Christy Clark a Hard Act to Swallow: It’s Not Just Conservatives That Are Leaving–Unethical Behavior is the Hallmark of Her Government
I am finding it progressively more difficult to muster the effort not to laugh before addressing anyone who claims that a vote for the BC Conservatives in the next provincial election is a vote for the BC NDP–as if voting for the NDP is akin to suffering through Brad Pitt movies, aromatherapy seminars or Oprah interviews.
Essentially, that unless you are voting for this corrupt and despicable provincial government, you are voting for an”enemy.”
On a number of fronts, this is exceedingly offensive. BC NDP voters are some of the finest people in this province. I know thousands of them. Many dwell here and I’ve had the privilege of speaking with them on many occasions. Accordingly, many people who choose to vote NDP maybe doing this as a protest vote. Rafe Mair is a very good friend of mine. He endorsed the NDP in the last election. Is Rafe evil?
In point of fact, he’s a walking treasure. Carole James? Mike Farnsworth? John Horgan? Evil??? Not a chance.
Further, the BC Conservatives are now almost even money with the BC Liberals in two out of three major polls. Shouldn’t they be making the reverse argument that a vote for the BC Liberals is a vote for the NDP? But you don’t hear that.
The BC Conservatives, with an uneven leader, no MLAs, limited budget and young, often whining organizers that can’t take constructive criticism or understand the landscape they will be forced to traverse between now and 2013, are smarter in their messaging than the BC Liberals.
Over the weekend, I read a number of most interesting MSM pieces on the exodus of conservatives from the BC Liberals and I thought of this.
I thought about why someone leaves a political party like the one being decimated by Christy Clark and her bailiwick of taxpaid freeloaders and political grifters.
And I was amused.
Kevin Falcon, far from staunchly supporting his premier and leader suggested that he wasn’t surprised by the exodus–he was, in fact, warned by several top-ranking henchmen that they’d leave if Ms. Clark won. A George Abbott win would have been a different story.
Still, I found is astonishing that no one has identified why LIBERALS are leaving, nevermind conservatives.
Though, to understand and appreciate this phenomenon, one must take a historical look at Christy Clark’s political career.
Off the top, no matter how much she aches to pretend or seeks to remake herself, Christy Clark is a classic Neo-Liberal in the frame of a Gordon Campbell. This is often confused with Libertarianism or Neo-Conservatism. And that’s plainly wrong.
The Premier is about ‘say-anything’, and ‘do-anything’. It’s not about principle or politics. It’s about power.
And prostitution–of anyone and anything that will keep her and her cronies in the taxpayers silks. This is the same Christy Clark that cheated to gain prominence as the first and only SFU student ever to have her council member’s badge torn from her breast by the university for running a rigged election. This is the same Christy Clark who became a prominent MLA through the efforts of the ‘Basi-Virk’ method (mass Indo-Canadian sign-ups–hundreds of them purely fraudulent–as told to me by those who committed such acts and now live with the regret). This is the same Christy Clark that betrayed her Cabinet colleagues and shattered her oath by revealing Cabinet level BC Rail information to Erik Bornmann–a key member of her political entourage that admitted to bribing public officials. This is the same Christy Clark, whose political thugs have intimidated now deeply remorseful, former operatives that stole PIN numbers for her, to beat Kevin Falcon and win the leadership–thus becoming ‘Premier’ Christy Clark.
Would you follow someone like that? Better yet, HOW could you follow someone like that? It’s a career pattern for Christy Clark: say anything, do anything, so long as it meets the power play–or often power grab!
It’s not just conservatives that are leaving her and the BC Liberals in droves–it’s liberals too. Strong. life-long liberals.
Think about it: She and her illustrious former husband Mark Marrisen, are leaders of a crew that are credited by federal Liberals across the country with so badly dividing the Liberal Party of Canada with smash-mouth, highly-partisan, scorched-earth strategies (including black ops) that have reduced the once mighty red machine, to its current status as the hamster of Canadian politics. The Premier, when she was littering the airwaves with her often misinformed and ill-tempered screeds, played hand-maiden to her husband’s viral efforts to elect the unqualified: Paul Martin, followed by Stephane Dion and a list of local candidates, most glaringly Joyce Murray, that aren’t even qualified to sort rotten tomatoes on the back of a flatbed. CKNW’s afternoon might as well been a two and a half hour ad for the the most destructive sect in Liberal Party of Canada history–inclusive of ENDLESS reams of anti-Harper, anti-Conservative rhetorical bafflebag.
When Ms. Clark was running for leader of the party, over a dozen leading federal Liberals in the Lower Mainland signed a petition letter urging BC Liberal members to vote for Kevin Falcon.
It was sent to every single last station and news room in this province–with the blessing of all those Liberals.
Imagine! Long-time federal Liberals, from every part of the federal party, demanding that BC Liberal voters support the most Conservative candidate running.
What does all this tell you?
That truly, the mainstream press are completely asleep at the wheel (as are the provincial Conservatives) because every time the insufferable nonsense that voting for the BC Conservatives is like voting for the BC NDP is raised, NOT ONCE, has either the press or the BC Conservatives raised what you’ve just read! Not once!
Instead the narrative is accepted as so-called ‘vote-splitting’. It’s NOT any such thing you ninnies! It’s that, simply put, people are not any longer fooled by the Clark camps crap. They’ve been doing it since she was in university. Very few core players have been added. It’s the same dimwits and manipulators that have been around her forever-and-a-day.
If you want sure signs of why people don’t want anything to do with Christy Clark, don’t stop at the clear offensiveness of having one of her top advisors Pat Kinsella steering a DHL subsidiary into possibly winning the uber-lucrative liquor distribution contract in BC.
How does this grab you: You are something called, ‘the BC Liberal Election Readiness Chairman’. A paid position that comes with perks like total access to every MLA, Cabinet Minister and the Premier herself–whenever you want, however many times you want–and you’re a partner in a firm that lobbies the provincial government–the one whose electoral success depends on YOU.
I’ve mentioned him before and it pains me to point this out, but my old university pal Steve Kukucha is now part of a firm that lobbies, while he’s the BC Liberals’ election chair.
This isn’t at least an ethical conflict? This isn’t an affront to principled lobbying (if that’s not an oxymoron)?
This isn’t yet another disgrace?
Steve is someone I’ve known for 27 years, and always admired. Intelligent, extremely affable and kind to a fault, but ornery and defensive when challenged. Not good qualities, the latter, for a man who graduated with a law degree and should know better.
He is now a partner in WAZUKU Advisory Group. No, it’s not an ESL school from Mozambique. The principles, Mike WAtson, Brad ZUbyk and Steve KUkucha have joined forces in this super lobby group that includes partner registrations for the Surrey Fraser Docks, Three ‘L’ Land Development (the Komox native band’s development arm) and a prominent union (BC Maritime Employer’s Association). These are all registered under Brad Zubyk’s name with the lobbyists’ registry. Now, another disclosure: Brad is someone I’ve known for less years than Steve, but better than Steve. He’s also a first class guy, who should know better than to be carrying such a clear conflict.
I called both Steve and Brad late last week and neither called back (righ away). In fact, Steve doesn’t take calls from me anymore, and Brad called back but only after I had the ‘pleasure’ of speaking with their partner Mike Watson. Mr. Watson, obviously suffering from a spontaneous migraine or untreated hemorrhoid, was not pleased.
Here is an excerpt of the 31 seconds (minus his huffing and puffing):
AGT: Hi, Mr. Watson?
AGT: Mr. Watson, this is Alex G. Tsakumis of alexgtsakumis.com I was wondering if you could tell me if you think it’s a fair proposition to be running a lobbying firm that has as one of its partners serving as the Premier’s election readiness chair? Is this not a conflict for you or your firm, Sir?
MW: (Audible gasp) Well, that’s something you should take up with Steve.
AGT: Well Sir, I’ve tried to get Steve and Brad on the phone, but they won’t return any of my calls. But you’re a partner, are you not? You’re listed, in fact, as a founding partner. Surely you must have an opinion on something as serious as this?
MW: Um, I’ll ask Steve to call you back, thanks for your call, goodbye.
Now, that wasn’t very nice, hanging up like that on such a polite chap like me, but soon thereafter I received a call back from my old pal Brad Zubyk, who was as open and honest as ever.
BZ: “When Steve approached us, we had the same concerns as you…”
AGT: “What?! Really? So what’s going on here old buddy, are you telling me you saw the ethical lapse but went ahead and did it anyway? Look, we’re friends, but you’re putting me in an even tougher spot: You saw Steve’s conflict but admitted him anyway?”
BZ: “Yeah, we took safeguards and all that…”
AGT: “What are you talking about? What safeguards? And why would he approach just you guys? Did he lobbyist shop? Is that what you’re saying”
BZ: “Look, c’mon, let’s go for a beer soon, okay…?”
AGT: “I’m not drinking much anymore. But for you I can always make an exception…”
(Laughter on both ends, cordial goodbyes)
My darlings, Conservatives don’t need to leave the Christy party on their own. They can hold hands out the door with the principled, ethical Liberals that see what’s happening and don’t like it.
Because with Christy Clark, it’s never been any different.
Fake glasses now included…