Just when you think that the BC NDP inner circle has run out of stupid they unveil a leadership race package that would look more at home in a big business Liberal or Conservative party race than what used to be a mildly left social democratic party.
The last electoral NDP victory was in ’96 when Glen Clark rolled up his sleeves and went after Gordon Campbell with a stick and a message that he was, ’On your Side.’
Seems that the conservative elements in control decided that they had better not try that approach again, too appealing, too (Read more…)
One of my favourite bloggers is longtime broadcaster, and former Socred Cabinet Minister Rafe Mair.
Here he is his going after corruption and deceit over BC Hydro Rate increases.
How do you know when a politician’s lying? When you see his/her lips move.
Bill Bennett, the BC Hydro point man in the government, tells us that there will be a 28% increase in Hydro charges over the next few years, which NDP critic John Horgan says will raise a family’s costs by $300 dollars annually.
Read the full report from the Common Sense Canadian here.
This Week in BC -Sean Leslie Looks at BC HYDRO
Kevin Logan has put together this multi media analysis of the Christy Clark Spin vs the’Real Facts.’
Take a few minutes and read this excellent piece. This is what ‘Independent Journalism’is all about!
BC Liberal Pipeline Follies
Kevin Logan-Cowichan Conversations Contributor
By Kevin Logan
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Christy Clark and the BC liberals have made a lot of bold claims about their position on pipelines proposed for British Columbia.
However, what they have neglected to tell British Columbians is that their government has (Read more…)
Richard Hughes Political Blogger
The question swirling around Victoria this morning is whether or not Premier Christy Clark will be able to weather the storm ahead and whether or not the BC Liberal’s ‘Election Budget’ will pass.
If it fails then the question of Christy Clark’s leadership will be mute as we will be heading off to an early election with the Liberals being led by Christy Clark, well most likely anyway.
Premier Christy Clark may not last the week as Premier.
It appears that Christy Clark underestimated the depth of the problems revealed when the leaked memo
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Richard Hughes-Political Blogger
The BC Liberal’s, when under the firm grip of former Premier Gordon Campbell, liquidated much of BC Hydro, the the once proud mothership of our Crown Corps.
Campbell sold and dealt off many of the assets and services and then through the insane ‘Run of the River’ IPP’s left BC Hydro drowning in debt that will be borne by both present and future generations.
Why hasn’t he been charged with this crime against our province and future taxpayers?
Former BC Liberal Premier Gordon Campbell-His Legacy is Our Curse
Not only has the miserable S.O.B. pulled
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Richard Hub Hughes-Political Blogger
Let’s face it folks politics and governance in BC has become soiled by the top down control mechanisms and practices of all of BC’s political parties.
Many of those who have really been involved see that quickly, well not all, many choose to turn a blind eye if the cards are turning up in their favour.
When I say any I am including the BC Conservatives and BC Greens. We always are more tuned into the sins of the BC Liberals and BC NDP but they do not have a lock on undemocratic methods and practices
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Richard Hughes-Political Blogger
Much money has been made and a great deal of environmental damage has been done through the practice of ‘Fracking’ or Horizontal Hydraulic Fracturing.
Canadians have had a heads up following horror stories in the US but never mind there is money to be made. The politicians of all stripes are as weak as water when it comes to regulating, reporting and permitting of these fracking operations.
BC and Alberta’s energy resources used to make the provinces hum, but today the difficulties are becoming harder to sweep under the carpet.
Check out this report from Fracking Canada and then question
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Don Maroc-Cowichan Conversations Contributor
BC logs should be used to create B.C. jobs, says the NDP. Absolutely, and low cost B.C. electricity should be used to make BC manufacturers competitive and more than competitive in the global marketplace.
And if Gordon Campbell’s run-of-the-river power pirates insist on continuing to charge B.C. Hydro three times the market price of electric power let’s run them out of the province. The Campbell/Christie neo-cons force BC power users/taxpayers to subsidize the massive profits of mostly foreign-owned private power operators.
It’s awfully good to hear the Adrian Dix NDP standing up for
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Richard Hub Hughes-Political Blogger
Welcome back Rafe, I see that you have mellowed considerably during your time away. I sense absence did not make your heart grow fonder regarding the fracking dilema that we face in British Columbia.
Perhaps it is that you do not understand the benefits of all that money that can be had without implementing a fair taxation policy that would have the corporations paying their share. It is a win-win Rafe! C’mon, don’t you get it?
Well perhaps not judging by this recent post in the Common Sense Canadian. Read it here!
Damien Gillis from the Commonsense Canadian produced and has made available this excellent interview that is shocking to say the least. In it Rafe questions economist Erik Anderson about the real story of what is happening and what has happened to BC Hydro and why.
Part 1 of Rafe Mair’s July 2012 interview with economist Andersen, delving deep into BC’s troubled energy situation, including BC Hydro’s broken forecasting model, rip-off private power projects, and massive debt and Enron-style accounting practices at our public utility – all driven by the shadowy private American corporation to which we’ve unwittingly handed
. . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: A number of people should go to jail for what has been done to BC Hyrdo!
John Horgan, critic for energy, mines and petroleum resources, spoke to the Legislature Monday about directing the B.C. Utilities Commission to do a full and comprehensive review of the Smart Metering Program:
” …during the budget estimates in 2009… I asked [the then Minister of Energy] to give me an assurance that the Utilities Commission would, in fact, be reviewing the smart meter program, a billion-dollar undertaking — 1.8 million metres on homes and businesses right across British Columbia and a significant capital cost that will lead inevitably to an increase in rates.
“This is what the minister
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Scientific American is a respected journal of science. Why it publishes the ridiculous rantings of an anti-science flat earther is beyond me. But this John Horgan, apparently a teacher or professor, is an climate change denier dream. Read this article where he blames the whistle blower for not blowing his whistle cleanly enough. Totally ignored is the culprit itself, Heartland, which is