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Most (or all) of you probably won't have heard of this, but in the B.C. provincial legislature a scandal has been brewing since late last year. In short, in November the Legislature's Clerk and Sergeant-At-Arms were abruptly suspended from their jobs without explanation. Recently a report conducted by the House Speaker Darryl Plecas (hence the moniker "Plecas Report") was released, clarifying why they were suspended (there's a separate RCMP investigation but that's another story).

The report alleges blatant mismanagement of government funds, mostly misusing said funds on clearly personal expenses. It's horrifying but also strangely funny given the absurd nature of many of the violations. There's a wood-splitter which they bought for themselves using government money, as well as an "alleged truckload of alcohol".

But what I found funniest (and why I'm making this post) was due to the nearly $5,000 in subscriptions the Clerk was billing his office for. Some actually look legit, but others obviously aren't. Case in point: one of the subscriptions was for Flightradar24. [rofl]

If you're curious about the whole report, I've put the link here:


https://www.leg.bc.ca/content/CommitteeDocuments/41st-parliament/LAMC/2019-01-21/2019-01-21_SpeakersReport.pdf

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Impressive! I thought only American politicians were capable of this caliber of mismanagement of taxpayer's funds. What's the political climate like up in B.C. right now? 
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Impressive! I thought only American politicians were capable of this caliber of mismanagement of taxpayer's funds. What's the political climate like up in B.C. right now? 


There was a major shift in the last election when the B.C. Liberals were defeated after 15 years in power by a coalition between the NDP (New Democrats) and Green parties. Since then the GreeNDP (as the coalition has been called) has been swift to take advantage of the power that they've been wanting so far.

They've conducted a referendum on electoral reform (which failed), brought in new taxes to address the housing crisis (most controversially an "education tax" which has been criticized for just going into general revenue), scrapped tolls on one of our main bridges (which the Greens opposed but wasn't a hill they were willing to die on) and approved the Site C dam (which they opposed in the last election).

Some issues, such as the financial dumpster fire that is ICBC (our provincial auto insurance corporation) and the widespread use of BC casinos for Chinese money laundering have been particularly contentious as the GreeNDP have used them to paint the previous government as financially inept/blind/complicit in corruption. 

Oh, and they've dragged their feet on ride-hailing as best they can.

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That is amazing
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Ah, I see.

So, it's basically the same in Canada as it is in the US. The party in power does anything to stay in power and abuses its power while doing so. Meanwhile, the party not in power acts all holier-than-though and promises a better way forward. The people give the party in power the boot only to have the newly-elected party essentially become as bad if not worse than the party they just replaced.

Yet another reason to loathe political parties. Is there any hope of fixing this cycle?

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Ah, I see.

So, it's basically the same in Canada as it is in the US. The party in power does anything to stay in power and abuses its power while doing so. Meanwhile, the party not in power acts all holier-than-though and promises a better way forward. The people give the party in power the boot only to have the newly-elected party essentially become as bad if not worse than the party they just replaced.

Yet another reason to loathe political parties. Is there any hope of fixing this cycle?


Sounds about right. But I must say that at least as far as I've seen I don't think things have gotten as bad here as they have in the US. . .

As for breaking the cycle I find that having more than two parties helps. . . but frankly it'd take a miracle to break the 2-party system in the US now.

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As for breaking the cycle I find that having more than two parties helps. . . but frankly it'd take a miracle to break the 2-party system in the US now.


We are in desperate need of a miracle. The two-party system is mired in greed, corruption, and self-preservation. Politicians have forgotten that we hold the power, not the other way around. Sadly, the electorate seems to have forgotten this fact also. 

My problem is one that many Americans have. Neither the Republicans (Conservatives) nor the Democrats (Liberals) represent me any longer.

I describe myself as fairly liberal in the literal sense. I do, however, believe in a conservative way of governance. By that, I mean smaller government, with commonsense taxes and oversight. 

There is no common ground any longer. Gone are the days of Ronald Regan and Bill Clinton, when parties could come together and meet in the middle for the good of the people. 

If one side has a good idea that will benefit the nation, the other side of the aisle will vehemently oppose the idea, and not because it's a bad idea. They do so only because the other side brought it up. 
 
This is no way to govern.

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