Letter to the Premier of BC re 2012

Dear Premier,

I am sure you are overwhelmed with advice and suggestions from political pundits, journalists or lobbyists all paid to bend your mind in their favour, and with little interest in the people and families of BC. Here then are some thoughts from someone who is just a BC resident for you to consider (maybe) in this new year stretching ahead of us.

It is often said that health care costs are becoming too large a part of the provincial (and I suppose federal) budget, and my thought on this is that as you decrease the revenue, by decreasing or eliminating major corporate taxes, then inevitably the health care cost increases (even though in fact relatively meager) become a larger percentage of the decreased available budget. But then so does the cost of each MLA and the attendant staff for them. The point here is that even if health care costs were to remain static, their proportion in a decreasing pie increases upwards. The percentage tells only that there is a falsehood in announcing that health care costs are increasingly too high. No – the pie is being made too small.

I am a simple man without any degrees in economics but I do know that if my expenses outstrip my income I am heading for trouble. In fact I am now old enough that I should be able to survive without having to work, but it appears that I will still be working when I reach 8o simply to be able to eat and pay my MSP premium now increased to $64 per month, thank you. The other alternative is to borrow against the future and that incurs interest on the monies borrowed. This is what BC is doing and foolishly you are paying way too high compounding interest to commercial, probably international, banks instead of using the Bank of Canada. In fact you have told municipalities which borrowing organizations they should use have you not? and they do not include the Bank of Canada.

How often I have heard politicians of all stripes saying we have to lower or eliminate corporate taxes to invite investment in our country or province, and that to me is absurd. We have resources that the world needs and people who can and will work hard. I say to those corporations: “Come and get them and pay a fair share for them”. We have water we are giving away to resource developments which will poison our headwaters and eventually all our rivers, aquafers and lakes and then what will we use to drink and to irrigate our farms? But by then all our water will be owned and controlled by French companies through CETA ( and you had better believe they will not allow free access to “their” water for hydraulic fracturing for instance) , but we will still have the same problem and that is: how do you get around a toxic water supply?

It would seem to me that any company wishing to invest in a province would like to know foremost that the province is financially sound not going broke, and able to provide the manpower and services they will require. It is said that if you build a better mouse trap the world will buy it, in the same way BC can and should be a place where being a partner in prosperity for ALL is a requirement, not just a place that allows itself to be plundered for the sake of a dollar or two profit to outsiders.

Everything stems from a healthy budget which in turn means healthy revenues from ALL participants in our province not just the working stiffs.

Ms. Clark, the Bank of Canada was designed to help the Federal and Provincial governments and even the municipalities to avoid the high compounding interest of the commercial banks you are using now to cover your budgetary shortfalls. I recommend that you use the Bank of Canada to benefit us all today and help us establish a financially strong and vibrant BC for our children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Your so called “work plan” seems to revolve around drilling, digging or “fracking” things from the ground and shipping the result along with raw logs to Asia and that really does us a lot of good doesn’t it? How about manufacturing some things Ms. Clark? We used to do that once and used B C people to do it . Now we only use people to dig and cut and then to ship raw materials overseas just so we can get those loaded container ships sent back here again with those same raw materials changed into cheaply made goods as it shows in your TV ads. Shouldn’t we be sending those containers back loaded with BC made products?

The BC Green plan is and always was a double standard and simply a Campbell/Liberal con game. If you add a carbon tax on fuels, and then use that tax to promote coal, gold and copper mines, as well as oil and gas exploration – including drilling in the Georgia Straight and up through the Charlottes ! – all of which are many times more carbon intensive and destructive than automotive fuels then there is an obvious self-defeating effect. With your tax exemptions and subsidies to the resource sector this carbon tax is paid for largely by the people who have to use cars because public transport is soo poor everywhere except perhaps Vancouver. Everyone knows that a certain amount of carbon is necessary for healthy forests and plant life and for healthy oceans. It is the commercial excesses and by products that are the main problem along with their attending toxic gasses and liquids. The fact is Ms. Clark that the only real beneficiaries of carbon taxes are corporations such as Goldman Sachs who corner the market in carbon futures and make a financial fortune without producing or doing anything of value. Surely you understand that the unproductive oil futures are what causes the price at the pumps and heating fuels to be so high? What we really need is a pollution tax exempted from any futures plan. So let’s have a REAL Green plan, not some flimflam mumbo jumbo.

Finally, Ms. Clark, Premier of BC, the biggest capital that BC has is not in the ground, but is above it in the form of the people of BC.

We are BC.

We are the past, present and future of BC and until politicians such as yourself not only recognize that but act upon it, BC has little of real value to offer the country or the world except to be open to the exploitation of our resources.

It’s not rocket science Ms Clarke, but rather common sense, which seems to have but little value today in the Canadian political worlds.

Please instead of expensive American and Harper style attack ads against your opponents, why not concentrate on BC and our real problems and fix them. That in itself would serve you much better in the eyes of those whose votes you are seeking. We are all tired of attack ads which indicate we are fearful children unable to think for ourselves.


An extra 30 MPs is good for what? or whom?


Well like in so many other things Dictator Harper has rammed through his Bill C-20 to enlarge the House of Commons by 30 more MPs at a financial cost of about $100 million per election cycle and with only one thing to actually show for it.

Less representation for the people of Canada.

How can that be you may ask, well its actually very simple.
There is already no time for most MPs to represent what they think their constituents may think or feel, never mind what their party does, and closure is called more often than not, so where are the extra 30 voices going to be heard? And how can this extra number of MPs jostling for time be either fair, representative or even loosely democratic.

Oh wait a minute, they will probably all be CPC voices so it doesn’t matter, it’s just extra bums getting off the back benches to vote as instructed by Harper when the time comes.

This is another example of sleight of hand where the object is not allowed to be examined to carefully lest the public see what is really going on here.

Have you ever played “Find the Queen” ? well that is what’s going on here

Let it be said that I have nothing against real representation and would applaud it if it were happening here in Canada. It is not and will not under Harper, and with more MPs it will just get worse.

The financial shell game being played on Canadians is absolutely appalling. We
have the ability to be debt free in the eyes of the world, no compounding interest to international banks, no debt to the IMF, World Bank or Bank of International Settlements. Just a debt to ourselves through the Bank of Canada, and any interest we were charged by the BOC would be paid back to us again; so simple and so pure and yet so unfriendly to the IMF, etc., that we would never be allowed to do it.. The last country that tried to do this (Libya) Canada helped bomb into destruction and killed the leader at the behest of those same banks. In fact we “lead” the mission, if doing the bidding of the IMF, USA, Israel etc., can be called leading.


Back to those extra 30 MPs.

How can more be better in a restricted time and place?

Is quantity better than quality?

Is force better than serious contemplation?

Silly questions to ask the CPC as they have no voice,.

Silly questions to ask Harper because he will not answer.

Can you imagine Question Period with an extra 30 MPs to drown out questioners and hurl jeers and smears at them?

I have suggested to the opposition leaders that as question period does not elicit any real answers from any minister, including the head one, in this Harper Government that they should just get up and walk out for the 45 minutes of oral questions and do some work in their offices for their constituents instead of wasting time at a verbal bun fight.

That would be the day !

Meanwhile we are now stuck with an extra $100 million to be found, and you know that is coming from the pockets of the working stiffs, not the corporations who are getting yet another tax gift.


What’s in a name?

What’s in a name?

The Chretien Government for example was called that by the media, MPs of all sides and the people of Canada specially those who could not bear the thought of a Liberal Government.

I have not been able to find where that name went any further than what was really a nickname.

The “Harper Government” on the other hand has letter head for governmental communications, instructions from the PMO to refer to the government as the Harper Government, and of course media branding as well. All back benchers for the government refer to “our” government or even “this conservative” government and I feel sure that is because they cannot use the name Harper in the House.

So why am I going through this exercise?

Well I suppose it is because the Harper Government does not reflect the views, morals or concerns of the Canadian People either here at home or to the world generally. I have no need I think to list where we have lost our way internationally, but I believe it is because the Harper Government is based completely on an ideology which is in turn based on international corporate needs and regulations, and trade deals that are not in Canada’s best interests, nor those of the Canadian People.

So I reluctantly acknowledge that the government we currently have is not the Government of Canada, but is indeed the Harper Government. In a way I am glad because I would hate to think that any Government of Canada would openly and proudly use its military to destroy another country (Libya) simply because the corporate IMF told it to do so.
I would hate to think that a Government of Canada would be so inept as to be unable to get a seat on the security council of the UN; nor so determined to sabotage and disrespect the world’s attempts to get some control over climate change simply to protect a filthy development in Alberta.

For these reasons and others too numerous to list here I would say that on May 2nd we elected for better or worse a majority “Conservative” Government for Canada, based on election lies, contempt and disrespect for the Canadian People. However we did not elect a “Harper Government” and frankly I refuse to acknowledge that this Harper Government is in fact the Government of Canada.
As we are stuck with this Harper Government which is determined to completely change Canada as we have known it, by its leader’s boast, let them do their worst as we cannot stop them, but let it be known that the damage is being done by the Harper Government, not the Government of Canada.