Monday, April 11, 2011
The only political statement to appear on this site
Federal & Provincial Elections:
Crucial Choices for BC's Future
by Rafe Mair
The Common Sense Canadian
April 10, 2011
Excerpt - Rafe Mair writes ...
In the many years I’ve been involved in political life this is the first time I’ve seen a situation which, if not changed, will permanently leave longstanding wounds – wounds which will get worse and be incurable to boot ...
We don’t have to destroy our forests to make a living. We have no need to jeopardize, indeed kill off our wild salmon so that people other than British Columbians can provide dividends for their shareholders.
We have no need to sacrifice our rivers so, once again, outsiders can profit from the electricity produced.
BC Hydro [is] the main gem in the provincial crown. WAC Bennett saw three areas where the people, through those they elect, could use crown corporations for good policy decisions.
Bennett knew that no private ferry system would keep unprofitable routes yet he also knew that all British Columbians must have decent, affordable transportation options, so he bought Black Ball Ferries and created BC Ferries - which Gordon Campbell privatized. It left us the worst of all results – BC no longer directs its affairs but must still subsidize it.
Bennett knew that BC, large and bountiful as it is, needed a rail system that would lose money on some runs in order to open the province up and thus should be owned by the people and again a vehicle for public policy. Campbell gave this away to the private sector which won’t tolerate money-losing lines.
Bennett also knew that for British Columbians to compete and prosper it must have certainty of power both at home and in industry, so he bought out BC Electric Railway and created BC Hydro. This company was a huge success yet Campbell has developed a private power scheme leaving BC Hydro in a position that, if it couldn’t go on raising rates to subsidize its mandated giveaway program, would be bankrupt. It will be sold by way of bankruptcy, a bankruptcy which is clear on the horizon.
We must surely re-evaluate our political priorities. If the sale or disposition of our public assets would bring us prosperity thus making us better able to meet social obligations that would be one thing. But the fact is that each of these privatizing schemes hurts our economy badly. For the first time in our history we have embarked on a program to destroy our environment and our ability to make our own rules about transport and power – and we have done this for the immense enrichment of others. For the first time we have policies in place that will deliberately destroy the environment. I believe that the last chance we’ll have to save the situation is in the forthcoming federal election and the provincial election most likely to occur this Fall, if not sooner.
This means, in my view, we must make a stark decision: are we, in exchange for the usual promises about health care, education, and welfare, going to put back into government those who are destroying our environment and giving away our power? To this must be added that both the Federal Conservatives and the provincial Liberals have lied through their teeth in doing their destructive deeds. The federal Conservatives are as much to blame as the Campbell/Clark bunch. One need only look at what’s coming out of the Cohen Commission to see how the destruction of our salmon by fish farms is not an accident but a very careful and deliberate policy.
Moreover the feds have actually been financing the Independent Power Producers with our tax money! Can you beat this? Your tax dollars are going to help General Electric destroy our rivers and our power system!
In one line I want to dispose of the notion that we need majority governments: can you imagine what the Harper government would have done if they had a majority?
At The Common Sense Canadian we will support candidates who will end the giveaways and recover that which can be recovered, knowing that painful though the decision may be to many of us, our environment and energy will continue to be stolen from us, with one of the clear consequences that we have even less money to look after our hospitals, schools, universities and those who need help.
Read Rafe Mair's complete column HERE.
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If Harper gets in a darkness will descend upon Canada that will be likened to the black plague that will be talked about for generations if this monster ever gets a majority.
News is just breaking on CBC Newsworld about the Auditor-General (Sheila Fraser) having found evidence of allegedly illegal moves made in parliament by "The Harper Government"
which will confirm the "Contempt of Parliament" charges already levelled against the Harper Govt.,
and just in the nick of time, before tomorrow's big TV debate.
Blessed are the truth-tellers, eh?
Harper is doing to Canada, what Campbell did to BC. Were Harper to win a majority, we would have to, kiss Canada good-bye.
I agree with what you just said ... that's my impression, too.
What motivates these people, that's what I can't understand.
Ideology, greed and a healthy dose of sociopathy!
I keep saying over and over. Harper's agenda is, Global governance for Canada. Why in the hell else would he be giving our tax dollars, to the wealthiest outfits in the world? Harper is thieving from the citizens, to give to these huge businesses.
These giant corporations, hoard all of the money. When the cash flow is stopped around the globe, there is a recession. This has happened more than once. Harper even said, Global Governance, has been worked on since 1945.
Absolutely everything is being thieved from us. What has happened to our Constitution? Our Civil Rights and Liberties, have been taken away from us. Democracy and Freedom, what in the hell is that? That is gone, gone, gone, from our "democratic" country. We live in a dictatorship regime.
All of the crap going on, is forced on us, we have no say in anything. All of the criminal activities Campbell has used to steal from us. And I mean blatant, in your face thefts. Our equally corrupt judicial system, has allowed this criminal of a Campbell, to crap all over us. Forget about being democratic about this, and going through proper channels. There are no proper channels in BC, what-so-ever. It's either Egyptian justice, or a general strike. Because this stinking mess is going to keep on happeneing.