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Leader’s Report, January 2019

by Don Wilson, Party Leader

Wow, I can’t believe January is already over! It feels like just yesterday that we were all overstuffing ourselves and cramming in endless Christmas parties!

It’s been quite the January, both for me and for the Party!

First up, and most importantly to me (sorry guys) I became a father for the first time on January 18, 2019. Little Natalia is a total delight. She and Julia are doing marvelously together. I get to hold Natalia from time to time, but she definitely prefers mom.

Ok, back to the gritty world of politics!

Bill Walker for MLA in Nanaimo!

On January 2nd Premier Horgan (finally) announced the Nanaimo by-election to be held January 30, 2019 (that’s this Wednesday, Nanaimo members!). Because of the incredibly short election period (thanks John) candidates only had less than 7 days, until 1pm on January 9 to get their nomination papers in.

Enter our excellent candidate, Bill Walker!

For those of you who haven’t gone through the process before, this requires the candidate to obtain 75 signatures from riding residents, pay a registration fee by bank draft, submit signed documents from the party leader and treasurer, as well as the completed nomination package.

Needless to say this is an insane thing to accomplish in a week. Thankfully – we didn’t have to!

Thanks largely to the foresight and perseverance of our Candidate Readiness Officer, Kyle Geronazzo, who keenly anticipated the timing of the election, Bill’s potential candidacy was brought before the executive and approved well in advance, which got Bill a healthy head start to work on his signatures and get the necessary documents together.

Damn, I love seeing everybody work together so well!

Bill Walker deserves a huge amount of credit here. He is giving so much of his time for no monetary reward, and putting his name and face out there in his own community to speak up and stand for individual freedom and smaller government. We all know how much flak we can get in a world of statists when we are trying to defend free market principles and explain how the state operates by coercion. But Bill isn’t just standing up tall – he’s also kind of killing it.

In the short 2 weeks since being confirmed by Elections BC, Bill has had a yellow-vest rally, campaign kick-off event, not less than 4 media interviews, including with Nanaimo News Bulletin, Times Colonist, and Politicoast. Through his professionalism Bill earned invitations to the all-candidates debate as well, where he performed exceptionally well.

I am so honoured to the leader of this party knowing men like Bill stand with me and are working so well to push the ball down the field.

Of course, it isn’t only Bill. When I was going up to help run Bill’s campaign kick-off rally, I was joined by no less than 7 other volunteers! In fact, we had so many people step forward we had to rent a car big enough for us all!

Special thanks to Paul Matthews, Bill Morrison, Kyle McCormack, Paul Geddes, Liam McCoy, Katherine Wilson, and our former Instagram Coordinator (who wishes to remain private!) for joining me on what was a terrific event for the party!

Election day is January 30, 2019, so you better get out to vote if you are in Nanaimo!

Constituency Associations

This month the executive approved our first 2 constituency associations! Congratulations to the members of the “Okanagan” CA and “Kelowna/North Interior” CA! And a special thanks to the members who volunteered to stand as executives!

We also had the founding of two more CA’s: “Surrey-Delta-Langley”, and Vancouver’s “YVR”! The executive will be looking to approve the by-laws at next month’s meeting! Members in those regions please contact RCC@libertarian.bc.ca to be put in touch with your local CA executive!

Support your local CAs!

Changes on the Executive Council

We had two volunteers step down in January, Vice President Lee Smith and Regional Caucus Chair Kenneth Van Dewark. We are all so thankful for their significant contributions to this party in time, money and ideas. We will work hard to honour what you they done.

Our President, Paul Matthews, will be sending a communication out to you all in the coming weeks on the process we need to follow to replace the outgoing executives.

Easy ways you can help bigly

It’s been a great start to 2019, a year that stands to bring the BC Libertarian Party to a whole new level of prominence and relevance. I can tell you people are starting to talk and think about us on a whole new level.

But all of that is only possible by the support that you all give to the party on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis. I just want to take a few quick minutes to point out some simple things you can do to help us keep pushing these ideas higher and higher:

#1) Start a monthly subscription-style donation

So now that Patreon is an enemy of free speech, why don’t you transfer your monthly donations over to us! We have our website set up now so we can accept amounts as low as $1 or $2 per month. Honestly anything you can afford really adds up and really helps us take care of business.

#2) Follow us on Social Media

We now have pretty cool accounts on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, please follow us!

https://www.facebook.com/BC.Libertarian.Party/
Instagram: BCLibertarians
Twitter: @BC_Libertarians

And if you want to keep up with me a bit more often, please follow me on Facebook or Subscribe to my channel on YouTube!

FB: https://www.facebook.com/dnswilsonLBN/
Youtube: MrDNSWilson

Until Next time!

Don (N.S.) Wilson, Sunday, January 27, 2019

Happy New Year BC!

Dear British Columbian,

As 2018 draws to a close, I would like to wish you an early happy New Year on behalf of the BC Libertarian Party. I would also like to take a moment to update you on the year that was and what we have planned for 2019.

In the last year, we have made many great strides towards building the BC Libertarian Party as a viable governing alternative. We aim to bring change to the endless encroachments on freedom and the fiscal irresponsibility of the BC NDP and BC Liberals. 

Some highlights of our Party’s successes of 2018 are:

  • Two successful ICBC protests which were widely attended by many supporters.

 

 

 

 

  • An exciting Member’s Workshop this past spring which was attended by a record number of guests and speakers.

 

  • The largest AGM in the history of the Party was hosted this past autumn. It was a packed and lively meeting. During this event, a new Party Executive Council and constitution was resoundingly approved by the members. This constitution definitively sets the Party on a solid path towards scaling upwards and winning seats in Victoria.

 

 

 

  • Record-breaking growth in Party membership

 

Friends, this list of successes is only a sample of the work our Party has accomplished in the past 365 days. However, our job is not done! British Columbia requires a fresh start and a viable alternative more than ever! To put it simply, our beautiful province cannot afford more years of mismanagement and contempt for the taxpayer. We must put the interests of the people back into focus in Victoria!

The present NDP-Green coalition has failed BC:

  • Broken promises on ride sharing

 

  • Unaffordability in housing and ever-rising costs of essentials
    NDP broken promises on not creating new taxation – Over $6 billion further in tax burden has been placed upon the shoulders of taxpayers – over $600 for every adult and child in BC! That is only the new taxes!

 

  • A failed self-serving and confusing referendum costing taxpayers over an estimated $14.5 million.

 

  • Over ~35% of British Columbians without a family doctorEndless self-serving fiascos over the management of BC’s resources.

 

  • Failed environmental policies that do not protect our beautiful natural bounty but do increase the costs of living and remove you and your family from the equation.

 

  • An average gasoline price that is over 36 cents/L higher than on the east coast and often over 40 cents/L higher than in Alberta.

Let’s make 2019 a year of action! 

Let’s lay the groundwork for a fiscally responsible future in BC. In the months ahead we shall be investing further in founding local Party associations to cover every riding in BC. We will be releasing more critical policies. Our team shall focus on recruiting and training candidates that will represent you and the interests of a more free province that embraces greater choice and individual responsibility. We have our sights firmly set on representing you in the legislature.

However, we cannot do this alone! Tomorrow’s fresh start for BC begins with action today! Fighting back against the BC NDP and BC Liberals requires funds and volunteers. In 2019, we must build upon our growing momentum. To create a future which is affordable and includes you and your family requires a renewed and concentrated effort. 

Please donate or volunteer today!

HOW YOU CAN HELP BUILD 
A NEW ALTERNATIVE FOR BC

VOLUNTEER
DONATE
HELP BUILD A CONSTITUENCY ASSOCIATION

From my family to your’s, I wish you a very happy and safe New Year!

Sincerely,

Dr. Ken Van Dewark
Regional Caucus Chair
BC Libertarian Party

Political Scandals: Nothing New In BC

The Libertarian movement as a whole has always cared deeply about government accountability. The BC Libertarian Party in particular is well aware that British Columbia is no stranger to scandal and controversy. Many remember the Raids that took place during Railgate and the FastCat Fiasco “Ferrygate”.

Oh, we’re used to hearing that the BC Premier has been arrested in Hawaii for a DUI or that the Opposition Leader is fooling around with his House Whip. We’re also used to hearing that public spending has gotten out of hand again, the debt is going to end up being bigger than expected, and that projects will finish over-budget and later than expected.

Then there’s Casinogate, the “Brick” BCRIC Social Credit bungle, the Liberal Quick Wins scandal…

None of that even comes close to the unexplainable scene playing out right now in the Legislature; this is a truly bizarre series of allegations and suspensions unprecedented in BC history.

Speaker of the Legislature Darryl Plecas is the target of allegations that he asked a personal friend (Alan Mullen) to conduct a secret investigation into two senior officials, raise suspension around the men and then try to install his friend into one of their vacant positions. According to Liberal leader Andrew Wilkinson, Alan Mullen had been conducting a clandestine investigation for over seven months into current sergeant-at-arms Gary Lenz, as well as legislature clerk Craig James. (Essentially, the chief-of-security and secretary of the BC Legislature.)

Lenz and James were placed on administrative leave Tuesday and marched out of the building by Victoria peace officers. Mullen, a former corrections manager at the Kent Institution, said he’d provided his investigative findings to the RCMP, which confirmed they are investigating under the direction of two special prosecutors.

Here’s the strange thing. It’s still not known what James or Lenz are actually accused of doing. No charges have been laid and neither James nor Lenz has been arrested.

Alan Mullen told media this past week that he was hired by Plecas in January to investigate Lenz and James (The Abbotsford News reported that Mullen worked on Plecas’s election campaigns). But the elected MLAs were unaware of this covert operation. Mullen said he has conducted federal corrections investigations but admitted he has no legal training.

It’s incredibly important for British Columbians to be paying attention to what is happening in the BC Legislature at this time. The government must be completely accountable to the people and there are laws on the books to make sure that public servants can’t get away with criminal activities. But the lack of clarity around this scene is just as confusing; as it unfolds, British Columbians are told next to nothing about the investigations being conducted. Perhaps this means that we as citizens have to be more vocal towards the BC NDP and the RCMP about what we expect as Canadians.

If the public isn’t properly informed about these kinds of scandals as soon as possible, how can we be expected to make informed decisions as voters and as taxpayers?

 

 

 

Regional Constituency Associations – Your Party In Your Community

Collectively the Associations make up the “Regional Caucus of the Party” representing your local interests and chaired by the Regional Caucus Chair, Dr. Kenneth Van Dewark. All Party members are automatically members within their local Association based on their primary place of residence.

The reason why constituency associations or “riding associations” are so important is that they allow you to take part in party activities and learn about exciting events from the comfort of your local community. Every member who joins the BC Libertarian party automatically becomes a member of their local BCLP Constituency Association and that is based on your place of residence and local election riding, which is part of the information provided by you when you register as a member.

The BC Libertarian party is proud to be a genuine grassroots movement party. We’re built by the wonderful citizens of British Columbia to create a government FOR the people of British Columbia. We believe in ideals such as cooperation, individual freedom & responsibility, free market capitalism, direct democracy and the rule of law. Because of these ideas and principles that we hold so dear we know that it is extremely important to have British Columbians across the province directly involved in the important decisions made about how our party is structured. This also allows us to empower local CAs with the tools they need to run fun local liberty events and building powerful election campaigns.

When it comes to having individual members of the party directly involved in giving us their feedback or in having party members freely submit policy ideas to the leader and board for consideration, We have a strong track record of listening to our members. We are excited and energized by the contributions that our members make every single day and we look forward to hearing your ideas on how to make British Columbia a freer and fairer society.

To find your local constituency associations, click here.

To view our platform and recent policy announcements click here.

To volunteer and contribute as much as you possibly can click here.

To donate and help us build a war chest for 2021 you can click here.

 

Mike Sidhu: “Corporate Welfare”

Mike Sidhu – Party member

Nov 8, 2018

I love how checking facts make everything so clear – if we are willing to pay attention to them.

THESIS – both Conservative and Liberal governments dump billions to bail out Canadian corporations that have nothing to return. This is not capitalism. It’s welfare programs for companies – cronyism – where the backdoor deals are made for the benefit of the few, and tax dollars are siphoned out of the system to prop up companies whose executives and boards made bad business decisions. My argument is we should stop corporate bailouts altogether no matter who holds political power.

Case in point? Bombardier.

Fact 1. Bombardier was in serious trouble, and was granted provincial and federal government bailout money as part of a restructuring plan that would include 14,500 layoffs worldwide.

Fact 2. Bombardier has received over $2,000,000,000 in government money in the last decade, and the government has written off undisclosed sums in the past. The last $370 Million announced in 2017 was an interest free loan, even though the Canadian government owes interest. Because the amortization period is INDEFINITE, the interest on this amount is incalculable. When the only thing propping up your balance sheet is government loans, you’re in trouble.

Fact 3. Justin Trudeau February 9 2017, “We are pleased that this loan of almost $400 Million to Bombardier is going to create thousands of good quality middle class jobs across the country”

(He also said that approving the TransMountain pipeline would create 15,000 middle class jobs) Unfortunately, the illusion of job creation allowable with these loans did nothing to create jobs in Quebec, let alone around the world. This will be something politicians may want to consider in campaigning in 2019.

Fact 4. Within weeks of the bailout announcement, Executives at Bombardier gave themselves a 50% pay raise, which was later delayed until 2020 under intense public pressure and protest.

Fact 5. Swedish courts charge Bombardier with bribery and collusion with a project in Azerbaijan less than 2 months after the loans are announced.

Fact 6. Bombardier stock price has been muddled in ups and downs since February 2017 and is worth approximately the same today. They have burned through $370 Million in cash this last quarter. According to the Financial Post today, the only way they will produce a profit is to include the $650 Million proceeds of sale on their Toronto land. Net assets are -$11,672,000 USD.

Fact 7. November 8 2018, CEO Alain Bellemare announced 5,000 job cuts and the sale of its Q400 turboprop business, and shares tumbled.

SUMMARY

The facts prove that the Federal government has no accountability in being wrong on their spending to bail out large “systemically important” companies. Their main claim to fame is that Bombardier still exists, but that’s like washing the dishes on the Titanic – the ship’s still going down bro.

What’s problematic is the decision-making process to invest in the private market, the corporate welfare system, and the siphoning off of billions of dollars of taxpayer money to this end means that the money collected could have been better used (or not collected at all) for other issues. This is a classic example of Keynesian economic miscalculation, where governments are responsible to step in and spend money.

A company that has more than $28 Billion USD in long and short term debts would take more than 65 years to pay these off if they paid $100 Million every single year. But for a company who lost more than $8 Billion in the last four years, that might take longer than Canadian taxpayers are willing to wait.