” Never underestimate the predictability of stupidity” or… “How the BC liberals are now overspending to fix the corrections crisis they created.”

                                                                          The BC Liberals: Same crap, same people, different motives

Indeed, one should never underestimate the predictability of stupidity, in particular when it comes to politicians and government – case in point, the BC Liberals…As you heard here first, Christy Clark made the announcement yesterday that the Osoyoos Indian Band has been selected as the party who wins the opportunity to host a new prison here in Beautiful B.C.

Yes, the bells and whistles rang as the Queen of ” Gosh Darn, I am just so amazed to present this opportunity”  heralded the new (P3, no less) prison plan that she says will bring greater public safety, lots of jobs and all sorts of other wonderful feel good benefits.

Fair enough, Christy. Questionable at best Attorney General Shirley Bond even had the balls to toot the governments own horn on how this particular project is the first part of the Gosh Darn amazing Liberals phase 2 of the super amazing corrections capital plan !!  Yes, the Liberals have been making “record investments”  in the corrections system here in BC .Three other capital projects have already been completed or are now underway as part of Phase 1 of the Province’s corrections capital plan:

  • 20 new cells at Prince George Regional Correctional Centre (completed).
  • 104 new cells at Alouette Correctional Centre for Women (nearing completion).
  • 216 new cells at Surrey Pretrial Services Centre (site preparation began in January 2012).

Ahhhhh… smell the fresh air… the winter jasmine… the super amazing BS spin that only the BC Liberals spinmasters can concoct- and Olson on your side is leading the pack for them. Sad, he really is no longer, “on your side.” ( But I digress)

Rest assured, we do need more corrections facilities in BC, absolutely!!

After all, since 2001, the BC Liberals closed 10 jails in BC, trying to pinch pennies on their budgets, closing the minimum and medium security jails and moving all the prisoners to maximum security facilities.   You can read their action plan from 2002 – 2005 in this PDF document HERE public_safety_and_solicitor_general

Among the closures were Terrace Community Correctional Centre, Rayleigh Correctional Centre, Chilliwack Community Correctional Centre, Mount Thurston Correctional Centre – including Chilliwack, New Haven Correctional Centre, Stave Lake Correctional Centre, Alouette River Correctional Centre, Vancouver Pre-trial Correctional Centre, and Hutda Lake Correctional Centre.

Yes, they closed them, moved the prisoners and put the then supposedly ‘surplus’ inventory up for sale, sometimes not even indicating an asking price, as detailed in this older news article archived by another site. A cursory search indicates some of the properties were sold for mere pittance compared to the cost of building any of the new expansions, and a tiny fraction of the cost of the new prison slated for Oliver.

One facility, the Bear Creek Correctional centre, has changed hands several times and remains to this day vacant and empty, surrounded by fencing to keep out vandals. The sawmill has been dismantled on site, but apparently the buildings remain. Why not simply purchase it back and do what needs to be done to get it up and operating? Could this be done with any of the other sites that were sold? What the hell were they all thinking?

One would wonder if it is a particular brand of stupidity that makes a premier talk about the amazing investments her government is making in corrections, when she was actually still a sitting MLA under Campbell when all these cuts that led to the current disaster were made in the first place.

She’s walking on very shaky ground on this issue, among others,as her past history has proven impossible to shake. But never forget, simply tossing her out and replacing her with a new leader is not going to save this sorry bunch, most of whom have been right alongside the great one past and not so great one present, the entire time. Not just closing prisons, but also closing courthouses, family justice centres, probation offices, and on.. and on. Just head back up to the top and read my ” 1oo Reasons the BC Liberals must go” if you really need a refresher. It remains on the top of this blog until they are gone, and feel free to add to it with Ms. Christies crackers faux pas.

I would remind you that this corrections issue is not the first contrived rescue scenario played by the Liberals, who cut personal income taxes straight to the bone over the last ten years, then used the resulting lack of revenue as a justification to promote P3’s, the HST, business tax breaks, you name it. And yes, Ms. Clark was still fawning over Campbell in much of that time as well, as much as it makes me shudder to think of it again. But back to the state of corrections in British Columbia.

Never forget that it was because of every cut made by the same BC Liberals who even now, even now, claim economic restraint yet spend thousands on a SuperBowl ad, as if people watching the Superbowl are really concerned about her gosh darn amazing jobs plan.Seriously. Between her and Falcon there is no hope, none whatsoever.

So, in light of the latest attempt to fix what they broke, I thought it fitting to offer up the headline as a campaign slogan for Christy and crew:

 

27 thoughts on “” Never underestimate the predictability of stupidity” or… “How the BC liberals are now overspending to fix the corrections crisis they created.”

  1. cherylb

    Excellent new slogan for the Christy Party. Has there ever been a government in BC that has screwed up so badly? I have never seen so many things undone, only to be redone in haste and at great expense a few years later. These people deserve to fade into oblivion, and soon……

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    1. Laila

      Thanks Cheryl, with that weight off my chest, I feel raring to go and what better way to start than with a new party slogan for the BC fiberals. Or possibly… ” The BC Liberals: Inefficiency at it’s best!”

      So great to see you Ms. Rider! And living in Surrey, where the money that came was far too little, too late ( thanks to the non stop approval of high density housing development applications by the city planning department) I could not agree more. By the time the new schools are built we will need 15 more!!

      Workforfun, a pleasure. There is nothing not touched by the reaching fronds of corruption in this government…. bids, tenders, budgets,obfuscation in everything that emits from the legislature for ten years plus.

      What really pisses me off, is that some people are really pushing for Christy to go, as if that will solve everything, and it won’t.Don’t get me wrong, I am not saying this bimbo should stay by any means, but it goes beyond Christy, and always has.

      We must never forget the rotton bunch that have sucked at the public purse teat for far too long before she made her grand comeback. SNC Lavelin, Kiewit of now the Evergreen line fame…( so they get to suck us for how many more years? )

      So someone new comes in, so what? You think those that run the party behind the scenes will suddenly cut off all those corporate hangers on? Nah….not so much.

      Always question who funds the person making the decisions.Who writes the critiques and the recommendations. Question motives.

      Might be big real estate agents, might be mining execs, and in some cases, might be big land developers who like to take vacations overseas with politicians families and post those photos on facebook…. Just saying. Social media is the biggest venue for changing public opinion, for shaping it, and those with $$$ have only a slight advantage over those with smarts and savvy.

      Let’s show them how it is done, shall we?

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  2. Ahh yes, P3’s! Harken back to the summer of ’09 if you will. The PPP Golden Ears was completed at a ‘cost’ of $808 million.
    Upon completion, we the taxpayer paid $500,000/month ‘operating’ costs to the Contractor for the next 6 months. I don’t have the figures for 2010 (let’s say $2million/mo) but understand that is $4 MILLION/MONTH for the next 4 years (2011 – 2014), rising to $4.8 million/month for the next 27 years (until 2041)!

    That’s $1 BILLION, 756 MILLION to ‘operate, maintain and rehabilitate’ the thing for 32 1/2 years. And a bridge doesn’t have any inmates to house, feed and guard. Can you even imagine what that cost will be?
    With a little bit of luck the debt will be retired as my grandkids reach retirement!

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    1. Laila

      Wow… fantastic comment, could not have said it better myself and everyone better pay attention, ’cause “Gosh Darn, those P3’s are something to think about, you know? Like I think we should listen to the people, and hear what they say and than think about that in terms of how we can bring it to the people. I fully support the people in thinking about how we listen to them, and how we can make things better and hear what they are saying…”

      Oh,do excuse me John! I think I was channelling Christy Clark there for a moment, I don’t know what came over me!! : )

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    1. Laila

      I think it depends on how big the market is the ad is being played in, Wayne.If it is only being shown in BC, perhaps it is a smaller amount. But then again, who knows- they probably lied about that too!!

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  3. ” The BC Liberals: Never underestimate the predictability of stupidity.”

    Love it!!!! Great saying Laila!!

    That should be their new official (unofficially endorsed by them I’m sure) slogan.
    That, or “we shall leave no stone unsold to private investors”
    Beautiful BC will still look beautiful, but only because we’re stealing everything you can’t see, underground.
    It really pisses me off that this party endorsed cracker (won’t even give her the nice title of Saltine) Clark, ISN’T even the REAL Premier.
    I never elected her, nor did any other citizen (other than her crackpot, paid-off thieves in her party that she calls “friends/cohorts”).
    On that particular note, why is she allowed to make ANY decisions while just being a “stand-in”? I thought a Premier had to be duly elected by the citizens, or did the LIEberals change those laws as well?

    I wish we’d stop setting these ridiculous “time frames” that we give politicians, rewarding them regardless of the job done (whether they lived up to their election promises) and then after only 4 years (most of it ducking the public with comments like “I don’t know”.) getting a gold plated pension for the rest of their lives.
    THAT insanity MUST STOP.
    Want to trim fat? Get rid of the LIEberals.

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  4. Julie

    It isn’t likely there will be all those jobs for the BC people.

    The American Company won the tear down of the smelter in Kitimat. They brought their own workers with them. I would like to know, who won the contract to build the LNG tanks in Kitimat? Let us keep an eye on that, to see who gets the jobs.

    China is sending their people to school to learn English, they get the coal mining jobs. They will pay their own people hell hole wages. China is Communist, their people dare expect nothing more.

    If the seven mines going into Northern BC are American or Chinese, they will bring their own miners. Harper is busy kissing China’s butt, so he will permit China to take our jobs. Campbell shipped our BC mills to China, along with our raw logs. Our mill people are out of jobs, because of cheap Chinese labor and even more cheap, are the Chinese children who work for pennies a day. Neither Harper and Campbell have any shame, exploiting them either. China got the factory’s, the U.S. and Canada gave them, for the cheap labor. I guess Harper and Campbell don’t realize…China’s cheap labor has given them, the province of BC. Harper and Campbell’s silver platter was included.

    Did everyone notice? Harper said not one word about Caterpillar pulling out of Canada. There were 500 jobs lost. Ever since Harper’s majority, Canada has regressed very badly. So much for Harper and the Campbell/Clark BC Liberals b.s….putting Canadians back to work. We have been losing jobs, for over six months now.

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  5. Laila

    Canadianbud, I hear you and completely agree. She remains unelected by the people of BC and I personally don’t recognize her as a real premier. She’s kind of a like a substitute teacher : Doesn’t really know whats going on when she shows up, and has no real authority and is going to be gone soon,but expects everyone to listen to them anyways!

    She knows she can never win any election and shes milking the press as much as she can in the interim.

    Well here goes Christy again with the predictable stupidity again. http://www.news1130.com/news/local/article/328549–premier-to-reveal-strategy-to-address-delays-in-bc-courts
    “VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – For some, justice delayed can be justice denied; the premier is revealing her strategy to ease the backlogs plaguing BC’s courts.

    This morning, Christy Clark is set to issue a report that is expected to identify problems with productivity and scheduling, and suggest ways to cut costs and multiple court appearances.

    However, in order to respect the independence of the judiciary, the premier likely won’t prescribe specific solutions. Instead, she’ll probably only point out key issues.

    The report will follow this week’s announcement of a new prison for the Okanagan, as well as nine new provincial court judges being appointed by the Solicitor General.”

    Please, someone send her the 100 reasons the BC Liberals need to go link so she knows how things became as bad as they are. Closed courthouses, cuts to legal aid, justice centres…. DUH!!!!

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  6. Kate

    Last week Macleans magazine……………….
    http://www2.macleans.ca/2012/01/05/99-stupid-things-the-government-did-with-your-money/

    Which can bee seen at macleans.ca has this story ..
    CATEGORIES: CANADA
    99 stupid things the government spent your money on
    Snowmobile clubs, an archery centre and a non-existent bridge
    by Jason Kirby on Thursday, January 5, 2012 ……

    Here are the first 6 takes your breath away …….1 Bailouts on ice: Abbotsford, B.C., dished out $1.3 million to the owners of the Abbotsford Heat AHL hockey team as part of a 10-year agreement guaranteeing the money-losing team that it won’t actually suffer any financial losses. The problem is that nobody buys tickets. They might as well. One way or the other the people of Abbotsford are going to pay.

    2 Snow job: In 2011 the federal government unleashed a blizzard of funds on Quebec snowmobile clubs—nine groups received a windfall of at least $1.5 million. Over the past three years Stephen Harper’s government has pumped $6 million into Quebec snowmobile clubs. Not to be outdone, the province of Ontario set aside $500,000 for loop trails of its own.

    3 Putt putt: Residents of London, Ont., who don’t golf are still picking up more than a few rounds for those who do. Since 2007, two of the city’s three taxpayer-owned courses lost more than $620,000 amid a glut of public and private courses in the region.

    4 Broken arrow: What do you do with an unused curling rink in a Prairie community of 250, namely, Viscount, Sask.? If you’re the stimulus-happy federal government, you offer up $9,000 to convert it into an “upgraded, energy efficient” archery centre.

    5 Sand trap: The City of Windsor spent $1 million to rebuild sand traps at the Roseland Golf and Curling Club, which the city owns.

    6 Offside: Vancouver taxpayers paid more than $2 million for the Canucks’ Stanley Cup run and riot. Last we checked, the Canucks were a wildly profitable private company (playoff ticket sales earned the team $44 million) that doesn’t need taxpayers to subsidize a party for its fans.

    .1 Bailouts on ice: Abbotsford, B.C., dished out $1.3 million to the owners of the Abbotsford Heat AHL hockey team as part of a 10-year agreement guaranteeing the money-losing team that it won’t actually suffer any financial losses. The problem is that nobody buys tickets. They might as well. One way or the other the people of Abbotsford are going to pay.

    2 Snow job: In 2011 the federal government unleashed a blizzard of funds on Quebec snowmobile clubs—nine groups received a windfall of at least $1.5 million. Over the past three years Stephen Harper’s government has pumped $6 million into Quebec snowmobile clubs. Not to be outdone, the province of Ontario set aside $500,000 for loop trails of its own.

    3 Putt putt: Residents of London, Ont., who don’t golf are still picking up more than a few rounds for those who do. Since 2007, two of the city’s three taxpayer-owned courses lost more than $620,000 amid a glut of public and private courses in the region.

    4 Broken arrow: What do you do with an unused curling rink in a Prairie community of 250, namely, Viscount, Sask.? If you’re the stimulus-happy federal government, you offer up $9,000 to convert it into an “upgraded, energy efficient” archery centre.

    5 Sand trap: The City of Windsor spent $1 million to rebuild sand traps at the Roseland Golf and Curling Club, which the city owns.

    6 Offside: Vancouver taxpayers paid more than $2 million for the Canucks’ Stanley Cup run and riot. Last we checked, the Canucks were a wildly profitable private company (playoff ticket sales earned the team $44 million) that doesn’t need taxpayers to subsidize a party for its fans.

    http://www2.macleans.ca/2012/01/05/99-stupid-things-the-government-did-with-your-money/
    Im Horrified !!!!!

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  7. Can’t we have Crusty.. or at least her LIEberal party forcibly confined under the Mental Health Act for being utterly STUPID and MENTALLY INCOMPETENT/CHALLENGED?

    At least 50% of them deserve a lengthy stay in prison.. maybe that’s why they messed with the courts and jail systems. They knew their day was coming and they wanted to make sure they had a way out.. can’t prosecute if there’s no prosecutors or available courts.
    Sneaky bastards. Got no money to put back in the system, but I haven’t seen or heard of ONE politician who’s having a hard go in this economy.

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  8. And it is also impossible to OVERESTIMATE the level of sleaze and sliminess the BC LIEberals can surpass…..every time you think they can’t top this, there they go again…….

    If I were king I wouldn’t allow Harper, Oliver, Campbell and their ilk back into the country once they’ve left, unless it were to be put into custody!

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  9. Never underestimate the level of stupidity of the Left Coast. Just wait to see how bad things get once we all vote like sheep ,or cattle for the BC NDP. Why don’t we all vote for the middle, not the extreme left in this province? I’m sorry but left, left, left, or centre (BC liberal) is not a choice. Where is NDP, Liberal, or Conservative? I grew up in Alberta, I have seen Democrats (by Canadian standards REFORM) and others world wide. In BC we have no measurement of political reality. We have centre, or almost communist. But the stupid amongst us are going to vote for the most corrupt party in Canadian history, BC NDP. Don’t be an idiot, hold your nose and vote Liberal, not communist.

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  10. notamused

    BC needs to start a petition to force the The Clark-Campbell Party to stop calling itself the BC Liberal Party. These dirtbags, in power since 2000, have never been liberals in any sense of the word. They are Harper reformers sans the evangelical component. Both Gordon and Christy cozy up to Stephen Harper, and lucky crook Gordo got a plumb assignment out of it. I’m sure Christy is hoping for a similar cushy assignment, as she knows her days as BC’s incompetent boob of a Premier are numbered.

    As for Al, who it’s safe to assume voted for Harper, it’s hysterical he’s whining about communists. Hasn’t he been following the news? Conservatives are commies now. Totalitarian China commies.

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  11. Thanks notamused!
    You really put it into a good perspective, and you definitely nailed Al “the commie in disguise” poster who actually believes we should vote for LIEberal again?
    Have that man committed please, before he hurts himself, or someone else.

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    1. Laila

      Rmaharg, thank you for your kind words and sorry in the delay of reply. Weekends are very busy around here and I try to stay offline if I can. Your sharing is essential,very appreciated and do not underestimate it, although I know what you mean about preaching to the choir because I feel the same way many days..lol

      However, a wise man told me that even expanding the horizons of one man or woman every day, we can win the war. We are each a drop in the ocean that becomes a tsunami when combined.

      I was curious to hear of your lack of response from the NDP, as well as workforfun and Pieter, in particular because if one were considering the NDP in order to become a member, one would assume the website would be the first place to look and that NDP MLA’s would be eager to share their policies…

      I did have a look at the NDP website and yes, ended up on a website that still has Carol James as leader of the NDP and it wasnt hard to to that..lol.. EEk. I was honestly very surprised to see little policy on the site, and when I looked at the most recent policy info given for potential leaders in the leadership race last year, those pages are all defunct. I did however, find a platform from 2009…..
      http://www.bcndp.ca/files/u108/BCNDP09_Platform_2009-_Final-April9_last3.pdf

      There are some very good policy agendas on this platform and some very outdated once considering the economic forecast and climate we are currently and expected to face for the coming year or more, but I certainly would like to see something sooner than an election on the site to get people really drawn in, something substantial and a real alternative. I know the Libs keep saying
      ” Well the NDP are just going to keep raising your taxes” like it is a bad thing, but really its not. Low income earners pay little to no tax and those who make a lot pay a heck of a lot less than they should. Remember, Campbell decimated the revenue stream into provincial coffers when he cut personal and corporate taxes in the province and that did have an impact on the bottom line for this province, which led in part to the ensuing cuts that came in following years. We need to raise personal income taxes at the brackets that can sustain the minimal impact- keep in mind the credits most people can claim as well as corporations.If this is where everyone wants to be, companies are not going to pick up and leave because their corporate tax rate goes up a couple percentage points. Not in BC.

      As for ” al”, I have this to say. You can hold your nose all you want and vote Liberal again if you like, but myself? Shit is shit even if I pinch my nose..lol.. you get what you deserve.

      Communist… that cracks me up..lol

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  12. LOL Laila, got that right, no matter how one hold’s their breath or nose, shit is still shit.

    I keep hearing about how bad the NDP “was” back in the 90’s, but you know, while there were certainly a few examples of stupidity measured in their party, they did at least leave the books balanced when the LIEbs took over in 2001. There were a lot of new businesses opening up, tourism was good (without all the extra cruise ships polluting our waters), park land was being seriously ear-marked for protection and so forth.
    So, I guess I don’t understand how, or why, people keep harping (haha, harperitism) about the way things “were” when they are so … what? better now?
    People better take off them 60’s rose-tinted glasses (and their blinders) off and take a real look at the world around us.
    To hell what’s happening in Fiji or Japan or China or Europe.
    What concerns me is what’s happening here, or maybe a better phrase would be “what’s NOT happening here” and that’s honesty, integrity, and “leaders” leading forward our Country, not selling it out to freaking communist child abusers.

    Grrr…. I’m just getting madder and madder watching these so-called “leaders” do everything we’ve asked (and TOLD) them not to do, and do it anyway, usually with that smug look Christy likes to wear (is her cheeks getting fatter? she’s looking a lot like a chipmunk these days.. squirreling away all those nuts for herself, lol… I could so go on with that statement but I won’t).
    Time we Canadians stood up, put big business down, revamp both our political stage and our criminal courts to reflect current life, not events 200 or more years ago that have no bearing anymore on our society.

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  13. Laila

    I love that analogy of a chipmunk squirreling away nuts – how fitting is that?

    I think we need more politicians who will support and protect what we need to- the environment, our water, our rights- and be progressive enough to also be able to see and explore ways to promote businesses and ventures that value the same ideals. I have nothing against big businesses- the reality is we need companies that manufacture, create, provide incomes for people who live here- however, I believe in keeping BC in BC as much as possible and expecting the government should be on that same agenda.

    How many times have I written about raw log exports? Too many times for my liking. There is not one damn reason those logs cant stay here and we refit mills to create lumber for other markets. China has become a huge bully and has set the standard for far too long with price controls in many markets, and buying power that is extremely influential. The supplier does not meet their price and they go elsewhere.

    Another story came in this morning on Chinese companies doing business in BC. That might trump the Port Mann story later today, if I can get details confirmed.

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  14. Looking forward to the new story Laila, and thank you so much for the hard work you do/done already! While others have said you should run for an “office” assignment, I personally think you’re doing great just where you are (although I’d make sure you had the added support of a nice paycheck to help with the dirt-digging) as a “watch-dog” or better yet, a very concerned citizen.
    Once a person chooses a “side” (with regards to politics) they become biased towards their party or against the other parties who may have the solutions needed to fix the myriad of problems created for us.

    Your honesty and integrity puts them all to shame though! They should have you as, at least, a role model.
    Do I get any brown-noser points =) lol

    You have a great day, don’t forget to smile (and not at just the political pundits) and have fun eh!

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    1. Laila

      Thank you for your kind words, you are a great support ! I know most try to paint me as an NDP-er, but I’m really independent and just admittedly have nothing but contempt for this current crop of Liberals that we never seem to get rid of. And I beleive in balance in government, not just far left ideals. We need a good economy, healthy businesses and a decent tax revenue stream to sustain the social and health programs we must provide for the people in BC, and money does not grow on trees.

      As for my article,just dotting i’s and crossing t’s Canadianbud, on the Port Mann story. Reading documents on the screen for so long crosses my eyes and I need to take brain breaks.

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