By now you may have heard of the days events – Bill Bennett was kicked out, literally it seems, of the caucus, perhaps even the building. CKNW has been the best source of news on this so far this afternoon, and although I never listen, today I made the exception to hear now, at least one Liberal finally speak the truth.
Gordon Campbell is a bully, a tyrant and from the sounds of it, more than a little maniacal. And I give Bill Bennett credit for speaking so openly on NW this afternoon, pulling no punches when he said all of it was ” bullshit” and that he has seen Campbell run all over other people in caucus.
Bennett also said that there is a PR spin coming out to indicate that it was a cabinet decision, as would appear to be true with this CBC quote from Kevin Falcon:
B.C. Health Minister Kevin Falcon said Bennett violated an important government protocol with his remarks about Campbell.
“It is not appropriate to be making those comments outside cabinet confidentiality of which we all swear an oath when we are signed up as cabinet ministers,” said Falcon. “Bill knows that and was warned after the first time it happened and after he continued, he unfortunately left cabinet no other option.”
Falcon,as we all know, is one of the most likely contenders for leadership of the Liberals, and the one I would least like to see in the Premiers seat since he has spent much of his career modelling himself after the premier. Now that Campbell has been outed by Bennett, Falcon has stood in support of Campbell’s decision, and we shall soon see where the rest of his loyal troupe stand – Mary Polak, Shirley Bond, Rich Coleman.
Will they answer the questions truthfully when asked if they have seen the premier act as Bennett has stated? Will they admit he holds an iron fist on his cabinet, or will they continue to follow along, the blind leading the blind?
Remember, not one of these ministers stood out and told the truth about the HST, none of them. Each and every Liberal MLA came out and publicly declared their support for the HST, and to this day, they continue to push that it is a great thing for this province.
Mary Polak is a nightmare, having done the provinces needy children and families the greatest disservice of all by literally ripping that ministry apart at the seams. Falcon, trashed the transportation ministry and mortgaged all of our children’s futures with these P3 projects that he is now pushing in the health ministry. Coleman? Well we all know Coleman’s record, or lack of it, some might say. Bond is kept busy trying to figure out how the hell to manage the mess Falcon left her.
One of my favourite quotes is by Eleanor Roosevelt:“When you have decided what you believe, what you feel must be done, have the courage to stand alone and be counted.”
Bill Bennett finally did it, although it took a long time. It’s just too bad that every time the rest of the Liberals get a chance to be accountable, they fail miserably. You can count most of them in with Campbell.
( I am working on a story that is taking longer than anticipated, with power outages etc due to the high winds today. More on the Ministry of transportation shortly)