Today was a great day. We spent some time engaging citizens concerned about the BC Rail sale on the CKNW news forums. While it is highly unusual for a political candidate to engage in such a forum, we believe that direct engagements are vital to the democratic process and have broken convention to discuss. Details at:
For anyone not familiar with British Columbia’s sale of BC Rail, it is a symptom of a deeper problem. From Wikipedia (and verified):
“BC Rail operations were owned by the public as a crown corporation from 1918 until 2004, when the provincial government leased operations for 990 years to CN. The track and other assets, including a marine division and stevedoring subsidiary as well as large tracts of real estate, remain under public ownership. The transaction is tainted by an influence-peddling and bribery scandal resulting in convictions in 2010. The provincial government, which promised when originally elected to never sell the railway, has announced that the crown corporation and its remaining operations and assets would be “wound down”.
Note that our own Auditor General was denied access to review the documents. The AG is supposed to protect taxpayers from this sort of thing:
I have swallowed the Red pill and can no longer remain the same person I once was. While going back to ignorance and bliss does appeal, it is no longer an option.
Last but not least, to the growing ranks of supporters, thank you all for your wonderful help and encouragement. This has made me a better person.