Friday, August 26, 2011

What Will Ms Clark Do If....


....Say, John Cummins, comes up with a real Plan 'B' for the proMedia herd this afternoon?

Regardless, it would seem that the time for unicorns, ponies and whole wheat twinkees is over.

Because if the sitting Premier does not stop using Shane Mills'* Rovian survival strategy of playing it cutesy with the regionals out on the hustings for photo-op/probing question avoidance purposes and get down to work she is doomed.

Which, of course, she may be anyway.

Especially if Mr. Cummins includes a Plan C.

Like, perhaps, a call for a full BC Rail inquiry.

Or some such thing.

And if I hear one more pundit say that the HST-Ref is 'too close to call' in the total absence of any actual, you know, data (and, yes, I'm looking at NRuff this morning), I am going to scream......
*Or whoever in that office came up with it....Pammy?....Naw....She wouldn't do it...She hates that yucky political stuff...



North Van's Grumps said...

Has the listings up, zero entries

Here We Go

bewlay said...

It could be a Friday to remember...

Grant G said...

Yes indeed...N Ruff(rough) talks like a stooge...

However, the sometimes good Mr. Mason of the Globe n Mail said last night on CTV news....

Drum roll please...."The Vote to kill the tax has won the day"

And poor old Mario Conseco states the referendum is too close to call, makes you wonder....

Why are the polling firms afraid to burst the BC Liberal`s balloon?

My answer to that question is...

I believe that the polling outfits believed the THESE BC Liberals were capable of...


Oh the Humanity!

North Van's Grumps said...

While the investigation into BC Rail is ongoing is there any room for another one, no not BC Hydro, no not BC Ferries, but they're all deserving, an investigation in just how much money, and RESOURCES were wasted by the BC Liberals to sell the public on something they must have been actively polling throughout the StickMan process........

Surely the Finance Minister would have known the numbers...... and with TWO MLAs gone, will Kevin Falcon step up to the plate and fall on his sword! as the Minister responsible for this fiasco.

MLA Colin Hansen did.

RossK said...

Here we go, indeed!


RossK said...

Hey Grant and NVG--

Are you, too, being swarmed by PAB-Bots this morning?


Grant G said...

Mr. K....Here is the transcript from that Christy Clark radio program..

Part 1


The Christy Clark show ....The transcript.....Christy Clark`s words...

Clark "How much of a difference has his leadership made at BC Ferries? It`s a company that now delivers a half a billion dollars in profit back to you and I !{sic} the taxpayers and don`t forget, we didn`t start making this profit until after David Hahn took over and started cleaning it up. So how much is that worth to you? And to me, the people who pay taxes in this Province? Yes, we could cut David Hahn`s pay. We could save the corporation maybe a hundred, two hundred, maybe three hundred grand a year. And then when he leaves and is replaced by somebody who`s willing to work for less, how much profit will there be left for the taxpayer to garner? Would we be earning four hundred million instead of five? Three hundred million insted of five? Maybe we`d be earning the same amount. The fact is no one knows. But are you willing to take that risk? Are you willing to risk hundreds of millions in profits to save perhaps a couple of hundred thousand dollars in salary?
The fact is that leadership really does matter. And in the case of BCFerries, it`s pretty easy to argue David Hahn`s leadership in particular has made a very, very big difference. Is he overpaid? I don`t know. I `m not really sure what the job is worth. But I do know that five hundred million dollars in profit back to you and I {sic} the taxpayer, is a pretty good deal.
What do you think...604-280-9898...*9898 on your cell.

And then I was first caller up....."Hi Brian"

Grant G said...

Part 11...

Brian..Hi Christy, you know, I don`t know where you get your facts from, but you know BC Ferries has a $1.4 billion dollar capital debt. In the last fiscal reported quarter, April, May and june of this year, they didn`t even make enough money to cover their operating expenses and interest payments, which is fifty million dollar per year on their capital debt. Plus the Province subsidizes BC Ferries to the tune of almost two hundred million dollars a year. Where do you get this $500 million dollar profit amount from?

Clark--They, they return that to the taxpayer. It is on, you can find it in public accounts.

Brian--Yea, well, I suggest that you do a little more scanning and talk to Gary Coons, uh the, ferry critic....Because BC Ferries is in, is right now, is in a financial disaster.uh!

Clark-but they don`t have a fi, they don`t have a capital debt, though. Brian, because

Brian--Yes they do!..$1.4 billion dollars!

Clark-No, hold on, hold on, listen, listen, listen! listen. They don`t have a capital debt. though, because of David Hahn. They have a capital debt largely because we spent so much money on the fast ferries that there was no money left over to actually look after the ferries that were going to work in british Columbia. They had to build new ferries.

Brian--No, your wrong on that. Christy, because when Hahn took over, all the debt that BC Ferries had was retired by the Province. Hahn came in there was a clean slate. And this $1.4 billion dollar debt has been gathered up since Hahn has been at the-

Clark-But he, but, Brian, my point is he came in with BC Ferries that were, a fleet that was, in such a bad state of dis-repair, I mean, some of the ferries were, I think, thirty or forty years old


Clark-They had to be upgraded

Brian-No, no no

Clark-and there was no money to do it because it had been misspent in previous years. That money for the fast ferries should have gone into upgrading the fleet over those years.

Brian--Christy, I have been riding the ferries for thirty years. The, the Langdale run, the island, there are no more sailings than there ever was {sic} The schedule`s been the same for three decades on the Sunshine coast. Uh, they sunk a ferry under Hahn...The fast ferries were a bad design and, and is at issue, but, that the fast ferries had nothing to do with maintenance of the fleet-


Brian-Or money taken away from ferries-

Clark-Of course it did!

Brian-No it didn`t!

Clark-Of course it did, all those years-

Brian-Look at the convention center--

Clark-All of, oh, come on! Leave the convention center out of this! That`s, that`s crazy. The money that went into the fast ferries was diverted from BC Ferries budget and it shoud have gone into replacing the ancient archaic, old fleet. And it didn`t! That`s why there`s a capital debt at BC ferries. Make no doubt. There is absolutely no doubt about that. The convention center doesn`t have a whole lot to do with that Brian.

And with that the conversation and Christy liefest ended.....Now let me add a few points, after her show I sent Christy the financial`s for BC Ferries, PDF files, BC Ferries annual audits, I sent her a dozen stories and asked her to retract, she ignored me and I warned her that I was filing a complaint to the CBSC And I did.

Grant G said...

Mr. K...That is what the PAB bots are interested in on my site...

And if any BC Conservative or BC NDP want a hardcopy of the transcript(received from the Canadian Broadcast standards council)..

They know where to find me!


RossK said...

Great - thanks Grant.