Tuesday, July 04, 2017

Christy Clark: Another Liberal With The Illusion Of Entitlement!

British Columbia, Canada

How cynical can you get? Premier Christy Clark's BC Liberal Throne Speech sets new low
Published on Jun 23, 2017
CBC Vancouver at 6 reports on the British Columbia Liberal's June 22, 2017, Throne Speech. In a shameless attempt to hold onto power, Premier Christy Clark adopts policies she fought against for years.

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CTV News
Published on May 3, 2017

Carole James: Christy Clark's "Forget Everything" budget can't erase years of neglect
Published on Feb 22, 2017
Kelly McParland: Christy Clark is the Terminator of B.C. politics: She'll be back
Anyone who has followed Clark cannot be surprised by her reluctance to accept the will of the people just because it went against her
Kelly McParland
July 4, 2017
Christy Clark is out as British Columbia premier. So what’s her future? To paraphrase Arnold Schwarzenegger’s immortal words, odds are, “She’ll be back.”
Clark may be the feistiest political leader in Canada. Not necessarily the best, most admirable, open-minded or ethical, but certainly among the fiercest. On Friday, more than seven weeks after her government was reduced to a razor-thin minority, she finally resigned as premier, ending 16 years of Liberal rule. This was not a case of a veteran politician bowing out gracefully after a long and storied career reached its inevitable end. The satirical review The Beaverton wrote that “firefighters were called to the B.C. Legislature this afternoon to extract Liberal leader Christy Clark, who chained herself to the Premier’s desk and refused to leave until her Liberal government was reinstated.”
It wasn’t entirely joking. Clark said she didn’t want another election, then — after stalling for almost two months in the wake of her government’s downfall — spent 90 minutes with Lt.-Gov. Judith Guichon, urging her to call one. Allowing the New Democratic Party and the Greens to form a government — they hold 44 seats to her 43 — would be a threat to democracy, she explained later. “As we had our conversation it became very clear to me … the risk that would be there for changing the rules and really bending the rules of democracy in order to make another government work.”
British Columbia Premier-designate, NDP Leader John Horgan arrives at Government House to meet Lt-Gov. Judith Guichon in Victoria, B.C., on Thursday, June 29, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Precisely how democracy would be undermined by the sort of alliance that is common among freely-elected regimes elsewhere she did not say, but Clark was barely able to hide her displeasure with Guichon for refusing to bite.  “She has chosen another path,” Clark groused. “I suppose she’ll be able to talk to you about why she made that decision. I don’t know why. But she did.”
Anyone who has followed Clark, even from afar, can’t be surprised by her reluctance to accept the will of the people just because it went against her. As premier she offered voters a cheery smile and a fine line in disdain. Politics isn’t a calling, it’s a war, and those who aren’t with you are against you. “When we go into political combat we all acknowledge that sometimes we spend so much time fighting with one another in here that it’s hard to listen to what British Columbians want,” she acknowledged after trying to hang onto power by co-opting large sections of the NDP platform in the recent throne speech.
After rubbishing NDP plans mercilessly on the campaign trail, Clark performed the quickest pirouette since Pierre Trudeau, pledging changes she’d spent the campaign rejecting. “It’s an acknowledgement, a sincere acknowledgement, that we didn’t get it right,” she shrugged. Also, it would seem, a confession that a Clark government wouldn’t let beliefs or principles get in the way of power.
B.C. Green party leader Andrew Weaver arrives to the start of the debate at B.C. Legislature in Victoria, B.C., on Monday, June 26, 2017. Chad Hipolito / The Canadian Press
It’s been like that throughout her career. A confrontation with B.C. teachers she started in 2002, stripping away certain of their bargaining rights, wasn’t settled until she was premier 14 years later, when the Supreme Court took just 20 minutes to side with the teachers. She waved off persistent concerns about her government’s wholesale willingness to accept large donations from lobbyists and corporate backers, even after B.C.’s elections agency referred its investigation to the RCMP. Faced with similar complaints, Ontario’s Premier Kathleen Wynne and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau eventually retreated in the face of public anger, but not Clark. Not until the throne speech did she finally proclaim that, given the chance, she would accede to NDP demands to ban corporate, union and third-party donations.
Clark demanded that B.C. get “our fair share of fiscal and economic benefits” before Alberta oil pipelines would be allowed to reach coastal ports. She cited environmental concerns to explain her stand, while nonetheless working doggedly to push through her government’s plans for a giant dam project and liquid natural gas plants opposed by green groups and Indigenous leaders. While holding up Alberta’s ambitions, she demanded Ottawa support B.C.’s threatened forestry industry against the Trump government in Washington.
Premier Christy Clark arrives to caucus before the confidence vote at B.C. Legislature in Victoria, B.C., on Thursday, June 29, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
NDP leader John Horgan will now get his chance to form a government, but he’d better keep a close eye on his opponent. It would be unlike Christy Clark to fade quietly into the shadows. Stepping aside from provincial politics in 2004 she professed a desire to spend more time with her infant son, then launched an effort to become mayor of Vancouver. Failing in that effort, her “break” from politics involved hosting a radio show that kept her views in the public ear. Presumably down and out weeks before the provincial vote in 2013, she beat every forecast to win a surprise majority.
If there’s a movement to oust her as leader it’s keeping a very low profile for now, and Clark has already announced she plans to stay on. From her point of view, there is every reason to do so. Horgan’s one-seat advantage will disappear the moment he appoints a Speaker. Betting is heavy the Green-NDP alliance will be rocky and short-lived. Green leader Andrew Weaver appears unlikely to be content to play second fiddle for long.
The NDP has indicated the legislature won’t be recalled until September, giving it two months to acclimatize itself to office and prepare to do battle. They’d better be prepared: Christy Clark doesn’t take prisoners.
National Post
BC Gov't Stole Our World Class Resort
by John English
July 3, 2017
Beachfront paradise at Cox Bay near Tofino BC 
John English describes how the Masonic British Columbia government stole his 114 acre beachfront property which was appraised at over 100 million dollars in 2010.
Now the government is rezoning the property for massive development which will increase its value by 10 times.
This is over half a mile of the best open pacific white sand surfing beach in Canada.
He is fighting it in the Supreme Court of Canada now.
"This is a massive conspiracy. It's not just Syria, Iraq and Libya that are being terrorized, attacked and robbed!"
Speaking of Government crimes, check out the attacks against our family who ran the 114 acre beachfront, Pacific Rim Resort and Campground in Tofino, B.C. for 30 years. We paid $1.5 million for it in 1985. It was stolen from us by the Government of British Columbia in what is the biggest domestic terrorist attack in Canada, 2009 to now.
We refused to sell our  home and resort business, which was our only livelihood and our life, to the BC Government's "British Columbia Investment Management Corporation" (BCIMC) for 15% of their land's appraised value. Mysteriously, our home, resort office, and staff quarters were hit with multiple arson attacks.
John has been a single dad since 2008. The three kids closest to him are my two daughters, Kim and Cynthia, and his son, Dylan. Felix, r, is Dylan's friend.
Our family home and resort staff quarters were burnt to the ground in one night! Then our property access bridge was destroyed by the Government's BC Hydro Corporation, and then Tofino Municipality shut off our water and sewer to the English's property even though our taxes were fully paid!
Then our resort office and store was blown up and destroyed! We were left homeless and out of business so we camped on our property with no running water or toilet for the next 3 years!
Finally BCIMC colluded with their lender and took their property in a fraudulent and illegal court sale for less than 15% of its value, leaving us penniless and on the street. If you have seen the movies "Roadhouse" with Patrick Swayze or "Walking Tall" with the Rock, that's exactly what was done to us and it was done by our own B.C. Government!
Mike Nissley, the Vice-President of CBRE Atlanta, and the CEO of BCIMC, Doug Pearce, should both be in jail, but in Canada there are no RICO Laws and the police work for the Government, not for the People, so these criminals have managed to escape prosecution so far.
Nissley is a crook who told us he would be our real estate agent and had a client who would lease part of our property for $30 million. In fact he was BCIMC's agent and was just setting us up to be taken out. We believe he was behind the arsons, vandalism, murder attempts and death threats etc..
The BC Government, Christy Clark, [recently resigned] Premier, through BCIMC, now owns the our property taken by criminal fraud and terror. I hand delivered a personal letter to Premier Clark's Office at the Legislature setting all this out to her 6 months ago, but she refuses to even acknowledge receiving it!
(l. Christy Clark, recently removed Premier of BC)
The Code of Organized Crime is the Code of Silence, "Omerta", and Criminal Silence is now the Code of Christy Clark! There should be a movie done of this story: One man, a single father, with two young kids, refused to give in to Government Criminals who burnt them out of their home and business, and how the B.C. Government refuses to even reply to them or acknowledge the crimes.
I continue to stand up and fight BCIMC and the BC Government even after they have attempted to murder me numerous times: undoing their truck; sending Guatemalan mercenaries to shoot me, poison me, and sending two professional assassins to murder me in the sauna at a local hotel. The battle goes on! He vows he will never give up until their property is returned and compensation made!
We owned and operated a 600 site campground there from 1984 to 2013 when we were escorted off the property basically at gunpoint by the RCMP.  It was a 5 year paramilitary attack/siege and a military take over. It was domestic terrorism and theft.
(John English left)
They tried to kill me on a number of occasions but failed. We were under 24/7 satellite surveillance and they bombarded us with ultrasound or microwave weapons to drive us off the property. This is all true. We were under attack by psychopaths in the government.
We intend to get our property back and are in court in BC and Ottawa doing that now. BC is so out of control and corrupt it is mind boggling.
If the public only knew how bad it really is... A lot of people involved in this (and other government thefts across BC) should be put on trial and made to pay dearly for their horrific crimes.
Thank God that Christy Clark and Rich Coleman are out of power. We believe that they and Gordon Campbell were the architects and beneficiaries of the most corrupt government in the history of Canada.
The former so-called Civil Servants have now become our Uncivil Masters.
I'm just the canary in the coal mine..
First Comment by Robert K
Many will think John English is deluded.  I believe his story.  But I pity him for imagining that the Supreme Court of Canada might grant him justice.  This is the body that approves of CSIS deliberately destroying evidence (the Farkat case) and assumes its right to delimit the range of opinion that Canadians are allowed to hear (the David Irving exclusion).  Instead of recommending prosecution, for mischief and worse, of bent bureaucrats who are undermining freedoms, the Supreme Court has in flagrant cases supported their devious deeds.
The reality is that in all countries, police forces and jurists are appointed by politicians and hence at the top levels are inescapably political. And politics is inevitably under the thumb of top-level organized crime.  And they are all performing in the hope of amassing some of the money that the financial powers create out of nothing.  Yes, it's a crazy world!
The scale of this racketeering is proven by the massive, Stalinesque population transfers currently being carried out, with the obvious purpose of diluting the sense of deep-rooted cultural community, which is the only effective restraint on arbitrary government
Christy Clark’s salary being topped up by donations to BC Liberal Party
Airy Mason
Vancouver — The Globe and Mail
Published Wednesday, Apr. 27, 2016
Premier Christy Clark is paid tens of thousands of dollars each year by the BC Liberal Party – an income that is drawn from coffers infused by donor contributions and is in addition to the nearly $200,000 she earns annually as the head of government.
The Globe and Mail has learned that Ms. Clark is given between $30,000 and $50,000 a year from the BC Liberal Party for work she does for it throughout the year, including attending fundraising events. A spokesman with the Liberals of Ontario said that Premier Kathleen Wynne does not get a salary from the party. The BC NDP Party does not pay its leader anything, either. A spokesman for NDP Leader John Horgan said he has been reimbursed for a “couple of suits” during his time in the job.
The revelation about Ms. Clark’s extra payments follows Globe reports that she has been appearing at intimate donor get-togethers at which well-heeled patrons pay large amounts of cash for a chance to get rare, private face time with the most powerful politician in the province.
NDP MLA David Eby says the fact the money the Liberals are paying the Premier comes from party fundraising events that she headlines and at which attendees can pay $20,000 or more to gain privileged access amounts to a direct benefit.
Mr. Eby has made a complaint with the province’s conflict-of-interest commissioner over the cash-for-access events, charging that the Premier is clearly benefiting from her role at these sel-ect, secret dinners. Recently, a lawyer representing Ms. Clark filed a response to Mr. Eby’s objection, suggesting that any donations made at the events at which the Premier has been in attendance do not pass the test of what constitutes a private interest under the conflict act.
Conflict commissioner Paul Fraser has yet to rule on the matter.
The Globe has also learned that Ms. Clark’s lawyer is being paid with funds from the Liberal caucus – in other words, taxpayer dollars. It is the same taxpayer-funded revenue source that Ms. Clark’s office raided in 2013 to help underwrite the ethnic outreach strategy that became a provincewide scandal.
Mr. Eby says it is unconscionable that the Premier is getting taxpayers to pay for her lawyers regarding a complaint that stems from her role at Liberal party fundraising events.
“It’s a very serious issue that public funds are being used to defend the Liberals’ fundraising methods in a bid to allow them to continue to raise funds in the way they see fit,” Mr. Eby told The Globe. “That is definitely not what the money is intended for.”
Under B.C. conflict-of-interest laws, the key requirements for a conflict to occur are that an official act or duty is being done and that it’s being performed by somebody who is being given a direct benefit through the execution of those duties. Mr. Eby believes that there is no question his complaint meets those conditions.
“The Premier’s lawyer is saying that my complaint does not speak to any duties or powers that she has or might exercise at these fundraising events,” Mr. Eby said. “And they say that even if we did show that, there is no direct benefit, so there’s no conflict or perceived conflict.
“I’m saying the powers she has are so obvious I didn’t think I needed to detail them. She is the chair of cabinet. She sets the entire agenda. She decides when the discussion in cabinet is over so that means she can pull things off the agenda that would hurt her donors or put things on the agenda that would help her donors.”
Besides the salary she gets paid by the Liberals, the other direct benefit the Premier receives from the high-yield fundraising events, according to Mr. Eby, is money that her Kelowna-Westside constituency association receives from party funds accumulated through the same donor events. Mr. Eby says that previous rulings by conflict commissioners in British Columbia have determined that a benefit to a members’ constituency amounts to a direct benefit under the act.
Ms. Clark has come under fire for her cash-for-access events, ones that helped the party raise a record $10-million in 2015. The party said it intends on holding many more over the next 14 months in the lead up to the 2017 election.
The same type of functions caused a political storm in Ontario recently too. As a result, Ms. Wynne immediately banned them and announced that the province will move to prohibit all corporate and union donations in the future.
Ms. Clark, meantime, has said she will continue to hold private fundraisers and will not ban corporate and union donations. British Columbia has arguably the most lax campaign finance laws in the country. The Liberals refuse to disclose the identity of those attending the private meetings with the Premier or how much they are paying for that access. The Globe determined independently what the price tag was for some fundraising dinners with the Premier.
The Liberal party has said it is considering reporting on donations more often than once a year.
Follow Gary Mason on Twitter: @garymasonglobe

Christy Clark: Bad for British Columbia
Published on Apr 27, 2017
Daily Poll: Did the flip-flop throne speech cost Premier Christy Clark her credibility?
Scott Brown, Vancouver Sun
Published on: June 26, 2017
Postmedia columnist Rob Shaw argued today that the B.C. Liberal government’s throne speech — which contained “two dozen policy reversals, new proposals and outright flip-flops”  — has damaged the credibility of Premier Christy Clark, Finance Minister Mike de Jong and the Liberal brand.
Clark made the stunning changes in policy after losing so many votes in the May 9 election, especially in urban areas.

Christy Clark's Schedule Empty For 15 Weeks Per Year As Premier, NDP Analysis Shows
Emma Paling
Christy Clark had nothing on her schedule for an average total of 15 weeks every year during her second term as Liberal B.C. premier, an analysis by the rival B.C. NDP claims.
Clark’s agenda was empty about 76 weekdays per year, the party said. And when she did attend meetings and make appearances, her days were 6.7 hours long on average.
The B.C. NDP obtained the premier’s schedules through a Freedom of Information request. They were released ahead of the May 9 provincial election next week.
“In three and a half years, Clark only put in 265 full working days of 8 hours or more,” said a B.C. NDP press releases. “In that time, a typical British Columbian working full time would have put in more than 800.”
It went on: “Is this really your full calendar? If it’s not complete, why aren’t your other commitments recorded in your government calendar?”
The premier’s office declined to comment, stating that all media requests had to go through the B.C. Liberal party during campaign time. The B.C. Liberals did not immediately respond to HuffPost Canada’s request for comment.
Clark draws an annual salary of $195,000 as premier. For years, she also received an annual stipend between $30,000 and $50,000 from the B.C. Liberal Party, the Globe and Mail revealed last year.
In response, Clark announced in January that she is no longer receiving the stipend. "It's always been a standard part of the process in B.C., but it's become a real distraction," she said at the time.
The average British Columbian earns about $47,914 a year, according to Workopolis.