Day: January 7, 2019

Bill Walker: Champion of the People

 

NANAIMO – I don’t know if the voters of Nanaimo know the unusual position they are in. In what may be a first in history, their by-election could not only topple a government, it offers up something even rarer: the chance to elect a direct representative who wields unprecedented power. Let me explain.

See, normally Provincial by-elections are hard contests for us small guys. The relatively low stakes of the by-elections usually mean that only a few people come out, and even then it’s mostly committed voters, unwilling to risk a vote on somebody unlikely to get into power.

Nanaimo might be different.

The NDP-Green coalition holds a fragile majority of two seats. For the first time in memory, the government could fall or survive depending on the result of this by-election. If the Green-NDP loses their seat in Nanaimo their margin goes down to 1 seat: 144 to the Liberals’ 143. That means that whoever wins Nanaimo is going to hold an awful lot of power – enough to break the current government’s ruling majority – or form part of a new ruling coalition.

In this scenario, the Greens are going to have to decide if they want to go down with the ship, or join with the Liberals and the new Nanaimo MLA. Weaver’s got to think about that very carefully. He’s put his party in a great spot, but even he must realize that the results of the 2017 election that gave his plucky party the balance of power are unlikely to ever be recreated. This is why I think he very well might consider abandoning the coalition with the NDP. In all honesty, it’s probably the right thing to do anyway, though it would undoubtedly come across as rank opportunism.

Here’s the jib: this scenario doesn’t require the new Nanaimo MLA to be a Liberal. Any candidate that takes that seat is going to hold sway in Victoria, as long as the NDP loses.

Enter Bill Walker, our candidate for Nanaimo.

Bill is a long-term resident of Nanaimo. He has family and friends in the city and an established network of friends and professional relationships. He owns two businesses on the island, a mortgage brokerage in Nanaimo and a B&B in Tofino. In other words, he knows exactly how Hub City has been bogged down by taxes and regulations, and he knows what it will take to get Nanaimo moving again. He understands these issues personally.

Bill means it when he talks about the issues in Nanaimo. He’s serious about ending the carbon tax, ICBC and allowing ridesharing. Just ask him about trying to get a taxi in the city! He knows that retirees and others with struggling health are suffering in the public health-care system and he wants to do something about it.

In other words, Bill has skin in the game. He’s primed to be a real champion of the people if that’s what voters are looking for.

And this time it wouldn’t just be a vote for an honest representative of the people, a principled stand against partisan politics, a kind of “Don Quixote goes to Victoria”. No – If you vote Bill Walker in as your MLA you are getting a man who is going to have a say in Victoria, full stop.

What’s more, he’d really be the people’s candidate. Not beholden to one of the oversized major parties and their byzantine bureaucracies. Let’s be honest, our party is little more than a voluntary collective of concerned voters trying to halt the growth of government. Bill doesn’t owe us anything. No: Bill Walker would belong to his constituents.

If Nanaimo voters realize the unique position they are in, they’ve got a shot to put a direct representative right into the seat of power. And you could do a lot worse for a people’s champion than the stalwart Bill Walker.

Nanaimo, if you’re tired of endless tax increases, or just tired of the same old parties making promises they never keep, then come stand beside your champion, Bill Walker.

Bill is kicking off his campaign with a rally to Get Nanaimo Moving at 1pm on Saturday, Jan. 12th at Diana Krall Plaza. If you want to get a hold of your champion, here’s his cell and email: 1-250-619-7744 | bill.walker@libertarian.bc.ca.

Don Wilson
Party Leader
BC Libertarian Party

Be your own change

Here is the most powerful thing you can do right now.

Taxes go up, services go down, the government squanders money they take from you. If you are a working-class Canadian, this story sounds familiar, right?

With the new carbon tax, gas and anything that depends on gasoline (which is pretty much everything) is going up in price yet again.

I am sure if you are reading this you have already asked: “What can I do about this? Is there a solution? Should I protest?”

Well, naturally big government (BC NDP, BC Liberals, BC Greens) isn’t too concerned about protests as they know they will just burn out over the next few months and in a worst case scenario, you usually just inconvenience other working class people just trying to get to or from work. That is other people, just like yourself, trying to grind out a living in an increasingly intolerable environment.

But there is good news, as there is something you can do about it tomorrow, and doesn’t require a great deal of manpower.

Here are 5 easy things you can start doing either immediately or with minimal planning.

  1. If you live near a border, get a Nexus Pass and buy gas and dairy there. You will save money almost instantly, and buying these goods there is effectively a protest buy. This is a win-win situation. If enough Canadians were doing this, it would also put pressure on large grocery and gasoline chains to start lobbying the government to drop taxation so they could become competitive again.
  2. Buy a freezer, or learn to can or jar and buy in bulk directly from the farmer. This one takes some capital but you can bypass the middleman if you are buying in quantity, and if you bought often enough or get to know your producer you likely could work out a cash deal, and increase the quantity and quality of your food per dollar spent.
  3. Make your own alcoholic beverages. This one will save you a ton of money as mead, beer, wine are relatively easy to make, and you learn a new skill. Plus it can be an enjoyable recreational activity and hobby. Our government rakes in huge taxes from the alcohol racket, and if you really want to show them you are done with their extortion, this is a great and easy start. A bonus is that if you are good at this skill you have highly desired gifts for holidays and special occasions!
  4. Like the previous point, grow your own. Cannabis is legal now, get a plant for your garden and start growing. The plan for BC is that you can grow up to 4 plants for personal use. So if you have a green thumb, avoid the tax, and get some company for your tomato plants in the garden.
  5. Get a side hustle. What I mean by this is that our grandparents’ generation could produce things, our generation needs to learn this skill again. Then sell those things or services for cold, hard cash as there are more options than ever to market your product through the internet. Now this more of a grey area, but in an economy such as this one, you likely need a side hustle if you ever hope of having anything. Most people tend to be good at something and have a small hobby which is likely an untapped source of potential revenue. And with the online marketplace (Etsy, craigslist, Amazon, etc), and farmers markets popping up everywhere there is real potential here.

The cold hard facts are that until attitudes change towards voting, and people start voting in their own direct interests and not out of fear, our current government, and the one likely to succeed them, are not going to help you anytime soon.

So as a struggling middle-class person looking at a stack of bills and wondering what to do, the hard reality is that the only person who can help you is you. The big parasites in the halls of power will continue to get paid and continue to take your hard earned money as much as they possibly can.

It’s time we started finding ways to empower ourselves again and keep as much of our hard earned money out of their hands as we possibly can.

Yours in liberty,

Lee Smith
Vice President


About Lee SmithLee is based in New Westminister and is an entrepreneur and internationally recognized martial arts teacher. Through martial arts, he is focused upon teaching people how to better face the challenges of today and tomorrow. Lee was born and raised in British Columbia and is concerned about the course the province is taking. He is increasingly dedicated to promoting more personal responsibility, principles and choice within the province he calls home. Lee Smith was elected as Vice President of the BC Libertarian Party this past October.

While you are doing these things, you can also help build a brighter tomorrow. More than ever, BC needs a viable third choice in Victoria. We need politicians that seek not power but to be genuine representatives, held directly accountable by the people.

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