Wednesday, March 18, 2015

The Translink Referendum Shuffle...Do We Have A New Winner?


For quite some time I have been saying that the only real winners in this plebiscite thing will be the flack-hackery.

On both sides.

Recently, however, Charlie Smith, following up on an interesting blog piece from 'August Views', suggested there might be another group of winners:

I've been poking around on the Internet trying to figure out how the B.C. Liberals decided to include a transit referendum in their 2013 election platform. But I still haven't been able to determine who came up with this clunker of an idea.

Was it Mike de Jong? Rich Coleman? Or the premier herself?

At times, I've wondered if a confederate of Stephen Harper might have slipped it into the B.C. Liberal platform in the hope that it would provide data-mining opportunities in advance of the next federal election...


If the hard rock poli-candy data miners do win, does that mean I've been wrong lo these many weeks that have already passed (and lo these many weeks still to come before May 29th)?

Perhaps, unless...

The miners and the flack-hackery are one and the same.

Perish the thought.

There's another potentially important 'winning' thing to consider here, which is that this three month long campaign gives the flack hackin' pick 'n shovel boys and girls all kinds of time and media space to try out all kinds of 'messages' to see what works and what doesn't before the coming federal election...



Paul Ramsey said...

Separating out the "anti-tax" No's from the "pox on all their houses" No's from the "down with regressive taxes" No's will be well nigh impossible. As a data gathering exercise I can't see this being a boon to the Cons. The Greens maybe, but not the Cons.

Lew said...

This referendum idea was pulled out of a moist dark place by her Christiness during an election campaign as a spur of the moment ploy to escape analysis of her transportation plan. Until she can show us that it was brought forward by anyone else and considered by cabinet before being foisted on us, that’s all we have to go on. She also appeared to surprise many of her own with the announcement around that time (sans referendum) of the new bridge replacing the Massey Tunnel.

I find it telling the Mayor’s Council has determined that the Finance Minister, the Auditor General, the TransLink Board, and even the Mayor’s Council itself cannot be trusted to spend a dedicated tax honestly on its intended purpose. Only a billionaire private citizen (untouched by any Freedom of Information impediments) can be trusted to oversee the public’s money. Maybe we should just turn the whole damn Legislature over to him and his peers in the business community. Wait a minute…

Anonymous said...

theres always

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Hugh said...

Vote "yes" for endless growth and endless debt. Or else.

RossK said...


Do you really think it's all that hard?...I mean even a dumb guy like me can pretty much tell just by watching your average run of the mill #bcpoli twittmachine conversation thread.

Regardless...There is still the matter of all the message testing that's going on, especially given how long the the 'campaign' is.



'Wait a minute', indeed.


Thanks Anons-Above...But a little more context would have been most helpful.



I actually have no problem with the actual plan. However, given who actually oversees and runs Translink I am very concerned about implementation. I also find myself in that third category that Paul mentioned at the top.


Hugh said...

As I see it, the problem is traffic congestion, due to too much growth in areas like Surrey, Coquitlam etc.

They can spend $7.5 billion on new transit, but if the population keeps growing, there will still be congestion. New transit won't solve anything.

Then I look at how deep in debt BC is already, then add things like Site C - we have a big problem.