Monthly Archives: September 2010

Give the brother-in-law a raise

Vancouver Sun health reporter Pamela Fayerman’s gushing coverage of the government’s health care announcement yesterday doesn’t include any comment from NDP Health critic Adrian Dix.  Most other news outlets included statements from Dix noting that the extra MRIs won’t make … Continue reading

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BC Rail: How badly were we hosed?

And when did the hosing start? Tax pools.  Indemnification. Valuation. The BC Rail Corruption trial sounds like a corporate taxation seminar hosted by a team of accountants and tax lawyers this week.  And that only appeals to a narrow slice … Continue reading

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Gordon Campbell says move the referendum up

There are a lot of strong voices supporting an early referendum on the HST.  But I find none as powerful as Gordon Campbell’s, arguing in the original debate on the bill. Why the referendum must be held quickly, in his … Continue reading

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What I learned at the BC Rail corruption trial

Not much except… “I don’t recall” is a BC Liberal talking point. ‘The less you do, the higher the pay’ = BC Liberal exec compensation policy. The CEO of a defunct railway needs something to fill his time – hello, … Continue reading

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Who decided when to sell BC Rail

RossK over at the Pacific Gazette has posted an interesting timeline with more to come about Gordon Campbell’s decision to sell BC Rail. http://pacificgazette.blogspot.com/2010/09/railgate-reunionthe-witness-and.html

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BC Rail Update: Carrying a brief for CN

Yesterday at the BC Rail Corruption trial, well-paid – make that very well-paid – director Brian Kenning was asked if he remembered being told it was untoward to be sporting a customized CN briefcase, whilst attempting to sell BC Rail … Continue reading

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Yvette Wells: “Can we back up the debt spiral with evidence?

Was the BC Rail debt issue just spin? As RossK points out over at the Gazetteer, Will MacMartin has effectively eviscerated the argument that claims BC Rail was burdened by an impossible debt. But the BC Rail documents released by … Continue reading

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NPA Dreams Vanish in the Cold Light of Day

As seen today in the Vancouver Observer Numbers are so solid.  They’re either big or they are little.  Unless you’re an NPA activist.  Then little is big and – you guessed it – big is little. That’s how the NPA … Continue reading

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Evil Twins: What BC Rail and the HST Have In Common

A version of this story appears in the Vancouver Observer Around about 1930, Dorothy Parker started answering her telephone with the question, “what fresh hell is this?”  Little did she know that she was channeling BC Liberal operatives yelling into … Continue reading

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You Can’t Trust the BC Liberals

That’s not me talking.  It’s what 30% of BC Liberal supporters say, according to Angus Reid’s latest poll. Here’s how it breaks down.  25% of British Columbians would vote BC Liberal today.  But only  18% of voters say they trust … Continue reading

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