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Monthly Archive for September, 2012

The joke used to be, “How can you tell when a lawyer isn’t telling the truth? The answer is when you see his lips move”. Now substitute politician and you’ve got it right. Premier Clark will just happen to be in Edmonton next week and hopes that the Alberta Premier would like to have a […]

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I have, for Premier Clark, an offer she can’t possibly turn down. She refuses to call the Legislature into session because it will only make pundits and politicians (presumably she means those in the opposition) happy. In her view it’s better for the great unwashed if she goes on the road, from time to time, […]

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That’s when they surrendered BC’s best chance to stop Enbridge’s risky pipeline. I hate a whiner, especially a political one who whines to hide guilt. (To any who asks whether or not I whined when I was a politician, I can answer truthfully that I didn’t. Premier Bill Bennett wouldn’t stand for it and my […]

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I see that all civilization and some uncivilizations, like the USA, want Paul Watson’s hide. Just so there’s no doubt, I’ve known and supported Paul for over 30 years and for many years been on the Sea Shepherd Society’s Board of Advisors. I have supported him all that time because, in my view, he’s doing […]

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If you skipped A20 of Friday’s Province or B3 of the Sun, you would not know that Former Alberta Premier Peter Lougheed had died. Such are priorities of Postmedia. I first met him at a Western Premier’s Conference, in 1976, at dinner. It was not one of my better moments. Bll Bennett cracked a one-liner […]

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Sometimes a good dose of introspection is good for the soul…and as a test of whatever principles you now espouse. I’m always amused when someone accuses me me of “inconsistency”, which reminds me of Emerson’s aphorism, “foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds”. It remains, obviously, to decide if my changes in position are […]

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The NDP are getting a free ride – at least they certainly are on the energy file. I must ask again: Why are they not condemning the proposed twinning of Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain Pipeline from the Alberta Tar Sands to Vancouver? All the arguments that prevail against the Enbridge line apply to Kinder Morgan, […]

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We are reading a lot about “hearings” these days, especially as they relate to private rivers and pipelines/tanker traffic. And, on the surface, what could be fairer than let the public in on the decision making process? I have indeed spoken of these things before. The hearings are a fraud, plain and simple, for the […]

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Martyn Brown’s Tepid Remedy

Rules of the game in BC prevent the new approach to politics he advises. Former Gordon Campbell chief of staff Martyn Brown’s much ballyhooed book about the Campbell/Clark government pleads for a new approach to politics in B.C. So does Gary Mason in a recent column in the Globe and Mail. Meaning no disrespect, these […]

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I am, God knows, no scientist and it’s this that made by heart warm when I saw the story in the Vancouver Sun, September 1 at page A5 headlined “Tankers too risky for coast environment, engineers say”. Three engineers including two professors emeritus from UBC have verified what I and others have been saying for […]

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