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The residents of this region are very fortunate, thanks to a previous Government who protected and saved the Fraser Valley Passenger Corridor (Known as the Interurban Corridor) for Passenger Service for the people of B.C., in perpetuity at NO COST! This is THE common sense transportation option READY NOW for the fast growing Fraser Valley, South of the Fraser. The estimated population by 2025 (Provincial statistics) will be 1,313,732.

Want to know the full story and what it looks like? Click on “S. Fraser Community Rail” on the bar above and then click on the video to start. It is a 25 minute professionally produced video by Shaw Cable sponsored by the South of Fraser Community Rail Task Force of 2009 utilizing complimentary helicopter services between the Pattullo Bridge and Chilliwack. It paints the complete picture of what we are missing and what we need!

NOTE: The South of Fraser Community Rail Task Force was terminated by the current Mayor, Jack Froese, in the Township of Langley after I left office in 2011. We can only assume this was per the wishes of the B.C. Liberal Government as they are closely aligned with the current Mayor and were not thrilled by our activity. I also have it on good authority that I am not very popular in CP Rail’s board room, as we renewed the rights for Passenger Service a short four months BEFORE they were due to expire forever. This is probably another reason why the Task Force was not extended. FYI – CP have been large contributors to the B.C. Liberal Party, just saying!     

These passenger rights were protected at the time of the sale of rolling stock and tracks to Itel of Chicago in 1988 the forerunner to Southern Rail. To allow the re-establishing of this service between the Pattullo Bridge and Chilliwack, the passenger rights were renewed on the joint section thanks to B.C. Hydro and South of Fraser Municipal Councils in 2009. These passenger rights, previously unknown, were a very significant find on behalf of the people of B.C.

This corridor was designed for the movement of PEOPLE, goods, services and the opening up of the Fraser Valley (electrification and logging) over 100 years ago, decommissioned over 50 years ago BUT protected for passenger service 29 years ago by the Provincial Government of the day at NO COST!

We are looking at a once in a lifetime opportunity to establish a transportation link who’s net value to the citizens of the Province of B.C. and to specifically the lower mainland is PRICELESS, you do the math.

The Liberals have said no but the NDP have displayed a vision for today into the future in support of setting up a South of Fraser Community Rail Task Force comprised of all transportation stakeholders. This Passenger Rail Corridor would serve the residents of Delta, City of Surrey, Langley City, City of Abbotsford, City of Chilliwack over 1.3 million citizens, the Abbotsford International Airport (530,000 per year) and numerous Industrial Parks. This cost effective service, to and from the Fraser Valley and Vancouver will connect seven post-secondary institutions; Simon Fraser University Surrey Center, Kwantlen Polytechnic University Campuses in Newton, Cloverdale and Langley, Trinity Western University in Langley, the University of the Fraser Valley Abbotsford (UFV) and the Canada Education Park in Chilliwack; The estimated daily student enrollment and staff at these institutions number over 51,000, currently these institutions have inadequate or no transportation services.

All of this, over 99.23km, at a cost that is 1/2 of the proposed cost to go 18km from Surrey Center to Langley City.  

WHY? Here are the Benefits!

Very Cost Effective

99.23 kms from Scott Road to Chilliwack that is HALF the Cost of the projected Surrey Town Center to Langley City (18.1 km) down Fraser Highway!

1/10 the cost per km over Skytrain or Light Rail down Fraser Highway!

99.23 kms from Scott Road to Chilliwack that is FREE to the Province for passenger service (no user fees) unlike the Westcoast Express which costs millions of taxpayer dollars in user fees to Canadian Pacific (CP) per year!

Protects The Environment

Eliminates the need to clear cut a large amount of the Green Timbers Urban Forest in Surrey to run Light Rail down the Fraser Highway as currently planned by Translink!

Protection of the environment, reducing the number of cars within the Fraser Valley air shed. (A well-known major issue for at least 6 months of every year!)

Protection of the environment utilizing NEW European Hydrogen Fuel Cell Technology!

Boosts Economic Growth

Directly BOOSTS economic growth through the low cost movement of residents South of the Fraser!

Direct access to the Abbotsford International Airport for passenger and employment access up and down the valley!

Creation of 1000’s of good paying jobs over a 5 – 10 year implementation plan!

Provides Ease of Movement

Would support and form an integral part of a coordinated and comprehensive transportation network for 1.3 million South of Fraser residents and a combined close to 3 million residents to be able to move between North and West Vancouver, Vancouver out to Chilliwack using Seabus, Skytrain and the latest in Light Rail Technology!

Connecting SEVEN University Campuses and 51,000 Students and Staff South of the Fraser between Surrey and Chilliwack.

Connects 27 Communities, University Campuses, Industrial Parks, Airports and Special Interest venues!

Improves Access to Advanced Education Institutions

There are SEVEN University Campuses South of the Fraser who’s major obstacle today is very limited or NO transportation access for staff and students. A Community Light Rail service from the Pattullo Bridge to Chilliwack would advance student’s access to Post Secondary Institutions. Through a Spine and Rib system (Bus feeder system the same as Sky Train) access would be gained to Simon Fraser University Surrey Center, Kwantlen Polytechnic University Campuses in Newton, Cloverdale and Langley, Trinity Western University in Langley, the University of the Fraser Valley Abbotsford (UFV) and the Canada Education Park in Chilliwack; The estimated daily student enrollment and staff at these institutions currently number over 51,000, with with very limited to no transportation for students and staff.

Promotes Fraser Valley Tourism

Open up the Fraser Valley and it’s vast number of attractions from Parks, Wineries, local annual celebrations, Museums and Heritage Sites to Tourism with access from Vancouver to Chilliwack!

Summary:

It is long past time that we focus our attention on an affordable, effective and state of the art community passenger service in light rail that is featured in most progressive countries throughout the world at a fraction of the cost of Sky Train technology. A NEW (environmentally friendly) Hydrogen driven passenger service network would be an option moving forward. All of this on a corridor that is already in place at NO user cost!

Once again this well established transportation corridor would re-connect the municipalities and Cities of Delta, Surrey, Langley City, Langley Township, Abbotsford and Chilliwack by rail that was decommissioned back in 1950. Remember the NDP initiatives Sea Bus and West Coast Express, they are all popular and still going strong!

DO YOU WANT RAIL PASSENGER SERVICE PATTULLO BRIDGE TO CHILLIWACK ?

VOTE FOR THE NDP CANDIDATE IN YOUR RIDING SOUTH OF THE FRASER ON MAY 9th !

 

RG

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As I said in my previous post the Clark / Coleman B.C. Liberal Government has lost their Moral and Ethical right and ability to govern! Under the leadership (lack of) by Clark / Coleman or Coleman / Clark – they have become Morally and Ethically BANKRUPT!

This is a difficult decision, BUT IT IS THE RIGHT DECISION!

For the record since 1975 I have been a worker, a member, a constituency executive member, a constituency Vice President, a President, Central Campaign Chair, Campaign Chair, a Whistler leadership convention delegate, a Provincial Convention Plenary Chair, fundraiser and a Provincial Candidate, all of this with Social Credit. I was a life member. I had been appointed by Bill Bennett to the Delta Police Board for six years!

My decision to go public with supporting the NDP is THE result of the unending arrogance, bullying, unethical and immoral actions of those in this government. They have taken governance in our Province to a NEW LOW, a place where no self-respecting free enterpriser should be comfortable.

By any measure the B.C. Liberals score the lowest of all time on ETHICS, MORALITY and NOT BEING TRUSTWORTHY!

Now, I have heard from some old friends and allies who want to continue to use the old fear tactic and compare all NDP governments with the same brand in other parts of the country and in our past. Well folks that thinking is bordering on insanity – should we compare this Liberal Government with that of Ontario? Can we compare the Christy Clark Government with that of Bill Bennett NOT even close! As I said in my earlier posts, Governments get far too much blame and credit for their actions. Different regions of our country have been hit economically at different times for different reasons, that is a fact! I am a Conservative federally but contrary to popular belief the problems in Alberta started under the Conservative Party, long before the NDP. That was the case of the Conservatives being in too long, NOT truly renewing, becoming so arrogant that the public said NO MORE!  

So we knew this election campaign was going to get dirty and it is, just look at the Liberal Ads. A tactic that I find reprehensible (and I have seen most) is this truck the Liberals have following the NDP Campaign Bus around with banners and print material full of lies. Well this tactic reflects the panic currently within the Liberal ranks but it is also a reflection on Rich Coleman and his bullying style of politics. Personal attacks on candidates, is that what this campaign has come down to? Disgusting! Coleman is the Liberal Campaign Co-Chair so he must be behind these actions! Bluster, threats and bullying is all this man knows. Given the Liberals actions of dirty politics it reminds me of an incident that I experienced first-hand as a candidate. A look back is in order!

In the infamous Provincial election campaign that I ran in for Social Credit in 1991 we were severely slumping in the polls, so our esteemed Central Campaign, headed by none other than Patrick Kinsella, (remember him, part of the B.C. Liberal group and good friend of Rich Coleman Deputy Liberal Campaign Chair) had an official looking tax invoice sent to ALL residents in the Province of B.C., unknown to any of us candidates before-hand, FIVE DAYS before ELECTION DAY. This very official looking tax notice purported to represent the cost of an NDP Government to each household in the Province SHOULD THE NDP BE ELECTED. Well the reaction was swift and severe. The public stormed our campaign offices throwing THESE NOTICES at our staff (ask my wife), Social Credit was reduced to a rump group of 7 Seats, the NDP were swept into Government and many of us candidates went to war with the Party Executive and the Party insiders of the day AGAINST THE ACTIONS OF THE Central Campaign. (It is interesting that some of those same insiders are still hanging around the B.C. Liberal Party to this day.)

So to today’s actions by the Liberal Government and their campaign of BS, FEAR, BULLYING and INTIMIDATION – All of this fits the B.C. Liberal mentality, their bullying, their fear of defeat and their reputation, all, given his position authored and led by Rich Coleman! They are operating under the theory the best defense is a good offence.

Their Campaign worked in 2013, DON’T let it work in 2017!!

Remember the promises of 2013 about paying down debt – a lie, DEBT increased by over $10 Billion! Remember the promise of a Prosperity Fund fed by Five LNG Plants that would be up and running led by Rich Coleman, “Minister of Gas” – a lie, NOT ONE under construction!

And the B.C. Liberals want to talk about prudent fiscal management? If it wasn’t for lies they would have nothing to say at all!!! They don’t let the truth get in the way of a good story!

Following my previous post’s list and detail of reasons why we shouldn’t vote this corrupt and unethical government in, I will continue adding to that list but first I will remind everyone of the opinion of two other very prominent free enterprisers plus that of the Tyee – just in case you missed the links in the previous post.

Martyn Brown was former B.C. Premier Gordon Campbell’s long serving Chief of Staff, the top strategic advisor to three provincial party leaders, and a former Deputy Minister of Tourism, Trade and Investment in British Columbia. I knew Martin from my days with Social Credit. I have shared a link (below) to one of his six very professional writings on reasons to defeat the B.C. Liberal Government. The following is titled “Prosecuting the B.C. Liberals” published in the Georgia Straight.

http://www.straight.com/news/889391/martyn-brown-prosecuting-bc-liberals

The Tyee – Published a piece titled B.C. Liberal Campbell Falsehoods Scandals, the link is below:

https://thetyee.ca/Opinion/2017/04/03/BC-Liberal-Campbell-Falsehoods-Scandals/?utm_source=daily&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=030417

Rafe Mair former Socred Cabinet Minister – The Common Sense Canadian

http://commonsensecanadian.ca/

A recap of the list of issues in my previous BLOG Post:

Quick Wins Ethnic Outreach Scandal – Resulted in resignations and charges!

“Pay-to-Play” “Best Government Money Can Buy” “Cash for Access” “The Wild West of Canadian Political Cash” – Millions in foreign campaign contributions, broken election laws, RCMP investigating and a Special Prosecutor! “The Wild West of Canadian Political Cash” a claim Rich Coleman called laughable in a display of pure arrogance towards the public. How funny is it now Rich! From the National Post “The Best Government Money Can Buy” B.C.’s donor system is at odds with most of Canada. Quote from Rich Coleman (in Kamloops) “As far as I am concerned we haven’t changed anything, we’re not about to change anything.” Arrogance in it’s purest form, he is a poster boy for arrogance!

Clark received $50,000 per year from the Liberal Party, for what? (She received $300,000.) For being Premier, no she gets paid very well for that. For attending fundraisers, public and private events, that must be the answer. She, Coleman and the gang didn’t see anything wrong with it until the heat was raised and she asked the party to cancel the stipend and replace it with a reimbursement of expenses. Now, one has to wonder what that will total?

American donors banded together and gave $60,000 for Christy Clark to keep the Grizzly Trophy Hunt. Under pressure she recently banned the hunt in the Great Bear Rain Forest, but is still on in the rest of B.C.

Tore up legally binding contract with the Health Employees Union (HEU)! – Broke a duly negotiated contract!

Dismantled legally binding B.C. Teacher’s Federation Contract – 14 years in court, Supreme Court of Canada rules verbally in favor of BCTF in a half an hour (unheard of)!

Misrepresenting facts on energy crisis re Run of River Power – Set up contracts for Run of River Power with contracts costing the Public (YOU) twice the rate of conventional power in a buy back scheme with B.C. Hydro! Making friends wealthy!

Interference and bullying of Municipal Governments and Regional District Board Members: In the Township of Langley on issues such as Mufford Cresc, Brown’s Pit, Landfill on Ag. Land and no P3 as promised to the Public on the Langley Events Center.

Interference and bullying of Municipal Governments on efficiently and effectively managing and running Translink: The Evergreen Line Funding and the Mufford Crescent fight.

Health Firing Scandal: In what has to be the most disgusting acts of this Provincial Government, eight health researchers were fired in 2012, one committed suicide after this government publicly alleged the mishandling of sensitive data and contracting irregularities. The Province stated that every one of them was under RCMP investigation! That turned out to be a lie and much more.

Rich Coleman – In Debate on this year’s “Speech from the Throne” talking about those on Social Assistance; Coleman gives a lecture about poor people in BC – “They are not as poor as people in third world countries”! “A single person on social assistance in BC is double the annual income as a person in the third world”. That was REALLY brilliant Rich, and you are elected to serve the public, all of the public? How disgusting! On property issues and land deals, see our previous post, just saying! Political interference in Municipal politics; Robo Calls, email to Metro Chair over a court appeal case RE Township of Langley (found through FOI and published in a previous BLOG Post) and much more.

When asked why the B.C. Liberals aren’t doing more on housing affordability, here’s what the Minister said “I guess some people just have to get up and whine every day”! I believe there was another comment from Minister Coleman that housing in the lower mainland was not that expensive? Well Minister Coleman you have lost touch with reality!

Obscene amount of taxpayer paid Pre Election Government Ads and funding announcements “Bribing the general public with our own money” – Auditor General states ads are too political, asks for changes. Expenditure on pro Liberal Government paid ads total around $15 million. There is a court challenge against the Liberal Party for repayment of those funds.

B.C. Rail Scandal (Remember that one?) – Liberals tell the public during an election campaign B.C. Rail won’t be sold – after the election they sign a 999 year lease. Yes they treated the public like they were a bunch of idiots. Court case and then a settlement before the case starts, due to a plea deal. Just in time to save some Ministers from having to testify. The smell still hangs over Victoria. FYI according to a report in the Vancouver Sun in 2013, BC Rail still exists with no trains, a short spur line by Roberts Bank and employs 20 executives and staff that collectively made nearly $4 million in 2012. (There is much more to be said on this one)

$3.2 Billion 10 Lane Massey Bridge Tunnel Replacement – With NO consultation or discussion Christy Clark comes out of nowhere promising this now infamous structure just before the 2013 election. Building a 10 lane bridge leading to a four lane highway and road system at an outrageous cost, why? An expansion of the tunnel would come at a fraction of the price.

Kinder Morgan Pipe Line – More Pay to Play / HUGE Environmental Risk – Kinder Morgan donates $771,000 to the B. C. Liberals, low and behold they get approval for the twinning of their Pipe Line which means an increase from 5 tankers a month to 34 per month through our pristine waters and through our harbor!!! The RISK will increase exponentially!

Deletegate – Christy Clarke Government was publicly chastised for their habit of triple deleting emails so as to have NO record of communication that should be available through the Freedom of Information Act.

Under the Liberals B.C. Hydro’s obligations have increased by + $74 Billion – (Rafe Mair / Common Sense Canadian) Under the B.C. Liberals B.C. Hydro’s real debt – including ALL contractual obligations – in constant dollars has increased by 1,337%, from $6 Billion in 2005 to $80.2 Billion today. (This total comes from Hydro’s most recent Annual Report 2016). And these people bill themselves as strong managers of the economy and business?

Under the Liberals True Debt has skyrocketed – (Rafe Mair / Common Sense Canadian) “Here are the real statistics as the B. C. Liberals claim to be delivering “balanced” budgets while the province’s financial obligations increased $72 billion in the last six years, more than the provincial debt in B.C.’s first 135 years! Liberals claim of a balanced budget relies on accounting fashioned to mislead voters. It results in absurd situations such as: keeping B.C. Hydros’ huge debt off the government books while including “dividends” from B.C. Hydro as revenue, although the utility has to borrow the money shifted into provincial accounts; and dividing expenditures into ordinary (operating) and extraordinary (capital) expense, while counting only the former as a budgetary expense.”

Hydro’s debt presents a RISK to B. C.’s credit rating: Moody’s Report!

In the 2013 election campaign, Christy Clark, Rich Coleman and the gang ran on a Debt Free B.C. slogan!

And they are talking about the NDP?

Liberals Post Private Data on their web-site – then accuse NDP of hacking their system: In an unbelievable action Christy Clark blames the NDP for hacking the Liberal Computer system and then finds the Liberals had posted the private data in question on their web-site. She claims that the RCMP will investigate, but after finding out the facts there is NO public apology. She leaves an apology in a phone message. A disgusting act by a Premier, she is in over her head.

Bus Passes for the disabled – On the IMMORAL SIDE the Clark Government clawed back discounted Bus Passes for over 55,000 disabled British Columbians. They had to pay $579. More!

Summary

We could go on and on and on but in closing lets get to the NDP Platform just released. Now remember, as a member of the Free Enterprise movement for decades I have railed against the NDP and their platform. There was always more ammunition than we needed for our attacks. Well I have to tell you that I have gone through this platform in detail and I like what I see. It brings ethics and morality back to Victoria. It brings Fiscal responsibility back recognizing that the Liberals have gutted so many areas of our social infrastructure there is an absolute need to address the now significant shortfall in many areas. But you certainly don’t have to take my word for it, the following is a feature Martyn Brown, Gordon Campbells Chief of Staff wrote in the Georgia Straight. It is titled –

“On balance, John Horgan’s platform works for me” Here is the link –

http://www.straight.com/news/895691/martyn-brown-balance-john-horgans-platform-works-me

We need a government that will agree to take big money and favors for corporate friends out of governance and bring respect back to British Columbia. If you look at the actions of this B.C. Liberal Government that I have listed and detailed over my last BLOG Post and this one, in my opinion there are just too many to ignore. I have bantered back and forth with many on Facebook and continue to hear from some disbelievers that there is too much risk to electing the NDP, I am here to tell you that there is far too much risk to keep this government in office.

Our Province as we knew it and loved it is being fundamentally changed into something I am not proud of. I have done my due diligence, I have gone and met John Horgan, I like what I see and hear. I have been close to a few Premiers and a number of Cabinet Ministers in the past and I believe I can discern qualities in leaders when I see them. He is a quality person, a quality human being, someone I am totally comfortable in supporting. I believe that is saying something! We need your vote in support of the NDP! My family and friends were in shock at first, but are-understanding why I feel so passionately about this issue. It makes for interesting family dinner conversations.

Stay tuned, there is more coming on the Provincial Election shortly!

RG

I am working on a few posts at present that I believe are of significant concern to the Province, the Region and the Municipality, come back often for news of interest to Township residents.

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Our B.C. Liberal Government has lost their Moral and Ethical right and ability to govern…. Enough is Enough! What has been happening in this province under the leadership of Clark / Coleman or Coleman / Clark, take your pick – is nothing short of a Moral and Ethical disaster in EVERY sense of the word! Regular readers of this BLOG will be well aware, but for those that aren’t, I have been a staunch free enterpriser ALL of my voting life! This is a difficult decision, BUT IT IS THE RIGHT DECISION!

Since 1975 I have been a worker, a member, a constituency executive member, a constituency Vice President, a President, Central Campaign Chair, Campaign Chair, a Whistler leadership convention delegate, a Provincial Convention Plenary Chair, fundraiser and a Provincial Candidate, all of this with Social Credit. I was a life member. I had been appointed by Bill Bennett to the Delta Police Board for six years!

I (we) have gone through good times, difficult times and bad times, we tried to deal internally with needed change within our Provincial Party of the day, BUT I have never been so completely disgusted as I am today by the actions and governance of the current B.C. Liberal Government. It is ALL an incestuous game, pitting and protecting friends and insiders against and at the expense of the citizens of the Province of British Columbia. Are we all going to continue to mindlessly and blindly support their continued actions…? I sincerely hope not! It is long past time we put our PROVINCE ahead of Party! 

The Clark / Coleman B.C. Liberal Government is Morally and Ethically bankrupt, unfit to govern this province. Put it another way, they are morally and ethically corrupt!! This election on May 9th will be a referendum on how this government is performing! Does their record (read below) meet your ethical and moral standards? It doesn’t meet mine, it doesn’t come close! Are you willing to compromise your self-respect, you know “hold your nose” to vote for this bunch despite their record! Well we are not!

For those who continue to want to excuse what’s happening with the line “ALL Politicians are the same” – here is a message “We will all be better off as soon as the majority of us voters stiffen our resolve, expectations and demand better government”. I am frankly sick and tired of the seemed willingness to excuse away the actions of an incompetent and self-serving bad government! This group gives Free Enterprise a bad name!

Remember that saying “The definition of Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, expecting different results”!    

Anyone that knows me and my background will be shocked, I am sure. Having said that, they will also remember my stand over the years on ethics – right and wrong! I do not come to this decision easily, but there comes a time when I have to break with the philosophy I truly believe in, in favor of a moral and ethical decision to do what is right. I have said many times throughout my business and political career that I have always been bothered by those extremists who blindly support, left or right, their philosophically favored government of the day and ignore the unethical and immoral actions of a bad government. Well for me, NO longer and I urge my many friends and past supporters who may be surprised by my public stand and disclosure to think very hard about the choice they are being asked to make May 9th 2017 in our upcoming Provincial Election! I can tell you that many close friends feel the same way as I do and will be following suit!

It is interesting that my family originally got involved politically in 1975, joining the Social Credit Party to defeat Dave Barrett of the NDP. I went on to become very active in politics, Municipal, Provincial and Federal. I was a Delta Alderman (1987 – 90) and a Social Credit candidate for Delta North in the infamous election of 1991 and went down to defeat with many very good candidates. That defeat was well deserved as the Social Credit Party had become too arrogant, very much like but not nearly as bad or even close to the current B.C. Liberal Government.

The age old arguments of instilling fear about voting for the NDP is still being used to this day. I used it back in the day BUT that was in support of a much different political product than what free enterprise has available to us today. I remember the arguments used by WAC Bennett and to a lesser degree by Bill Bennett that the “Socialist Hordes were at the gate”. With the abysmal record of the B.C. Liberal Government the only tired argument that the Liberals will use this time around is built around driving fear into the hearts of voters.

Now if I/we were to be truthful, a little fact checking is in order on the NDPs terms in office. As anyone involved in economics knows governments get all too much blame and all too much credit for GDP growth and unemployment numbers while in office. The economy is cyclical from decade to decade. Comparing a possible Horgan government with what happened under Glenn Clark or Mike Harcourt is like comparing a Bill Bennett Government to a Christy Clark Government, you just can’t do it. We can see some of what the NDP left us like – West Coast Express, Sea Bus, ICBC, and the Agricultural Land Reserve – I don’t see any uproar in our province – party or public – to get rid of those initiatives by a free enterprise government?

So why, after all this time have I reached my breaking point? Well, it is the compound non-stop accumulation of issues and breaches in moral and ethical conduct, all due to poor government leadership – it is still questionable who is the real Premier, Clark or Coleman? As I said earlier they have lost their moral and ethical right to govern. They are Morally and Ethically Bankrupt!

So why should we rid ourselves of the current Liberal Government, there are more substantial reasons than are necessary to make that decision – but let’s start with the views of a few others!

Martyn Brown was former B.C. Premier Gordon Campbell’s long serving Chief of Staff, the top strategic advisor to three provincial party leaders, and a former Deputy Minister of Tourism, Trade and Investment in British Columbia. I knew Martin in my days with Social Credit. I have shared a link (below) to one of his six very professional writings on reasons to defeat the B.C. Liberal Government. The following is titled “Prosecuting the B.C. Liberals” published in the Georgia Straight.

http://www.straight.com/news/889391/martyn-brown-prosecuting-bc-liberals

The Tyee has also published a piece titled B.C. Liberal Campbell Falsehoods Scandals, the link is below:

https://thetyee.ca/Opinion/2017/04/03/BC-Liberal-Campbell-Falsehoods-Scandals/?utm_source=daily&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=030417

The Common Sense Canadian – Rafe Mair former Socred Cabinet Minister

http://commonsensecanadian.ca/ 

It is long past time that we put PROVINCE ahead of Party!

Some of the MANY Reasons for my decision!

Quick Wins Ethnic Outreach Scandal – The actions of the B.C. Liberals beginning in 2013 dealing with Ethnic Outreach resulted in resignations of Public Servants and a Cabinet Minister in 2013 and Election Act Charges in 2014 against two staff members of the B.C. Liberal Party. They engaged in using government time and resources to engage with ethnic communities for partisan purposes. Charges to two Liberal staffers with violations of the election act as well as failing to disclose financial contributions. A longtime Liberal operative was also charged by the RCMP in 2016 with breach of trust. Most of this happened AFTER the last election, has anything changed? NOT!

“Pay-to-Play” “Best Government Money Can Buy” “Cash for Access” “The Wild West of Canadian Political Cash” – You pick the term you like, they all fit: Now I have been up to my neck in right wing politics for the best part of 40 years and I thought I had seen it all but NOTHING can match this discredited bunch of B.C. Liberals! Catching the attention of the New York Times who have branded us “The Wild West of Canadian Political Cash”, a term our Deputy Premier Rich Coleman calls “laughable”, pretty well sums up Coleman’s and the B.C. Liberal Government’s arrogance.

We now have an RCMP investigation plus a Special Prosecutor looking into the actions of the B.C. Liberal Government. So far there is about $100,000 in illegal donations to the B.C. Liberals which is being returned with many more in question where they claim clerical errors which won’t be returned. Now I ask you, can you truly believe that BS?

How laughable is it now Rich Coleman?

Pay to Play, if you don’t believe that, just review the stacks of Media reviews on Government awarded contracts to donors of the B.C. Liberal Government! It says it all.

The Clark Government has been challenged for years to change Election Finance Laws, despite all of the recent news both Coleman and Clark say nothing is going to change. Well Rich I guess it is now up to the public to make that decision.   

Tore up a legally binding contract with the HEU! – I am a staunch free enterpriser but I find that actions of breaking a duly negotiated contract completely in bad faith and totally unethical!

Dismantled a previously agreed to contract with the B.C. Teachers Federation – Clark, as Minister of Education – ripped up a previously agreed to contract with the BCTF, a move that has gone through three court cases, a 14 year legal battle and it took the Supreme Court of our Country a half hour to rule in favor of the B.C. Teachers Federation at a cost of millions of taxpayer dollars. In actual fact it caused a generation of our kids to do without adequate education resources. It was morally and ethically irresponsible.

Misrepresenting the facts suggesting an energy crisis in B.C. – With Coleman as Minister, set up independent run of river power producers by contract so that B.C. Hydro (your tax dollars) would buy back power from them at twice the market rate. – Your tax dollars at work benefitting friends and insiders. Reckless and irresponsible!

Interference and bullying of Municipal Governments and Regional District Board Members: As the Mayor of the Township of Langley I paid the price for battling and going against the Provincial Government in support of our residents on the Mufford Crescent Overpass (we won saving about 350 acres of farmland), Brown’s Pit (saved a shallow drinking water aquifer) against the ravages of gravel mining, Land Fill on Agricultural Land and making public the fact that that there was NO P3 agreement as promised by the Provincial Government and our MLAs on the Langley Events Center. In the Township we experienced ROBO calls from MLA Rich Coleman and the obvious use of Provincial Party Paid resources (a number of election polls anyone) in the Municipal election process.

Interference and bullying of Municipal Governments on efficiently and effectively managing and running Translink: After my election as Mayor of the Township of Langley in 2008 I received a crash course on the intimidation and bullying that goes on by the Province under the existing management structure as a member of the Mayor’s Translink Council. Issues where intimidation existed?

  • The Evergreen Line funding (Province insisted on municipalities increasing property tax. They LOST)
  • Mufford Crescent Overpass was initially a Translink led project. (Province insisted on the original plan dissecting approximately 350 acres of farmland. They LOST)

It also became very clear who was doing the Provinces bidding at the Board table against the majority of Mayors in the region. On the top of that list was none other than surprise, surprise – Peter Fassbender who was at odds with many at the table. Peter showed his stripes in spades and is doing the same thing at the Provincial level. Just think, as recently as three weeks ago Peter stated that the Province would not put up more than 30% of the funding on major Metro Vancouver projects and that was it. Within the past week the Liberals have agreed to a 40% commitment. It is amazing what happens on the eve of an election.

Health Firing Scandal: (From the Province April 2nd 2017) In what has to be the most disgusting acts of this Provincial Government, eight health researchers were fired in 2012 after this government publicly alleged the mishandling of sensitive data and contracting irregularities. The Province stated that every one of them was under RCMP investigation! That turned out to be a lie!

The result, one of the fired, Roderick MacIsaac committed suicide and four years later the Province settled lawsuits by those fired, rehired a number of researchers and apologized to the MacIsaac family. After hundreds of thousands of dollars, they are no closer to the answers sought.

The Ombudsmen Jay Chalke entered the fray in 2015. He has spent 17 months going through more than 4 million documents. Today he released his damming report entitled “MISFIRE”! A few conclusions:

  • Terminations were not supportable in any way!
  • MacIsaac DID NOT deserve to be fired – the shame of this accusation caused his suicide.
  • The civil service leadership supported by the B.C. Liberal Government leadership jumped to conclusions without any supporting evidence.
  • Publicly stated RCMP were investigating those involved at the press conference when in fact – That was a complete lie!
  • A flawed and unjustifiably rushed internal probe!
  • Premier Christy Clark’s government misled the public!
  • Premier Clark’s apology to the MacIsaac’s family came too late!

And then after all of this the Premier passes the buck to the Deputy Minister to the Premier and Head of the Public Service to apologize on behalf of the Public Service? What is that? Total absence of guts and leadership to step forward and accept fault in this egregious incident that was so devastating to so many!!

Rich Coleman – In Debate on this year’s “Speech from the Throne” talking about those on Social Assistance. Coleman gives a lecture about poor people in BC – “They are not as poor as people in third world countries”! “A single person on social assistance in BC is double the annual income as a person in the third world”. That was REALLY brilliant Rich, and you are elected to serve the public, all of the public? How disgusting!

Issues surrounding property, land deals? No accusations here, just saying! It is instructive to know that Rich Coleman ran a real estate management and consulting company prior to becoming our MLA. During my successful run for Mayor of the Township I made quite an issue of the Wild West of land deals in our community – one of which was a 90+ acre Dixon Pit Township sale to a prominent resident in the Township. That deal was essentially 40 developable non ALR acres for $2 million. Actual estimates were in the $12 million – $15 million range in market value. In my meeting with Rich Coleman in February of 2008, just to introduce myself, he said “We are OK with the job the Mayor is doing” and “You are making noises about land deals” and closed by adding “I want you to know that we are OK with them”. It is also instructive to Google – Rich Coleman Wikipedia – and note a write up under Controversies headed Real-Estate Giveaway to Western Forest Products? (Just informing that it is there in writing) Also note that Rich Coleman has headed B.C. Housing in the Liberal Government for 12 years (back to 2005) that I can track (possibly longer) which to me, in my experience, is very unusual that one Minister carries a file with him for so many years. (Just saying) Now we have a (Van. Sun April 4th, 2017) a complaint filed with the RCMP involving the City of Vancouver, B.C. Housing, Developer Brenhill and Vancouver Realtor Bob Rennie. (Remember Rich’s comments that he is OK with land deals?) No accusations, just saying!

Obscene amount of taxpayer paid Pre Election Government Ads and funding announcements “Bribing the general public with our own money” – The Auditor General, Carol Bellringer has informed the BC Liberal Government that the province’s television ad campaign needs to reconsider its content. They are too political. There is also a court challenge of the expenditure which is being suggested to be around $15 million of tax payer dollars. On spending the B.C. Government sent out 30 news releases in 7 hours announcing over $2.3 Billion in spending this past Friday afternoon. 20 news-releases were issued between 1:30PM and 3:00PM last Friday totaled $76.6 Million. This government has taken arrogance and bullying to a new level – They must be stopped!

B.C. Rail Scandal (Remember that one?) Suffice to say it is far too involved to deal with in this space other than to say the Gordon Campbell Liberals ran in the election stating that B.C. Rail would NOT be sold but after the election they signed off on a lease to CN for 999 years. There was a court case involving a cancelled sale to Omnitrax of other assets, because of that transaction being tainted by an influence-peddling and bribery scandal resulting in convictions in 2010. The individuals involved pled guilty on a plea deal just prior to the trial getting underway, which was a scandal in itself. The trial never saw the light of day!

$3.2 Billion 10 Lane Massey Bridge Tunnel Replacement – In keeping with their practice of ignoring the wishes of local government including NO consultation or discussion Christy Clark comes out of nowhere promising this now infamous structure just before the last election. A 10 lane bridge leading to a 4 lane highway and road system at an outrageous cost, when an expansion of the tunnel would come at a fraction of the price.

NOTE: There are dozens more reasons to reject this government, more will be coming in subsequent posts coming between now and election-day.

Summary

So let’s see if I have this straight, the B.C. Liberals in 2013 campaigned on a few key election planks: (Note – The following is taken off their 2013 Campaign Brochure) These promises were thrown out there in 2013 in their effort to find a chance to win an election that all polls pointed to them losing – Guess what, it worked! Don’t let them get away with it this time!!!!!

  • Roadmap for a Debt Free B.C. with a Debt Pay Down Plan for BC Ferries and BC Hydro
    • NO Progress there, debt increased!
  • Create an LNG Industry that will mean 39,000 jobs during construction with another 75,000 created once in operation. Create $1 Trillion in economic activity and create the B.C. Prosperity Fund with $100 Billion over 30 years. Five LNG plants costing $98 Billion mean 100,000 jobs!
    • NO Progress there – LNG was a FRAUD perpetrated on the public from day 1! What was left out of this argument is the day exports commenced (if in anyone’s wild dreams it was ever to happen) we would be paying the world price for natural gas – example today’s domestic price from Fortis is $2.05 per GJ and the world spot price is $4.25 per GJ! Great deal Rich, over double our current household cost!
  • Control and reduce Spending reduce debt was the promise, well not quite –

2013 / 14 – BC Government Debt            $60.693 Billion  – Contract obligations $100 Billion

2016 / 17 – BC Government Debt            $65.292 Billion  – Contract obligations $101 Billion

  • NO Progress there, spending increased by 8% !

It is past time that all of us taxpayers reject the politics of big money, special deals for friends and insiders, immoral government policy and actions and buying our votes with our own tax dollars!

A vote for the Green Party is a vote for the Liberal Party, that is a fact whether you want to hear it or not. This election is about defeating the B.C. Liberal Party, it’s arrogance and heavy handed government!

Before making my decision I met John Horgan. I found him to be very personable and committed to follow through on his party’s commitments while bringing integrity and ethics back to Victoria. I feel very comfortable with his leadership. It is time for the change that we need, and that is coming from a life-long free enterprise supporter and insider!!!!

RG

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