Yes,Christy Clark certainly is telegenic – described as cute in the way chipmunks are often referred to, but like the little rodent, she doesn’t really bring anything new to the table, and appears completely opportunistic. A well known and talked about tidbit among politico’s is that she is only looking to make her way to Ottawa in the easiest way possible and she certainly demonstrated today that she has little new to offer British Columbians who are very tired of the same old Liberal tricks. And one must not forget that she was not only a rabid Campbellite during her last stint in the Legislature, she is also very closely tied to the Federal Liberals – her ex-husband Mark Marissen has been a mover and shaker for years. Her brother, Bruce Clark, has been a well-connected Federal Liberal fundraiser, and his office was searched the same day of the Legislature Raids. While he was never charged with a crime, there have been many questions left unanswered as to his role in the sale, as well as hers.
Today on Global News at noon, Randene Neil,( a favorite anchor of mine ,and one who given the chance,asks some pretty pointed questions) asked Christy Clark the most important questions most of my readers want to hear answered by every candidate in the leadership race.
Q: Will you cancel the HST?
A: I support the HST, I don’t like the way it was introduced. ( went on to state she wants to put it out there that the HST be brought back into the Leg so the caucus members can vote on it. Randene pointed out the government had their chance, and now people want their say, and pointed out that cancelling the referendum only takes the vote away from the people, and gives it back to government. Christy smoothly repeated the same statement that the MLA’s will speak and vote on behalf of their constituents which lets the people be heard…. lol )
Q: Will you call a public inquiry into the sale of BC rail?
A: No, I think the government has had their say on that ( paraphrased – she was unequivocably against a public inquiry)
Q: What about your brother Bruce Clark, who was involved in the sale, there was quite a bit of controversy there( paraphrased) Is he involved in your campaign?
A: ( this is where Christy starts to lose her slick composure a bit, one can see she is not liking this direction or the questions) Um, my brother is, does not have a formal role in my campaign, but he is a supporter you know…..
Ah… whatever Christy. We all see that you care not one bit about the public’s interest into this most corrupt sale, and we know why. But thanks for answering the questions a vast majority of voters wanted to hear.
Now, another thing to point out is that in this interview, Christy stated she will not get into mudslinging etc, with other candidates… but when asked why she was shooting barbs at the NDP already this morning, Christy said she will not shy away from reminding voters what it was like, what the conditions were like the last time the NDP was in power… ” We can’t let that happen again!”
Oh no, God forbid ! It’s far better to remain under the power of the Liberals who have continually had the highest child poverty rate in Canada, the lowest minimum wage and the highest cost of living, who have sold the rights to our water, rivers, provincial parks, wood…. well, you know where we are right now. See the 1oo reasons Campbell must go list above, and insert Liberal leadership candidate of your choice.
However, since Christy won’t shy away from reminding people what it was like under the NDP- allegedly – I think it is only fair to remind people what it was like when Christy was still in the legislature, busting balls and knocking over anyone in her way.
If you are a parent of a child who has special needs, like myself, then please pay attention. Christy Clark was directly responsible for making changes to the education system that, to this day, impact greatly children who require assistance in schools. Let me rephrase that, because her changes had a direct impact on all children in school, to this day. She introduced a three-year budget freeze and funding model reforms that left schools, teachers and parents scrambling as services had to be cut back to compensate for the lack of money.I have a child that is partially diagnosed and while we are waiting for a full diagnosis to move forward, and I am lucky that he attends a smaller school where his teacher and principal are progressive and aggressive in getting him the help he needs to function in a regular classroom setting. The accommodations and efforts these educators have made are astounding, because they are dealing with two sets of systems that seem to only present locked doors to parents of children with special needs, rather than open them. All thanks to Christy Clarks ambitions to be seen as a radical politician who wasn’t afraid to do what needed to be done, and to make a name for herself.
She managed to accomplish both, proving to be a politician willing to make radical cuts without consultation, and made a name for herself as a ruthless champion for the Liberal ideal that promotes business and does nothing for families.
Take a look at who two of her big backers are : Bob Rennie and Peter Wall. Real estate and development. What does that tell you? Sound familiar…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/
Christy Clark is just more of the same Liberal brand in a package that is more palatable to the public visually. Forget she’s a mother now, that means nothing, because she was a mom when she was in the leg. In fact, she went back to work only a few short weeks after giving birth. Forget she has been running an anti- bullying campaign every year she has been on CKNW- she was the biggest bully of all to parents, teachers and sadly enough, children – while she was in charge of the Ministry of Education. Forget the whitened smile, the perky mannerisms, and look to her actual record during her time in the Legislature, and on air. More importantly, look to the speech given to supporters at her launch today at SFU, and examine what she is really saying here.
I did. This speech is a heck of a lot of puff and fluff, sounds like something ,but really nothing but a stunning example of what life will be like with Christy Clark at the helm. And it sounds just like Campbell. ( red inserts are mine, as I see it.)
Today, I am announcing my intention to become leader of the BC Liberal Party. And with that honour comes a far bigger responsibility – premier of our province. ( ..”at last I get my chance like Patrick said I would! “)
Why am I in this race? Why am I asking for support? First, I believe British Columbians are seeking new leadership. And by that I don’t just mean leadership in the form of any one individual. ( she means” I just want to get to Ottawa, and this is the fastest way for me to get there”)
I am talking about the kind of leadership that seeks to put more power in the hands of everyday citizens. One that fosters a more participatory style of government.
And, for us BC Liberals, it’s about rediscovering our roots. ( In the mud) Where people come together to debate, perhaps disagree, and in the end forge common ground to make BC better. To me, leadership is about listening to individual voices – no matter how small, no matter what language, no matter what income – so that people can be included in and optimistic about the future that we all share. ( Gee,Campbell said nearly the exact same thing)
And this is core of who I am. ( we know, we know, a Liberal federally and provincially) My mother was a family counsellor, and my dad a school counsellor. They committed themselves every day to helping people find a way through the turmoil of their lives.
My dad, in particular, worked to help kids stay in school and stay positive – to see the opportunities out there, even if their own worlds were touched by poverty, addiction and neglect.
It was their belief in the underdog that made me so passionate about public service. And it’s why I entered politics. ( and didn’t complete a degree at any of the universities she ( studied at…)
As an MLA, my duty was to represent my community to government – not the other way around. To listen to families, to embrace constituents’ concerns as my own, and to help them see a better future. And while I think I did a good job for my constituents over my nine years as their MLA,( your constituents didn’t) I felt, like many do, that the system was too often, and for too many people and their families, closed and unresponsive. ( like your behavior as education minister)
And I never lost my resolve to work to change that.
As you know, I took time away from politics. ( to try and make people forget about how ruthless I was in politics) Over the past four and half years, I hosted a province-wide radio program. From that studio, I connected British Columbians to each other and to the issues that concern them.
We did a lot together. Listeners and I took a stand against bullying. We challenged the system to respond. We argued for concerted efforts, in every school, to support kids who are bullied and to make the teaching of compassion an essential part of the educational experience.
On my program, we challenged people to confront issues and hard realities. And as the success of our anti-bullying programming showed, it wasn’t just talk. ( one of the moms at my sons school asked me if you did that only to remake your image – since you are now using it to campaign, what do I tell her Christy?)
My experience on air, outside the cocoon of Victoria, gave me a fresh perspective. I learned that government in this province needs to be better about tuning in to the families of BC.
And this is the second big reason for my candidacy – it’s families. I believe families – big and small – are the foundation of our society. It’s where we learn compassion, kindness and respect – all of the things that are most important for a civil society. ( and a civil government, I might add. Not something the Liberals have demonstrated in the last few years)
Some have said it takes a village to raise a family. I say it takes families to raise a village.
Making sure government establishes a better connection with families is crucial. But this only matters if it leads to action. And my commitment to you is this: if elected leader of our party and premier of our province, my government will act on a families first agenda. ( sounds familiar…eerily so.. see this interview with Campbell where he says he plans to put Families First…lol http://www.bcbusinessonline.ca/node/4317 )
Throughout this leadership race, I want to connect with party members – new and old, undecided and unsung – on a series of important issues and how they impact BC families.
We’ll talk a lot about the importance of maintaining a strong economy, of innovation and productivity.
We’ll talk about the resource sector – an area of the economy that so many families across BC depend on to put bread on the table. A sector that relies heavily on government getting the regulatory and financial framework right. ( yep, she is going to sell everything we have,just like Campbell, just taking a different spin on it here)
We’ll talk about supporting rural communities and supporting the way of life in which so many British Columbians raise their families.
We’ll talk about health care and the fact that our system only works if costs are managed, while being innovative and imaginative about service delivery and, most importantly, if patients remain at the centre of healthcare policy. ( read innovative as private sector, just like Falcon. )
On education we’ll talk about how parents, not government, are the primary decision makers when it comes to their children’s education. And my record here is very clear: ( sure is, all it takes is a quick google to find out all the horrific changes you made ) I believe a strong public education system requires greater choice and control for parents to choose the type of education that works for their kids. ( she really likes private schools)
I will also talk with party members about the diversity of BC’s families. We are richer for it, and we need to nurture it. I want the world to see British Columbia as the most dynamic place to be.
Where there’s always something new going on. Where we don’t just live at the cross-roads of the world, we thrive in it.
And yes, we’ll also talk about the HST. ( here it comes, the spin.. don’t get dizzy! )
Like most British Columbians, I feel the HST process was fatally flawed from the outset. I am very concerned about the implications of proceeding with a tax that the public is so upset about, as well as the implications of killing a tax that is going to cost us billions.
These are huge decisions to make. And I want deal with them as expeditiously as possible to bring an end to the uncertainty that’s stalling important investments, large and small.
There is no magic wand for the HST. It is tempting, I’m sure, to put off the day of reckoning until after the referendum or to sell the HST back to you with your own tax dollars.
But that would be repeating the same mistake government already made – to develop an HST position without consulting you.
Over the course of this leadership campaign, I am going to listen to BC Liberals and talk to caucus members. I am going to make a personal commitment to engage in the type of consultation that we all should have had in the first place.
My view is that the HST issue is less a financial issue and more an issue of public trust. Today there is an opportunity to be different, to set a different course.
The other candidates in this race have proposed moving up the referendum on the HST. I agree that British Columbians want this issue solved as quickly as possible.
But there is another option that I would like to put to party members. One that turns the page on this issue efficiently and democratically. Let’s consider putting the same question proposed for the upcoming referendum to a free vote of the members of the Legislature:
And as you know, it starts like this: “that this House is in favour of extinguishing the Harmonized Sales Tax…
If this motion is successful, we would notify the federal government immediately that we intend to withdraw from the HST. We would give 18 months notice and negotiate to allow for us to withdraw earlier than the five year agreement currently allows.
This means going back to the PST and GST. But then I would close this file for at least five years. British Columbia needs certainty.
This option has been canvassed by caucus in the past. But a lot has changed – both parties are choosing new leaders. And a lot hasn’t – the public remains firmly opposed to the HST.
Today’s reality is that the HST referendum would fail. So let’s talk about it and not put our head in the sand. And let’s consider how we restore certainty to the economy. And let’s consider how to make the economy more productive AND restore public trust. This is a debate that is overdue among BC Liberal members.
Let’s remember, a revitalized NDP is not going to give the BC Liberal Party a mulligan on the HST. ( maybe not, but they will give us back our province )
Well before this campaign is over, I will come back to members of this party and lay out what I think is the best option for moving forward – after I have travelled the province and listened to the members of our party and the public. ( yes, after all that ballyhoo above, she won’t commit to crap. She likes the HST )
And, at the end of the day, whatever the decision on the HST is, we have to redouble our efforts to strengthen the economy. It will only be through a growing economy that we can sustain the services British Columbians value and the standard of living we expect.
My government would invest aggressively in infrastructure.( will that be through P3’s Christy, the same ones Falcon has mortgaged the provincial coffers on via the Enron model of book-keeping? ) My government would take a renewed and creative look at investment tax credits. ( yep, foreign investments, my bet) My government would look to reduce the regulatory burden. ( just so all those big profit making corportation have an easier time making all that money)And my government would work to expand interprovincial trade and cooperation. ( which expands on Campbells TILMA movement … more of the same here)
Just as I’m not going to announce an HST policy formed on the back of an envelope, nor will I do the same with the major challenges facing BC. I have views on these issues, but I don’t have all the answers. I know the answers are in the hearts of British Columbians. ( in other words, you won’t commit to anything because then you can’t be called a liar, or be accused of breaking promises down the road )
I will tap into the talent that is found in our caucus, riding associations and among our grassroots supporters. And I will listen to the public, as I have been doing day in and day out for the past four and a half years. ( You mean, of the callers your producer actually let through?)
Our party has tremendous potential to find solutions to complex challenges. ( your party has only a tremendous potential to sell off what is left of our natural bounty) We have a true coalition of people from all corners of BC, and all walks of life.
That’s why I look forward to engaging with our party, our coalition, and will lay out my ideas in the coming weeks. My ideas can only get better listening to people around BC. And my vision will be outlined for all to see before you cast your ballot on February 26th.
My vision will be focused on families. Now, the NDP likes to say that they have cornered the market on the working man and woman. That only they stand for the average citizen.
The NDP doesn’t stand for families in our province. They stand for themselves. They protect their own elite. And they cannot be given the chance to wreck our province again. ( Gee Christy, protecting our elite? Kind of like the pot calling the kettle black, no? Kind of like Campbell and his buddies, no? Or like why you won’t call a public inquiry into the sale of BC Rail? Isn’t THAT all about protecting your own elite? )
I was in the Opposition trenches in the toughest five years – from 1996 to 2001 – building the coalition one rubber chicken dinner at a time to evict the NDP from power. And I was in government as Deputy Premier and on the Treasury Board when the toughest choices were made to clean up the mess the NDP left behind. ( false, so false Christy. Let’s chat about facts, shall we, in a future post)
Let’s not forget how our families suffered under the NDP economy of spiralling debt and a collapsing job market. They ruined our economy once and put our families under the gun — our job is to make sure that never happens again. ( Where have you been all this time Campbell has been in power? Look around Christy, he put every family under the gun, and our economy has only begun to suck – wait until the truth behind these off the book P3 finances is released)
The NDP thinks they can change leaders and change the channel — I won’t let them do it. This is a time we need to take the fight to them — we won’t let them hide their connections to big unions, hide their agenda to raise taxes, hide their love of big government. ( The Liberals think they can change leaders and change the channel – well I won’t let them do it Christy. This is the time we need to fight you, and the others, and I won’t let you hide your connections to big corporations and businesses, or hide the real reason the Liberals like to cut personal taxes, and I certainly won’t let you hide the fact you love to make decisions without consensus, as your past record most visibly demonstrates! )
I will take the fight to them so they can’t hammer our businesses and stick it to our families.
But, I know that it’s not good enough for us to ask voters in our province to simply vote against the NDP – as important as that is. We need to give them something to vote for. That’s our challenge and I know we are up to the task.
Let me conclude with some words about our premier. ( get ready for some MAJOR ass-kissing. She must have had to wipe her nose on this one.)
This is a man who served for 25 years in public life, who did his very best and had tremendous success. Politics is tough, and most do not emerge unscathed. Those who do probably didn’t walk the road less travelled.
Gordon Campbell deserves our most sincere gratitude for the incredible effort he made for all of us. He built the coalition that I am committed to strengthening.
He built a party where people left their federal cards at the door and worked to put power in the people’s hands and keep power out of NDP hands. He built a modern day coalition through inclusion not exclusion.
In 2001, he and our team were elected with some core principles that sustained us:
Manage costs so that we don’t burden our children with debt. ( again, Falcon ensured all our kids are going to have to deal with a provincial financial burden)
Keep taxes low so that people have more money in their pockets.(and reduce revenue in government, contriving a financial crisis… I already did that story)
Get government out of the way of businesses so they can innovate, imagine and succeed. ( concert properties, and all the other firms he has assisted)
Put the focus of health care on patients. ( at least, the ones not waiting or dying in hallways)
Put the focus of education on students. ( good God, have you no shame Christy? )
That was our formula to make BC better. And the proof is in the pudding. BC is far better off today than when the NDP governed this province. ( clearly, she was spinning so much when she wrote this, she lost hold of the truth somewhere….
And I’ll tell you another thing – I would much rather take over from Gordon Campbell than do what he had to do, which was take over from the mess left by the NDP.
We need to build on what the government has achieved and re-earn the public’s trust where trust has been eroded.( not going to happen, mark my words)
And if I’m the chief coalition builder BC Liberals choose, I promise to do that with new leadership and with BC families at the heart of the project.
It’s time to write our own history for BC. ( will it be as fake as the Campbell wrote, or even more detached from reality?)
I ask BC Liberals to join me. Let’s choose new leadership. And let’s lead together.