Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Yet again

To no one's surprise Burnaby remains shut out of the provincial Cabinet.

Despite the elevation of nine first time members of the executive council, Burnaby BC Liberal MLAs Richard Lee and Harry Bloy remain on the side. Of the nine new Ministers, two - John Yap and Randy Hawes - are veteran MLAs. The twenty five member cabinet has seven women, including four first term female MLAs.

Despite the lack of a cabinet post, Lee will play a key role in the government's outreach to the Chinese-language community. This role may lead him to Cabinet before the end of the current term if he continues to work at getting the government's accomplishments noticed in the Chinese media.

There is no solid word yet if Bloy plans to seek the Speaker's chair.

27 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Richard isn't on the side, he's quite in there even though being a "half-Minister".

Bloy as Speaker?? Give it a rest.

It takes tact to be Speaker, and Harry doesn't have that.

Barisoff is the BC Liberal's choice for speaker, with Linda Reid as Deputy Speaker.

6/10/2009 7:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Richard's position does not qualify for the title of "half-minister". The Minister of State positions are the "half-Ministers". Parliamentary Secretaries are not ministers at all; they do not go to cabinet meetings, and are not in the ministers' photo.

I think Barisoff was really good as speaker and will get the post again. Gordon Hogg and Linda Reid are good candidates for the deputy position. These factors mean Harry's chances are not very good.

6/10/2009 8:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There weren't any Ministers of State previously.

But we'll make Richard a "quarter Minister". Which is much better than nothing.

As for Harry's "chances", it's gotten to the point, why even bother?

He'll get his chair of the Committee of The Whole back.

6/10/2009 8:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bloy or Lee would have got into cabinet if they wore skirts.

6/10/2009 9:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lee maybe, but who would want to see Harry in a skirt? He doesn't have the knees for it, and gawd help anyone who has to look in the direction he is when he bends over.

That sight of him bent over would make anyone go blind.

6/10/2009 9:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

lol

6/10/2009 11:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To add another aspect:

Raj Chouhan (Burnaby Edmonds) is Labour Critic.

Kathy Corrigan (Burnaby Deer Lake) is critic for Olympics and ActNow.

So what do we have from our MLAs?

Richard Lee (Burnaby North): Parliamentary Secretary Asia Pacific.

Kathy Corrigian (Burnaby Deer Lake):

Critic for Olympics and ActNow.

Raj Chouhan (Burnaby Edmonds):
Labour Critic.

Harry Bloy (Burnaby Lougheed):

6/11/2009 3:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm shocked Harry Bloy was passed over for a Critic position. What was Carole James thinking?

6/11/2009 9:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Obviously she didn't call Harry.

She was probably thinking the same thing that Gordon campbell was.

"Ugh.. who else can I pencil in..?

6/11/2009 9:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Being a critic is nothing to talk about.

By the way what is ActNow? And Critic for the Olympics..... Great another Negative Nellie from Burnaby.

6/11/2009 11:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Seriously. What is ActNow?

6/12/2009 9:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ActNow is the Minister of Fruits and Vegetables, a relic from Campbell's ten minute fascination a few years back with making residents of the British Columbian Nanny State eat healthy.

6/12/2009 4:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A real imaginative idea. Gordon Hogg was The Minister of Broccoli
and he had a bit of a burger belly.

ActNow was mostly an easy to handle photo op for the Premier and a few MLAs who didn't have much else to do.

6/12/2009 6:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If Liberal apologists and supporters have to ask "what is ACT NOW" that just shows you how effective the money put into that program has been. Another Campbell folly.

6/13/2009 8:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If Liberal apologists and supporters have to ask "what is ACT NOW" that just shows you how effective the money put into that program has been. Another Campbell folly.

Yep, right up there with the Fastcats, Fudgeit Budgets, and the NDP saying they would do alot to reduce poverty, but didn't do much
at all.

6/13/2009 11:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

With ACT Now looking like it is nothing more than a blip on the rumour scale why do we need an NDP critic on it.

Or is James just trying to be nice and fill up some useless and redundant positions.

6/13/2009 12:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"With ACT Now looking like it is nothing more than a blip on the rumour scale why do we need an NDP critic on it.

Or is James just trying to be nice and fill up some useless and redundant positions."

It's both.

Eat your vegetables and make sure you finish your plate (and that doens't mean putting it down on the floor to let the dog finish what you didn't like).

6/13/2009 3:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ooo. fudgeit budgets. Isn't that an awkward thing to bring up these days.

6/14/2009 7:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just as bad to consume as ActNow and Open Cabinet Meetings.

6/14/2009 7:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kids are fat. Health spending is out of control. It about time govt address those things directly before it's too late- ACT Now is a great idea. I can't believe you're actually against a govt ministry with an objective of promoting and facilitating healthy living and illness prevention??!! You may not care about future generations, but I do. Go eat another burger and watch another Seinfeld rerun.

6/15/2009 4:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ahhh - now I get it!

Only Liberals are being encouraged to be healthy.
The rest of us get Seinfeld and burgers!

Yum yum.

6/15/2009 4:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Kids are fat. Health spending is out of control. "

A few parents are a bit tubby too.
A cardiac case waiting to happen.

Obviously little or no walking excercise.

"It about time govt address those things directly before it's too late- ACT Now is a great idea. I can't believe you're actually against a govt ministry with an objective of promoting and facilitating healthy living and illness prevention??!!"

Don't need taxpayer money to tell us that eating veggies and fruits is good for ya, and to watch those fries and salt and fat saturated laden packaged meats. Read the nutriton label. It can be a shock see what's in your favourite foods. All that fat and salt..

"You may not care about future generations, but I do. Go eat another burger and watch another Seinfeld rerun."

Seinfeld is old news. Not worth being a couch potato over.

Chicken burgers are better than wolfing down a Red Robin Big Burger.

Gordon Hogg was getting a bit of a spare tire when he had that Ministry.

Oh yea, ease up on the Molson Canadian and Labatt's Blue. That'll give you a Buddha Belly fast. May look good ridin' the Harley Davidson Fat Boy and wearing the black ridin' T-shirt, but doesn't do well for the heart.

But then again, gives new meaning to be able to see your overweight friend, male business owner, supervisor, or parent and say

"Hey, Fat Boy.."

6/15/2009 7:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

gordon hogg lost over 40 pounds during his stint as act now minister. and good for him for leading by example.

6/18/2009 12:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes I agree that it is a stupid idea to spend money to get British Columbians healthy through through the ActNow BC healthy eating and fitness program... It's a much better idea to get British Columbians healthy by setting up supervised injection sites, and encourage people to inject heroin into their bodies.

The govt spends money to promote the notion that there is a "safe" way to inject deadly disgusting addictive drugs into your body, but that's nothing to think twice about, yes the fruits and vegetables initiative is the controversial one.

Everybody- give your head a shake.

6/18/2009 12:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fudge... err fudge it budgets. Like everything else, Campbell sure knows how to supersize history. 495 million deficit to over 2 billion? That's not a fudge it budget, thats the entire hershey plant.

And can you imagine, the "most accountable and transparent government in BC history..." (trying not to chortle and gag on that one) hiding the true numbers in regards to the health care authority financing hole, and the accelerated climb in welfare rolls, in the "greatest place in the world"...

Wow. And one other thing about fudge it budgets etc, one wonders whether the NDP will sue the Fiberals like the Fiberals did back in the 90s over the lies and mistruths spoken on the campaign trail by Convict Campbell. Don't forget also, when it came to alleged corruption, Glen Clark was found NOT GUILTY, while the jury is still out on the BC Rail deal. And the odour of that one is enough to last a lifetime.

6/29/2009 6:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Yes I agree that it is a stupid idea to spend money to get British Columbians healthy through through the ActNow BC healthy eating and fitness program..."


Same thing can be had without a ministry. It's called going to the doctor for advice.

"It's a much better idea to get British Columbians healthy by setting up supervised injection sites, and encourage people to inject heroin into their bodies."

and the diabetics who need insulin still have to pay for their injections.

"The govt spends money to promote the notion that there is a "safe" way to inject deadly disgusting addictive drugs into your body, but that's nothing to think twice about, yes the fruits and vegetables initiative is the controversial one."

The orange is a gateway to being
a veggie addict.


Everybody- give your head a shake.

Would rather have a nice thick strawberry milkshake, with that McDonald's Double Cheeseburger and Super Sized fries.

and for dessert?

Two of those McDonald's pies.

6/29/2009 4:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Fudge... err fudge it budgets. Like everything else, Campbell sure knows how to supersize history. 495 million deficit to over 2 billion? That's not a fudge it budget, thats the entire hershey plant."

Think Canadian eh? Cadbury.

And can you imagine, the "most accountable and transparent government in BC history..." (trying not to chortle and gag on that one) hiding the true numbers in regards to the health care authority financing hole, and the accelerated climb in welfare rolls, in the "greatest place in the world"...

Not to mention those Open Cabinet Meetings.

"Wow. And one other thing about fudge it budgets etc, one wonders whether the NDP will sue the Fiberals like the Fiberals did back in the 90s over the lies and mistruths spoken on the campaign trail by Convict Campbell."

Since gone. Give it a rest.

"Don't forget also, when it came to alleged corruption, Glen Clark was found NOT GUILTY, while the jury is still out on the BC Rail deal. And the odour of that one is enough to last a lifetime."

The stink is from rotting taxpayer money in the landfill caused by it.

6/29/2009 4:15 PM  

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