A must read. Right now.

The reactions to my last post on the NDP internal politics are astounding. I’ll be updating that story soon, but our good friend North Van Grumps has a great post up that is a must read. If you don’t make his blog a regular stop, you should, because the BC Liberals sure do.

Here is a primer:

“The worst is yet to come.   BC Energy Minister, Core Reviewer, Bill Bennett has not given British Columbians the true goods on our future debt because he and his lying cohorts continue to use creative bookkeeping to stage Balance Budgets, which they aren’t.

The 2013 silent ballot box majority are IDIOTS!  Have been IDIOTS for the past twelve years.  Idiots because they failed to seek out this graph on our Blog on September 12, 2012

The graphs?  They only tell half of the problem.   It’s the numbers, bottom line, bottom of this page, that shows the data behind the graphs.  A Ten Billion Debt over ONE YEAR…”

Now, go read the rest at:

And, if you want to check out something else quite stunning in the opposite direction, check out this story from my colleague at 24Hrs Vancouver, Jeremy Nuttall :

“Donations for a campaign billed as a fight against hydro hikes will instead be going straight into the BC NDP’s war chest, according to the party’s new president.

After a 28% BC Hydro rate increase over five years was announced Tuesday, the BC NDP sent out an email asking for donations to help fight the increases.

“We need your help to fight back against these increases,” the release read. “A hard-hitting campaign to fight to stop these increases can only happen with your financial support. Let’s raise $25,000 over the next five days to ramp up the fight.”

The email then asks whether the reader can donate $3 to the cause.

Freshly minted NDP president Craig Keating told 24 hours the drive has resulted in people who’d never previously donated to the party giving money, but he said the funds would not be going strictly to fight the increases.”

Check out the rest of this story, including comment from Integrity BC at http://vancouver.24hrs.ca/2013/11/27/ndp-power-hike-campaign-questioned

If this is indicative of how the BCNDP plan to move forward, it’s not sending a very good message. What do you think about this fundraising pitch?

Ignorance is bliss.

Christy Clark, in her year end interview with Michael Smyth, yesterday blames the media for.. well… everything :

“If you read the papers, you would think British Columbia was in really tough shape,” she said. “People need to know that British Columbia is stable and growing.”

In the papers today, Moody’s Investor Ratings  downgrades B.C.’s credit rating and paints a different picture of the provinces fiscal and economic position.

From Moody’s:

Moody’s Revises British Columbia’s Outlook to Negative from Stable on Aaa rating

 Global Credit Research – 12 Dec 2012

 Toronto, December 12, 2012 — Moody’s Investors Service has revised the outlook on the Province  of British Columbia’s Aaa issuer and debt ratings to negative from  stable, affecting approximately CAD39.8 billion in debt securities.


“The negative outlook reflects Moody’s assessment of the risks  to the province’s ability to reverse the recent accumulation in  debt with the softened economic outlook, weaker commodity prices  and continued expense pressures,” said Moody’s Assistant  Vice President Jennifer Wong, lead analyst for the province