Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Three-quarter of a billion deficit

Finance Minister Colin Hansen tabled the election budget in Victoria this afternoon. In addition to cutting government advertising and an increased focus on health spending, the Liberals delivered a two-year $740 million budget deficit.

To no surprise, the unions were generally critical and the business groups were generally positive. Now the mad dash to the finish with less than a dozen weeks to go till election day.

14 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Canada is not in a crisis and Gordon Campbell is already planning a deficit!? This is very shocking and why should businesses be positive anyways. BCLIB has just lost another 5% support to BC CONSERVATIVES.

Now we have a BCLIB that is ready to practice the Bush Doctrine and we have another BCNDP who cant wait to get in power to do their own "trillion dollar" spending bill. And yet, BC is having it relatively better, just wait when housing prices start to go under water.

2/18/2009 6:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The BC Liberals lost 5% of support to the BC Conservatives?? Province wide?

heck there's more loss of volume due to evaporation of gasoline in a tank due to warm weather than there is any noticeable loss of BC Liberal support to those nutty BC Conservatives.

2/18/2009 8:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are a funny guy.

In terms of polling independents like us will start flocking away once we hear DEFICIT. How is Gordon Campbell doing any different than our lovely Glenn Clarke when he starts to run our budget into the red, I thought we gave him a MANDATE to do the exact opposite. I expect BCNDP to start closing in soon. This is scary, we have seen too many double digit leads turn into fairytale instead of reality. Maybe it is truly time for Gordon Campbell to go, it is time for a "real" fiscal conservative to govern B.C.

2/18/2009 10:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are a funny guy.

In terms of polling independents like us will start flocking away once we hear DEFICIT. How is Gordon Campbell doing any different than our lovely Glenn Clarke when he starts to run our budget into the red, I thought we gave him a MANDATE to do the exact opposite. I expect BCNDP to start closing in soon. This is scary, we have seen too many double digit leads turn into fairytale instead of reality. Maybe it is truly time for Gordon Campbell to go, it is time for a "real" fiscal conservative to govern B.C.

2/18/2009 10:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In terms of polling independents like us will start flocking away once we hear DEFICIT.

You're hearing deficit right now.
Start flying away like crows around the McDonalds on Still Creek Ave.


How is Gordon Campbell doing any different than our lovely Glenn Clarke when he starts to run our budget into the red, I thought we gave him a MANDATE to do the exact opposite.

In both 2001 and 2005, we did.



I expect BCNDP to start closing in soon.

They're on the move. Haven't seen this kind of movement since the mid 1980's.

Once this budget starts to touch social programmes and the public service, it will be interesting.




This is scary, we have seen too many double digit leads turn into fairytale instead of reality.

Arrogance and complacency always enter the picture.

Maybe it is truly time for Gordon Campbell to go, it is time for a "real" fiscal conservative to govern B.C.

Like who? B.C. hasn't had one since Bill Bennett.

2/19/2009 7:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here's an idea. Run a Provincial Conservative in Burnaby Lougheed.

Harry was a Provincial Conservative in 1983 and ran in Burnaby North splitting the vote there.

Might be good for him to see his old party again.

2/19/2009 10:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Here's an idea. Run a Provincial Conservative in Burnaby Lougheed."

Yes, that was when true conservatives were in power. In a sense, they were anyway in 2001, I mean, with Gordon Campbell having, theoretically, no ideology at all, the conservatives did dominate provincial politics and we all know Carole Taylor was simply a head to solidify anti-NDP alliance and that is about it, and even that fell apart.

The point being however is that Gordon Campbell is now governing by poll and as he proceeds to betray the fiscal conservative principles that got him elected, we independents will refuse to choose between a socialist incumbent government and a communist opposition. Without tax relief such as reduction on GST to try to revive our economy, we do not mind seeing him defeated as the right-wing Prime Minister in Iceland was thrown out of the government when he was replaced by a communist party chief.

2/19/2009 2:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, that was when true conservatives were in power.

No there wasn't. The COnservatives didn't return until 1984, and even then the BC Tories (federal Conservatives) were not all that attached to the provincial party. Much of the 1984 federal Tory campaign in B.C. was run by Socreds not Provincial Conservatives.



In a sense, they were anyway in 2001, I mean, with Gordon Campbell having, theoretically, no ideology at all, the conservatives did dominate provincial politics and we all know Carole Taylor was simply a head to solidify anti-NDP alliance and that is about it, and even that fell apart.

Partially correct. Previously to 1996 the BC Liberals were run mostly by federal Liberals (May Brown and Iona Campagnolo together with Sonia Sagnuetti who are al federal Liberals) ran the party.

Just prior to 2001, many ex-Socreds came out after Gordon's leadership win, and your Eecutive Director and President are ex-Socred organizers.

The point being however is that Gordon Campbell is now governing by poll and as he proceeds to betray the fiscal conservative principles that got him elected, we independents will refuse to choose between a socialist incumbent government and a communist opposition.

The NDP is hardly communist. That only exists in Cuba, China and North Korea amongst places.



Without tax relief such as reduction on GST to try to revive our economy, we do not mind seeing him defeated as the right-wing Prime Minister in Iceland was thrown out of the government when he was replaced by a communist party chief.

Won't happen here.

You can bet your cute bourgoise ass on that one.

2/19/2009 5:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Workers of the Province, Unite!

Down with the capitalist dogma of
Gordon Campbell and the BC Liberals!

March On, the prolitariat workers of British Columbia, March On!

2/19/2009 6:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is very sad that this election is once again turning into a class warfare. Carole James wants to repeal carbon taxes for goodness sake, so much for NDP socialist "principles".

If Gordon Campbell wants to raise gas taxes and still creates a deficit, what are the reasons to keep him around. It is time for BCLIB to elect a new leader.

2/19/2009 7:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is very sad that this election is once again turning into a class warfare. Carole James wants to repeal carbon taxes for goodness sake, so much for NDP socialist "principles".

If Gordon Campbell wants to raise gas taxes and still creates a deficit, what are the reasons to keep him around. It is time for BCLIB to elect a new leader.

2/19/2009 7:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is very sad that this election is once again turning into a class warfare. Carole James wants to repeal carbon taxes for goodness sake, so much for NDP socialist "principles".

"Principles" and "NDP" don't go together.

"Princples" and "BC Liberals" don't go together either.


If Gordon Campbell wants to raise gas taxes and still creates a deficit, what are the reasons to keep him around. It is time for BCLIB to elect a new leader.

The reason for keeping him around is that the Executive Director (Kelly Reichardt) and the President (Mickey Patryluk) the blind loyalists on the Provincial Council and MLA Caucus want to keep him.

That "leadership confidence vote" taken at AGM's is a joke. It's never fallen below 92% of the total votes cast.

Gordon Campbell is the best we have right now. There's no one else.

2/19/2009 7:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Proletarians of the Province, Unite!

Victory for the NDP means victory over your bourgoise masters!

Say NO to the Liberals, Say YES to the people's party.

You and Me and the NDP.

The People, United, shall never be defeated!

2/19/2009 11:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where's Operation Solidarity?

We need to get those bastard BC Liberals out, especially that Harry Bloy guy.

2/20/2009 7:46 PM  

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