BC Chamber of Commerce corporate directory link disabled – but I have corporate members list for you here!

There has been much discussion among British Columbians of boycotting members of the business associations who are behind the legal challenge to the FIGHT HST petition . 

 Within hours of Elections BC refusing to pass the  petition on, the links and websites to many of these business associations were posted all over the internet, so people could see the members of these associations and contact them, or perhaps, boycott them. 

One of these associations is the BC Chamber of Commerce. It still begs to reason that this challenge may have been, and likely was, enacted without extensive consultation of their respective  members. My personal belief  is that it is likely the large corporate members who are behind this challenge, since small businesses have not benefitted from the HST – and in fact, most are hurting. Since the HST was enacted, I have made a point of asking every small business owner I encounter if the HST has helped business, or hurt it. 

 So just who are the corporate members of the BC Chamber of Commerce? You might try to go to their site and find out, but interestingly enough all links to the corporate member directory have been disabled and no longer appear in cached versions found on most search engines. Perhaps an internet glitch, perhaps not, but a damn convenient one if you ask me, with talk of boycott in the air. 

Luckily enough, I have obtained a list of those corporate members for you- in no particular order – from a chamber member who is less than impressed with the actions taken by the Chamber itself – and I quote :  ” It was never mentioned when I joined, that my fees might be used towards any kind of action like this. I had no say in this whatsoever and I certainly do not support this action!  ” 

  I guess democracy isn’t the only thing under threat in all of this. I’m not one to take actions like boycott and strike lightly, but desperate times call for desperate measures. When the guns with money push, those without must push back the most powerful way we can, and that is buying power. No one wants to alienate customers, nor do they want to lose the money they bring to the table. 

  This list was previously available online on the Chambers site, and I do apologise for the horrific format and  colour, but the manner in which it was transmitted to me made it difficult to post to the blog. As soon as I can PDF it, I will post the file link. Some companies have links embedded, some do not, but feel free to let these members know how you feel about the Chambers participation in this action. 

***UPDATE : Tuesday August 17th

The Chambers site was updated sometime yesterday with this  bit yesterday, which states that  their members have endorsed the Chamber to lobby the provincial goverment FOR the HST since 2002 and that at their general meeting in 2008, the members voted for this to become a policy priority for ALL CHAMBERS IN BC.  ( Needless to say, those businesses did not anticipate this would become such a heated and contentious issue that would incite corporate boycotts)

Position on the Judicial Review

On June 29, 2010, the BC Chamber of Commerce together with five BC business associations filed for a Judicial Review of the HST Extinguishment Act, the proposed Bill attached to the “Stop the HST” petition.  This legal submission in no way challenges anyone’s democratic rights, or the petition itself.  The BC Chamber is attempting to establish clarity in regards to BC’s tax policy, the absence of which may impact potential investment.

The BC Chamber’s focus is on the constitutional validity of the HST Extinguishment Act.  The Judicial Review questions whether a Federal law already in place can be debated in the Provincial Legislature.  A definitive legal position from the Supreme Court of BC will ensure that considerable time and money will not be spent on a draft bill that is constitutionally unsound and therefore incapable of becoming law.  It will also remove any uncertainty on this issue which could otherwise potentially harm BC businesses and the economy at large.
Through filing for this Judicial Review, the BC Chamber is not making any recommendation to either the Anti-HST group or the BC Government.  Once the result of the Judicial Review is in, it will be up to the Anti-HST group and Government to decide how to proceed.

Our membership has endorsed the BC Chamber of Commerce to lobby the Province for the HST since 2002.  At our Annual Meeting in Whistler in 2008, the members voted for this to become a policy priority for all Chambers in BC.

The BC Chamber will continue to support its local chambers and their efforts to promote a vibrant business environment

BC Chamber of Commerce Corporate Members List  
 

  

 Blenz Coffee Yaletown / Century Plaza Hotel //Ciao Bella Italian Restaurant & Piano Bar / Fairmont Hotel Vancouver Flying Wedge / Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver / Hyatt Regency Vancouver / Inntimate Inns Ltd./International Stop Smoking Services / Mario’s Gelati / Plaza 500 Hotel & Convention Centre /

Vancouver European Delicatessen Ltd. /VCR Condo Rentals /   

 

 

Brothers Reinforcing Steel Canada’s National Brewers Copy House Printing FM Galbraith & Company Inc. Kensam Enterprises Inc. Mikron Enterprises Inc. Molson Pacific Western Brewing Company Ltd. R&B Brewing Co. Rio Tinto Alcan  

  

 

AMEBC (Association for Mineral Exploration of BC) Exeter Resources Corp. Geominex Consultants Inc. GGL Diamond Corp. Gold Canyon Resources Inc. Gold-Ore Resources Ltd. Indicator Minerals Inc. Mining Association of BC Newport Exploration NovaGold Resources Inc. Pediment Gold Corp. Serengeti Resources Inc. Taseko Mines Ltd. Vanessa Ventures Ltd. Yukon-Nevada Gold Corp. Stallion Group (The) Sparkle Clear Resources (1992) IncAccess Gas Services Inc. BC Hydro Burden Propane Inc. Encana Corp. Just Energy Plutonic Power Corp. Sea Breeze Power Corp. Spectra Energy Corp. Terasen Gas Inc. TransCanada Pipelines LtdBC Road Builders & Heavy Construction Association Bell Mobility Broadway Roofing Co. Canadian Home Builders’ Association of BC Creo Verde Design and Build Hodgson King & Marble Ltd. Magusta Development BC Ltd. Marvin Construction Group Inc. Oxford Construction Ltd. P&O Ports Canada Inc. Pheidias Project Management Corp. Plenary Group Porta-Pave Industries Inc. Priceless Telecommunications Redden Development Management Ltd. Roofing Contractors Association of BC Supercity Construction Ltd.Arzesh Enterprises Corp. Beijing Trading Co. Ltd. Canadian C-TUG Distributors Inc. Churchill Universal Multitrade Ltd. Direct Line Office Furniture Ltd. Dovre Import & Export Ltd. Euro Kitchen Appliances Inc. Pagoda Home Imports Pollock Import Company Ltd. Sea Horse/Seven Sea Household Products (Canada) Ltd. Suraj Imports Torbram Electric Suply Westcoast Music WA-2 Water Company Wylton Canada Ltd.7 Eleven Canada Inc. Alive Health Centre/Supplements Plus Health AvenaPro Pet Solutions Inc. Babe Belangere Boutique Basant Motors Ltd. Canadian Bedding Company Ltd. Cascade Water Corporation Cavell Enterprises Ltd./Baby’s World CDM2 Lightworks Corp. CMC Hardware Cotton Mouth Smoke Shop Creative Bakers Ltd. DIPT Urban Hook-Ups Dulcinea Chocolate Café Eclipse Awards International Inc. Eminence Organic Skin Care Geomania Vancouver Grand & Toy Havana Haven Cigar Company Heffel Gallery Ltd. Home Billiards Sales Homesteaders Furniture & Appliances Hudson Furniture Inc. Lever Arms Service Ltd. Marchentic Cosmetics Men’s Club Fashions (1986) Inc. Meridian Retail Group Inc. Mirage Clothing Ltd. Morning Sun Health Foods/Supplements Plus Health P+A Furniture Pacific Shower Doors Pacific Yacht Systems Inc. Quality Imports Ltd. Save-On Nutrition Centre Ltd. Shifeon Enterprises Ltd. Stanley Park Cycle Teepee Handicrafts Three Graces Fashion Ltd. Van Pet Yaletown Ltd. VanTechs Computers Ltd. Vertex Graphic & Business Equipment Westfair Foods Ltd. WM Uniform Group Yoshi’s Salmon Smokehouse Ltd. Yoshi’s Salmon Village Ltd. Young & Naughty Zing Paperie & DesignBritish Columbia Real Estate Association Cadillac Fairview Corp. Ltd. – Pacific Centre Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver Sinclair and Ruiz Consulting and Special Services Inc. Victoria Real Estate Board Visible Solutions Inc. Bains Travel Ltd. / BC & Yukon Junior Chamber of Commerce / BC PavCo (The British Columbia Pavilion Corporation) / Bower Ng Staff Systems Inc. Destination Planners Inc. / Drake Street Residences / Genesis Recycling Ltd. go2 – The Resource for People in Tourism / Human Capital Strategies / Premier Security Inc.l / Thang Long Travel Ltd. / Timeline Sales Corp. / Tricom Building Maintenance Ltd. / Trillium Talent Resource Group / Venue Kings / Versapay Corporation / WCG International HR Solutions Ltd. / WMW Reprographics Ltd. / YVR Travel Service Abasa Optical Ltd. / Aloe Massage Therapy / Back In Motion Rehab Inc. / BC Care Providers Association / BC Medical Association / Dr. Ian Yu Podiatric Corporation / Dr. Sam Daher Inc. / Dr. Vincent Hartloper / Edward Wong Physiotherapy Clinic GlaxoSmithKline Inc. / Institute for the Study & Treatment of Pain/ Massage Therapists’ Association of BC / Merck Frosst Canada Ltd. / Sage Clinic / Viviane’s Health Care West End Optometry / West Fourth ChiropracticA-1 Unity Auto Services Ltd. / Arbor Body Shop (1980) Ltd. / Better Business Bureau of Mainland BC / BC Wildlife Federation / British Consulate General / Business Council of BC / Co-Development Canada Association Community Futures Development Association of BC / Comox Valley Economic Development Society / Council of Tourism Associations of BC / Diva’s Touch Nails Inc. / Do Most Auto Repairs Downtown Eastside Neighbourhood House / D.R. Innovation Society / Gaboogie Canada Inc. GLOBE Foundation of Canada / GM Restorations / Guinness Business Centre Imperial Parking Ltd. JMT Roof and Paint / Juliano’s Hair Salon / Kal Tire / Korean Businessmen’s Co-op Association of BC / Lake Mechanical / Literacy BC / MacIntyre Appraisals / Marine Hairstyling For Men / Master Painters and Decorators Association Mount Pleasant Commercial Improvement Society / Mr. Sandless / New Directions / Ocean Industries BC / Olympic Business Development / Opus Salon / PACE (Pacific Corridor Enterprise Council) Group / Precision Athletics / Quest Outreach Society Robson Street Business Association / S.U.C.C.E.S.S. / Strathcona Business Improvement Association Superstition Boatworks / Tofino Business Association Toni & Guy ProMexico/ Trade Commission of Mexico / Twist Conditioning Inc. / Two Brothers Plumbing & Heating Ltd. / Vinci Park Services (Canada) Inc / Wah Fai Plumbing & Heating Inc. / West Coast Leaf Association / West End Business Improvement Association / WISH Drop In Centre Society Women’s Enterprise Centre Seiwa Service Canada InBritish Columbia Lottery Corp. / First Vancouver Theatrespace Society / Italian Cultural Centre Society / Kokoro Dance / Pacific National Exhibition (PNE) / Skyland Tours Ltd. / Society of Composers, Authors & Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN) Vancouver Devine Style Inc. Second Cup / Sip Resto-Lounge Sweet e’s Pastries & Sweets /Tapastree Restaurant /A&W City Square Accent Inns Ltd. / Alliance of Beverage Licensees /Bamboo Cafe/BC Hotel Association / Best Falafel / Big Indian Coffee Ltd./Bean Around the World Coffee /  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brothers Reinforcing Steel Canada’s National Brewers Copy House Printing FM Galbraith & Company Inc. Kensam Enterprises Inc. Mikron Enterprises Inc. Molson Pacific Western Brewing Company Ltd. R&B Brewing Co. Rio Tinto Alcan  

  

 

AMEBC (Association for Mineral Exploration of BC) Exeter Resources Corp. Geominex Consultants Inc. GGL Diamond Corp. Gold Canyon Resources Inc. Gold-Ore Resources Ltd. Indicator Minerals Inc. Mining Association of BC Newport Exploration NovaGold Resources Inc. Pediment Gold Corp. Serengeti Resources Inc. Taseko Mines Ltd. Vanessa Ventures Ltd. Yukon-Nevada Gold Corp. Stallion Group (The) Sparkle Clear Resources (1992) IncAccess Gas Services Inc. BC Hydro Burden Propane Inc. Encana Corp. Just Energy Plutonic Power Corp. Sea Breeze Power Corp. Spectra Energy Corp. Terasen Gas Inc. TransCanada Pipelines LtdBC Road Builders & Heavy Construction Association Bell Mobility Broadway Roofing Co. Canadian Home Builders’ Association of BC Creo Verde Design and Build Hodgson King & Marble Ltd. Magusta Development BC Ltd. Marvin Construction Group Inc. Oxford Construction Ltd. P&O Ports Canada Inc. Pheidias Project Management Corp. Plenary Group Porta-Pave Industries Inc. Priceless Telecommunications Redden Development Management Ltd. Roofing Contractors Association of BC Supercity Construction Ltd.Arzesh Enterprises Corp. Beijing Trading Co. Ltd. Canadian C-TUG Distributors Inc. Churchill Universal Multitrade Ltd. Direct Line Office Furniture Ltd. Dovre Import & Export Ltd. Euro Kitchen Appliances Inc. Pagoda Home Imports Pollock Import Company Ltd. Sea Horse/Seven Sea Household Products (Canada) Ltd. Suraj Imports Torbram Electric Suply Westcoast Music WA-2 Water Company Wylton Canada Ltd.7 Eleven Canada Inc. Alive Health Centre/Supplements Plus Health AvenaPro Pet Solutions Inc. Babe Belangere Boutique Basant Motors Ltd. Canadian Bedding Company Ltd. Cascade Water Corporation Cavell Enterprises Ltd./Baby’s World CDM2 Lightworks Corp. CMC Hardware Cotton Mouth Smoke Shop Creative Bakers Ltd. DIPT Urban Hook-Ups Dulcinea Chocolate Café Eclipse Awards International Inc. Eminence Organic Skin Care Geomania Vancouver Grand & Toy Havana Haven Cigar Company Heffel Gallery Ltd. Home Billiards Sales Homesteaders Furniture & Appliances Hudson Furniture Inc. Lever Arms Service Ltd. Marchentic Cosmetics Men’s Club Fashions (1986) Inc. Meridian Retail Group Inc. Mirage Clothing Ltd. Morning Sun Health Foods/Supplements Plus Health P+A Furniture Pacific Shower Doors Pacific Yacht Systems Inc. Quality Imports Ltd. Save-On Nutrition Centre Ltd. Shifeon Enterprises Ltd. Stanley Park Cycle Teepee Handicrafts Three Graces Fashion Ltd. Van Pet Yaletown Ltd. VanTechs Computers Ltd. Vertex Graphic & Business Equipment Westfair Foods Ltd. WM Uniform Group Yoshi’s Salmon Smokehouse Ltd. Yoshi’s Salmon Village Ltd. Young & Naughty Zing Paperie & DesignBritish Columbia Real Estate Association Cadillac Fairview Corp. Ltd. – Pacific Centre Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver Sinclair and Ruiz Consulting and Special Services Inc. Victoria Real Estate Board Visible Solutions Inc. Bains Travel Ltd. / BC & Yukon Junior Chamber of Commerce / BC PavCo (The British Columbia Pavilion Corporation) / Bower Ng Staff Systems Inc. Destination Planners Inc. / Drake Street Residences / Genesis Recycling Ltd. go2 – The Resource for People in Tourism / Human Capital Strategies / Premier Security Inc.l / Thang Long Travel Ltd. / Timeline Sales Corp. / Tricom Building Maintenance Ltd. / Trillium Talent Resource Group / Venue Kings / Versapay Corporation / WCG International HR Solutions Ltd. / WMW Reprographics Ltd. / YVR Travel Service Abasa Optical Ltd. / Aloe Massage Therapy / Back In Motion Rehab Inc. / BC Care Providers Association / BC Medical Association / Dr. Ian Yu Podiatric Corporation / Dr. Sam Daher Inc. / Dr. Vincent Hartloper / Edward Wong Physiotherapy Clinic GlaxoSmithKline Inc. / Institute for the Study & Treatment of Pain/ Massage Therapists’ Association of BC / Merck Frosst Canada Ltd. / Sage Clinic / Viviane’s Health Care West End Optometry / West Fourth ChiropracticA-1 Unity Auto Services Ltd. / Arbor Body Shop (1980) Ltd. / Better Business Bureau of Mainland BC / BC Wildlife Federation / British Consulate General / Business Council of BC / Co-Development Canada Association Community Futures Development Association of BC / Comox Valley Economic Development Society / Council of Tourism Associations of BC / Diva’s Touch Nails Inc. / Do Most Auto Repairs Downtown Eastside Neighbourhood House / D.R. Innovation Society / Gaboogie Canada Inc. GLOBE Foundation of Canada / GM Restorations / Guinness Business Centre Imperial Parking Ltd. JMT Roof and Paint / Juliano’s Hair Salon / Kal Tire / Korean Businessmen’s Co-op Association of BC / Lake Mechanical / Literacy BC / MacIntyre Appraisals / Marine Hairstyling For Men / Master Painters and Decorators Association Mount Pleasant Commercial Improvement Society / Mr. Sandless / New Directions / Ocean Industries BC / Olympic Business Development / Opus Salon / PACE (Pacific Corridor Enterprise Council) Group / Precision Athletics / Quest Outreach Society Robson Street Business Association / S.U.C.C.E.S.S. / Strathcona Business Improvement Association Superstition Boatworks / Tofino Business Association Toni & Guy ProMexico/ Trade Commission of Mexico / Twist Conditioning Inc. / Two Brothers Plumbing & Heating Ltd. / Vinci Park Services (Canada) Inc / Wah Fai Plumbing & Heating Inc. / West Coast Leaf Association / West End Business Improvement Association / WISH Drop In Centre Society Women’s Enterprise Centre Seiwa Service Canada InBritish Columbia Lottery Corp. / First Vancouver Theatrespace Society / Italian Cultural Centre Society / Kokoro Dance / Pacific National Exhibition (PNE) / Skyland Tours Ltd. / Society of Composers, Authors & Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN) Vancouver Devine Style Inc. Second Cup / Sip Resto-Lounge Sweet e’s Pastries & Sweets /Tapastree Restaurant /A&W City Square Accent Inns Ltd. / Alliance of Beverage Licensees /Bamboo Cafe/BC Hotel Association / Best Falafel / Big Indian Coffee Ltd./Bean Around the World Coffee /  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BC Partnership for Sustainable Tourism / Industry Canada Small Business BC / Tourism Vancouver   Acadia Park Preschool / ASPECT (Association of Service Providers for Employability and Career Training) / BC Career Colleges Association / Check Your Head / Douglas College / E.L.C./E.E.G./E.B.I.C./Eaton Arrowsmith School / Family Montessori School Society / Global Learning Resources Corp. / IDC Diving Centre Ltd. / JHS Le Soleil Montessori School / Nippon Kaiji Kyokai Radha Yoga & Eatery / Tamwood International College Ltd. / Truskool / University of Phoenix-Vancouver Campus Westcoast Hot Yoga / Westside Montessori School  971 Holdings Ltd. / Boxer Holdings/ Five Mile Holdings Fairhaven Holdings Ltd. / JCH Holdings / JTM Holdings Ltd / . Kuber Business Consultants Ltd. / One-O-One Holdings Ltd. / Qoola Holdings Ltd. / Sentinel Peak Holdings Ltd. / Shato Holdings Ltd. SLG  633535 BC Ltd. / Accenture Inc. / Advancedio Systems Inc. / Alexander Holburn Beaudin & Lang LLP / Androsiuk & Company Andrea Thompson / Arris Design Ltd. Association Management Consultants Inc. / Benefit Innovations Inc. / Boughton Law Corp. Brook + Associates / Certified General Accountants of BC (CGA) / Certified Management Accountants of BC (CMA) / CFR Management Inc. / Chas & Associates Consulting Inc. / Communica CONDEV Electronic Consulting & Development Ltd. Consolidated Management Consultants Ltd. / Consulting Edge Contigo Systems Inc. Contoured Software Development Inc. COUNTERPOINT Communications Inc. / Craig Hodge & Associates Criterion Communications Inc. / Cyberscribe Solutions Inc. / Cymax Solutions Inc / David J. Annis & Associates / De Vie Business Solutions Delia Enevoldson / Deloitte & Touche LLP / Discovery Economic Consulting Services Ltd. / EASE Management Ecmarket.Com Inc. / e-Global Strategies and Development / Elie J. Doumet Canada Ltd. / Encompass Communications Inc. / English Bay Law Corp. / Erezlife Software Inc. / Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP Faulkner Brand Inc. / Fireswirl Systems Inc. / Fireworks Marketing Group Inc. / First Line Marketing Inc. / Focus Agency Ltd. / Four Elements Marketing Inc. / Gandalf Consulting / Geoffrey Gibb Personal Law Corp. / George Shimizu Barristers & Solicitors / Geoscience BC Geshtin Consulting Inc. / Global Mentor Technologies (GMT) Gordon Douglas, CGA Hamazaki Wong Marketing Group / Harris & Company / HMDA International Business Group Inc. / Huamali & Associates / Infinite Artists Inc. / Inside Design Studio Inc. / InsiderTrading Inc. / Institute of Chartered Accountants of BC / Intentional Design Investax Management Inc. / Khanna & Co / Koch & Associates / KPMG LLP L & M Metcalfe Enterprises Ltd. / Lang Michener Barristers & Solicitors LLP Law Office of Barbara Findlay, QC Lawson Lundell LLP Lesley Wood Bernbaum & Associates Liberty Design Inc. Longview Communications Loren, Nancke & Company M. Capewell & Associates Inc. M. L. Marshal & Associates Mail Channel Maxwell Claims Services Inc. Molo Design Ltd. Momentum Conferencing Corporation NATIONAL Public Relations Inc. Netfone Services Inc. New Creation Consulting Nexvu Services NKB Consultants Inc. Norman M. Cameron law Corp. Ltd. Om Integrated Media Inc. Ontrack Media Ltd. Payworks Peter W. Brown Law Corp. Phoenix Environmental Services Ltd. Pomegranate Design Inc. Pottinger Gaherty Environmental Consultants Ltd. Progressive Strategies Ltd. Raised Eyebrow Web Studio Inc. Renocon Design Centre Inc. Robert Trapp Rolfe Benson Chartered Accountants Rouxbe Video Technologies Inc. Seeton Shinkewski Design Group Ltd. Senergy Communications Inc. Small Business Marketing Coaches Inc. Solus Decor Inc. Stephen E. Martin Law Corp. Sydney Feinstein Agencies Tech Track Solutions Inc. Thinkbox National Marketing Inc. Tina Tam Triplice Consulting Inc. TVS Small Business Services Inc. Vick, McPhee & Liu Victor Godin & Associates Wardell Professional Development Weber Shandwick Worldwide Whalebone Productions Ltd. Whiskey Investments Inc. Worldwide Business Promoters Ltd. Partnership Yaletown Marketing Solutions  626371 BC Ltd. B & D Capital Partners Bank of Nova Scotia BMO Bank of Montreal BMO Nesbitt Burns Corp. BNI Franchise Corp Business Development Bank of Canada Canadian Western Bank & Trust Cavendish Investing Ltd. Clearbridge Capital Corp. Coast Capital Savings CorePlan Financial Inc. David Bacic & Assoc. Faris Investment Company Graham Barnes & Associates Inc. Harbour Pacific Capital Corp. ICBC Industrial-Alliance Pacific Life Insurance Company Informa Financial & Insurance Services Inc. KN Investments Ltd. National Bank of Canada Q4 Financial Group Quasar Financial Planning Group Ltd. Schmidt & Funk Financial Services Scott Ferris Financial Shaw Sabey & Associates Ltd. True Benefits TD Bank Financial Group Whitelaw Enterprises Ltd. Willis Louie Ltd.  Coast Mountain Films Inc. Cornwall Publishing Co. Ltd./Gardens West Magazine Eclipse Productions Associates Ltd. FatPort Jane Baker Productions LTA Production Ltd. National Post North Shore Studios Management Ltd. Omnipresent Productions Inc. OSR Open Systems Resources Inc. Pacific Newspaper Group Inc. Pencilneck Software Corporation Primus Canada Rogers Wireless Rugged Media West Sequence SustaiNet Software Solutions Inc. Tata Productions Teleconnect Solutions Telus Vibrant Software Corporation Vortex Business Software Corporation Wordsworth Media Ltd. World Journal Ltd.  

 

It’s amazing what you find on Youtube, courtesy of the BC Liberals.

So, there I was wasting time between periods of the LA Vancouver game, cruising YouTube’s political channels, and I found what appears to be a some kind of public service announcement about why the HST is so good, and why we should have it now. Courtesy of the BC Liberals.

 So, I watched it all, had a good laugh, and then laughed some more when I found the next video in the YouTube lineup…..  ( I wont post it here, but google YouTube Gordon Campbell Voodoo Doll )

I’m sure you will agree with me when I say: What were the Libs thinking when they decided to bring this tax in? What were they thinking when they made this video? And there are more, another one where the same fellow takes us shopping and shows us how great this HST is going to be…. Yeah right.. ” A value-added tax” … sure, keep it coming. The truth is that Gordon Campbell and the BC Liberals think you are dumb, stupid, daft. They thought they could wrap up this tax in some creative wordsmithing ( watch for the potentially illegal PRO hst flyers coming to your mailbox soon, at great cost to the taxpayer) and everyone would sit back and believe it.

Fortunately, I haven’t fallen for it, nor have the vast majority of you! Fight HST petition is more powerful than ever, and the libs keep digging themselves deeper… just in time for RECALL IN THE FALL!!!

Question is, how much did this bit of liberal propaganda below cost us? Who knows, but… ”  if you call now, you can a free video of the premier ziplining across Robson Square trying to pretend he was twenty again. All for $19.99…. plus HST. ”

 And on the flip side, (which happens to be my side), is one man’s response to the prospect of life under that Hated Sales Tax. LEARN  THE WORDS – because…..   ” This could happen to you” – THE HST SONG

Enjoy! And if you are a registered voter, and have NOT signed the HST petition yet, find out where and how you can, at the FIGHT HST website.

As well, feel free to check out the photos of one of the first anti HST rallies that took place last September, in Vancouver, which I attended along with at least 5 thousand other people. Click on the button at the top of the home page!

Tercon Contracters Ltd vs. British Columbia… the rest of the story.

Official Opening of Kincolith Extension Highway
May 17, 2003
B.C. Transportation Minister Judith Reid is joined by Dr. Joseph Gosnell, president of the Nisga’a Lisims Government (left), and Robert Nault, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development Canada (right), cutting a cedar ribbon to offically open the road between Laxgalts’ap (Greenville) and Gingolx (Kincolith) on May 17, 2003. More than 1,000 people gathered to celebrate the official linking of the two communities by road. Construction on the 29-kilometre, two-lane all-weather gravel road started in 2000. The $34 million, jointly-funded Kincolith Extension Highway traverses some of the most geo-technically challenging and visually stunning terrain in Canada.

~ from the MOT photo galleries. The project that initiated a case spanning nearly a decade.


First today, more from the Supreme Court of Canada’s reasons for judgement, with reference to the actions of the province of British Columbia, Ministry of Transportation:

…The Province accepted a bid from a bidder who was not eligible to participate in the tender and then took steps to ensure that this fact was not disclosed.

…The trial judge found that the respondent (which I will refer to as the Province) breached the express provisions of the  tendering contract with  Tercon  by accepting a bid from another party who was not eligible to bid and by ultimately awarding the work to that ineligible bidder.  In short, a bid was accepted and the work  awarded to a party who should not even have been permitted to participate in the tender process.

…The Province appealed and the Court of Appeal reversed (2007 BCCA 592, 73 B.C.L.R. (4th) 201).  Dealing only with the exclusion clause issue, it held that the clause was  clear and unambiguous and barred compensation for all defaults

…On Tercon’s appeal to this Court, the  questions  for us are whether the successful bidder was eligible to participate in the RFP and, if not, whether  Tercon’s claim for damages is barred by the exclusion clause.

…In my respectful view, the trial judge reached the right result on both issues.  The Province’s attempts to persuade us that it did not breach the tendering contract are, in my view, wholly unsuccessful.  The foundation of the tendering contract was that only six, pre-selected bidders would be permitted to participate in the bidding.  As the trial judge held, the Province not only acted in a way that breached the express and implied terms of the contract by considering a bid from an ineligible bidder, it did so in a manner that was an affront to the integrity and business efficacy of the tendering process. One must not lose sight of the fact that the trial judge found that the Province acted egregiously by “ensuring that [the true bidder] was not disclosed” (para. 150) and that its breach “attacke[d] the underlying premise of the [tendering] process” (para. 146), a process which was set out in detail in the contract and, in addition, had been given ministerial approval as required by statute.

One does not require a degree in law to know that staff of the Ministry of Transportation( MOT) behaved in a clearly underhanded manner in this particular Tercon case. In any other venue, the actions might have even been construed as criminal,  perhaps of a fraudulent nature, which begged me to ask some very pointed questions in the second installment of this series.  

Questions that I strongly feel that not only the official opposition should be asking, but indeed, the general public.

After all, was it not our hard-earned tax dollars being spent here, on years of  litigation that would not have occurred if the province of British Columbia were operating with openness, honesty and transparency? And I urge you to recall that in the reasons for judgement, the Supreme Court did not have to address the issue of awarding that $3million dollar judgement the original trial judge had ruled, because:  ” The parties advise that the question of costs has been resolved between them and that therefore no order in relation to costs is required.”

Aha.  There you have it. How much did  all this litigation and settlement cost the citizens of BC ? An update on that in a future installment.

Let’s go back to biggest questions everyone wants to know the answers to.

Who, within the Ministry of Transportation, called the shots on this bid? Who really orchestrated this entire debacle? And more importantly, where are they now?

The one man’s name who comes up most in the reasons for judgement in the initial trial, upheld by the Supreme Court, is Tom Tasaka –  a name very familiar to most people in the design build industry in British Columbia.

Tom Tasaka (  Pacific Liacom ) was the Project Director of the Kincolith Extension project, and in essence, the go-to guy for the both the contractors and the Project Evaluation Panel( PEP) . Evidence presented in the trial identified Tasaka as the first person to have direct knowledge of the joint venture between Brentwood and the uneligible  bidder, Emil Anderson. (pg.5, section 20 in the above highlighted PDF file) .

Tom Tasaka’s assistant, Nasir Kurji, also had direct knowledge of this joint venture with the ineligible bidder and along with Tasaka, is referred to many times by the judge in her reasons for judgement.  It becomes clear to anyone reading those reasons, that among ministry officials involved along the entire process, that the issue of the clearly proposed joint venture with a ineligible bidder was a subject of  much consternation. Although Tom Tasaka and his assistant Nasir Kurji were well apprised of what was going on, they  still did not hold the  sole capacity to make the decisions of how to handle this by themselves.

This leads us to the chair of the PEP ( project performance panel) and the IRP ( independent review panel)

The paragraph on page 9, section 52 of the highlighted document above clearly shows that the entire pep was aware of the joint nature of the bid between Brentwood and the ineligible bidder, Emil Anderson. It is without doubt, that the chair of the PEP was implicitly involved in the determination of how to disguise the issue  and presence of this ineligible bidder in the above PDF document, as was the chair of the IRP and the IRP itself.

( At this point I highly suggest interested partied to read  the original trial judges reasons for judgement, from sections 55 through  to the end, with emphasis on section 69 . The duplicity and determination with which ministry officials set out to ensure all documents did not reflect the joint venture with an uneligible bidder is staggering.  )

So, we have the project director involved in hiding the true nature of the bid components – Tom Tasaka.

Tom is now with SNC- Lavelin and has had a hand in many major projects  in British Columbia, as well as consulting regularly for the MOT. He was the project director on the William R. Bennett  Bridge  in Kelowna , which has come into the news again recently because the MOT still hasn’t produced a report into why one of the expansion joints wore out and needed to be replaced only 14 months after opening.  http://www.kelowna.com/2010/01/06/still-no-word-on-cause-of-faulty-bennett-bridge-joint/

We have his assistant, Nasir Kurji. 

Nasir Kurji also moved onto SNC- Lavalin for a time, and his name has popped up in relation in many MOT related companies such as Miller Capilano Maintenance, the company running the checkpoints on the Sea to Sky.

We have the Chairman of the Project Evaluation Panel – Dirk Nyland – ( page 10 article) .

 Dirk Nyland is the Chief Engineer for the province of B.C, and interestingly enough, penned a little article about the success of the Kincolith project  here, on page 4 of this newsletter  http://www.th.gov.bc.ca/Publications/roadrunners/rr03-fall-02.pdf  Notice nowhere does he mention the extraordinary efforts of the ministry staff involved in ensuring the preferred bidder got the contract in the first place. ( did Tom Tasaka and Nasir Kurji get cash awards for a job well done? Perhaps not, considering where the case has ended up)

And don’t forget, the transcripts clearly indicate that the entire PEP  was aware of the deception, as was the chair of the IRP, if not the entire panel.

Herein lies the problem in determining where the buck stops on this kind of unethical manner of  conducting government sanctioned business.

This was not a cut and dried case where one person clearly committed some form of deception and was fired as a result, once the offensive behavior was revealed.

This was an entire team of ministry officials charged with the responsibility of  ethically, honestly and transparently handling public procurement. On behalf of the government of British Columbia, and by that respect, the people of British Columbia no less!

Is it possible to place the onus on just one person, for which the responsibility for all of this rests?

Surely, the ultimate responsibility would rest upon the shoulders of the Minister in charge at that time, none other than Judith Reid, whose name comes to us recently again with regards to the Basi-Virk trial.  Of  course, another in the list  from the top down, is Dan Doyle , who was appointed Deputy Minister right around this time , following an already long career in ministry. Dan is most recently newsworthy for being the executive vice president of VANOC, and was appointed as chair of BC Hydro last year.

But time marched on, as did this case, through another Minister- Kevin Falcon. Surely he must have been aware of this case proceeding to Supreme Court? And now Shirley Bond.  All  of these other players have fared extremely well in the years since the Kincolith Extension Project was first conceived and put out to bid, which would indicate to me a fair acceptance of this kind of behavior by the government.

(It is also worth noting that the ineligible bidder that was the source of all the MOT’s egregious behavior in the  Kincolith Extension project has gone onto win a wide variety of lucrative bids with the MOT and most recently VANOC.  In fact, they built the 201o most talked about venue in the media recently, the Whistler Sliding Centre.  )

I spoke with Ministry spokesperson Dave Crebo by phone this afternoon,  advised him former Tercon Chairman Glenn Walsh had given me a statement and asked for a response to the Supreme Courts ruling. He had this to say:

” Generally speaking, we are still looking at this. The decision just came down on Friday and this was something that happened nearly 10 years ago, but I can tell you that the Ministry rarely used that  exclusion clause. But we are still looking at it, and we need to look at it more before we can comment further. ”

I also contacted the NDP’s transportation critic rep for a comment, but nothing was received by the time I posted this.

I will be watching closely to see how the government plans to address this issue – both the Liberals and the official opposition –  because of  the continuing complaints of many contractors who say tendering ” irregularities” like this case have been happening for years, in all areas of procurement. 

What is needed is a full and independent inquiry into the actions of the ministry then, and now, to reveal the truth of what is going on in that portfolio. If the government intends to stand by its claim of administering an honest and open government with integrity, let it start with the Basi- Virk trial upon our doorstep, and end with the Tercon Judgement. The integrity of the entire bidding process, the future of local industry in our province, and what little faith we may have remaining in our elected officials, depends on it.

 Backgrounders:

http://lailayuile.wordpress.com/2010/02/12/breaking-news-supreme-court-rules-in-tercon-contractors-ltd-vs-british-columbiaministry-of-transportation/

http://lailayuile.wordpress.com/2010/01/08/tercon-contractors-ltd-vs-british-columbia-ministry-of-transportation-and-highways/

An Olympic sized Canadian bail-out for Intrawest could mean all Canadians pay for the 2010 games – whether they want to or not.

From the NY Post :

Fortress says it is negotiating with the Canadian government, which it says promised to make it whole for the time Whistler/Blackcomb mountain is used for the Olympics. Intrawest is trying to get roughly $90 million, and wants to be paid before the Games start on Feb. 12, a source said.
If it does not get paid, Fortress plans to start legal proceedings, the source added. It is unclear if that could disrupt the Winter Olympics.

Read more: http://www.nypost.com/p/news/business/ski_venue_cold_cash_CI7Dzm00ESILjSYEvdc0YN#ixzz0eJDxF26L

 
CBC has also picked up the NY Post story, featuring it HERE.  
 
So,let me get this straight…..Stephen Harper makes everyone stop playing in the big government sandbox because someone uncovered a few turds in the sand that his camp couldn’t manage to hide, yet someone still managed to promise a private corporation  $90 million Canadian taxpayer dollars? All  so the 2010 Olympics can continue as planned?
 
HELLO, Stevie, did you ask anyone if they wanted to pay for this? Shouldn’t we have a vote on this?  Good God, what next?
 
( in a funny Olympic twist, it turns out the torch run in Surrey is going to travel right through my neighbourhood…. but the kicker is that it travels right by no less than 4 well-known crack houses  on a stretch of 60th avenue that are  not only huge eyesores in this lovely neighbourhood, but also an ongoing threat to both residents and schoolchildren alike.  RCMP are routinely patrolling the areas and the break ins  have increased along with petty theft from area homes, and residents and the local PAC have complained loudly, to no end.
 
Should be interesting to see those olympic photos, and you can count on me to be on the route that afternoon with my camera in hand to see if the addicts come out to cheer the runners along or not… and how they intend to cover that crap up. )
 
 

” Campbell’s cellmate: The story The Sun wouldn’t publish”

Part 2 of  the 4 part series currently being published online at The Legislature Raids is  a must read for this rainy weekend, so grab a hot drink and settle yourself down for a wild ride.

 ” BC  Premier’s Public/Private P3 Lifestyle “  is the latest of  installments that takes a  deeper look at the roles played by the media in manipulating what the public’s perception is of the premier and his Deputy Chief of Staff, Lara Dauphinee , pictured in this photo( credit to Patrick Tam, Flunging Pictures, who was so nice to allow me to buy and use two separate photos last year…)  :

Gordon Campbell & Lara Dauphinee : photo credit Patrick Tam-Flunging photos

Lara’s official role with the premier is  a somewhat contentious one, dogged by lurid allegations and unanswered questions for years.

  However, this installment brings yet another telling story about our premier,one that some would prefer to disappear forever – and this time,  from an anonymous poster in the comments section below the post: https://www.blogger.com/comment.g?blogID=27776136&postID=4285230520503754100&isPopup=true

 Excerpt:

From Monday Magazine, reported by Brian Salmi

CAMPBELL’S CELL-MATE: THE STORY THE SUN WOULDN’T PUBLISH

Last week, a mysterious brown envelope arrived at the office of the Terminal City Weekly, an alternative newsweekly in Vancouver. It contained an article, written by Vancouver Sun veteran reporter Petti Fong, with an anonymous note attached.
“This is their newspaper article that the Vancouver Sun senior management, at the behest of publisher Dennis Skulsky, refused to publish because they thought it made Premier Gordon Campbell look bad,” read the note.

The article, which Fong confirmed was hers, quoted excerpts from an interview she conducted with a man who was in the drunk and when the Maui cops opened the door early in the morning of January 10, and told the drunken and disheveled Premier to make himself at home.

Fong opens her piece thus: “Premier Gordon Campbell swayed as he tried to find a place to rest and fell asleep quickly on a soiled mattress the night he was arrested, according to a petty criminal who shared his Maui jail cell.” According to Fong’s source, a 33-year-old male indentified as Frank Alconcel, Campbell was hosed.

 Got your attention? I thought so. Now go read this, and everything else she has on The Legislature Raids.

Laila’s list: Top 5 things NOT to do during the 2010 Summer-oops-Winter Olympics in Vancouver

I was recently checking out Vanilla Bill’s lineup on NW, and one of his topics was something like this: Olympic fever is sweeping the nation – when will Vancouver catch Olympic excitement?  Uhhh, hate to tell you Bill, but maybe never?

Here’s the deal. I’m totally in support of Olympic athletes and big dreams, and going for gold, but having the Olympics in Vancouver was clearly always a silly prospect from the start. Hello- we aren’t called lotus land for nothing, remember? The wet coast? And look at us now, with merely weeks to go and nary a snowflake in sight. I actually tanned on my front step a few moments ago, to the heady scent of early spring flowers that are blooming on nearby shrubs. What was Vancouver thinking?

Onto that  embarrassing fact that Canadian athletes are some of the most underfunded in the world. Here in BC, the government budget cuts to education and athletic programs will sufficiently put an end to many a young dream, unless they have parents with deep pockets to cover all the costs. For Gordon Campbell to be spouting off about having a goal of being the most literate and most fit province is a joke, a hypocritical, cruel joke to be precise. Again, cuts to literacy programs and education grants have decimated everyone’s budgets, from PAC’s to school boards, to special education. How can a child dream, who cannot read, or receive the proper educational support he or she needs to become a contributing, functioning adult?

It’s not an easy position to take, the one I do. I simply cannot get excited for these games when I know firsthand, and see all around me, the devastating cuts to services far and wide that probably would have not happened if it were not for these games. It doesn’t matter how you spin it, British Columbians can no more afford to host these games than we can afford to buy gold medal hockey game tickets! And yet, the bills have not even begun to roll in.

With that in mind, let’s get to The Top 5 Things NOT to do during the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics. ( originally posted last June, but what the hell? I think we all need a good reason to speak our minds, don’t you?)

 Starting at…

#5 )   Get sick or Have any kind of elective surgery – up to 4000 surgeries will be cancelled in the Lower Mainland, over a 4 week period during 2010 – even serious operations could be affected. ( 2000 in Vancouver Coastal Authority + 2000 Fraser Health Authority)

” For those interested, a reduction in services during this time will allow physicians, nurses and other health professionals to volunteer their services for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games to meet the medical needs of athletes, team support staff, volunteer medical staff and spectators. VANOC requires the volunteer services of 1,750 medical staff for the Games.

~ Fraser Health authority memo, July 9th, 2009

 READ THIS  ENTIRE MEMO HERE: http://www.cbc.ca/bc/news/bc-090715-ndp-fraser-health-surgery-reductions.pdf 

And the complete story here: http://www.cbc.ca/health/story/2009/07/15/bc-olympic-surgery-cancellations.html

http://www.theprovince.com/health/health+authorities+told+million/1794632/story.html

And this fellow was ridiculed for suggesting this would happen back in 2007 : http://www.olyblog.com/f/07/HealthCareF08202007.shtml

 January 2010: http://www.cbc.ca/canada/british-columbia/story/2010/01/21/bc-oylmpics-cancelled-surgeries-dix.html

#4)  Expect any Justice to be served or be assured of your own safety – Very few( if any) criminal court cases will be heard during 2010 as RCMP do security duty, and officers are re-designated from cities all over Canada.

http://www.timescolonist.com/news/courts+will+halt+criminal+trials+during+2010+Olympic+Games/1788290/story.html

http://www.rcmpwatch.com/focus-on-olympics-has-overstretched-rcmp-says-security-expert/

http://www2.canada.com/albernivalleytimes/news/story.html?id=7a320ac7-0e31-46e0-a63c-4204af6670ac

http://74.125.155.132/search?q=cache:CKs6uqGhPRAJ:www.theprovince.com/news/Olympic%2BRCMP%2Bhome%2Bchartered%2Bplane/1913593/story.html+rcmp+fly+home+in+chartered+planes&cd=1&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=ca ( cached version remains only- original has been removed from online paper)

#3) Get to work – or anywhere else – in a remotely decent time:

http://www.vancouversun.com/sports/2010wintergames/Expect+waits+hours+transit+during+Olympics/2417652/story.html

#2 ) Be homeless or destitute in an area where visitors might actually see you –

http://thetyee.ca/Blogs/TheHook/Olympics2010/2009/03/26/homeless-relocations-2010-security

 Transit police have authority to move homeless : http://lailayuile.wordpress.com/2010/01/04/is-this-really-about-the-homeless-or-the-olympics/

Homeless relocation in Whistler: http://www.cbc.ca/canada/british-columbia/story/2010/01/08/bc-whistler-homeless-olympics-relocate.html

http://www.canada.com/sports/2010wintergames/Homeless+move+from+Olympic+venues+outreach+group+says/2422258/story.html

And the Number 1  thing NOT TO DO during the 2010 Winter Olympics is……

Speak your mind anywhere except where VANOC tells you to !

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/british-columbia/story/2009/07/08/bc-olympic-security-plans-free-speech-areas.html/

Police intimidate speakers in Kelowna http://thetyee.ca/Blogs/TheHook/Olympics2010/2010/01/22/KelownaOlympics/

http://www.kelowna.com/2010/01/20/police-descend-on-anti-olympic-speakers-in-kelowna/

Native knitters contacted by RCMP: http://www.cbc.ca/canada/british-columbia/story/2009/10/22/bc-cowichan-sweater-rcmp.html

No protest signs allowed, even on your own property: http://www.canada.com/life/notice+Olympic+protest+signs/2272519/story.html

And the best of all is this one, still, where the RCMP visited a 73 year old man who wrote a letter to VANOC : http://www.vancouversun.com/sports/Surrey+gets+police+visit+after+writing+Vanoc/1527478/story.html

Questions I have for VANOC and the BC Liberals:

1)  I live in Surrey, one of the top ten dangerous cities in Canada. With the number of RCMP officers being  shifted to 2010 security detail, how will you continue to assure the public that criminal mayhem will not erupt in areas where  venues are NOT located ? And don’t tell me we have enough cops left here in Surrey, because we don’t. Even the Surrey Board of Trade thinks so.

 2) Considering patients already face wait times of several months for many elective surgeries, how can you justify losing 4 weeks to cover the games? Will the system be able to withstand this type of setback, and how do you plan to recover? ( oh wait, Kevin Falcon just ordered massive budget cuts, didn’t he? never mind. Apparently, you never planned a recovery.)

3) Apply that same question to the backlog in our courts . How will the time ever be made up, and will any offender go free as a result of these delays?

 Answers, people, answers!

And an exceptionally good read with an untainted writers viewpoint? http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2010/writers/dave_zirin/01/25/vancouver/index.html 

Go Dave!

You heard it here locally first, on January 11th…now,CBC picks up NY post story and tells more of how Intrawest’s troubles are threatening the Olympics in Whistler

You heard it here first on January 11th, which is the date I brought you the NY post story that detailed the first  real hint of trouble for Whistler/Blackcomb resort owners, Intrawest, whose creditors are threatening to foreclose on them and seize control.

Well, today CBC has the followup story as a result of this weeks article in the  NY Post that say VANOC officials are considering pulling their financial support as a result of the mess. If that happens, the Olympics might not be able to take place in Whistler!

So how bad is it? Well, the creditors have rejected a repayment proposal and may move to foreclose on the resort in 10 days – putting everyone into crisis mode with only weeks until the games begin.

Sources tell The Post that creditors holding $1.4 billion of debt on Whistler owner Intrawest are planning to foreclose on the company within the next week and a half, casting a shadow on the resort, which will host the alpine events of the 2010 Olympics. “It will probably happen within 10 days,” a source said.
 
~ snip~
 

Read more: http://www.nypost.com/p/news/business/intrawest_foreclosure_threat_to_15qRjmzgdwLCkGfNdhdwjI#ixzz0dB2VLFsC

And yes, I’m still officially on a break, but this is too good to pass up.

 Should this not be a topic of discussion at the water cooler? CKNW?  And if I were the editor of a large local daily, I would certainly have this on the front page, which it is not. But hey, that is just me…because as detailed in the NY post story I brought you on the 11th, some people are expecting a bail-out from the Canadian government, who refused to respond to the NY post story.

So, the questions remain: 

 Is the Canadian government going to fork over some rescue cash to Fortress to save the Olympics?

Or is that something the provincial government is working on behind the scenes?  Why no response?

 And more importantly, why have I had to rely on the NY Post for these stories  – until today ? Thank God for east coast news outlets!

** Businessweek is reporting that Intrawest is headed for the auction block Feb. 19th- smack dab in the middle of the 2010 Olympics…… ; )

http://www.businessweek.com/news/2010-01-20/intrawest-lenders-plan-auction-of-stakes-in-resort-properties.html

Let the Games begin!

PS: I know you have all read this MANY times prior to this, but humour me again,especially in light of current developments- this is for those NY post writers scoping the blog all day…. http://lailayuile.wordpress.com/2009/06/29/the-key-to-the-bc-rail-sale-lays-in-premier-gordon-campbells-beginnings-in-real-estate-and-land-development/

Like I said, sometimes.. things that are old, become new again. You be the judge

To know what is right and not do it is the worst cowardice. ~ Confucius

This is not a good week for the RCMP.

Nor is it a good week for the friends and family who loved Robert Dziekanski, and Orion Hutchinson.After all the time that has passed since their respective deaths, neither family have had a visit from that sweet lady, justice. And why is that?

I’ve spent a good amount of time thinking about both cases in the last several days, and the only thing to come from it is an ever-increasing feeling of frustration, and failure.

Frustration that in both cases,although the circumstances are quite different, the individuals involved in the incidents have failed to do the right thing.

Failure because the RCMP are the only defenders we have in Canada – barring municipal forces. The public depend on them both to maintain law and order and protect us, as their motto would suggest :  ” Maintains le Droit.”  Directly translated it means ‘ Maintain the Right”, (of the Crown )although it is often construed as ” Maintain the Law.”  Using this motto in reference to the deaths of Robert Dziekanski and Orion Hutchinson, it does make me wonder exactly whose rights did they maintain? While Cpl. Robinson was off-duty at the time of his involvement in Orion’s death,I feel his actions have a direct impact on his credibility as an officer of the law. His choices and actions on personal time call to his judgement as a member of the RCMP.

If the public feels they can not trust actions  or judgement of the RCMP, if they have lost confidence in the force as a whole, because of the actions of a few, the system has failed.

If even one person hesitates to ask for help when they need it because they are concerned about what might transpire, the system has failed.

When the public as a whole,are forced  into the position of  even having to consider whether or not an officer is telling the truth when he gives a ‘ statement of fact’, the system has failed. And to some extent, we have failed right along with it by accepting the status quo without question.

The mission and the values represented by the RCMP on their website is admirable, but in reality,meeting the expectations they have  set for themselves has become nearly impossible in light of the two incidents mentioned above.

CORE VALUES OF THE RCMP – Recognizing the dedication of all employees, we will create and maintain an environment of individual safety, well-being and development. We are guided by:

  • integrity
  • honesty
  • professionalism
  • compassion
  • respect
  • accountability

COMMITMENT TO OUR COMMUNITIES – The employees of the RCMP are committed to our communities through:

  • unbiased and respectful treatment of all people
  • accountability
  • mutual problem solving
  • cultural sensitivity
  • enhancement of public safety
  • partnerships and consultation
  • open and honest communication
  • effective and efficient use of resources 
  • quality and timely service

Clearly, something has gone terribly wrong  in what has been often recognized as one of our most noble Canadian organizations,because in the end, they remain accountable to no one but themselves. Even the Commission for Public Complaints against the RCMP have no ability to enforce changes on the way the RCMP operate. They can make recommendations, and often do, but no one can force the RCMP to accept them. Worse yet, the RCMP have demonstrated on several occasions that they can and will refuse to cooperate with CPC investigations and recommendations.

Clearly, the RCMP need a refresher on their core values and commitments to our communities – that is, if they expect to restore what little confidence the public may have left in the members. A little housecleaning in management and some restructuring would go a long ways. However, in the end, the single act that would restore more faith in our national police force than anything else, would be to simply do the right thing in cases like the ones mentioned above.

I’ve always taught my children that no one is perfect. We make mistakes, we screw things up sometimes, and occasionally shit just happens and you have no control over it. But it is what you do after the shit happens that matters. They know that the right thing to do is acknowledge the screw up, the wrong, or the crime and take the consequence, no matter how hard it is to do.

Why? Because that’s what people with integrity, values and compassion do. Moral courage has become a rarity, in these days where people are more shocked by someone telling the truth, than someone who lies and conceals. The RCMP seem to have become more concerned with saving their own skins than ” maintains le droit.”  

As much as they may deny it, there appears to be two codes of  law and morality in this country; one for the RCMP, and one for the private man.  It brings to mind a Japanese proverb: “The reputation of a thousand years may be determined by the conduct of one hour. ” I think I speak for many when I say I will never forget the death of Robert Dziekanski, and Orion Hutchinson, nor the actions of the officer/s involved in either.

It is time for the RCMP to  publically acknowledge the failings of the organization, and of many officers within it. Then, and only then, will there be a place for a new beginning, a new start, and perhaps- just perhaps- justice for all.

So…. does this mean Gordo’s changed his mind about the HST?

Thanks to Sean Holman and Public Eye Online for bringing us this video, starring the grand poo-bah Gordon Campbell and his guard…lady press secretary extolling the wonderful amazing fantastic progress the libs have made on child poverty in BC – which is the highest in the entire country.  Although I think Sean owes me a new coffee after making me spit mine all over the keyboard when I heard the crap coming out of the great grey ones mouth. Investing in education?  Investing in education?  This, from the man who cancelled  the Premiers Excellence awards at the last-minute, along with other post secondary grants? (  And he says it with a straight face too, like he’s actually really concerned about all the cold and hungry children this year. )

Now go. Go and watch this, then read that list of 100 reasons not to vote for Campbell again. Here

The same names in all the familiar places…

From Alex G. Tsakumis’s site, Rebel with a Clause, as he comments on Bill Tieleman’s departure from CKNW :

 …I suspect, STRONGLY, that there is more to this than meets the mic…

Two items: Tieleman has NEVER backed away from naming Christy Clark as someone of interest in political issues emanating from the Basi-Virk trial (which always rankles the dimbells at NW) and Bill has been APPROPRIATELY critical of the shameless Premier and his pathetic excuse for a govt.

You don’t think that the bias angle is possible?

Well, let me light another bomblet…

During the 2005 municipal election, I was still on the Board of the NPA in Vancouver. (I didn’t become a scribbler until later in 2005). My youngest daughter was going through life saving heart surgery about the time of the mayoral nomination, fought by Sam and Christy. I resigned from the campaign committee to assist my wife with caring for Giulia (who is fully recovered, thank God), but had an interesting conversation with someone, who stunned me with his revelation…

He knew that I was supporting Sam (and not just because Sam was clearly the better candidate, but, too, because Christy’s then husband would have turned City Hall into a federal Liberal Martinite outpost).

Then this same fellow said to me that while he was supporting Christy, he had some regrets…

“You know, Alec, I’m working awfully hard on getting her a sealed deal at NW for as long as she wants. She should go do that instead of Mayor. CKNW will do her political career much better and keep her name circulated and current…then we can run her for whatever she wants”  I was so stunned, I wrote it down, it’s verbatim.

The man’s name?

Patrick Kinsella.