What Christy Clark Hath Cobbled Together Let No Rich Coleman Tear Asunder…Or Something Like That, Right? RIGHT?!
It makes you wonder, doesn’t it?
Just who really is the Premier of British Columbia?
In the early summer of 2011, Christy Clark steps up to the plate to tell us that the HST should be gone pronto; she’ll do her level best, and before even Kevin Falcon leaps to tell us how “stupid” we are–well, those of us who voted to extinguish the dreaded tax, Rich Coleman stands to deliver a defence of the tax that would have left Lincoln breathless.
Earlier this year, Christy Clark tried to champion Senate reform (although in clearly confused rhetorical spin) but Rich Coleman appears only to dampen the enthusiasm with restrictions on debate and its timing–pushing it into a fall session (if there is one).
Christy Clark heralds a new era of openness and transparency–again and again (well, she says so, knowing full well she won’t) although Rich Coleman allows apparently favoured bidders to remain in the RFP for the province’s liquor distribution. What else would you call a bidder that says they can “influence” the bid by communicating with their pal the Minister responsible? (Even though Coleman’s allies inside and outside government are telling me that it’s Kevin Falcon who’s the problem. The Deputy Preem is the one pushing hardest for privatization without a business case. Shhhhuuuuuure fellas. You betcha. Any bridges for sale? No more railways anyway…)
Now, Premier Clark hops on yet another bandwagon (YET ANOTHER ONE; what a gymnast!) with the ‘Free My Grapes’ campaign (aren’t you glad she’s not going to bat for melons?) as federal Conservative MP Dan Albas recently passed a bill, C-311, that strikes a prohibition era law from the books–that would help BC wineries immensely. The federal NDP were up to some tricks not ten days ago, that delayed the bill and almost risked its delay till the fall, which would have hurt tourism season in the Okanagan and other wine regions across the country. Our BC efforts being led by all-round nice guy Westside-Kelowna MLA Ben Stewart (whose exceptional Quail’s Gate Winery carries some of my favorite BC wines!)
The bill passed the House and will pass the Senate before summer. But hold your grapes, Rich Coleman is laying down the law provincially (AGAIN!), putting restrictions on the other beneficiary of MP Albas’s bill – wineries who would be able to sell their wines online.
My darlings, this is another one of those occasions where Premier Clark goes out and cheerleads on an issue only to see, Premier, er, excuse me, Minister Rich Coleman come out a few days later to contradict her on what the government is really doing.
Worse yet, she’s LOST every time he comes out with a “clarification.” It’s always Coleman’s way–never Clark’s.
Add that to the Premier being vetoed by Falcon on fiscal matters and similarly being shoved by Mike deJong (her real Deputy Premier and closest advisor in Cabinet) and we come back to the same question: Who really is BC’s Premier?
And her dwindling followers and die-hards are wondering why she appears weak and disorganized? No wonder she’s always doing photo ops.
I wonder, though, when Christy will begin the ‘Free BC’s Most Needy Kids from the Worst Child Poverty in Canada’ campaign? Or what about one for freeing the environment from the clutches of her closest friends and advisors? What about freeing BC Hydro from BC Liberal insiders?
How ’bout telling confused business titan Jim Shepard to stick a sock in it when having the temerity to refer to Clark as “a true leader” (this was totally cringeworthy!) and fire Christy, thus freeing us from any more of her bullshit?
No? Didn’t think so.
I’m back, thanks for being so patient last week.
This week…John vanDongen speaks! CKNW sliding down the ratings razor blade again. An NDP/ Liberal merger? Only in Ottawa can such insanity be entertained… Geoff Meggs will become Victoria’s second biggest problem. Guess what Gregor’s hiding?
But…beginning tomorrow (or Wednesday)…BC RAIL again! Who knew about OmniTRAX as the stalking horse? I’ll show you…he even uses those words and asks for “compensation.” And, no, his name isn’t Dave Basi or Bobby Virk!
And! We’ll have a little fun sometime before the weekend: ‘Christy Clark: From Beer to Eternity’