Thursday, September 30, 2010
"BC Rail.... we gave it to them for free... a strategic asset critical to the viable sustainability of the northern transportation corridors... basically treason against our economy ..."
Voices from B.C.'s Hurtland ...
IPG Wades In on CN Labour DisputeBy 250 News
If they were so concerned about the CN having a monopoly here, why did they and Colin Kinsely support the sale of BC Rail.
I doubt if there are any Customer relationships between shippers and CN Rail. Most shippers are not happy with the present rail service.
In any event it is **moot** because firstly the CN would actually have to go on strike. Secondly the CN Management would continue to run the Railway with Management personel, like they did the last time, and thirdly if there was serious disruption the Government would order them back to work.
Railways and Unions have had many strikes over the years, and they managed without any input from IPG. Im sure they can again.
I think at the cost of $20+ million over the last decade the city of PG got little to no real value out of IPG.
PG got a (property) tax payer funded group that spear headed the privatization of BC Rail (a completely corrupted process), which led to the collapse of Mackenzie (rail car shortage in a just in time business)... we got an organization pushing downtown properties to the cities (home owner) tax payer... we got subsidized call centers and foreign airlines... and we got not one single tangible industrial success from their efforts of any significance worth noting.
What we have is people advising how to spend tax payer dollars, and advising how our economy should be managed according to insider politics... with little to no real accountability by the tax payers that fund this organization. Its like privatized government safe from freedom of information requests and real stakeholder transparency... a hidden layer of bureaucracy that PG does not need IMO.
Where is the accountability for their (IPG) support of the privatization of BC Rail now that the true purpose of having BC Rail has come to haunt both the union workers of CN, and the economy of Northern BC?
One thing that burns me about the BC Rail deal is the $2 Billion dollars in paper losses the government of BC created on BC Rail's books for tax purposes as part of the sale of BC Rail... so that CN could use these tax write offs against their profits to stiff Canadian tax payers for the equivalent amount that CN supposedly paid for BC Rail.... we gave it to them for free... a strategic asset critical to the viable sustainability of the northern transportation corridors... basically treason against our economy and for 999-years committed by ideology all on the take of our tax dollars... and IPG supported the sale of BC Rail as its biggest cheer leader despite the protests and public will against it.
This is what the City of PG tax payers pay for to the tune of $20+ million a decade.
Will additional revenues accrue to the Province (oops forget it). None will any more.
The only thing left to do is to punt Campbell and take it back. Buy all the land back and blame Campbell as being the worst premier ever to pillage a province in Canada.
There's that smell again!!!!
If the government is (theoretically) representing the people, then how do people convince the courts that the people (through the government) can change their mind - have a "do-over"?