It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better.
The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly.
So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.”
Today my friends, defeat is not in our vocabulary and instead, we know great triumphs, great victories, and great joys. As Roosevelt stated, the credit does belong to the men and women in the trenches.
On this momentous day, I would like to extend a hearty, hearty thank you to not only the organizers of the Fight HST effort, but to the thousands of selfless volunteers across this great province who slogged in the snow, the rain and the hot sun to assist in collecting signatures, posting signs, and doing all the quiet behind the scenes work that is rarely recognized.
I would like to thank every person who was a part of the people’s media effort, spreading the facts and truths via email, facebook and blogs, the people who attended rallies, stood on street corners and spent long hours doing what needed to be done.
We did it without the big budget, without the big PR names and without stick people.
We did it with our hearts, and with the truth.
I was at the very first HST rally as were many of you, and I will never forget standing by the side of the stage and taking a photo back of the thousands of people who attended that day. That fire, that feeling, never subsided, despite what the pundits predicted. And that fire carried us through to victory.
Democracy only works if you claim it for your own – and you clearly did. But this is not the time to sit back and relax, this is the time for each and everyone of you to think about where you want this province to go. For what legacy you wish to leave your children, your grandchildren, and for what part in democracy you must continue to take to ensure not only your future, but the futures of those who come behind us.
The HST is but only one of many issues that threaten not only the economic stability of this province, but the quality of life for far too many of us. It is now time for all of you to inform yourself about these issues as well. Issues like the debt loads behind the provinces many P3 projects not counted as provincial debt, but contractual commitments. The destruction of BC Hydro. The ongoing BC ferries debacle, all of these are long term financial disasters that are looming overhead just as the HST has for so long. The way the HST was introduced is not an singular incident, it is how the BC liberals do business, and have done business for years. In backrooms, with handshakes, and deceit. Just read the numerous articles on my Best Of page to get a small idea of what we are facing.
Democracy doesn’t stop today, let this be the start of a new era in voter awakening in British Columbia, and if anything, say a thank you to the BC liberals for opening the eyes of so many in this province via the HST. Let this be the start, no matter what your political leaning is, to take the initiative to become more involved in the decisions the decision makers are making!
And never forget, we don’t work for the government…
The government works for us. And you just told them what to do.
Where it all started- the September 2009 Vancouver Rally.