The provincial cupboard is bare; the coffers are as empty as a preelection promise.
Christy Clark has to buy her clothes at Value Village - like the rest of us - and get her political advice from the Stephen Harper Thrift Shop in Ottawa: two of the Big Stiff's advisors are now on Clark's team in a Sisyphean effort to push her popularity back up the hill before next year's election.
Sara McIntyre, one of the two, has been seen deftly running interference for Clark at news conferences.
When is a Liberal not a Liberal? When she's a closet Conservative.
So why, I ask you, did Clark turn down more than $30 million bucks from Telus in exchange for naming rights to BC Place, money that could be used for teachers and nurses, among others?
This is the same Telus that has donated $350,000 to the Libs since 2005 and has promised to inject $3 billion into information technology in this province.
If Christy is worried about tarnishing her reputation with Telus, she's going about it the wrong way. No one is going to call her a tart if she lays down with Telus, not for that kind of money- more of a high-class hooker.
And, so what, if she or the people of B.C. don't like the name! They could call it Peckerhead Place for all some of us care.
Plus, it couldn't have hurt Christy's popularity - which is falling like wet snow in a Whonnock winter.
Cute only goes so far when you're stumbling in a dark forest full of falling trees: a questionable jobs plan that has politicians wondering out loud if we shouldn't send welfare recipients up north to work in the gas and oil sector (at least Vander Zalm was willing to give them shovels and let them stay at home); Harry Bloy (wasn't he involved in the CLBC plan to take jobs from special needs workers and close down group homes?) resigning over an error in judgment; the promised boost to the economy from the Olympics failing to materialize.
And, she's getting advice from whom? Robocall operators who tried to send people to the wrong polling station to vote, those same people identified as non-Conservatives based on data gathered by the Cons through phone calls during which they pretended to be from Elections Canada.
The same party that had a minister accusing millions of Canadians of being in league with child pornographers if they did not rally behind his bill to protect kids from predators on the Internet. The legislation has since been shelved and hopefully will be replaced by legislation protecting us from the Conservatives preying on us over the phone.
An SFU professor says that voters were "demobolized" by the Robocalls, many of them showing up at the wrong place and simply throwing their arms up in the air and going home. No surprise that support for the federal Cons in B.C. has fallen considerably.
No surprise that Harper is denying everything, in the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary, and telling the Opposition to take their claims to Elections Canada for investigation (be careful what you wish for!).
If the claims are found to be true, persons responsible could be faced with fines and jail terms in one of several new prisons the PM wants to build as part of his big crime bill.
Renders you kind of skeptical don't it, of both levels of government?
This keeps up, you won't need any Robocaller to tell you where or how to vote: you will have already made the decision. Hopefully it will have been to get out and send these men and women of questionable merit and good sense back from whence they came, be it the radio hotline, the pulpit, the classroom, or stand-up comedy: "Have you heard the one about the minister, the pornographer, and the telephone operator?"
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