Tuesday, March 01, 2011

 

The construction industry is looking forward to Christy Clark's term in office. Didn't Laila Yuile explain all that?

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Christy Clark will become B.C.'s next premier

RICHARD GILBERT
staff writer
Journal of Commerce,
Western Canada's Construction Newspaper

The construction industry is looking forward to working with the new leader of the B.C. Liberal Party and hopes she will maintain infrastructure development as a top priority as the province’s new premier.

“We can’t predict the implications of this leadership vote at this point, but the previous government had a strong commitment to infrastructure and capital works,” said Manley McLachlan,  president of the B.C. Construction Association.

“I would be very surprised if this changed. This is a new day and the start of a new government. We are pretty excited and look forward to sitting down and working with a new premier.”

Former deputy premier Christy Clark won the B.C. Liberal leadership in a close three-ballot victory on Feb. 26, by beating former cabinet ministers Kevin Falcon, George Abbott and Mike de Jong.

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“The B.C. Roadbuilders will be getting behind Christy to build the next generation of infrastructure,” said Jack Davidson, president of the B.C. Road Builders' Heavy Construction Association.

“We will support Christy vigorously to maintain the HST and work with her in the next election to make sure free enterprise and candidates are elected that support continued investment in infrastructure and continued growth for B.C.”

Clark said she plans to move up a province-wide referendum on the controversial Harmonized Sales Tax to June 24.

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The referendum is currently scheduled for September.

“I think she has to continue with the efficient management of the economy, balanced budgets, the reduction of regulation and continued investment in infrastructure,” said Philip Hochstein, president of the Independent Contractors and Businesses Association.

“It is good to see her first trip will be to India and China, because we are building the Pacific Gateway and need to take advantage of our geographic location. She also needs to maintain a pragmatic relationship with the federal government, regardless of who is involved, because it brings much needed infrastructure dollars.”

Clark said her top priorities would be bringing change and open government to Victoria, as well as balancing the budget, fighting poverty and putting families at the top of the agenda.

Some people in the industry are not so sure Clark will deliver on these promises, given her previous work in government.

“Her track record is not worker friendly,” said Tom Sigurdson, executive director of the B.C. and Yukon Territory Building and Construction Trades Council. “Do I expect a leopard to change her spots? No.”

During the Liberal leadership campaign, Clark claimed to be a party outsider, but Sigurdson pointed out she was first elected as an opposition member in 1996.

“She was a co-author of the new-era election platform in 2001, which delivered tax cuts to the wealthiest members of society and cut services to people in need,” said Sigurdson.

“As the minister of education, she fought with teachers and changed the funding system, which led to the closing of more than 100 schools. She was also the deputy premier during the sale of B.C. Rail.”

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Read the full story HERE.

http://www.journalofcommerce.com/article/id43173

The 40th B.C. general election is scheduled to take place on May 14, 2013, barring the possibility of a motion of no confidence, war or an early dissolution of parliament. 

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BC Mary comment:  This may be an appropriate moment for sharing a comment made on his blog by a retired journalist with over 30 years' experience with Big Media in BC.  First, Norm Farrell asked the right question ... From Harvey Oberfeld's blog, "Keeping it Real" ...


Norm Farrell [comment]  Feb 27, 2011

 ... There are questions to be answered if Clark hopes to succeed. Despite my own cynicism, I am surprised that journalists have not been challenged to repeat the questions and seek their own answers.

It is not surprising the main pundits keep closed eyes because a different approach now would admit their own past timidity. Surely though the next generation must be pawing the ground, anxious to put their teeth into an investigation.

Or, is there an unwritten code protecting colleagues’ reputations or constraint by management?

[Harvey Oberfeld] Response: Hate to admit it, but if there’s investigative pressure and questions really put to her, I expect they will come from the Globe and Mail … not local press. I suspect the corporate bosses don’t want to push her too hard, because she will be the free enterprise standard bearer against the NDP. But I’d love to be proved wrong!!! h.o)


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And acting as confirmation for skepticism is this comment:
Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "The construction industry is looking forward to Christy Clark's term in office ...":


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Norm Farrell;

I'd be careful about expecting too much from the G&M as they are now owned by CTV, right!

Mark Hume's recent "clean slate" version of the few selected prosecution special papers released to just certain "registered?" journalists and which so called exhonourated Madame Ch...leads me to wonder if the federal Liberals are going to make sure their girl in B.C. keeps doing business as usual and keeps Mr. Harper wondering how much cooperation he will get.

G&M has always been a Liberal newspaper since Mr. Brown established it in the late 1800's I think; but some vested interests have now safely tucked this newspaper into a "vested" pocket, I believe.

Good for reading what's happening daily in the TSX, tho.

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Comments:
Hi there,

Thanks for sharing the link - but unfortunately it seems to be not working? Does anybody here at bctrialofbasi-virk.blogspot.com have a mirror or another source?


Thanks,
John
 
Norm Farrell;
I'd be careful about expecting too much from the G&M as they are now owned by CTV, right!.
Mark Hume's recent "clean slate" version of the few selected prosecution special papers released to just certain "registered?" journalists and which so called exhonourated Madame Ch...leads me to wonder if the federal Liberals are going to make sure their girl in B.C. keeps doing business as usual and keeps Mr. Harper wondering how much cooperation he will get.

G&M has always been a Liberal newspaper since Mr. Brown established it in the late 1800's I think; but some vested interests have now safely tucked this newspaper into a "vested" pocket, I believe.
Good for reading what's happening daily in the TSX, tho.
 
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