Common Ground writer Bruce Mason had generous things to say about this site and he emphasizes an important point. We each have an opportunity to help make British Columbia a better place, for today and for tomorrow, for ourselves and our children, and their children. More about Mason’s article later.
The 2017 election is only weeks away. Get involved. If you don’t join an opposition party, do like independent candidate and Fort St. John entrepreneur Bob Fedderly is doing. Work to ensure ordinary people are represented in your community.
Bob promises transparency and long-term, responsible financial planning. He is worried about the province’s financial management and says, “Passing on massive debt to our children and grandchildren is simply not acceptable.”
I’ve been acquainted with Fedderly for the last few years and I am convinced he would be an effective MLA. Intelligent, informed and generous, Bob was extraordinarily helpful when I visited Northeast BC in 2016. He showed me around this important region and talked at length about its history, people and present day challenges.
If there is no strong independent in your home riding, look to support people new to politics. I’m impressed by North Vancouver’s NDP candidate Bowinn Ma, a business savvy young professional engineer who promises to “bring in $10 a day childcare, to protect our coast, to invest in education, and to expand public transportation.”
I sat one morning with Bowinn Ma, after interviewing likely Green Party candidate George Orr. I thought the two would engage in a stimulating campaign to unseat Liberal lightweight Naomi Yamamoto and I planned to write about their distinct approaches.
However, Andrew Weaver, leader of what I’ve come to think of as the Liberal-Lite Party, decided that Orr would not be allowed to run for the Greens. Weaver’s schemers were, I think, frightened by a independent-minded candidate, more dedicated to principles than politics.
I respect the commitment and experience of Legislative holdovers but we need the revitalizing force of new blood. We can’t continue electing a government filled with people who sold their souls to the highest bidders.
For eight years now, I’ve been posting words on the Internet. I was influenced in the beginning by my first two grandsons, now pushing 11 years of age. I looked at these youngsters, and the ones that followed, and concluded that I owed a duty to agitate for a better world. I want all children to have the best possible chance for education and opportunity, to live in a society that is fair and respectful to people and values the environmental riches of our land.
I’m happy to have been involved in this commitment but I hope the May election will be a turning point. It will be a time to decide whether or not the powerful self-interests of privileged people are insurmountable.
Now, back to the purpose of this post. It is to introduce you to Bruce Mason’s article at Common Ground. Please go to the magazine’s website. There are numerous regular contributors providing information not available elsewhere, including Alan Cassels, a man to trust when the pharmaceutical industry is caring for itself. This is part of Mason’s Mayday! Abandon the Christy Clark ship of fools that touches on my work:
…After 16 years hosting The Daily Show, Jon Stewart observed, “Bullshit is everywhere. The good news is bullshitters have gotten pretty lazy and their work is easily detected. So I say to you tonight, friends, the best defence against bullshit is vigilance. So if you smell something, say something.” And may we add, be somebody, do something?
One of my most trusted and vigilant sources is Norman Farrell, a long-time accountant with a well-developed, keen sense of smell. Dubbed “master researcher” by one of my mentors, Rafe Mair, Farrell’s outstanding blog, IN-SIGHTS, has several thousand posts on everything from “Accountability” to “Wilderness Committee.” He told me, “People have questioned my opinion, but never my facts.” It’s well worth bookmarking and supporting.
Just before this issue of Common Ground went to press, Farrell posted “Pull down the veil of lies” (February 26), utilizing Ministry of Finance numbers to show how the record and promises of Christy Clark (Neo)Liberals are “egregious dishonesty,” in conflict with basic truth and common sense.
In the recently released 2017 Budget and Fiscal Plan, the government that got elected by promising a “Debt-Free BC” forecasted the provincial debt will grow $11 billion to a total of $78 billion over the next three years. But that last number doesn’t include $100 billion-worth of contractual obligations, as if non-existent and without impact…
A last word from Norm Farrell: “Because corporate media does not report the above figures, it is up to citizens to correct the record. Do so at every opportunity during the election campaign. Blow up the myth that Liberals, while pandering to special interests, are competent financial managers.”
Do more than just vote, which is every citizen’s right and enviable responsibility. Google the platforms and join the campaigns of the optional parties: the opposition and our best chance, NDP, the Green Party and even the Conservatives. Ask questions, become informed, talk it up. Be able to honestly look anyone in the eye, including future generations, and say, “This is what I did, up to, and including, May 9th, 2017.”