The rich and connected appear to run British Columbia


tay
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How rich elites took over BC…and the Liberals welcomed them

If this were in Russia or China or the Balkans or some developing-world country, it would just be written off as nepotism or corruption, but here [in British Columbia], because it’s not illegal, it seems to just get a pass.

It’s been a fortnight since the New York Times (external - login to view) carried the story. The author, Dan Levin, told Global News (external - login to view):

Corporate and union donations to political parties are banned in Nova Scotia, Manitoba, Alberta and Ontario, but not in British Columbia. NDP MLA David Eby believes the corruption runs much deeper than the $50,000-a-year “commission” Premier Clark has been receiving from her party’s campaign chest. In the firestorm of criticism following the Times story, she has swapped her stipend for what is potentially an equally rich expense account, but the issue remains: The rich and connected appear to run British Columbia

We seem to be getting further and further away from the idea that citizens can directly influence government through traditional democratic avenues, whether it’s writing a letter or through a protest, or talking to a politician. We are shifting towards a model where the people who get access to the Premier, to the cabinet, to decisions makers are lobbyists and political donors,” Eby told me in a recent interview.

“The government recently passed legislation allowing unlimited spending until the 30-day-writ period. Previously there had been a restriction on that spending.”

“I couldn’t get my head around why this is happening until we got the results from my conflict of interests complaint and that indicated that the Premier receives a very significant personal benefit from the existing system. She gets $50,000 from the Liberal party of BC, which comes from pooled political donations to that party. So she has a $50,000 incentive, each year, to not change the system. A change in the system would mean she would not have the money to take home because the Liberal party would not have as much money.”

Dermod Travis, executive director of the public watchdog group IntegrityBC, told the New York Times (external - login to view), “When anyone anywhere in the world can donate as much as they want to the system, you have an even bigger threat to the system…What it says to people is money talks and votes don’t.”

More so because, according to a recent article in........ How rich elites took over BC...and the Liberals welcomed them -The Common Sense CanadianThe Common Sense Canadian (external - login to view)
 
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Curious Cdn
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The rich and connected appear to run the entire planet!
 
Tecumsehsbones
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Quote: Originally Posted by Curious CdnView Post

The rich and connected appear to run the entire planet!

Yup. I saw the thread title and thought it was about as stunning and surprising as "Water is Wet in BC!" or "Sun Rises in the East in BC!"
 
Curious Cdn
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"Sun Rises in the East in BC!"

This has been a point of contention in BC, Alberta and Saskatchewan for as long as I can remember. The polls close in Ontario and Quebec before voting finishes in BC, you know, and the Westerners are all VICTIMS as a result.
 
Cliffy
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Twila
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Quote: Originally Posted by Curious CdnView Post

The rich and connected appear to run the entire planet!

yes. your not really shocked right?
 
Curious Cdn
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Quote: Originally Posted by TwilaView Post

yes. your not really shocked right?

Tabarnac! (slaps forehead) as they say in my home province.
 
Hoof Hearted
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Isn't Vancouver known as Hong Kong North?
 
Curious Cdn
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Isn't Vancouver known as Hong Kong North?

Isn't Hong Kong known as Vancouver's waiting room?
 
taxslave
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Quote: Originally Posted by Curious CdnView Post

"Sun Rises in the East in BC!"

This has been a point of contention in BC, Alberta and Saskatchewan for as long as I can remember. The polls close in Ontario and Quebec before voting finishes in BC, you know, and the Westerners are all VICTIMS as a result.

That is a fact. Often we knew who the PM was to be before we even got to vote due to the way ridings are rigged in favor of the east.
 
Curious Cdn
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Quote: Originally Posted by taxslaveView Post

That is a fact. Often we knew who the PM was to be before we even got to vote due to the way ridings are rigged in favor of the east.

Ridings are rigged in favour of the East because 7/8ths of the population lives there.
 
Cliffy
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petros
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You don't have any money that is your's.
 
Curious Cdn
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You don't have any money that is your's.

... the lament of every married family man ...
 
Cliffy
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Cliffy
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B00Mer
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Hey they stole my colours..

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p.s. vote Liberal!!
 
Cliffy
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Crispy Carp and the Liberals are our version of Hillery and the Dems.

BTW, there is no Liberal party in BC. They are Social Credit/BC Reform in liberal clothing.



Grizzly Hunt 101: The 'It's a Tradition' Argument
[For the next 3 weeks leading up to the BC election, I'm going to be posting facts about grizzly bears and the grizzly bear hunt]

The 'It's a Tradition' Argument: Perhaps the weakest argument of them all when it comes to trophy hunters and their various reasons for believing they should be allowed to kill our grizzly bears centers around the idea that grizzly hunters should get to continue to kill because they've been hunting grizzlies for years/their father hunted grizzlies/their grandfather hunted grizzlies/their whole family hunts grizzlies.

It used to be tradition to shoot buffalo from trains on the prairies. To kill wolves using leg-hold, steel-jawed traps. And to hunt orcas and eagles. But we've evolved as a society. Just because something was done in the past does not make it acceptable to do today or in the future.

From an ethical standpoint, it's quite clear that the majority of people in British Columbia and beyond do not think that killing grizzly bears for sport and a trophy is a socially acceptable activity anymore (the most recent polls show that over 90% of BC residents are against the hunt, including almost 75% in rural hunting hotbeds -- Grizzly bear trophy hunt: 74% of rural B.C. residents oppose it (external - login to view)).

The bottom line in this argument is that nobody cares that you've been killing grizzly bears for the past 20 years, that's simply not a valid excuse for continuing an activity. People used to drive without seatbelts, tv stations used to advertise smoking cigarettes as being cool, and strangers used to hand out homemade candy apples at Halloween.

But times change, and so do societal values.

Perhaps it's time that our government's views on grizzly bear hunting caught up.
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petros
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Quote: Originally Posted by TecumsehsbonesView Post

Yup. I saw the thread title and thought it was about as stunning and surprising as "Water is Wet in BC!" or "Sun Rises in the East in BC!"

What sun?
 
B00Mer
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p.s. Vote Liberal (external - login to view)

 
petros
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I'm voting Green.
 
B00Mer
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I'm voting Green.

You mean you're throwing your vote away.
 
petros
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Saving the planet is not wasting a vote.
 
B00Mer
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Saving the planet is not wasting a vote.

Oh I'm all for saving the planet..

But action and spending your money on new tech.. oh and voting Liberal so we all still have jobs.




 

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