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A guest post from John Cummins MP

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Astonishing – on the same day that I give space to Christy Clark I am also giving space to the Conservative MP who’s riding overlaps the provincial electoral district I am running in. I got this from Bill Tieleman’s blog. I just hope it turns up in the mainstream media too

John Cummins
MP Delta-Richmond East

I am a free enterpriser, a federal Conservative with deep roots in the Reform movement.

I cannot support Gordon Campbell’s Liberals in this provincial election because of their complete indifference to quality of life issues here in South Delta.

· The industrialization of irreplaceable farmland to serve the interests of Port Metro Vancouver.

· The construction of “industrial strength” power lines through Tsawwassen after an election commitment not to do so.

· The promotion of rail and road infrastructure for the Gateway program that gives no consideration to quality of life issues across the Lower Mainland but particularly in Delta, Surrey and Langley.

From a provincial perspective I cannot support Gordon Campbell because he is giving away and putting at risk the public assets of the province for which he is only the present custodian.

· Run of the River Hydro projects which will destroy the remaining wilderness areas in British Columbia and commits us to higher than market prices for the power generated.

· Campbell’s unequivocal support of net cage aquaculture has put at risk precious runs of wild salmon.

· The Recognition and Reconciliation legislation proposed by Mr. Campbell will give about 30 yet-to-be created native groups aboriginal title to over 95 percent of the province. These groups will have veto power over development and will receive the lion’s share of revenue that flows from what’s now Crown land, money that currently goes to the provincial treasury.

· The giveaway of the UBC golf course and other valuable properties to buy peace with native-agitators during the Olympics.

· Campbell’s sale of BC Rail at a discounted price to CN after adamantly denying during an election campaign that he would sell it.

The Gordon Campbell government has not been the prudent manager of the province’s fiscal affairs that his supporters would have us believe.

His ill-considered carbon tax will mean higher fuel costs for all drivers with commuters and residents of the interior and northern parts of the province taking the biggest hit. It is estimated that a long-haul trucker in B.C. will pay $6,000 a year in carbon taxes by 2012. Home heating costs will also increase with the biggest impact on the residents of the north and interior of the Province.

Cost overruns on the Trade and Convention Centre and Campbell’s disregard for the economic upset experienced by the Cambie Street merchants during the RAV line construction paint a picture of a detached Premier who cares little for how he gets there just as long as he gets there.

The Gordon Campbell Liberals would have us believe that only they are capable of governing British Columbia and managing its economy. That no longer works for me. A vote for the B.C. Liberals means they can continue to disregard our legitimate concerns with impunity.

Written by Stephen Rees

May 8, 2009 at 11:48 am

Posted in politics

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  1. I would be interested to hear the Green Party’s position on the “Recognition and Reconciliation” proposals, as well as your own. It’s my understanding that as things stand, provincial and federal law in this area are in conflict, and therefore the province is going to have to change something eventually. I have no idea whether the Libs’ proposal is the right or wrong thing since there has been very little visible discussion on this subject, but I suspect that I am not going to get a lot of useful insight on this from a member of the BC Conservatives.


    May 10, 2009 at 8:02 am

  2. The Green Party doesn’t have a position on the “Reconciliation Act” as the BC Conservatives insist on calling it – as though it were already passed by the legislature. There are two pages of analysis and proposals in the Green Book – basically stating that First Nations continue to need to have their treaty rights recognized – and that many do not even have treaties yet. “The Green Party recognizes the need to improve the quality of life of First Nations people through improved housing conditions, better education, more employment opportunities and increased access to health programs…”

    Mr Cummins is a bit more restrained than our local Conservative candidate. Cummins says “95% of province”, the local tory “100%”. Both, of course, are scare mongering and should be ashamed of themselves

    Stephen Rees

    May 10, 2009 at 8:43 am

  3. I don’t agree with all of the points in Mr. Cummins’ letter, but I do feel his description of Campbell as “a detached Premier who cares little for how he gets there just as long as he gets there” is jarringly spot-on.

    For gold-standard scare-mongering, I saw the BC Liberals had rolled out an ad where Campbell closes by saying that (paraphrasing) ‘the wrong vote on Tuesday could make everything we have vanish in the blink of an eye.’ Using such language is playing to deep psychological warfare tactics, invoking language that brushes against descriptions of terrorist threats. Campbell should be ashamed of playing such games, but it’s clear that it’s beyond him.

    Good luck tomorrow, Stephen. I wish I could vote in Richmond East, but I’ll be doing my part in Vancouver to see that Mr. Campbell does not win his riding, which he took only by some 2500 votes last time around. On the east side of Kitsilano where I live, I’m not seeing many Liberal signs up, and am hoping that’s a sign of change.

    Todd Sieling

    May 11, 2009 at 6:34 am

  4. Stephen said…”Mr Cummins is a bit more restrained than our local Conservative candidate. Cummins says “95% of province”, the local tory “100%”. Both, of course, are scare mongering and should be ashamed of themselves”…

    Exactly…nothing but fear mongering and pure bunk.The ignorance of people that hold such patently absurd views never fails to astound me.
    Indigenous peoples understand that white people are here to stay,indeed they have no problem with that nor have they ever. Indeed they were more than willing to share the land with newcomers.
    All they asked for in return was that their wishes and rights to continue to exist (unmolested) as peoples/nations be respected,that’s why they signed treaties.
    They would not presume to tell settlers what they must do,nor how they should live,and visa versa,sounds fair and reasonable to me.Unfortunately we know how that story went…that said all is not lost.
    We have a second chance to get it right let’s seize the moment,let’s demand REAL
    leadership on this issue rather than the “legal”/word games,i.e the stall & delay tactics so favored by settler governments.
    Let’s begin a REAL process,so as to find a REAL solution,i.e one that treats and respects BOTH sides as equals,no settler government(s) preconditions,a process that understands clearly that First Nations peoples do have rights to flourish as autonomous peoples and nation,if they so chose.Again settlers chose to settle here,it was not the other way round.
    Again,if there is a will,and a legitimate process with clearly defined aims and goals is put in place,a mutually acceptable solution will be found.This is all First Nations people have ever wanted.Indeed they will not stop struggling until this basic and rightful notion is respected and embraced.


    May 11, 2009 at 2:25 pm

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