Friday, March 17, 2017

--“Members on both sides? What are you talking about?” Horgan shouted at Reid. “They’re braying like donkeys, and we’re quiet. What are you talking about?”-------Horgan returned fire in a news conference. “I think it’s time for a change. (The Liberals) have been here overly long, they are bloated, they are arrogant, out of touch and their singular focus is filling up their coffers with big money and making sure they address the needs of the people passing them the bucks.”----With less than two months before the election, Premier Christy Clark is dismissing her primary opponent as a leader who can’t find his backbone or even lead his own caucus.------ Julie Ali · University of Alberta It is sad that Ms. Clark would insult another politician in this way. Ultimately voters will decide who has the political spine to lead them in BC. In Alberta, I thought the spine was present in the NDP folks but it isn't. In BC, the spine seems to be lacking in the Liberals. Heck, lack of a political spine may afflict all politicians and if this is the case, the best thing to do is to keep changing the political party in power. By changing the folks in power at every election, at least we get variety if not responsible representation.

Since all politicians are the same, it might be wise for folks in BC to vote out the current Liberals and get a new set of hires in. I imagine that the performance will be about the same.
 Politicians don't change but citizens can do the change business and the first way to begin change is to keep changing the ruling political party so as to keep things fresh in power.
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Premier Clark dismisses Horgan as a leader who lacks a spine


VICTORIA — With less than two months before the election, Premier Christy Clark is dismissing her primary opponent as a leader who can’t find his backbone or even lead his own caucus.
Clark offered a harsh critique of the NDP’s John Horgan during an interview with Postmedia News on Thursday, saying that as the legislature adjourned to kickstart the unofficial election campaign she’d seen enough of Horgan in action to conclude he isn’t up to the job.
“John, he is not as strong a leader as I thought he would be,” said Clark. “He hasn’t been able to corral his caucus, there’s so much disunity in the group, they are always fighting with each other. He can’t seem to take a position on any of the important policies, things it’s obvious we are all going to have to take a position on.
“I know people sort of thought (former NDP leader) Adrian Dix was flip-flopping, but John Horgan … has got a bigger problem in terms of finding his spine, finding his backbone. That was something I’ve learned about him over the last little while in watching the NDP.”
Horgan returned fire in a news conference. “I think it’s time for a change. (The Liberals) have been here overly long, they are bloated, they are arrogant, out of touch and their singular focus is filling up their coffers with big money and making sure they address the needs of the people passing them the bucks.”
Clark likened Horgan’s situation, with competing internal pressures and MLAs not fully supportive of his leadership, as similar to the fractured caucus she inherited as Liberal leader in 2011 when she replaced Gordon Campbell.
“We all have to live with the circumstances we got,” she said. “So I know how hard this is to do, but I think in John there is kind of a profound, maybe it is fear or weakness I don’t know, but he really hasn’t turned out to have the spine that Adrian Dix had.”
The legislative session concluded Thursday with Clark’s Liberals having spent much of the time on the defensive over criticism that her party is beholden to wealthy corporate donors. The RCMP is investigating whether any political parties have received illegal donations from donors, such as lobbyists, who’ve expensed their contributions back to their companies or unions.
The NDP leads the Liberals in the latest Mainstream/Postmedia poll, and data shows a majority of voters want limits on the size of campaign political donations. Though it dominated the session, Clark said she doesn’t expect the donation issue to be front-of-mind during the campaign, which formally begins April 11.
“I think we all start at zero the day the writ is dropped,” she said. “In some ways it’s going to be exactly the same as the last election, people are going to talk about jobs, economic growth, they are going to talk about unemployment rates, they are going to talk about controlling government spending and taxes. Those are going to be the same issues because that’s what affects people in their real lives.”
The Liberal government’s bill to force political parties to disclose donor lists every two weeks failed to pass Thursday. Horgan mocked the “dead-on-arrival” attempt. Green leader Andrew Weaver called it all a “cynical ploy” by the Liberals to look like they were doing something, without wanting to change.
Finance Minister Mike de Jong said he concluded the NDP wouldn’t support the bill, and so government ran out of time and abandoned passage rather than forcing a vote.
“The opposition chose to focus on pretty much a single issue through the session,” de Jong said of political donations. “It’s not something that, candidly, I think the majority of British Columbians are preoccupied with. But we’ll see.”
Both Horgan and Clark have predicted a rough, nasty campaign. And both said they’re keen to hit the campaign trail and interact with voters.
“I think there’s a simmering anger about the arrogance of this government,” said Horgan, who noted the Liberals have been in power for “16 miserable years.”
Clark said she’s not worried about the race, because she prefers to focus on being positive. 
“I’ve got a good record to run on,” she said. “You always have to know you can lose, if you want to win. That’s how elections are. If you are trapped by fear, it’s a real weakness. And I don’t think people want weak leaders.”
The end of the legislative session Thursday saw a mixture of non-partisan celebration involving the 14 retiring MLAs, as well as a particularly raucous and hyper-partisan final Question Period between Clark and Horgan.
When Speaker Linda Reid tried to restore order at one point, urging both sides to calm their heckling, Horgan launched on Reid, who is a Liberal MLA but is also supposed to be the non-partisan referee.
“Members on both sides? What are you talking about?” Horgan shouted at Reid. “They’re braying like donkeys, and we’re quiet. What are you talking about?”
Though it was clearly a breach of parliamentary protocol to verbally accost the speaker, Reid didn’t admonish or punish Horgan for the outburst. The incident appeared to be a culmination of earlier NDP frustration over Reid ruling many of their political donation questions out of order.
During one of Clark’s answers in Question Period, NDP MLA Kathy Corrigan could be heard from the backbench shouting, “Boring!”
When NDP MLA David Eby asked a question about a B.C. Housing project in Vancouver connected to a Liberal donor, Health Minister Terry Lake challenged him to “step out of the House and say it,” alluding to Eby’s loss of protection from legal action if he repeated his claims outside the chamber. “Coward!” shouted Lake.
The last Question Period before the election concluded with a bizarre incident in which NDP House leader Mike Farnworth directed a question to one of his own NDP MLAs, asking Bruce Ralston to talk about a recent report he’d concluded in his capacity as chairman of the standing committee on public accounts.
Ralston stood to take the question (which he turned into a long-winded attack on the Liberal government’s economic record) by joking that he’d “wondered whether I’d get a question this session.”
Before the session adjourned, Lt.-Gov. Judith Guichon proclaimed into law Liberal legislation on adoption reforms, the removal of discriminatory provisions in government language, access to Crown land, the prevention of cruelty to animals and duty to document government records.
An all-party committee of MLAs tasked with hiring a new information and privacy commissioner also tabled a report saying it was unable to come to unanimous agreement on a candidate, and so the issue would be delayed until after the election when new MLAs could try again.
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Julie Ali · 
It is sad that Ms. Clark would insult another politician in this way.

Ultimately voters will decide who has the political spine to lead them in BC.

In Alberta, I thought the spine was present in the NDP folks but it isn't.
In BC, the spine seems to be lacking in the Liberals.
Heck, lack of a political spine may afflict all politicians and if this is the case, the best thing to do is to keep changing the political party in power. By changing the folks in power at every election, at least we get variety if not responsible representation.

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