Yes, Stephen, social media can stop Gordon Campbell from getting the Order of BC…because he isn’t even eligible!
That headline, in response to Stephen Hui’s article in the Georgia Straight:
onSeptember 4, 2011
At time of writing, the Facebook page had over 480 likes.
Voigt, a Creston real-estate agent, has posted a petition on Facebook.
Here’s what the petition argues:
We the undersigned citizens of British Columbia demand that Gordon Campbell not be awarded the Order of British Columbia. On Gordon Campbell’s watch poverty rates in BC soared to become the highest in Canada, homelessness increased massively, children’s health, safety and education were neglected or made worse, legal contracts were broken, our rivers and parks were destroyed by ill-conceived hydro projects and BC Ferries, BC Hydro and other public services have been destroyed. There is no justification for giving Gordon Campbell an award for his tenure as Premier of BC.
Voigt is urging people to print out the petition, gather signatures, and send the completed forms to the province’s Honours and Awards Secretariat.
Ingrid Voigt, leader of the Refederation Party did create the Facebook page,which currently has 542 likes and growing. You can add your name at this link https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Gordon-Campbell-does-not-Deserve-the-Order-of-BC-award/251091051597176
Now, here is the kicker to all of this, besides the insult his nomination was to many British Columbians.
Gordon Campbell is ineligible to even be nominated for the 2011 Order of BC, by the Order of BC’s own website rules!
That’s right, not eligible. From another petition by Cheryl McNevin Baron:
According to the Government of BC’s own Order of BC website, nominations for the 2011 awards closed March 10, 2011, and “your nominee must not currently be an elected person with federal, provincial or municipal governments”.
Gordon Campbell did not step down as MLA, clearing the way for Christy Clark to run in his riding of Vancouver-Point Gray, until March 14th. Thus, at the close of nominations he was “currently an elected person”.
So there it is. Besides the fact that I and many,many others feel he is not deserving of this award, he isn’t even eligible for this years nomination, so how did that happen to get through? Did the Advisory Council make an honest error, or is there two sets of rules in play here?
Naming Gordon Campbell as a recipient of the Order of BC is an insult to the fine people who have truly worked to deserve such an honour.
He resigned in disgrace as a premier with the lowest approval rating ever. He pleaded no contest to a drunk driving charge while on vacation in Hawaii at twice the legal limit and even a brief read of 1oo reasons the BC Liberals should go will make it clear why this is an unjust action and an insult to all those deserving of such an honour.
(And don’t even get me started on Ken Dobell being on that list. My blood pressure can’t take anymore! )
If you are in agreement, check out the links above for details, addresses and how you can help stop Gordon Campbell from getting the Order of BC. And share them with all your contacts.