A reader comment in a preceding article:
We all have to be ‘shovel ready’ for the upcoming election and ‘Turf the Liberals’.There will be massive 1%er sponsored support and corporate funded advertorials all focused on reelecting their team. They will shower us with our own money and ‘new promises’. Liberal captured media will support their record and attack any possibility of change and better governance. Christy’s only goal as always will be to hold on to power so as to continue pillaging the province.
We have to inform and unite all citizens, the many groups that have too long been neglected, lied to and abused. The poor, the disabled, students, young families, seniors… The 99% of BC citizens that are disadvantaged to the benefit of the Christy 1%. All that have been forced to pay too great a cost solely for the advantage of Christy and her Pirates.
We have to engage the still uninformed and disengaged to the ongoing self interested assault that the Christy Party has inflicted on the citizens of BC. We have to encourage our fellow citizens to your site Norm and other blog sights that are holding the government and their sponsors to account for their actions.
This comment was submitted to In-Sights while I was on the phone to a person telling me about a recent fundraiser held by the real estate development industry. Generous civic-minded friends of government committed millions of dollars to BC Liberals for the campaign year that lies ahead. To them, that’s a small price of doing business, particularly when you get rewards like this in return:
Rushed Burke Mountain land deal cost taxpayers $43M, CBC News, April 2015:
The NDP says documents from an independent appraiser shows the B.C. government sold 14 publicly owned parcels of land on Coquitlam’s Burke Mountain for $43 million less than they were worth…
In documents obtained by the party under the Freedom of Information and Privacy Act, the NDP says Equity Valuation and Consulting advised government the land was worth $128 million if exposed to the market for six to nine months.
But just weeks later, NDP MLA Mike Farnworth says government began accepting offers and sold all 14 parcels to one buyer for $85 million…
Keep in mind that instead of correcting issues after tax avoidance was revealed to be a part of Vancouver’s shadow-flipping and mortgage fraud, Liberals put their faith in an inquiry by the self-regulating industry that had previously disregarded the same misconduct. Truth is that the big players are gaining lavish returns from the status quo and they don’t want any interference. The Clark Government obliges because they care mostly for elites.
Previously, I’ve shown that Premier Clark has been dedicated to removing financial burdens previous governments had placed on mining companies and gas producers. We’ve seen Turdstormer Bill Bennett give additional relief to mining companies by allowing majors to defer 75% of their BC Hydro bills. Since, they are presently paying less than half BC Hydro’s marginal cost of power, it is a costly reward that brings no job guarantees in return.
Christy Clark owes her leadership position to gas producers and she’s rewarded them handsomely as shown here:
I could go on with further examples of how the BC Liberals run government. Paraphrasing Lincoln’s Gettysburg address, it is government of big business, by big business, for big business. However, my purpose here is to challenge those who oppose the present political arrangement to take positive steps to assist change.
First, make a choice of which of the opposition parties you support and contact their local organization and join. Then participate in preparations for May 2017 and contribute to policies and strategies. Stay engaged.
Next, make a critical examination of the mainstream media and raise complaints when you see misinformation, bias and lack of balance in reporting and commentary. Let the publishers know you object.
Support alternative media, particularly properties that have no advertising to pay expenses. There is excellent work being done by people outside the traditional pro-media so support them financially and refer their good work to others. Amplify alternative voices and add your own words to public debate.
Liberals will have millions of campaign dollars and an army of taxpayer paid minions. They will be spending further millions of tax dollars on government advertising, ensuring their interests are front and centre in the coming year and guaranteeing, the editorial support of media beneficiaries.
If 5,000 people contribute $30 a month to opposition parties, from now until May 2017, it would cost each individual $175, after tax credits. However, that would make $2.25 million available to parties that aim to defeat Christy Clark and her pirate gang.
Now we need a snappy slogan and a (real) grassroots campaign to make democracy relevant and effective in British Columbia.