Gordon Campbell Speaks
How Campbell Stole Canada Day!
Direct from today's (Canada Day) Vancouver Sun:
Oh my, the carbon tax era starts July 1! It's a new kind of Canada Day.
......./snippety doo dah
How will all the good folks in the boonies be able to drive their pickups to those high-paying jobs in B.C.'s new natural-gas patch? Suberbanites are so angry, it seems, they're ready to abandon B.C.'s green premier and flock to New Democratic Party leader Carole James in the next election.(Being an amateur I won't deign to correct Milo's spelling-kc)
Don't worry though, Milo Cernetig rescues us from this fantasy with the following:
Now, if you really believe all of the nonsense above, I've got some shares in the Lion's Gate Bridge you might want to buy.
Of course Milo should perhaps be more careful in his choice of examples of the outrageous as any sane person should realize that Gordon Campbell would privatize and capitalize the Lion's Gate Bridge in ONE HOT SECOND, if he thought it would fly. Nothing would fit the BC liaR's Party ideology better than the Lion's Gate Bridge under private (preferably American or German) ownership.
Indeed in his own way Gordon Campbell has perhaps done more for the future sovereignty of BC (and maybe the rest of Canada) than most. The more of British Columbia's assets he can transfer to American corporate control, the less likely the American Corporate Elite (who after all call the shots) will be to have BC NOT BE a foreign country. If BC became a part of (shudder) Amerika, then their holdings in streams, mineral and gas deposits and railroads, to scratch the surface, would beome subject to that pesky and nosy Internal Revenue Service. After all the motto is keep as much of one's wealth offshore as possible, and if it originates elsewhere, so much the better.
The Amazing Part or When Campbell Didn't Lie!
Gordon Campbell gave a lengthy "interview" to the Vancouver Sun, last Thursday. I put the word interview in quotes to signify my curiosity how this "interview" differs from the more normal idea of the boss issuing direction to his flacks. But then I guess normally there are a couple of those infamous OIC appointees in "Public Relations" who can handle the day to day direction of the
Anyway, the way I read the interview Campbell did everything but shout from the roof tops that the whole "carbon tax" thingie was just a ploy to justify his appropriation of Kermits green costume a year and a half ago, or so. In the intervening 18 months it has become apparent that a couple of adjective laced speeches just didn't constitute an environmental policy and something a little more........well, actual would be required. So voila! Welcome to Canada Day and my new tax to discourage the masses from using gasoline. If the price doubling in four years or going up 50% in four months won't do it, 2.3+ cents per liter surely will.
But wait Campbell told the Sun that:
"It's really about growing people's paycheques," he said, adding the tax will be met with a series of tax cuts that make it revenue neutral.
"So ask people if they think we should tax pollution, reduce their income tax, and help grow their paycheques? I think they'd generally say yes," he added.
So really it is just another "tax cut" courtesy of the liberals and extremely compatible with their basic ideology that "taxes are bad," disguised as environmental policy and oh yeah, it isn't really really a tax. Well it certainly doesn't address pollution, I'll give him that one. Somehow the right wing wankers have convinced most or enough of the voting public that ALL TAXES ARE BAD. Never mind the fact that taxes pay Mr. Campbell's inflated salary, and oh yeah, build schools, pay teachers, build highways, hire police, provide health care and so forth.
How the CBC Helped Change Canada Day to Campbell Day!
Gordon Campbell himself laid the groundwork to turn Canada Day into Campbell Day by scheduling his gas tax fo kick in today. Maybe he thought everyone would either be too buried in their unexpected riches from their Climate Change Dividend or too covered in Bar-B-Que sauce to notice. But the whole smozzle is a perfect example of the old idea that its the thought that counts. Considering what has been happening to gas prices at the pump, Gordon's little grab is little more than an insult, especially to those in the province who don't have the option of transit or hibernating for the winter on Maui to avoid heating bills.
CBC BC, as usual for a holiday, let one of the regional morning shows cover the whole province so the others (I presume) could enjoy the holiday with their families. Today we were all blessed with the Early Edition, thankfully without its regular host Eric Clough. The Early Edition decided to make the whole morning a call in about
Kermit's Campbell's gas tax that kicked in overnight. There were enough callers who praised the gas tax to wonder if all of those OIC PR types got a holiday today or not. But more to the point was the caller from MacKenzie who said that like ninety percent of his town, he was out of work and could hardly afford to drive anywhere, already. That was especially distressing for him, as his mother was in hospital in Prince George (thanks to the BC Liberals, I presume, who don't think anyone should be hospitalized anywhere near home if that can be avoided) and he couldn't really afford to drive there to visit her. If they are as well served as we are here, then I don't imagine he has lots of (environmentally friendly or otherwise) options. I think I can get to Kelowna in TWO DAYS by bus, but haven't checked it out - I can drive there in a few hours.
The absolute JaccardAss winner of the morning though was Marc Jaccard, who is apparently considered some kind of expert, who responded to a caller from the hinterlands who felt that we country mice were being treated unfairly. Mr. Jaccard who seems to be the President of the Society to Annoint Gordon Campbell Savior of the Planet, even more than The Governator, pointed to the real losers in all of this. I can hardly type this, but they who suffer the most from Mr. Campbell's environmental policy are, are you ready for this? THE RICH. Those poor, poor rich folks and their fleets of luxury cars and SUVs and boats and the need to feed them not only gas, but often high quality EXPENSIVE gas. Mr. Jaccard put the whole issue into a new perspective for me and I guess I will go pray now for those hard done by rich folk and their Jet-Skis that I certainly hope don't have to do without any fuel, due to hardship.