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Thursday, December 09, 2010

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Recall Ida Chong

The Republican Party in the failing state to our south has, at least since the reign of Ronnie Raygun, been highly successful at getting large portions of the electorate to vote against their own interests by a combination of outright lies and cunning exploitation of wedge issues. While being faithful to their real constituency (and owner operators) the rich and the corporate elite, they manage to also gain the support of the same coal miners whose lives are put at risk by the de-regulation policies dear to their real constituency. They sweep elections among the rednecks of southern states who if lucky - work for minimal wages - and if not so lucky are unemployed because of the wholesale shipment of their jobs overseas where children and other unfortunates will do the work even cheaper. They even get away with cutting off unemployment benefits to those whom their policies have thrown out of work and making assistance either inaccessible or too meagre because well - it's Un-American after all. Besides, a gay couple MIGHT live next door!

Here in BeeCee the BC LIEberals, and for today's discussion Ida Chong and Phil Hochstein, successfully sing from the same Karl Rove copyrighted playbook to the devastation of most of the people in the province, including their own supporters and/or members.

Ida Chong lies almost as easily as she breathes when she tells the folks of Oak Bay -Gordon Head that the recall campaign launched against her is an NDP plot or that it has nothing to do with removing the HST. For starters, the current NDP couldn't run a successful plot to take over a cub scout troop and besides, nobody can or will even say where the party (at least under the James Gang) stands on the HST or what they would do about it if they had the power to do anything. Ida does speak the truth (it must be an accident) when she says that all a successful recall in her riding will do is vacate her seat and force a bye election. However this is Bill VanderZalm and the anti-HST forces strategic next step in trying to eliminate the hated tax. With the government having ignored the wishes of the people, Mr. Fantastic is now moving to pick off LIEberal MLAs one by one until they smarten up and actually act on the wishes of the 700,000 who signed the petition or until the government falls by attrition. Personally I think there are better reasons to take down (and arrest and prosecute) the Campbell government, but hey, I'll go along with whatever works.

Phil "I wish I could make piles of money in construction without having to pay any construction workers at all" Hochstein is an even more nasty piece of work, making Ida seem almost seem like some sweet girl guide. He has picked up the mantle from his predecessor Kerkoff and spends every waking hour trying to destroy unions and degrade the quality of life for working people everywhere. But the following press release from the anti-HST group clearly describes the despicable depths of duplicity and outright betrayal of his own dues paying members that he will go to in his effort to have British Columbia be the first jurisdiction in the western/developed world to return to a feudal society. As I often can't seem to refrain from doing I will highlight parts that I find particularly illuminating.


Vander Zalm: Business lobby group is targeting canvassers and voters in smear campaign in a bid to try to stop Recall and save the HST

VICTORIA (December 9, 2010) – Fight HST Leader Bill Vander Zalm is calling for a province wide boycott of the businesses and members of the Independent Contractors and Business Association of BC (ICBA) for their attack campaign directed at the canvassers working to Recall Oak Bay-Gordon Head MLA Ida Chong.

Vander Zalm says the ICBA, led by their president Phil Hochstein, are trying to smear canvassers in the riding and intimidate voters from signing the Recall petition with deliberately misleading comments in an advertising campaign funded by their members from across BC. He says a series of ads, together with a web site called “” encourages voters not to sign the petition because doing so “means giving your name, your signature, and your phone number to people you don’t know”.

“That is a ludicrous statement given that Elections BC requires this information and given that canvassers are required by law not to use the voters’ information for any other purpose but Recall,” said Vander Zalm. “It’s just pure intimidation.”

Since I posted this piece, a commentor pointed out just to what degree these venal excuses for humans, especially Hochstein, will distort, twist and downright turn the truth on its head to suit their venal agenda.
Anonymous said...
Conveniently forgotten in the Phil Hochstein claim that peoples' privacy is "at risk" with recall petitioners is the fact that Elections BC gives a voters list to recall proponents after they file.

They already have the information.

And are bound by the law to keep it confidential.

Back to the press release:
Vander Zalm says the ICBA goes further by smearing the citizens conducting the Recall, describing them as an “army”, “disgraced”, “fringe”, “defeated”, and “opportunists”, and then saying “Do these sound like the types of people you want to hand your personal information over to?”

“It is unbelievable that the members of the ICBA would see fit to attack the citizens of BC by funding a massive advertising campaign to stop Recall and to try to save the HST,” said Vander Zalm. “Especially when many of their contractors, roofers, new home builders, renovators and trades people who sell directly to the public have been hurt by the HST and our efforts are actually helping them.”

“You’d think they would be cheering us on, but instead they are spending mega dollars to attack the democratic process with misleading ads and deliberate smears designed to scare people.”

Vander Zalm says his group has published a list of the members of the ICBA on the Fight HST web site and will be sending it out to the Fight HST supporters list of over 7,000 members with instructions to create a viral campaign across BC using the internet. He is encouraging all British Columbians to cancel any jobs or contracts they have lined up with ICBA businesses and to seek alternative companies to work with.

“Companies like Able Roofing Contractors; Gabe’s Painting and Decorating; and Howell Electric in Kamloops, Canpro Construction; Four Flower Enterprises; PBS Contracting and Soare Contracting in Victoria, as well as hundreds of others around the province are supporting this attack campaign,” said Vander Zalm.

We don’t have the big money of these groups, so we can only counter their efforts by suggesting a boycott. Hopefully, the ICBA members will come to their senses and let Mr. Hochstein know they don’t agree with the use of their membership dues for such a purpose.”
Vander Zalm says the ICBA has donated over $325,000 to the BC Liberals since 1996. “We challenge Mr. Hochstein to tell British Columbians just how much of his members’ money he is planning to spend to defeat the Recall.”

Vander Zalm notes that Hochstein has gone on record saying there are no limits on his groups’ spending against Recall.

“They’ve found another loop hole in the Recall legislation and are using it to act as a conduit for the BC Government to attack the Recalls. The big business lobby went to bat for the BC Liberals during the petition by trying to strike it down in court and lost. Now they’re trying again with a mega bucks ad campaign designed to subvert the ‘equal spending’ rules for proponents and opponents.”

Vander Zalm is calling on all of the BC Liberal leadership candidates to say where they stand on what he describes as an “abuse of the Recall process.”

“It is totally unfair and undemocratic. The ICBA must be held to account by the people, and refusing to do business with ICBA member companies is the most effective way to do that,” concluded Vander Zalm.

To see the almost sixty page list in .pdf format, click on the live link or paste in the actual link below.

ICBA Members List:

Except for the really big construction companies who build bridges, highways, dams and other big money infrastructure, more and more of which come from outside of BC if not Canada and profit more the less they can pay the workers (temporary virtually indentured foreign workers being the most desirable when possible of course)- the HST hurts most smaller contractors and will force even more residential construction and reno work underground. I always felt there was a real correlation between the beginning of the major attack on union, especially construction/trades unions, in the Bennett the Lesser years and the leaky condo crimes that too many people are still having to deal with and of course today we've gotten to the point where new bridges need to be shut down and repaired with in months of opening (Hi Kelowna!).

There are only a handful of companies on the ICBA list in the Kootenays and most of them are in the far eastern part that may as well be part of "right to work" Alberta. The only two I could find to boycott in the Central/West Kootenay region are:

E. Verigin Consultants
Castlegar, BC
Services: consulting

Esteem Administrative Services
Montrose, BC
Services: employment services — specialty services

But then around here we almost never send treasonous BC liaRs to Victoria to represent our interests, because we learned in 2001, with Air Blair Suffredine that they only represent the interests of Gordon Campbell and his Howe Street constituency!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Get ready, this is only the beginning.The Liberal Crime Family and their henchmen have no depth to which they will sink to hold on to dominance and why not, the MSM just further report their lies as actuality. Honourable and decent people in this province should realize that this disreputable congregation are like a multi-headed serpent and they're going to come at them from a lot of different directions and they're not going to let a little thing like factualness get in their double-dealing way.

Thursday, December 9, 2010 at 2:57:00 PM PST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Conveniently forgotten in the Phil Hochstein claim that peoples' privacy is "at risk" with recall petitioners is the fact that Elections BC gives a voters list to recall proponents after they file.

They already have the information.

And are bound by the law to keep it confidential.

Thursday, December 9, 2010 at 3:02:00 PM PST  
Blogger Gary E said...

I noticed that the sto recall website doesn't leave room for comment. Guess we'll have to hack it.

Thursday, December 9, 2010 at 3:15:00 PM PST  
Anonymous BC Mary said...

Hi Koot,

Nice work ... and on a lousy subject. It's another one of those things which makes the name Julian Assange and his Wikileaks leap to mind.

I'm having a Techie Moment (or two) lost in cyberspace (as you may have guessed) ... and just before I was taken, I was finishing up a posting from Salt Spring News on the topic of Wikileaks and the release of "secret" documents.

If possible (she asks, scuffing toe, wringing hands) could you retrieve that DRAFT posting and post it for me? Please and a big Thank You, if you can do that. I think others may like to see the collected comments on Wikileaks gathered by SSN.

Much love,


Thursday, December 9, 2010 at 3:37:00 PM PST  
Anonymous Tony Gramsci said...

So...all these companies..they protection money to Big Phil?

Thursday, December 9, 2010 at 4:07:00 PM PST  
Blogger kootcoot said...

Good one Tony!

Yeah, they make the payment to Big "Nose" Phil and he protects them from having to pay union wages, provide decent working conditions or worry about safty.

If you join Big Nose's premium plan he can get you some almost free temporary foreign workers that moonlight elsewhere for food!

Thursday, December 9, 2010 at 4:58:00 PM PST  
Anonymous Tony Gramsci said...

yeah ..yeah I`m beginnin` ta get it..then like the Patrick K guy sets the blackshirts on `em..a y` persuasion...rock `em sock `em hockey like..hey who don`t like a little hockey.. These boys got quite a operation goin` here...hey anything goes in dis place..I like it..the ole boyz really got `er all sewed up pretty all the angles..know what I`m sayin`?

Thursday, December 9, 2010 at 5:32:00 PM PST  
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Thursday, December 9, 2010 at 10:23:00 PM PST  
Anonymous e,.a.f. said...

Now Mr. H.'s comments are rather intersting. Ms. Clark has made comments about having the M.L.A.s vote on it if she is the new leader. So does Mr. H. believe some one other than Ms. Clark will be the next lieberal leader and who is he financely backing?
Of course some would argue the liberal m.l.a.s voted for the HST so why would the vote against it if Ms. Clark becomes leader. Its really easy, its her loyalty test for the liberal m.l.a.s Those who do not follow her instructions will be seen going down the road.
Mr. H. well he has his own agenda and why shouldn't Mr. Vander Zalm have his. Mr. H. wants lower wages so he can make more money. A lot of the hst opponents want to keep money in their pockets because their wages are at $8 an hr and they need to feed their children and heavens above buy them some christmas gifts.
I do hope Mr. H and his crew loose their "investment" and truly rot in hell.
The HST just makes life more difficult for those who are at the bottom of the economic scale. The HST contributes to B.C. continuing to have the highest child poverty rate in Canada.
If people have to pay HST on things they didn't before, then they have less money to spend on food and clothing for their children.
So my question to Mr. H. would be, what is more important: your profit margin or children being feed and clothed properly?

Friday, December 10, 2010 at 1:07:00 AM PST  
Anonymous BC Mary said...

Big THANK YOU, Koot.

Looks as if Assante's thesis will go world-wide. And that's a good discussion to be having these days.

The B.C. PABsters seem to be floundering right now, don't you think, as they try different approaches, different mouthpieces, different disguises. Me, I think we (collectively) have learned an awful lot in the past 9 years ... sorta got ourselves street-proofed.

I hadta laugh when the British prime minister broadcast to the world that it wasn't a police error which caused Chas & Camilla to be swarmed and splashed unceremoniously -- it was, you understand, the bad people who were protesting. Next guy up asks: "What were the London Police thinking when they allowed C&C to use the wrong car, in the wrong place, at precisely the wrong time? Weren't they hired to protect the royals??"

Now, if Lara Dauphinee turns out to be a direct descendant of French Royalty, as some say, then ... wouldn't her regal status trigger a special police category of protection?

Oh. ... it has already done that ... !

Friday, December 10, 2010 at 8:02:00 AM PST  
Anonymous Leah said...

Let's not forget that Hochstein has paid over a million dollars on behalf of his liberal buddies in the form of anti-NDP ads during the last 2 elections too. He's a piece of work ain't he?

And to think he got his start cuz of the NDP. Pffftttttt!!

It's all good though...what goes around, comes around. Payback is a real bitch, and it's on its way back Phil.

Friday, December 10, 2010 at 9:00:00 AM PST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Some people are organizing groups, to e-mail businesses, registered with the ICBA. Some of those businesses, are not even aware the ICBA, are doing a smear campaign. Some business owners, have had losses up to 61%, because of the HST. They don't realize, they are going to be boycotted. I certainly hope, ICBA loses memberships over this. This must be, part of Campbell's crime family, you know, the very dark and dirty ones. That is a requirement to be a Campbell supporter. Very corrupt and very evil.

Sunday, December 12, 2010 at 3:32:00 PM PST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why did the ICBA remove the list of their clients names? However, Hochstein was too late, everyone has the list. I canceled my bathroom reno, because of the HST. I was introduced to the underground. My reno is being done at half the other price I was quoted, for cash. I also found, chickens, eggs, vegetables, meats, a hair dresser, and even home made bread through the underground. So people, boycott the businesses registered, and check for an underground. The USA makes billions off the BC shoppers. Alberta, makes a pretty penny from BC people as well. BC is pretty much a dead province now. Having hydro going up 55%, the HST and the budget tax hikes...The number of children in poverty, took a sharp climb. No x-mas for them, thanks to Hochstein and Campbell. Shame on you.

Monday, December 13, 2010 at 12:58:00 PM PST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Campbell and the ICBA, has caused even more anger towards the BC Liberals. There are hundreds of BC citizens, who will work, to make sure what was done to us by the Liberals, will never happen to us, ever again. We will dedicate ourselves, to keep the BC Liberals vile treachery alive. That, the Liberal ministers and mla's, backed that dirty sod of a Campbell, means they are as filthy as Campbell is. Especially De Jong, who blatantly covered up, and delivered the worst miscarriage of justice, regarding Campbell's corrupt sale of the BCR. Want him as a premier? Want any Liberal a premier, ever again? Not on your Nelly.

Monday, December 13, 2010 at 1:17:00 PM PST  
Anonymous Jon said...

A compiled list of the ICBA Members including the contact details and email addresses (still in progress):

Friday, December 17, 2010 at 12:00:00 PM PST  

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