Now that B.C. New Democrat Premier John Horgan has taken office, expect to hear a lot from the surly B.C. Liberal opposition about how horrible the 1990s economy was when the NDP were last in power.
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"On the political spectrum, I’m somewhere between Tommy Douglas and Joe Strummer."
"People doing drugs now are dope-sick and it’s so painful, you’d rather die." - Constance Barnes, Overdose Prevention Society
"If you can't take a little bloody nose, maybe you ought to go back home and crawl under your bed. It's not safe out here." - Alien Q to Captain Jean-Luc Picard in Star Trek Next Generation
Outgoing Premier Christy Clark has single-handedly destroyed the B.C. Liberal Party brand that took 16 years in office to build, in just one day.
Enough about the bloody speaker of the B.C. Legislature, get on with it and get the place working again. We have life and death issues to fix.
“If you could kick the person in the pants responsible for most of your trouble, you wouldn’t sit for a month.”
“It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people's minds.” - Samuel Adams, American revolutionary 1722-1803
B.C.'s election has come down to a final, climactic showdown, a political shootout between the B.C. Liberals, NDP and Greens – where only two winners can emerge.
"I know no safe depository of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves.” - Thomas Jefferson, US President 1801-1809
“I can’t bear Christy Clark – that phony smile. Whereas, Andrew, if he smiles, it’s genuine.”
“When nothing is sure, everything is possible.”
“If someone's mask slips, they do something that suddenly shows their real character, when they have been pretending to be a different, usually nicer, type of person.” - Cambridge Dictionary
It’s not easy being Green – especially if you are under serious scrutiny for the first time and a lot of surprising contradictions and hypocrisy come to light.
A young woman is appalled she was left overnight in a Vancouver General Hospital’s gynecology ward hallway, internally bleeding and in pain while on a bed with a makeshift screen made of sheets tied to intravenous stands her only privacy.
Premier Christy Clark’s “empathy deficit” could be her Achilles’ heel in the B.C. election based on her response last week to a report on the suicide death of health researcher Roderick MacIsaac.
“Emergency rooms are overflowing in BC. We’ve all seen the pictures.”
Is B.C. New Democratic Party leader John Horgan really public enemy No. 1?
“And after six months when a foreign-ownership tax fails, it will only cause racially charged conversations to go beyond where they are now.”
“The taxpayers of British Columbia should not have to pay for communications that are of a partisan political nature.” - BC Auditor General report, 1996