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Sep. 22, 2020
Most people think BC had a fixed election date and that the NDP Government is now violating it. That's what they wanted you to think – until election time, like right, now came around. 
 
You see there was no fixed date really. As you see below from the BC Constitution Act, which no one reads, it was was all a sham. The Lt. Governor could cause an election to be called any time. 
 
23( 1) – The Lieutenant Governor may, by proclamation in Her Majesty's name, prorogue or dissolve the Legislative Assembly when the Lieutenant Governor sees fit.
 
2) – Subject to subsection (1), a general voting day must occur on the third Saturday in October in the fourth calendar year following the general voting day for the most recently held general election. 
 
That means Premier Horgan recommends to the Lt Governor and the Lt. Governor accedes. 
 
But the NDP are just a little too smart by half. Why? Because their agreement with the Green Party stipulates the agreement is good until the scheduled election, meaning 2021. 
 
"2017 Confidence and Supply Agreement between the BC Green Caucus and the BC New Democrat Caucus. This agreement between the BC Green Caucus and the BC New Democrat Caucus is effective for four years, or until the next fixed date election as set by the BC Constitution Act."
 
Of course, the NDP will argue that fixed date was subject to the Lt. Governor – but that was not put into agreement. 
 
It is all sneaky stuff, that’s what it is. And a reason why so many people are cynical of politics. With the verbal gymnastics like that who would not be? 
 
Add to that the government’s verbal sleight of hand on the budget deficit calculating only part of their expenditure to be a part of it, like $320 million not the real $5 billion number, and you have a terrible stench all round. 
 
Using the aroma of Bonnie Henry to quell the stench and you have the unnecessary, crass manoeuvre of a BC provincial election for October 24. 
Sep. 18, 2020

When you misrepresent the deficit, can 36 pages of goobbledygook be credible?

The BC Government is in a rush. Never let a tragedy go to waste. Especially something like the Wuhan virus. 

A new, really, not so new, BC’s Economic Recovery Plan of 36 pages has been released to the Public. Something for everyone. But can it be believed? 

Just a few days ago the Public Accounts of the Province for 2019/2020 were presented. And true to form with past financial accounts, the Government disguises the financial picture of the Province.

It continues to mischaracterize the budget ­– past years it was showing a surplus when there was a deficit. Now it is showing a modest deficit when there is a huge deficit. 

You see, just about everyone on this left coast has bought into the Government’s notion that a budget is just the operating account. It is not!

The budget is the operating account and the capital account. The Federal Government acknowledges this reality and budgets itself accordingly. 

So, many surpluses of the past were deficits and the deficit of this past year is much, much larger than advertised.  

The Public Accounts records an operating deficit of $321 millions for 2019/2020.

Then the taxpayer supported capital spending is recorded as $4.772 billion. 

That gives a total of $5.093 Billion —$4.772 billion – plus $321 million. 

That is the deficit for 2019/2020. 

We (through the provincial government) have to borrow this amount. 

But wait, that’s not all. There is self-supporting debt of the Province. If one of the Provincial Government entities that is now paying for its debt gets into trouble the Province will have to pick up the tab. And this is $4.294 billion. 

So the total financial liability of the Province this past year 2019/2020 year is $5.093 billion + $4.294 billion. = $9.387 billion.

Meanwhile, the BC Ministry of Finance in its press release of Aug.31 announcing the release of the Public Accounts for 2019/2020 says “The fiscal year ended with a deficit of $321 million”

So, do I believe the BC Economic Recovery Plan?

Sep. 15, 2020
I never hear the words used so much as I have this past several months. 
 
Some of the bailout requests etc are justified, especially in health, education and social services. 
 
But it starts getting a little risky on economic matters when it gets beyond six months. 
 
Everyone thinks they qualify for a government bailout. 
 
The latest is the Mountain Equipment Co-op business. Apparently, it has been sold to a U.S. enterprise with the transaction to close later in the year. 
 
Quit the hullabaloo, it seems with many members are crying foul given the nature of the transaction and members claiming they were not consulted. That’s one thing and no doubt this will play itself out in the courts etc. 
 
But the notion, as one of the members suggest in a Radio 1130 news story, of a government bailout is quite another. Federal and provincial governments have already borrowed heavily to the tune of hundreds of billions of dollars. 
 
This present trouble of MEC is not all Covid related either. Apparently they were having trouble last year before the pandemic. 
 
Time for people to be responsible for their own economic transactions and operations. The taxpayer has a heavy enough burden as it is, with many years of restraint in the offing. 
 
And no doubt many Canadian nationalists, anti-American citizens are put out about the fact that an American company may be taking over. 
 
But that’s par for the cours, isn’t it, what with the mouse living next to the elephant? 
 
Do I hear Walmart, Costco, Home Depot, Lowes?  
Sep. 11, 2020

It is an endless parade of law breaking. If it is isn’t Trudeau breaking the law five times through proven ethics violations it is now former Minister Morneau. This fellow was already caught in ethics violations a few years ago when he did not disclose his real estate holdings in France. Now here he is again found breaching the election laws’ 

Here is a CBC news item on the matter 

"Bill Morneau violated a part of the Canada Elections Act last summer when he promoted prospective Liberal candidates during the lead-up to the federal election while acting in his capacity as minister, says the commissioner of Canada elections. 

The independent officer, who is responsible for ensuring compliance with the act, posted a copy of his findings online Thursday morning."

Of course, the fines for such violations are puny in that the former Minister has to pay a fine of $300 and his district association has to pay back $1600 in campaign expenses related to the the illegal acts.

Imagine if that was you or me breaking the law? Look what Governments are doing arresting people who are legitimately protesting the infringement on their freedom rights. In Alberta, individuals were arrested and charged $1200 for protesting infringement on their freedom rights. Thanks to the Justice Center For Constitutional Freedoms the fines had to be cancelled because the authorities could not prove their cases that the Individuals had broken any law. 

This is the state of our democracy —- lawbreaking by the highest political leaders in our land, just a slap on the wrist and a collective yawn ; meanwhile active and aggressive illegal arrests and fines by security personnel against ordinary citizens for exercising their constitutional rights and freedoms.