Another order of crucial business will be a commitment to a full public inquiry into the Sale of BC Rail and the Raid on the Legislature.
On this blog, along with many others, we've been trying to ensure that people understand that this government will not be happy until they have privatized every single public service, resource and asset they can, stripping the citizens of BC of all of these domestic and provincial essential services. This is no rhetoric, it is a fact. Read more here and here about all that has been privatized to understand that with one more term, there will be nothing left. Remember you heard it here first, look for the entire Income Assistance ministry and system to be privatized before the end of the year, as well as some correctional facilities.
On May 12th we have the single most important election in BC's history and future. We have an opportunity to save our province, it won't be easy and the next administration won't be miracle workers, but what they will do is bring BC back from an abyss that a growing number of us know we are falling into, a place where many of us will not make it back from.
Premier Gordon Campbell has put BC up for Sale
Twyla Roscovich has created an emotionally charged video focusing on Premier Gordon Campbell’s policies that threaten B.C.’s wild-salmon ecosystem.
First Priority for Premier James: Check on the Liberals' Books
Vaughn Palmer, Vancouver Sun. May 9, 2009.
New Democratic Party leader Carole James would start her term of office as premier with a full-blown review of provincial finances.
"The first thing is to do an examination of the books," James said when asked about priorities for a hypothetical first 100 days in office.
"I think that's critical," she told me during a recent interview on Voice of B.C. on Shaw TV. "People really are skeptical about where the numbers are."
People are skeptical with good reason. The public service abounds with rumours of slumping revenues, pending cuts in spending, and a much bigger-than-budgeted deficit.
"The second step is to make sure we get moving on the tax break that we've proposed in our plan, to give people money back in their pockets, to get rid of the carbon tax," she told me. "So right away people will see a tax break."
Step three: Increase the minimum wage to $10 from $8. Long overdue and, paradoxically, badly timed.
"Public service workers are already stretched to the limit after the 30 percent cuts they endured during the Campbell government's first term," Walker said. Achieving a further 57 percent cut would mean either abandoning essential public services, or massively contracting out services to the private sector."
Sean Holman, Public Eye Online. May 07, 2009.
The premier's deputy minister Jessica McDonald has stated provincial civil service layoffs, if they do occur, will be under five percent of the workforce. But the Campbell administration is projecting demographic forces will further reduce the number of bureaucrats over the next ten years by 30 to 57 percent. This, according to a government document obtained exclusively by Public Eye. That's why the administration announced in February it would be establishing a $75 million public service transformation fund to find ways of delivering "quality services to citizens with fewer staff." Although, at the time, it wasn't specific about those projected reductions. The following is a complete copy of the relevant portions of that document.
Continue reading "Forces of demography"