Kevin Falcon, BC’s soon to be unemployed Finance Minister tabled his “Prudent and Responsible” Budget today. Which would be fine, if it were true, but it’s not.
The reason his budget is complete and utter bullshit is his plan to privatize one of BCs few remaining moneymaking corporations, the Liquor Distribution Branch. According to Bob Mackin, of Business in Vancouver.
According to its Tuesday-released service plan, the B.C. Liquor Distribution Branch is forecasting $2.9 billion in sales in 2012-13 and $906.1 million in net income.
Why would any self respecting Minister of Finance do such a bone-headed thing? Think of it as a sort of Scorched Earth Policy. Falcon and Clark know perfectly well that this is the last term for the BCLiberals. Therefore, they are going to make damn sure that the incoming NDP Government has no revenue with which to turn our economy around, thus (in pea-brained NeoLiberal minds) increasing the odds of the NDP being another one term government. Once the incredibly biased right-wing BC ProMedia gets ahold of them (the future NDP Government, that is) they will do everything in their power to re-hypnotise the electorate.
The fact that they get to trample all over the BCGEU in the process is just icing on the cake. But there is one other little thing that Mr Mackin was lightnening quick to uncover today and that is the fact that Mr. Patrick Kinsella (Yes, of BC Rail and BC Hydro privatisation fame) was the headhunter in the deal.
According to the B.C. Lobbyist Registry, Progressive Strategies (the Progressive Group) registered from April 1, 2010 to April 9, 2013 to lobby the B.C. government on behalf of Exel Logistics “to develop a new liquor distribution system for the Province of B.C.”……Progressive’s chairman is Patrick Kinsella, the political strategist behind Premier Christy Clark’s successful, 2011 Liberal leadership campaign. Kinsella was involved in two of the biggest privatizations of former Premier Gordon Campbell’s administration.
Progressive client Accenture made a 10-year, $1.45 billion outsourcing deal with BC Hydro in 2003.
B.C. Supreme Court evidence indicates Kinsella was working for both CN Rail and BC Rail before and during negotiations for the 2003 BC Rail privatization.
This explains why the Liquor portfolio was bounced back to Rich Coleman earlier this month. Gordon Campbell’s personal bouncer and axeman in caucus since day one. The man who was also put in charge of
money laundering/gambling recently, which goes perfectly with his existing portfolio of Energy and Mines. Somehow.
This regime has been robbing BC blind for over a decade now. Progressive people in tis province have been painfully aware of this fact the entire time, but fortunately for us, the rest of the Province started to awaken after the last election. The HST woke them up enough to pull off an extraordinary Recall initiative to stop that regressive tax and the campaign to Stop The Smart Meters is picking up steam. While we managed to run the Creep in Command out of town based on the HST scandal, his puppets continue to fleece the public for as long as they can hold onto power by stalling an election. If they manage to stall until May 2013, there will probably be nothing left.
I really wish there was a way to force an election with a vote of Non-Confidence in the budget. Or criminal charges. Sadly, the police in this Province are in bed with this corrupt regime.