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B.C. Premier warns party against complacency

Globe and Mail

“Seven seats. If our government loses seven seats – just seven – in 2009, we won’t be government. Do you ever think of that? We lose seven. They gain seven. They’re government,” Mr. Campbell said referring to the NDP and the math of redistribution in the legislature.

That is a very important message of hope to the rest of us. In 48 weeks we could be free of the BC Liberals and start on rebuilding a better place to live with a truly sustainable future. I trust that Adrian Carr and Carol Jamesd will set down and talk to each other soon to ensure that there is no vote splitting. We simply cannot afford the alternative

Written by Stephen Rees

June 13, 2008 at 8:52 am

Posted in politics

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  1. I think your dreaming about a NDP/GREEN cooperation,never the less,I urge everyone to talk ,talk to strangers,imform the unimformed,there were many close races in 2005 including Campbells point grey riding.
    I have never hated or distrusted any goverment more than Campbells corporate sleaze machine.
    Its been said before but this is the most important election in the history of BC.

    Get involved, for the sake of the future, help remove these lunatics.

    grant g

    June 13, 2008 at 9:08 am

  2. I’m afraid the provincial NDP must step up to the plate and they won’t. Carole James has been dismal as ‘Leader of the Opposition’ and she must step down. The die-hard Liberals and NDP’ers I know, both detest the leader but feel impotent to rid themselves of the two people.

    It must be the water because when one is elected in BC, one becomes all knowing and all important and any traces of democracy is forgotten. We live in sad days.

    Malcolm J.

    June 13, 2008 at 9:10 am

  3. I have one thing to say Malcom J —Are you prepared to vote for a brutal corporate dictatership because your not fond of CAROLE JAMES

    So shes not a smooth operator like Gordo, Go ahead vote for that AZZ ,you tell your grandchildren you voted for a humanity theif because you weren`t fond of CAROLE JAMES

    What a pathetic argument!

    grant g

    June 13, 2008 at 10:09 am

  4. British Columbians screwed themselves in the last election when they failed to endorse the BC-STV initiative. Under that system, a governing NDP-Green coalition in the legislature would have been much more likely to happen instead of our current winner takes all stakes. All talk of electoral reform has now died because the BC Liberals realize any sort of proportional representation type initiative would leave them on the sidelines and open up the opportunities for new parties to make some headway.

    Under the current electoral format, the NDP and Greens will continue to split the vote on the left for the foreseeable future. The only way this won’t happen is if they agree to not run competing candidates in ridings with a high probability of a split vote….which would be quite a few.

    As for the NDP itself, they talk a lot about opposing this or that, but don’t propose any sort of realistic or well thought out alternatives for the public to sink their teeth into. The NDP performance on Gateway has been terrible and they have come across looking like idiots. Their ties to labour are also a sore point for too many people to make them popular with the main stream electorate. They have not utilized their time on the sidelines to effectively transform themselves into any sort of “modern” party of the left alternative. They won’t likely become government again until they do so.

    John

    June 13, 2008 at 10:40 am

  5. As an NDP voter I’m decidely unenthusiastic about voting for them next time precisely because of sustainability issues. Would they really be better even though they’re opportunistically trashing the carbon tax? I prefer the NDP on almost every issue but the carbon tax really sticks in my craw.

    greg

    June 13, 2008 at 10:59 am

  6. Go ahead vote for corporations(I mean campbell) –Say what you will do you really think labour is killing this province,at least that money gets spent!
    You would rather Campbell give all the money to corporations never to be seen again.

    If you don`t watch the BC legislature channel and read bills or have another source for imformation you could never know what the NDP position is,Canwest global has been spoonfeeding BC Liberal propoganda for 7 years now.They have fought fish farms,privitizing of BC hydro.

    They have pushed for better health care,lower transit,transit options for the fraser valley.

    Just exactly what has Campbell done thats so great–Caused housing prices to rise,caused commodities to rise,spent billions on olympic projects!–Election gerry-mandering,gag laws,no fall sessions in the legislature ,lied,sold our assets,#1 in Canada 5 straight years in child poverty,15000 homeless,social cuts,I could go on forever with Campbell corruption and flaws.

    Go ahead,vote for Campbell,because when the recession does come to BC –There won`t be 15000 homeless,there will be 150.000 homeless,Campbell nothing but a ruthless dictator in good finacial times (brought on by high commodities) wait and see how ruthless he will be in bad times.

    I just can`t believe how naive people are to re-elect a thing that has hurt them and future generations.
    Just don`t go blogging and complaining after the next election,when you are the ones that put a corporate dictator in power.

    grant g

    June 13, 2008 at 1:58 pm

  7. Meh, I voted NDP last time to dump Campbell, but what’s the use???? James is turning out to be the worst opposition leader I have ever seen.

    This time I want to try something a bit different and I never thought I would ever go there but yuppers the Greens provides something new and different. The NDP’s goofy position on the carbon tax was the last straw.

    Al

    June 13, 2008 at 7:23 pm

  8. Why don`t you people read bill 37 —–It has nothing to do with greenhouse gasses–Read all the exemptions for the big polluters,—it will cost Low income people and pensioners and middle class lots of money and tax reductions for corporate entities that are exempt.
    Schools, hospitals,regional districts everything will have to pay this ESCALATING TAX (they won`t get a tax return–This bill 37 is a tax shift,from average people to big corporations, Even if the tax went to transit or green technology,perhaps,but it does not.
    You want to let Campbell destroy the enviroment ,ship coal to China,China is opening up over 100 coal fired electrical generating plants this year alone,theres no tax on those exports.
    You are such a hero because your willing to pay 2.4 cents a liter,rising to 8 cents a liter==Cement industry(exempt from the tax) —Big oil and gas in BC (exempt from the tax)—All our polluting exports to other countries (exempt from the tax)
    Cruise ships (exempt —-Airlines (exempt)

    Al —why don`t you read bill 37—before you make a judgement on it–

    It might be revenue nuetrol to goverment but not to middle class.
    ITS A TAX SHIFT—THE BIGGEST POLLUTERS ARE THE BIGGEST RECIPIENTS!

    How pathetic some of you are—-DUH –i PAY TAX—I GET MONEY BACK–I AM A HERO –LOOK HOW GREEN WE ARE-

    Gas flaring in bc ==the biggest polluter(exempt from the tax)

    You really want to save the planet AL —Protest in the streets about coal shipments to china,oil pipeline coming to prince rupert–flathead valley getting destroyed to extract coal–fish farms destroying wild salmon—port expansion—gateway,highway expansion, SFPR going through burns bog—BC rail used to piggyback semi trailers all over the province,that doesn`t happen anymore because campbell sold it.

    Thousands of children getting bussed millions of miles a year because so many local community schools have been closed.
    BC hospital laundrey shipped to alberta cleaned and shipped back because of privitization.
    No transit option for most of the province.

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    grant g

    June 13, 2008 at 7:59 pm

  9. I am going to close this discussion

    I have written to Al and Grant and asked them to cease this kind of behavior here.

    Stephen Rees

    June 14, 2008 at 9:45 am


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