OT: BC: Cambpell is GONE! How long before he writes a book?
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BC Premiere Gordon Campbell resigns, watch the video and read the story here:
I am thinking the televised address was his last chance.
Edit: Sorry for the off spelling in the title, was a little excited :P
What do you think?
Just to make this a little more book related, I am betting that by next Christmas several tell all HST books will be out.. I might actually even buy one :P
Happy to see him go. I had some dealings with him many years ago when he was mayor of Vancouver and I've disliked him since.
I almost feel sorry for whomever is voted in to take their place.. between the HST, BCrail and the secret shadow road tolls, they will have their hands full.
I've never been keen about Gordon Campbell but I'm not so sure that the HST is a bad thing. I really dislike the way he just threw it onto the province without warning or discussion , right after the election. I'm uncertain though that the HST is a bad thing. I think it may have stimulated business, and as a consumer -if I can spend, I can also afford the HST. The other thing that I think folks overlooked was how well our economy has done with Gordo in power - even if I did not like him personally. Book - I'm not so sure. Maybe? @3 - yes , very true.
I don't mind consumption taxes, those that are spending more are paying more. What I mind was the spread of taxes to necessities like some food types, vitamins, and funerals. And the sneakiness and arrogance. And BCrail. And now the secret shadow tolls coming out.
Hmmm. Well, as a mother of a 13 year old and a 10 year old, I don't like having to pay more tax on kid's clothing. And aren't we paying more for books too? I think they used to just have GST. I'm not much of a shopper, but my main purchases are groceries, kids' clothing and books. So I feel that I got screwed. Or perhaps skewered. Take your pick.
Will he write a book???? Only time will tell. Will I buy a copy? No, I really have no interest in political memoirs, as my library clearly shows.
Nickelini - My understanding of the HST is that books purchased in BC are supposed to have a point of sale rebate for the PST portion of the HST so you should only be paying the GST on books. Magazines, on the other hand, which were previously PST exempt are now subject the full HST at point of sale. That is my understanding but I could be wrong.
It is all very confusing.
Agreed - he was sneaky and arrogant . I'm not really aware of the secret shadow tolls coming out. I'm going to have to google that one. My understanding too is that books were exempt from the HST - but I find ever since the GST and PST were added on - when I make a purchase - a magic number emerges from the cash register - and it's a fair bit more than the the price on the product!;)
One thing that I'm uncertain of is that the federal government gave BC 1.3 or 1.6 billion dollars as part of the deal with taking on the HST. So - now how will we pay that back if we get rid of the HST? That's a concern to me.
By the way lkernagh - I like your star rating system!! I love the abandoned catergory that you have for books that you simply could not get through. I may need to create one!!
I keep thinking I need to form an abandoned category.. the thing is I find it very hard not to finish something I have started.. I am a bit of a completist.. especially when it comes to a series or book I have already started.
If you are not reading Laila Yuilles blog I highly recommend it for BC politics. I believe she was the one who broke the story on the shadow tolls. By law, tolls on roads have to be accounted for/made public. There are two ways to do tolls, have the public pay when they cross, or just pay the toll for the number of people that cross (Shadow tolls, out of public funds). Apparently for some of these roads we have agreed to pay 25-30 years worth of shadow tolls on top of the building fees that they felt they did not have to report (Since they are not tolls), nor are they willing to say how they keep track. So we will continue to pay a fee to the people who built the roads for decades. She is supposed to update her blog today. (That fits in with reading right? :P).
Hi vancouverdeb and Bcteagirl - I figure the abandoned category will be useful down the road when, for some strange reason, I pick up a book wondering "Now, why does this seem familiar..." ;-)
Oh dear lord...... Just when you thought they could not get any more obvious *Facepalm* This is just getting sick. Actually contemplating moving out of BC when I graduate because of things like this:
From the Globe and Mail:
Elections BC rejected a Fight HST recall application as too lengthy – but did so using rules that were drafted after it received the application.
Fight HST submitted its application on Monday. The document outlining the changes was uploaded to the Elections BC website on Wednesday afternoon. A cached view of the site shows it wasn’t part of the recall petition application package as recently as Tuesday.
This came to light because google (Thank you google!) still had a cache of the old application rules etc.. so you can clearly see the new rules were INSERTED AFTER the petition was submitted. I am actually seriously considering leaving BC after I graduate, because frankly right now this is creeping me right out.
Bloggers who noticed the differences:
Elections BC Acting Chief Electoral Officer Craig James, and Elections BC, have added a "Number of words in proponent statement" clause and used this added clause to dismiss the Recall petition application. This clause was added after the submission of the recall petition application, for the sole purpose of trying to derail the petition.
The newly added rules counts acronyms such as HST as three words, and contractions such as "can't" as two words, causing the application to read more than the 200 word allotment.
Without the new rules it would be 180 words, well under the 200.
Below is technical proof, this clause was added on November 23, 2010, AFTER the submission of the recall application.
Google keeps a cache file for websites which provides a snapshot at how a page looks at a given time.
For those of you who don't know, we don't have an impartial elections BC runner right now. They fired him (Pardon me, failed to renew his contract) after he ruled against the Liberal party on HST related advertising. The Liberal party (Who the recall submission is about) PICKED AND APPOINTED an interim person to run it until someone can be found that all the parties agree on. So there person that made this decision is a person who is 1) A liberal party member and 2) appointed by them.
When asked why organizers wouldn’t be made aware of the new rules until after their application was submitted, she said: “Before the application had been submitted, there had been no need for a policy. No recall application in the past had ever come close to the 200-word limit. It hadn't been an issue.”
When asked if an unforeseen problem could arise when Fight HST resubmits its application, the spokeswoman said Elections BC follows provincial legislation in all its decisions. She declined to comment on whether instituting such rules after the fact reflects negatively on the non-partisan, independent office.
I actually feel ill right now.
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