The Bill Good Interviews’ Take Away: Christy Clark Will Be Demolished by Adrian Dix
The impudent little tyrant vs. a measured and, for now, reasonable alternative.
No matter how the BC Liberal war room attempts to frame the next election, should Premier Clark still be around, the above is likely to be the reality for a majority of BC voters, thus, electing an NDP government in a landslide.
Even though the BC Conservatives are down to 9% (and dropping, thanks to John Cummins and his ‘God Squad’), Clark is so out of her depth, that I shudder to think what she’ll be like in time for next May, no one with a properly operating brain cell will touch her or her party.
If her performance the other morning on Bill Good’s program is any indication, regardless of a vote split on the right, the NDP will soar to victory, simply because of one factor: The Premier herself. She is confused, as confusing, totally wrong on even basic facts on any number of files, and continues to bombard the public with such a demonstrable dishonesty, it’s a wonder Adrian Dix doesn’t send her flowers, weekly, for being so stubborn and insisting she can do anything but surely deliver a most devastating election loss.
The woman who stole the leadership (thanks to the backroom efforts of her ex-husband Mark Marrisen, and her brother Bruce) from her party, so that she can “rescue” them–this government, is, without a doubt, the single greatest reason that the BC NDP will win the next election. She will get pummelled. Clark doesn’t have the royal jelly: Daft, disingenuous, and dishonest.
The spin and lies she offered Bill Good were truly breathtaking.
Off the top she tried to convince Good–who I commend for conducting his best interview with her yet, that she wants 10 years of labor peace with teachers.
Let me repeat, Christy Clark, of all people, wants labour peace with teachers. Good, of course, wouldn’t ask the obvious question(s) even if he was prepared with the evidence of what fraud she’d just proffered, but I have no such limitations (or inhibitions)–even if she were a friend.
And again: Christy, Lord love a duck, wants “labour peace” with teachers!
This from a woman who championed Bills 27 and 28 while she was Minister of Education and Deputy Premier. Those, limited collective bargaining rights to such a degree, that she effectively shut down teachers’ rights in one pen stroke. The imposition of contracts didn’t help either.
As Premier, she also championed Bill 22, which also shut down (a common theme for her) job action by teachers, in support of the their own demands. She then turfed the fall sitting where precisely such a ten year deal SHOULD be debated. That’s part of our bloody democracy!
The only certainty about the next ten years, is uncertainty. A decade ago, I had long flowing hair. Get my point? She is making this up as she’s going along. There is no rhyme or reason to her utter madness: Completely adrift and summarily clueless.
Christy capped off the discussion about teachers by referring to BCTF President Susan Lambert as “Suzanne”.
Then, Clark was off in well-worn fantasy. She persists in repeating a whopper of a lie, and suggests that it was HER and HER GOVERNMENT that helped deliver the Washington Marine shipbuilding contract–DESPITE the fairness panels’ repeated declaration that NO POLITICAL INVOLVEMENT WAS PERMITTED OR RECEIVED from any level of government. And that she lobbied the federal Conservatives, another whopper, is also bunk. Of the three possible ports, only Vancouver and Nova Scotia (Irving Shipyards) were viable. Nevis, in Quebec was technically insolvent (read: bankrupt) and couldn’t do the deal. So, by process of elimination, Washington Marine received the smaller of the two contracts. But Clark insisted on Good’s show that it was her intervention and that of her government that sealed the deal. A bald-faced lie if there ever was one. A total fabrication.
From there she acted as if the “trillion dollar” LNG play was already running and yielding huge gains. Another complete fabrication. Then, there was her palpable confusion on the BC Skills Training Plan, which she claimed would increase affordability in this province, instill K-12 support for blue collar jobs and some amorphous “councillor training” presumably referring to teacher education–she just couldn’t bring herself to say either word, for obvious reasons.
This, on the heels of attempting to explain the Chinese mine workers controversy by saying those would be very dangerous jobs that BC miners hadn’t the skills for. So, if you’re an unemployed coal miner from the Interior–if you’ll excuse the patois of the street, the Premier thinks your a goddamned pussy. How’s that for families first, boys? REmember that when it comes time to head to the ballot box in May. Maybe Clark supports foreign Chinese workers’ families first, but not ours here. Again, Bill ran a good interview, but he could have tagged her so badly on this, her proverbial mouthpiece would have ended up in the cheap seats. No wonder she won’t go on with either McComb or Sara. She’d get killed. First round KO with either.
Of course, Clark had to demonstrate that she is the true lightweight of lightweights, and doesn’t even know how to properly fund transit. Instead of redirecting the Carbon Tax–which remains a pure tax grab reducing no carbon whatsoever, and cutting waste in her own wasteful government, she spouted off the McGuinty method, and suggested that local governments would have to find $41 million in savings to “fund their own transit.” Huh???
To further her own confusion, she said: “Transit should be regionally sourced anyways…”
It isn’t? That’s news to Translink’s budget hounds. It’s also news to workers and other daily travellers and commuters of the new Port Mann Bridge, for example, who must now fork over $1500.00 EXTRA, out of their pocket every year, thanks to Christy and her genius government.
Is this woman sane?
The two most interesting segments for me were these:
1) Christy tried to play off the repeat funding of Vanocuver’s four winter shelters, as “the right thing to do.” Granted, that’s obvious. However, she paid extra special attention to Gregor Robertson and lauded him lavishly, for his “great co-operation and leadership.”
Since when has Mayor Moonbeam been able to spell either word, much less act them out???
Here’s why that’s interesting. Clark, who is still trying to play herself off as a conservative, is counselled by the same chap who is close to Robertson, Don Millar–an abrasive, over-the-top, nasty PR hack, that in Robertson’s first term, helped seed the failed blog of a guy who spouted all sorts of lies about how great Robertson was (this is a must-see, for a review of the kind of dishonest work Millar helmed for Moonbeam). Interesting that she came around a second time to laud Robertson on yet another issue, this time shelters. Future federal Liberal MPs sitting on that bench together? Time will tell.
2) The other one was on Bob Mackin‘s breaking story of the day before her interview with Good, regarding her viral and EXPENSIVE usage of Blackcomb Aviation jets. She claims that “this is no different from others premiers, past and present…” What the hell is this woman on??? Gordon Campbell NEVER ran up such bills, neither did Ujjal Dosanjh or Glen Clark before him, or Dan Miller, Mike Harcourt, Rita Johnston or Bill VanderZalm. And certainly not either Bennett or Davey Barrett. Not one of them did that. And in a quick review of other current (or just retired) premiers across Canada, not McGuinty, Redford, Ghiz, Charest or Marois has either.
The interesting connection is, of course, that Blackcomb Aviation is owned and operated by the BC Rail famed David McLean (more specifically, one of his sons). McLean is another federal Liberal diehard–like Clark. Mackin apparently cornered the premier in the hallway outside ‘NW studios and tried for a comment. “Sorry…” was her angry and dismissive reply–coupled with a look that would liquify aluminium, while her handlers actually physically blocked Mackin from asking her a follow-up question (too bad they don’t try that on me–oh, how I wish they’d try that with me!) about the appearance of the McLean/BC Rail connection being problematic. She looked at Bob stone-faced, and wouldn’t even speak.
But here’s the real killer: On air she told Bill that she needed to use such hugely expensive aircraft because she “had to get into communities like Burns Lake.” Meanwhile, her twitter followers started attacking Mackin, for being, according to them, “soulless” and not supporting Christy in her role as Mother Teresa of the stricken in Burns Lake.
One problem: A Burns Lake run wasn’t one of the ones noted by Mackin in his breaking news piece!!! She hadn’t even read his story or been briefed on the file!!! OR, had she, and was simply lying again? Stunning, just beyond stunning.
I also noticed Clark has reverted to the condescending, school marm tone, when she was doing the worst with the public, and began her popularity descent into hell. She has nothing substantive to offer (for that, you should go to the CBC national site and search out a recent interview Peter Mansbridge did with Alberta Premier Alison Redford–superb). Clark speaks to us as if we’re a class of bratty kindergarten children. It’s the height of stupidity for her to be doing this, however, it’s her epitaph she’s writing.
A cutesy, arrogant nightmare.
On the other hand, the very next day (yesterday) Adrian Dix came on to Bill’s show, and sounded ever the moderate (hard to tell if he’ll stay that way) by being clear that any major tax hike to business would be at 2008 levels, and as he pointed out, is precisely what the BC Liberal government is proposing as well. He didn’t falter or stumble. I noticed more of a push from Bill against Adrian, but I’m sure it was a figment of my imagination. The questions were more pointed than those Bill asked Christy–that’s for sure.
The interesting parts were how Adrian answered. Purposeful, reasonable and polite. Common sense prevailed. I was pleased, to say the least. If he’s trying to channel Gary Doer, well that’s the only thing that will save him from losing after his first term, when the right will by then unite. He’ll have a terrible economy to helm in the beginning, and major headaches left behind by this most corrupt and worst government in BC history.
Meanwhile, Christy is running up huge expenses on YOUR DIME, for everything from coffee, to wine, to roses, to private jets.
That’s quite a lifestyle we’re all providing her, no??? And she has an excuse for all of it. It’s like we’ve spawned our own Marie Antoinette!
Well, at least now you know what she meant by “families first.”
Hers and those of her friends and cover-up team.
She’ll get to yours after you’ve had your sliver of cake–provided she doesn’t gobble that up, too…