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Tuesday, July 01, 2008

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 flacks media.

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.


Blogger BC Mary said...


I can hardly believe my eyes! You've found a whole Greek chorus of "journalists" singing the praises of BC Premier Gordon Campbell! Such close harmony, too! Were they scripted, ya think? It kinda has the Public Affairs Officers' hallmark, hasn't it?*

So far today, I have read only The Globe and Mail but Gary Mason has succeeded in raising my blood pressure a notch or two. His column for July 1 is headed: A Canada Day resolution: Don't let the pliticians do your thinking for you. [Pshaw, we know that the newz media would never help politicians do such a thing!)

Gary then tries to do our thinking for us, as he writes "B.C. Premier Gordon Campbell ... deserves enormous credit for the bold steps he's taken on the climate-change file.

"And it would be a shame if he rescinded the carbon tax because of a well-orchestrated but morally bankrupt campaign led by the NDP Opposition ..."

I think the NDP are do-nothing lay-abouts, fearful of doing the wrong thing, but "morally bankrupt"? Come on, Gar. Your bias is showing.

He concludes his propaganda by saying "If I could urge Canadians to do something [I have the strange feeling he wanted to write FORCE instead of urge] in the next few months, it would be this: Don't let politicians do your thinking for you." And from the guy who questions the right of citizens to ask questions about how we lost BC Rail, this concluding zinger: ARM YOURSELF WITH KNOWLEDGE SO WHEN THEY COME AND TRY TO SNOW YOU FOR GRASS POLITICAL GAIN, YOU CAN CALL THEM ON IT. There's too much at stake to do otherwise."

So OK, let's call Gary Mason on it. Let's ask him to tell us, for starts, how twinning the Port Mann Bridge and building a 4-lane Perimeter Highway to an expanded Deltaport, can be done without massive increases in carbon emisions? Or how the Sea-to-Sky Highway is less of a carbon footprint than the passenger service on BCRail would have been?

*Did you know that while he was under a media monitoring, Public Affairs contract (on top of his regular job), Dave Basi had made the arrangements to have a load of manure delivered to the front lawn of a BC Federation of Labour president's front lawn? Bill Tieleman made the definitive comment on that. Bill said "I always knew the BC Liberals were full of b.s. but I didn't know they made home deliveries."


Tuesday, July 1, 2008 at 12:35:00 PM PDT  
Blogger G West said...

Well Koot, it's not surprising Jaccard loves the Campbell Tax - he designed the pointless policy behind it to rejig the Premier's green dye job!

Again, I'd like to hear how Jaccard and his friend Andrew Weaver at UVic can explain how 2.3121 cents (or whatever they've fixed on today) will achieve the kind of behavior modification that 30+ cents/litre hasn't.

Especially since the money just (by law) sloshes around Victoria for a while and then must - again by law - be refunded in the form of more tax cuts...which, as we and everyone BUT George Bush, Gordon Campbell and Pee Wee Rambo know won't work.

Apparently, Jessica McDonald gets phone calls from the green premier at all times of the day and night and on weekends to take down feverish notes of the CEO's next batch of 'great' ideas for the province.

Heaven help us: There's something in that too - besides the scary thought that 'everything' that happens in government in BC emanates from the Premier's 'frontal' lobes. I guess we can take some comfort in the fact that Kevin Falcon isn't Premier!

No wonder we're in such a mess!

Interesting column from Paul Krugman in the NYTimes this morning.

I think we could pull this little quote from Krugman, make the necessary changes, and apply it equally aptly to the green premier:

Over all, Mr. Bush will be lucky to leave office with a net gain of five million jobs, far short of the number needed to keep up with population growth. For comparison, Bill Clinton presided over an economy that added 22 million jobs.

And what does Mr. Bush have to say about this dismal record? “I think when people take a look back at this moment in our economic history, they’ll recognize tax cuts work.” Clueless to the end.

Always good to see a new post from you Koot!

Monday, July 7, 2008 at 9:47:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Gary E said...

Hi Kootcoot. I just have to say this. It goes with your title.
Campbell wouldn't know the truth if it jumped up and bit him in the ass.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008 at 2:11:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

'Apparently, Jessica McDonald gets phone calls from the green premier at all times of the day and night and on weekends to take down feverish notes of the CEO's next batch of 'great' ideas for the province.'
Depending on how many mai tai's he has had. Only explanation for some of the assinine ideas coming out of that man.

Monday, July 14, 2008 at 9:01:00 PM PDT  

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