I go out for two hours and what happens?
Craig James screws the recallers on behalf of Liberal MLA (that wasn’t three words I just typed, was it?) Ida Chong and Finance Minister Colin Hansen reveals he was lying when he and Gordon Campbell cooked up the unsustainable tax cut for the tv address that didn’t work so necessitated Campbell resigning and the tax cut to be withdrawn. Got all that?
Lets start with Colin Hansen. Three and a half weeks ago, the Premier lied told the people of BC that the money was rolling in so fast we could all afford a tax break. Here’s how the Globe put it: “The tax cut will reduce provincial revenues by $568-million each year. The fiscal room for a new tax cut relies on the September budget update, which forecast $2.1-billion in additional revenues over the next three years.”
Today Colin puts out the 2nd quarter figures and they show… revenues down, not up. Now those revenues don’t come in all at once at the end of the quarter. They are reported regularly throughout the quarter. So it’s likely Hansen knew and the Premier knew on October 27th that the “fiscal room” had disappeared.
In other words, they lied. I know, shocker!
And how about that Craig James, toady extraordinaire?
He rejected the Ida Chong recall petition for exceeding the 200 word limit, arguing that the acronyms MLA and HST represent 8 words not two. But here’s how my dictionary defines acronym: “acronym – a word formed from the initial letters or syllables taken from a group of words”. “A word.” Sounds pretty clear to me. An acronym like MLA is one word not five.
Craig James has just jumped the Orwell shark.
Btw – an interesting take on the Basi/Virk plea bargain deal coming up tomorrow…