Doing my rounds this morning of the local papers online, it struck me as incredibly odd that this headline: ” Husband of ‘Real Housewives’ star acquitted in sensational Vancouver gangland murder trial ” has received more attention on the front pages of both the Sun and Province online, than the incredibly troubling news of the premiers affiliation with Jaspal Atwal.
What have we come to, when a pampered reality tv show character whose husband has a shady past, is more compelling news than a prominent political leader who utilized a man with a known criminal past in her leadership campaign?
And even more telling is that Clarks denials of any knowledge or relationship with this man has met with outrage from many members of Surrey’s Sikh community, some of whom I know and who know well of Mr. Atwals involvement and support of her campaign.
Why would the premier so happily accept his help in getting memberships and votes from this community, and then claim ignorance and worse yet, absolute innocence? It’s insulting to the community to see how a politician will consider someone persona non grata instead of owning up to the truth. She would have been better off admitting she knew him and that yes, he did support her and then try to claim she had no knowledge of his criminal past, rather than placing herself in the embarrassing position of having outright denied it all.
This story is significant not only for what it reveals about Atwals support and involvement in Clarks campaign, but for also revealing how many in the blood sport of politics, knowingly turn a blind eye to things like a criminal past, or even criminal associations,in the race to get votes.
What makes this so laughable to most politically inclined in Surrey, or anyone at all involved with the different sects within the Indo Canadian community, is that nearly everyone knows Mr. Atwals past, in particular since so much of it has been well covered by the media.
For Christy to say she doesn’t know him, nor did she know of his past, for Stephanie Cadieux, and even Falcon for that matter - both Surrey MLA’s with contacts in the desi community to claim the same - is incredibly laughable, and they know it. We all know it.
This story must not be left to die as Clarks team desperately makes calls to stem the coverage – and I must point out I have seen nothing of this on CBC at all… where is Stephen Smart when you need him?
Bill Tielman also has a number of questions that still have no answers... and now Radio India is talking about Clarks denials, confused as to why she would be doing this. Clearly there is more to be reported on this story and someone should be holding the premiers feet to the fire. To do anything less is condone unacceptable political conduct as the norm – a dangerous precedent by any standards.
From one leader in political tatters to another getting more attention from the press than he has in years – Adrian Dix.
Adrian Dix recently sat down for a one on one interview with BC’s greatest defender, Rafe Mair, to talk about a number of contentious issues that are important to many British Columbians, specifically to find out where he stands on each of them. It is posted on his site, The Commonsense Canadian, however I have it posted here for you with permission.
At this point, I ask that you take a moment to watch the video if you have not seen it yet, and in a moment I will share my thoughts on it. Enjoy.
I’ll be honest with you. I personally believe without a doubt, that the NDP must replace the BC Liberals in power to have any hope in hell of saving this province from what this lousy group of politicians has done to us. To me at this point, they are the only viable alternative.
That being said, I had a really weird, kind of sick feeling in my stomach when I was finished watching this interview. I really did. Keep in mind,this video was done the day after Christy Clark announced that Site C was essential for LNG development in BC.
Senator Richard Neufeld has pimped Site C to necessary to supply the Horn River basin shale gas deposits and even the NDP’s own Michael Sather has talked about the connection between Site C and fracking, and yet Dix seems confused and claims there is no connection between Site C and fracking - that instead all the energy from site c would be for British Columbians and export…. Come on Dix, I know this stuff, where have you been?
In my opinion, the viewer is left wondering what his position is on any of those issues. It’s a wait and see attitude rather comparable to Christy Clarks wait and see attitude on Enbridge, and that alarms me for a couple of reasons.
One, the people of BC have been royally screwed over in a variety of manners by the Liberals. We are done. You hear me? Done. People have lost hope, become more apathetic in some areas than ever before. Politically castrated. But some of us are still fighting, and fighting hard.
Call me crazy, but when you take a stand out of a deep conviction, people know, they feel it and they respond to that. They might not agree with you, but they are going to ask themselves inside, “Is this is the kind of person who I can trust when the chips are down and know they are willing to take a hard stand?” I didn’t see that in this video.
What I did see shows me how much work it will be to keep the NDP in line too, especially with a majority. Some of you might not like hearing that, but it is the damned truth. It could be said that Dix is being strategic by not revealing where he stands so not to give the Liberals a target.
It could be said that we aren’t in an election period so he doesn’t need to give a platform but I disagree with both if either is the case.
The Liberals have been in power for 10 years and every day is a day not to be lost or wasted by the opposition in setting a firm position for the future of BC.
You don’t need to wait until your party is in power to take a stand on what you believe in. You need to show the people you are going to show up at the battle with your armour on, ready to fight.