Monday, September 14, 2015
Top Scandals of Christy Clark & the BC Liberal Party
Taken from Article in Huffington Post by Sarah Miller & Edited by Ken Kuhn http://m.huffpost.com/ca/entry/7658002
Health care firings (click on link for more detail) Definitely one of the biggest scandals Clark and the Liberals have faced is the sudden and unjust firing of eight health ministry researchers with allegations of breach of privacy. We were told for years that there was an investigation by the RCMP, which we all know now was a lie. The RCMP have never been provided the documents and paperwork to even start a probe. Everyone including the government's own top officials have been calling for a public inquiry, which Clark has refused so far. If those nine weren't enough, here is a list of programs that have received cuts under the Liberal government: public education, health care, surgeries, domestic violence and outreach programs, income assistance programs, special needs assessments, family law services, legal aid, community outreach programs, diagnostic and rehabilitation services, parks budgets, environmental ministry, senior care and services, senior beds, mental health, addiction programs and services, student aid, PAC funding, annual facility grants to schools and programs for special need
YogaGate (click on link for more detail) Christy Clark decided to hold a yoga event on Burrard Street Bridge and shut down the bridge, at a cost of $150,000 to taxpayers, on a Sunday and also on National Aboriginal Day. There is an endless supply of beautiful parks, beaches and other areas that would have been a thousand times better. Corporate sponsors dropped out and then the whole thing was finally cancelled.
B.C. taxpayers lose $43 million in land deal (click on link) Clark's government sold off 150 hectares of land in Port Coquitlam for $43 million BELOW the appraised value, all in the effort to make a quick buck to produce her "balanced budget" for the 2013/2014 fiscal year.
Child labour laws (click on link for more detail) In 2003, the Liberals lowered the legal working age to 12 years old. On May 9, 2013, First Call released an eye-opening report on B.C.'s child labour laws showing staggering statistics. Click on the link to read the horrible injuries and disability claims to the BC working youth.
Christy's LNG fiasco (click on link for more detail) For as long as Christy has been premier, we have been exposed to a never ending stream of LNG ads, commercials and promises. She touts LNG as the end-all solution for our province wiping out debt, generating income and creating thousands of jobs. Christy recalled the B.C. Legislature this week to debate an unprecedented 25-year LNG agreement and pass legislation enabling the $36-billion deal with Pacific NorthWest LNG, a consortium led by Malaysian energy giant Petronas. The agreement would protect the business from tax increases made specifically to target the LNG industry.
Christy's ethnic vote plan (click on link for more detail) In 2013, government documents were leaked regarding a plan to woo ethnic voters. Some of the strategies included apologizing to different ethnic groups for past wrongdoing, contributing more to ethnic news channels, and one direct quote stated "building political capital in ethnic communities by taking what will be perceived as thoughtful and caring actions."
Education crisis (click on link for more detail) Clark's war on public education started when she stripped parts of teachers' contracts back when she was educational minister. Despite two courts finding those actions illegal, she continues to appeal, burning away taxpayer money to fund the whole fiasco, all because she feels teachers shouldn't have the right to bargain class size and composition in their contracts. Clark also continues in Liberal footsteps by continuing to cut funding to public education while raising funding to private education. Across the province, boards are scrambling to balance their budgets cutting everything from teaching, library, vice principal and support positions to bus services, or what Mrs. Clark calls "low-hanging fruit."
Religious connections (click on link for more detail) "Separation of church and state" is a value long in place to keep our government and religion apart for good reason. Clark however doesn't seem to agree with this concept given her most recent spending spree of $1 million public tax dollars to her church. Seems like an odd choice, especially so soon after announcing cuts to education and other public services that would stand to benefit the majority of citizens in this province.