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” …I had a nice afternoon yesterday, just sitting and listening to others conversations while out and about ( I know, I know, but I’m an eavesdropper by nature ! ) but it struck me quite hard that all I heard were two topics being discussed by everyone: Canucks hockey playoffs, and how much they hate Gordon Campbell!
I overheard 5 separate conversations about gordo selling off BC bit by bit Mary!!
Average people really ARE paying attention to all of this,and they are mad. Now, that being said they are a bit hesitant about Carol’s financial abilities, but they are still planning to vote for her to save our provincial assets…. And the BC rail sale came up twice. Twice!! out of the mouths of really average people in Surrey.
It was nice to hear and see. People are really contemplating the future of our province right now Mary, and its about damned time...”
This is an excerpt from an email I sent yesterday to friend and fellow writer, BC Mary of The Legislature Raids.
I didn’t think about the relevance of it until after her hearty and smiling reply – and no wonder. Sometimes I question whether or not people really, really, get it, you know? I write and write and I see that a heck of a lot of people are reading these posts, ( and Gee, BC Mary has been trying to get to the truth for years on her blog! Years, meticulously documenting and posting the entire debacle…) but not many speak up and leave a comment, so how do I ( we) know what all of you are thinking? How many people on the street really know and care about what the hellfire is going on in this province of ours?
And when I’m talking about ‘people on the street’, I don’t mean the politically inclined, or ivy-leagued professional with the lambskins on the wall behind his desk, I’m talking about the garbage truck driver who is constantly humping his butt in the sun,wind and rain just to take your stinking refuse away. Or the couple where dad works long days and mom is working nights, and they know the Tim Hortons drive-thru ladies better than they know each other because they are never home at the same time. And all so they don’t have to pay daycare costs.
People like me. Maybe they rent and still can’t afford to buy, or maybe they own a home, but it’s those people who matter to me, and I think, to everyone who blogs about these issues, because it is those people’s votes who accumulate and can make or break an election. So this is why I’m telling you what I am hearing on the street. It may seem like nothing to you, but to me ? Two really average, random people who were actually talking about the likelihood of corruption in the BC Rail sale is huge. Massive.
Think about it. These are perhaps people who may not have ever bothered to vote before, but are stinking mad right now and have the calender marked May 12th. People who, for the first time in their lives, are thinking about what it means to have independent power projects popping up all over. People who didn’teven know this was going on, and had to admit they thought ” Run of the River” was a movie! I’ve explained this term to quite a few people recently, hence the map above and how this all relates to the topic at hand.
It may not be Angus Reid, but I think listening to what people are talking about in coffee shops and grocery store line-ups is damn fine indicator of what the voting environment is likely to be. Try it.
I located that map on the website of the Independent Power Producers Association of BC. http://www.ippbc.com/
Typical corporate type site, with a lot of PR driven links and pages to the” REAL” information that the evil people like the NDP and environmentalists and concerned citizens won’t tell you.
Stuff like this :
” Over the last few months, the NDP opposition, union leader and organizations formed and backed by these political groups have implemented a campaign of public meetings and misinformation on run of the river projects…. READ MORE ”
Insert some thunder and lightening there for effect. It works.
The site contains a wealth of information, but unfortunately most of it is for members only and not accessible to the public. For example, if you were a member you could find out how to start your own independent power project! That is , if you can locate a stream or river on the map above that hasn’t already been taken…. http://www.ippbc.com/EN/new_developers_reference_tools/ I kind of get the impression it’s not that hard to do…
There are also links to environmental reports and certifications for several projects, a heavy but still interesting look at that side of things. http://www.ippbc.com/EN/environmental_assessment_info_for_46_ipp_projects/
If you are really in the mood for a hoot….Check out the BC government site on electricity and IPP’s… According to them, IPP’s are the most amazing thing – from that site I learned that the projects don’t harm the fish, or the river, or the environment, they create jobs for rural communities and the owners have brought( and will continue to bring) billions of dollars in investments in BC ! ( NOT! – while I am not opposed to alternative energy sources, this government is running roughshod over our province and the information out there)
To put this all in perspective for you, go back and read this post on far too many BC Liberal Insiders who have since been hired by Private Power Producers…… http://lailayuile.wordpress.com/2009/04/29/common-ground-highlights-key-bc-liberal-insiders-hired-by-private-power-developers/
If you are interested in saving the provinces waterways for future generations , head on over to www.saveourrivers.ca for videos, columns and photos of real and potential implications for Run of the River projects.
AND…. may I remind you how far our Premier and his PAB will go to spread their own misinformation? Read this post of mine from last year where I dissect TV and print ads promoting the Carbon Tax( from Campbell and his Libs, of course) where the Libs tried to blame the Okanagan Firestorm and The Great Prince George Flood on global warming…… http://lailayuile.wordpress.com/2008/07/13/bc-liberals-carbon-tax-adverts-1-hell-of-an-expensive-pile-of-bs/
It’s a good read, if I may say so myself.