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 carried the story. The author, Dan Levin, told Global News :

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 , “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
 
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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 Cdn View 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 Cdn View 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 Twila View 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 Cdn View 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 taxslave View 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..






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).

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.
- John E. Marriott Wildlife and Nature Photography
 
petros
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Quote: Originally Posted by Tecumsehsbones View 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

 
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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tay
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Jerry Dias views the B.C. NDP's plan for a $15 minimum wage

Against a backdrop of B.C. Premier Christy Clark increasingly being portrayed as a premier for the wealthy, the NDP in the province has rightly put forward policies aimed at directly helping working people.

Beyond the minimum wage plan, the B.C. NDP is calling for $10-a-day child care, low-income housing, help for renters, no-interest student loans, improvements to social assistance and other measures aimed at helping working people in the face of a widening wage gap that threatens our social fabric.

Young people who have done everything right -- gone to school, got the training, done volunteer work to make themselves more attractive to employers and improve their skills -- still find themselves stuck in casual or contract work with diminishing hope of building a decent life, let alone a decent future. It has to stop. We can and must do better.

In British Columbia, where the race for the May 9 provincial election is heating up, the NDP has called for a $15 minimum wage in the province by 2021. This is a good move, and one that progressive people across Canada should get behind.

A recent study by the Institute for Research on Public Policy , for instance, found that while Canadian incomes rose 13.5 per cent between 1982 and 2010, "that growth was strikingly uneven." Those with an income in the bottom 90 per cent saw their income rise by a meager two percentage points over that period. At the other end of the spectrum, those in the top 10 per cent enjoyed an increase of more than 75 per cent. Those in the top one-tenth of the one per cent saw a whopping 160 per cent income increase.

Such increasing disparity is not sustainable, which is why the policies of the NDP in this B.C. election are so welcome.

Elsewhere in the country, progressive people are working to improve the lives of those left behind by the policies of the past. We have already seen the benefits and success for working people by the leadership of Rachel Notley's NDP government who have taken bold and necessary steps to address the minimum wage of workers, and the needs of the community by investing increased funding in education and health to maintain public services.

Another good example is Jagmeet Singh, deputy leader of the Ontario NDP, who is calling for stronger protections for temporary workers -- including equal pay for equal work, a ban on so-called temporary jobs that end up being long-term gigs but remain officially temporary, and the elimination of unfair fees by temp agencies.

B.C. NDP's Pledge To Raise Minimum Wage Sets Example For Nation*|*Jerry Dias
 
B00Mer
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Tay wants another FastCat Fiasco... with the NDP in charge..

 
tay
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Tay wants another FastCat Fiasco... with the NDP in charge..

ummmmm.....no. I have nothing to do with BC politics. I just posted an article related to their election..........
 
tay
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The rise of haves and have-nots is particularly acute in B.C., where skyrocketing housing prices have left more people behind as the issue shapes the campaign, writes Justine Hunter

In this provincial election, inequality is not the stuff of stump speeches: NDP Leader John Horgan talks about affordability, and Liberal Leader Christy Clark is promising tax breaks for the middle class. But inequality is shaping the campaign in many ways, from the debate around housing costs, to questions about whether the wealthy have an outsized influence on politics through campaign contributions.

The widening gap in income and wealth is not a story exclusive to British Columbia. Inequality is growing across Canada and throughout much of the Western world. But in B.C. in particular, it is not only that the 1 per cent are getting richer faster than anyone else. In B.C.’s urban centres, those who happened to buy a home before the boom are the new class of “haves.” Those who did not are struggling with insecure housing, and are increasingly angry about the growing divide.

The BC Liberals and the New Democratic Party offer different paths forward on the issues raised by growing inequality.

Why is inequality growing?

Mr. Heisz is one of the 27 leading economists and experts who contributed to the 2016 book Income Inequality: The Canadian Story, published by the Institute for Research on Public Policy says

B.C.
 
B00Mer
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We get it tay, you're voting NDP. It's a democracy , but the Liberals will win AGAIN.
 
pgs
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Quote: Originally Posted by B00Mer View Post

We get it tay, you're voting NDP. It's a democracy , but the Liberals will win AGAIN.

Are you sure ? Do you remember Davy and Glen ?
 

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