial Governments blatantly lie and betray the people, they will know they can be removed, there have been some great comments here at The Straight goods, I was particularly impressed with the last one my dear friend BC Mary made on the Keith Baldrey post, the line-ups, smiles, citizens feeling empowered, I went to our local bingo hall, 60 older ladies and 50 rushed over to sign the petition!
I have always taken the road less travelled, I have never marched to the beat of the drummer, it`s something my Dad taught me, but friends that less travelled road is getting crowded, one voice, ten voices, a thousand voices, a million voices, Gordon Campbell is going to buckle or be hauled out of Government, no more folks, we will not be pushed around anymore, I`m not sure why Ross K pointed me to the road less travelled but I am glad he did, I found allies, BC Mary, Gary E, Norman Farrell,Leah, Will McMartin, Evil Eye, Kam Lee,Laila, Jaydee, G West, Crankpants,Kootcoot and many many more, the Road Less Travelled was always here, with your help we have removed the locked gate, not long ago I was almost ready to give up, move, leave, but I feel the change, something really special is happening in British Columbia, it`s called democracy, a new Government will emerge, empowered people, even energy purchase agreements, they don`t scare me anymore we can tear them up.
It`s true, you can`t look up until you can`t look further down, join with me in battle, it`s going to be a long hot summer, the screams from the politicians will be deafening, time to water the tree of democracy with the blood of tyrants and patriots.
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