BC Liberals want to skip the apology we owe BC on a few files accumulated over sixteen years of successful governing. It is frustrating to feel anchored to a handful of files that the NDP routinely smack us with when all we need to do is issue a few genuine mia culpa.
I want a BC Liberal Government to return to BC because I know that the NDP does not serve any of us. Big Unions pull the NDP strings; we have seen that across every file: taxi lobby; Move Up (ICBC); USW (forestry), and so on the list goes. I’m not going to see a BC Liberal Government return until we’ve honestly admitted our handful of mistakes and the things we wish we had done when we had the opportunity.
ICBC needs to be drastically renovated or replaced. Replaced would be better. ICBC is an organization that is obsessed with its processes, so much so it has lost sight of its mandate to provide affordable vehicle insurance. The issues they face did not magically appear in 2017. We need to remember that our relationship with BC voters is precisely that: a relationship. No relationship moves forward without admitting that we have a problem; we failed to fix the problem (lots of reasons why but keep the message simple). Own it with a mia culpa quickly followed with a resolution. We are the adults in the Province and Eby’s plan has fallen on its face to the tune of unaffordable insurance.
The BC NDP has telegraphed its contempt for resource workers. Claire Trevena, Donald Donaldson, Ravi Kahlon, in particular, should see their share of the popular vote down around the Rhinoceros Party. It makes me sick, witnessing their callous disregard for the communities so devastated by this latest crisis in Forestry. That said, four mandates before the current one did not do anything substantive to diversify these economies, or invest in new business models for them. The disgraceful disregard for these workers and their communities is a stain on the BC NDP. The lack of economic diversity in these communities is down to us, BC Liberals. Again, we need to own it and offer a solution for creating security in these communities.
We left $2.7 billion in the cupboard, which the NDP has blown through with zero of substance to show for it. Surrey has needed a second hospital for over a decade. We knew this. Portables in schools? Again, this started on our watch. All well and good having a significant contingency fund, but we lost sight of what our voters needed, and Surrey punished us for it. How about we admit it was an error to leave that money in the cupboard because it’s gone and there are more portables not less, and still no hospital in sight, just more NDP photo ops, and re-announcements. If you wanted to pay off debt, then pay debt; but leaving it for the NDP to spend is like lighting it on fire.
The tolls were a bad idea. They were classist. Having people pay a toll to go to work, while the routes to second homes in Whistler and for leisure weren’t tolled was a fail. How about we say that? MLA Begg recently twitter-smacked us with a ridiculous tweet stating we would bring tolls back. Why did it have traction? Because we haven’t said, “The tolls were a bad idea.” Say that, and we remove the ammo currently available. That’s how communication works. Same with MSP. No more, we were waiting for the economy to facilitate this because that messaging is not working. How do I know? NDP MLAs are able to hit us with “You’ll bring MSP back” and BC voters are hearing them. “MSP is gone, that’s good.” Simple, to the point, allowing us to move on.
Today another money laundering hot off the press story is doing the rounds. The vast majority of BC Liberal MLAs had absolutely nothing to do with this multi-tentacled-monster yet they are silent because our party has handcuffed them. Those responsible for this need to be thanked and politely shown the door. So long as they remain in caucus, we are all tarred by the same brush — time to clean house loudly, openly and authentically.
Tomorrow, a post on what is deeply disturbing about our selection processes and what needs to change.