A bold new post from Ian Reid on the BC NDP.

I greatly admire Ian for many reasons, and this new post is one of his best. Here is an excerpt:



This weekend the BC NDP Provincial Council meets to begin the review of the disastrous 2013 campaign.

From what I see it is set to fail, much like Dix’s campaign itself.

This was a campaign that Adrian Dix and the BC NDP were supposed to win going away.  Instead they lost badly.

Dix didn’t lose because Clark’s Liberals were good (they were) but because his campaign was so bad.

Under his leadership the BC NDP were ill prepared, incompetent in the air and on the ground, deliberately under informed, unable to respond and technologically in the dark ages.

Money wasn’t the problem it has always been.  Dix and his team spent more money getting fewer votes than any NDP campaign in history.  They spent more than 3 times what the 2009 campaign spent to get a significantly smaller portion of the vote.

The campaign was an enormous waste of money.  Think about that the next time you get one of those relentless phone calls or e-mails.

The problem according to MLAs and members of the campaign team was Dix – his foolishly amateur ‘positive’ strategy, his performance, his astonishing micro-management coupled with his inability to work with a team, including his caucus and his candidates.

There are, I’m told, at least two reports on the campaign written by senior insiders, one of which was prepared for a debrief held last week.   One report is said to be a damning review of the Leader’s lack of campaign skills.  (Will council get to see those reports before it decides how to review the campaign?  What do you think?)

Yet Dix refuses to take responsibility, offering no indication that he intends to leave.  It appears that he has decided to stick around to stay in charge of the official campaign review.

In other words, the problem has decided to oversee the solution.  If that doesn’t undermine the party’s credibility it’s only because it has nowhere further to fall.


With Dix in charge it begs the question:  why bother holding a review? It all seems set up to defuse blame and save Dix’s leadership.  Why trust it will get at the real problem and convince Dix to go?

Here’s what people close to the campaign have to say about it...”

Now, think about that for a moment… and go read the rest.

Brava Ian. Brava. http://therealstory.ca/2013-06-20/bc-politics/change-for-the-better-one-big-step-now

This weeks column for 24Hrs Vancouver: Find the party that is accountable for its actions.

This week’s topic:

What is the most important factor voters should consider at the polls?

When Kathryn’s submission arrived in my email, it was clear that while we come from different positions on the political spectrum, she felt the same responsibility as I did. I was impressed with her thoughtful commentary. It’s both a privilege and a tremendous responsibility to share our opinions in a publication read by so many people the day before a provincial election.

With no lack of rhetoric and fear-mongering tossed back and forth between political opponents and supporters alike during this campaign, it can be confusing to determine what is fact or fiction. For me, it comes down to two factors when I vote: trust and accountability.

Read Kathryn Marshall’s column

A wise man once said that you should never believe someone who is in love, drunk or running for politics – pretty good advice when you look at past platform promises of the BC Liberals. The difference between what they promised, and what was actually delivered, is stark. They said the HST wasn’t on the radar before the last election, but that wasn’t actually true. Current leader Christy Clark has been called out in the media many times on misleading and inaccurate statements she’s made over and over in her campaign.

And when you look at the NDP, they campaigned against the carbon tax in the last election, while this time they support it. Dix said he was not going to take a stand on Kinder Morgan, using the principle of waiting for the process to play out. Then he took a stand during his campaign, pleasing many, but confusing others. Things like this do raise questions for many voters…

Read the rest of this weeks column at http://vancouver.24hrs.ca/2013/05/12/find-the-party-that-is-accountable-for-its-actions

What’s it like working with Premier Christy Clark? “She’s a role model for the next generation…” ~ Rich Coleman, minister of everything.

Thankfully, I’ll never have to find out. However, Rich Coleman, minister of everything under the sun has, and actually likes working with Christy so much, he made this video on YouTube just to prove how much he likes working with her.

Hmm…  ok….is it just me, or does Rich Coleman look like he’s in an interrogation room? Did someone make him do this video? Is there a bomb under his chair ? Why does he look so nervous? Why is he blinking so much?

Hmm. let’s think back… we have Milfgate, the Boessenkool botched investigation,Christy’s spending,spending,spending, nonstop pandering ( In her heart, shes a Filipina) which has now been revealed as part of an elaborate plan to make some quick wins of the ethic communities…. and she’s a role model for the next generation ?

No wonder the poor man looks like a deer caught in headlights.

Now.. while you are chewing on that bit of gristle ( and there are more, and I refer to all of them as gristle because they are really, really hard to swallow )… I’m working on two items for you… a new blog for the Huffington Post BC on the leaked emails and Clarks reaction… and an item for a new venture I am working on.

Enjoy… or…laugh… or … run for the hills… take your pick.

(And I apologize for the lack of posts, I’ve been quite sick and only doing wee bits here and there. )

Clark tries new tactic to woo women back into the fold with Über-mommy friendly website – paid for with your tax dollars.

It started innocently enough.

While checking out my twitter feed, something came by from the Christy Clark twitter feed sending followers to the new public service announcement on bullying.

I bit, clicked… and ended up on the BC governments newest website, paid for with your tax dollars:


Hmm….. what’s this all about? From the About page:

Heart and soul

 British Columbia has over 4.4 million people. Chances are – you’re one of them. When it comes down to it, you’re what make this province go ’round.

We’re working in government and we help this province go ’round by making life for BCers better. We’re pretty good at announcing new ways for serving British Columbians: new programs, new funding, new services and new ideas, or just cool stuff happening around BC. And while these announcements are great, our focus is the ‘flipside’ of these stories – the people. Everyone hears the single of a record, but it’s the b-side that has the heart and soul.

We want to tell the story of the mom spared a paperwork nightmare, the artist who can concentrate on their work instead of where the next rent cheque is coming from, the 95 year old king of swing who’s ‘still got it’ and the apprentice who just finished framing her first house. We want to tell your story.

Shades of OMG!!! How altruistic! How engaging! How… propaganda-ish!!

Seriously, I had to laugh. Considering how often Clark has mocked bloggers as unreliable news sources… somebody in the public affairs bureau realised the power of this specific form of social media.

But here’s the catch: this isn’t a real blog… it is nothing more than a BC Government website touting BC government news under the guise of being a blog, pure and simple.

What’s more, it is clearly designed to appeal to the Über mummy crowd..(and regular mommies.).. ie..both part of the one voting demographic Christy Clark has been unable to connect with –  women – matter how many times she hauls her son out for a photo opportunity and talks about motherhood like she invented it.

Clicking through the site is even more revealing… the Blogroll is a collection of banana bread, granola friendly fashionable motherhood sites to foodie hangouts, to arts and crafts and more…. oh wait.. don’t forget to click on the  Get to Know your Government section!

First…small kudo’s to the government for finally acknowledging that blogs,and bloggers can be incredible influencers on public opinion when factual and well run.

Second.. I happen to be a mother, and in no way am I attempting to disparage any of the mommy sites( or others) that the government site links to. They aren’t my ‘thing’ but I do recognize many mothers, particularly new moms, gravitate towards these sites  to connect with other moms, find tips, recipes, etc…

But let’s face it, this site is not really about moms or families… it’s about making the premier ( and by association, the party behind her) with one of the worst approval ratings in history look more family oriented and less heartless and disconnected.

However…where the epic fail occurs on this propaganda “blog” is on the Contact page,where one is reminded how insidious this uber Mummy blog really is:

Social Media Collection Notice

 The personal information you post may be collected by the Ministry of Citizens Services and Open Government under s. 26(c) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act for the purposes of engaging and consulting with the public. Please be aware that any information collected may be stored and/or accessed outside of Canada on servers not belonging to the government.

To protect your own privacy and the privacy of others, please do not include any personal information including phone numbers and email addresses in the body of your comment. Please do not share personal information about others. If you have any questions about the collection of your personal information, please email bcbsides@gov.bc.ca

Hmm… suddenly… the friendly mommy blog isn’t so generic anymore. How many people really read those disclaimers? And how many of those people who do end up visiting and leaving personal information.. like names and emails… might end up on some voter “outreach” contact list? Might get an friendly email, or call or flyer perhaps?

Because as we’ve heard today… that’s really what these Liberals are all about… using government resources to further party politics and this coming election campaign.  Calculated? Cunning? All of the above?

Time for a little reality check.

There is a very big difference between real bloggers… and paid bloggers.

In particular, paid mommy bloggers who work for the BC Government for the sole purpose of making connections with the demographic that Christy Clark remains so disconnected with.

It leaves me with even more disdain for this government, because this ‘blog’ is  nothing more than the government version of the kind of stealth marketing used so often by companies like Enbridge et al.

Designed and written specifically to make you feel like this really is a families first government – when in reality, the same government behind this pseudo blog is the same one behind the tragic cuts coming to adults dealing with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and autism.

The same old government behind the ongoing inadequate funding to kids with special needs, the extraordinary wait times for treatment and therapy, the increase to medical services plan fees, cuts to family justice services… should I go on?

I wonder what all the mommies reading this propaganda blog would say about that?

And what they would say about money being spent to fund a blog like this,with paid writers, government staffers in effect, registered only on January 25th of this year…

…rather then directing those funds to any of the truly families first needs above?

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**** update:

Following my complaints, via email communications, the BC Bsides blog appearance changed in several manners, one important one being that it now readily identifies itself as a government blog on the home page.


This week’s column for 24Hrs Vancouver: Cutting services to most vulnerable a typical Liberal tactic

Winner of the last duel on the value of the Canadian Senate was Laila Yuile with 64%.

This week’s topic:

Is the recent B.C. budget really a Liberal budget — or an NDP-style one?

Premier Christy Clark — who still hasn’t been elected to that title by voters — may have taken a couple of ideas from the opposition in the 2013 budget, but those tax hikes hardly make this an NDP-style budget.

This budget is in keeping with the BC Liberals’ playbook of reducing costs on the backs of those least able to afford it, a skill honed under a decade of Gordon Campbell’s leadership….

Read the rest of this column, and vote for the winner of this week’s Duel at:


Or if you prefer flipping pages, you can read todays E-edition online here : http://eedition.vancouver.24hrs.ca/epaper/viewer.aspx

Coming soon : An all new, 100+ reasons the BC Liberals must go. Now accepting reader submissions

As someone who has blogged about politics since the last election in this province, I’ve seen so many stories and examples of the current governments cronyism/unethical behavior/questionable policies/ corrupt activities that quite honestly, it still astounds me.

Following the 2009 election, I was so disgusted with having to put up with several more years of Campbell & Co, that I even declared that I was going to run in the next election. At the time, I expressed an interest in the NDP and even met with Carole James, but with some serious reflection I knew that party politics of any kind just weren’t for me.

I still think it is a very big dis-service  to voters to put a party agenda before the needs and wants of the voters in a constituency, in particular with parties where MLA’s don’t have free votes. I’ve never been a member of any party, and never will be, and have supported and fully endorsed good, solid independent candidates as a very credible alternative to party politics in representation, such as Bob Simpson and Vicky Huntington. I believe a collective of good independents can hold each of the two partys to account in the legislature in a way that hasn’t been seen before, and hope to see more after the coming election.

That all being said, after a decade of BC Liberal policy, many sectors in the province have suffered greatly from a shortsighted and often haphazard approach to long-term planning, and in several cases, a failure to simply see the relationship between cause and effect. For example, closing 24 courthouses across BC to save money? Cutting legal aid, closing law centres and cutting staff all resulted in stupidly long waits for trials that now increasingly results in people getting off scott free because their right to a speedy trial has been impinged upon.

You don’t have to be an NDP, a Conservative, or a Green to see the never-ending list of failures, and you don’t need to be partisan to believe the people of BC deserve better government. That’s why I have worked on an updated list of the Liberal failures  documented on a dedicated page at the top of this site, titled 100 Reasons the BC Liberals Must Go.

I believe the entire province was hoping for more from Christy Clark, who right out of the gate as premier by default, reneged on her leadership campaign promise of calling for an immediate election to get a mandate from the people .  Since then, she’s become the laughing-stock of British Columbia, full of reactionary policy( or lack thereof), and garbled,nonsensical sound bites that have amused and confused interviewers on TV and radio alike.

With superglue like tenacity, Clark has remained perky in public, despite being all but abandoned by the best of her party who have dropped off one by one in silent opposition to her leadership. And say what you will about her questionable and chameleon like mannerism of portraying whatever persona she thinks will garner favour and votes – I’m just waiting for the “In my heart,in my heart….I’m a desi-girl !” sound bite at the Bollywood awards –  it’s her policy.. again, or lack thereof… that really makes an impact with the voters.

That’s why I want to hear your reasons the BC Liberals Must Go, but  first a few rules. You must support your reason with facts, not just opinion. I don’t want to hear insults and derogatory comments, and please keep it clean or it’s gone. Just like the previous list, the updated version will contain links to documents or links to news items to support each reason.

I’m off to work on a some tips that have come in with regard to the south Surrey Casino story and Rich Coleman, but I look forward to reading your reasons the BC Liberals Must Go as I check in throughout the day!

Breaking news – Abbotsford South BC Liberal Riding Association Directors and President resign, citing ” Unfair, not democratic ” election of candidate Darryl Plecas.

A stunning turn of events in the valley, my good friends over at Abbotsford Today have the breaking news.

“In a letter issued this afternoon the BC Liberal Abbotsford South Riding Association has resigned saying the election of Darryl Plecas was “both unfair and not democratic.”The letter came from former Riding Association president Stephen Evans”

And here is an excerpt from that letter:

“The appointment of Darryl Plecas was both unfair and not democratic.  The Riding Association was not consulted on this appointment.  If the Riding was consulted, the Riding Association would have stated that the memberships and Riding Association Funds were not generated by Darryl Plecas nor his campaign team.   The only reason for Darryl Plecas’ appointment was that he could not defend a challenge from Moe Gill if there was a fair nomination process.  This leads to the question that if Darryl can’t beat Moe Gill in a fair nomination process, how can he win against John van Dongen in an election?

It is also important to note that Darryl Plecas is an untested politician.  It is also alleged that Rich Coleman and Darryl Plecas are related in some manner.”

You can read the rest of that story at: http://www.abbotsfordtoday.ca/?p=96126

Clearly, the powers that be running the show at BC Lib headquarters are bound and determined to demonstrate to the public that they don’t even care about democratic process in their own den of inequity. Good grief. At least this riding association has some sense and walked.

This comes on a recent scathing column also run in the Abbotsford Today highlighting some Pro’s and… ahem… Cons of having Plecas as a candidate in which Mike Archer leaves readers with this line:

“It also speaks volumes as to the lengths to which the BC Liberals will go in their desperate search for candidates to join their own sinking ship.”

I couldn’t say it better, myself.

One of the most important graphs and the two most important posts, you will ever read about BC’s coming debt load.

Source: http://www.fin.gov.bc.ca/PT/dmb/ref/netDebt.pdf

Our good friends over at Blog Borg Collective has a very important post up this morning that clearly show the amount of debt the province is carrying – without including crown corps etc. The chart  above is from one he has embedded in his post today….. and all I can say is a big thank you to the BC Liberals for accumulating so much debt that they have to avoid having a fall session so they wont be held accountable.

What the hell did they think would happen when they reduced  all corporate and personal taxes to some of the lowest points ever ? Without generating new revenue streams as replacements? Natural gas prices are down, China is heading into some rough economic times and our government is putting everything they have into exports to China and Asia……Well, good luck with that and good luck to the incoming government after our election next year, trying to wade out of this one. Don’t expect miracles. Now go, read the post and weep.


When you are done that, come on back and read this post explaining how this all came to be. The best explanation of how the BC Liberals created their own crisis to introduce P3’s to the province. Looking back at the last 10 years, I think it’s bang on.