Thursday, December 07, 2006

Gordon Campbell and the BC Liberals - your union friendly, progressive political party?

The leopard can't change its spots but can the Gordon Campbell BC Liberal Party?

That's the obvious question if you are a BC Liberal member or supporter who got a fundraising email today.

No union bashing as in days of old - er - the first term. Forgot those imposed contracts! We're your friends now.

No teacher bashing as in days of old - er - the first term. Forget ripping up your contract! We're all on the same side.

Oh, and by the way, send money!

Here is the full text of the email:

December 7, 2006

Reaching Higher for BC, Support our Progress!

Dear Friend:

Thank you for all the support that you have shown the BC Liberal Party over this past year. This has truly been an exciting year for British Columbia as we've moved forward on a number of new initiatives to continue improving on B.C.'s reputation as the best
place on Earth.

We've seen our economy continue to grow with B.C. creating over 320,000 new jobs since December 2001, over 90% of which are full time - the strongest job creation rate in the country.

We're investing more in health care and education than ever before in the history of our province.We successfully negotiated fair and affordable agreements in 2006 covering more than 300,000 public sector employees, including a 5-year agreement with the BC Teachers' Federation.

We've launched the Conversation on Health, an unprecedented, province-wide consultation with British Columbians on their health care to lay the groundwork for improvements to the principles of the Canada Health Act that will be presented in Fall 2007.

As we go forward, we're looking at the new goals and challenges that lie ahead such as...

Providing greater tax relief for B.C. families within this mandate, to build on British Columbia's current competitive advantage as having the lowest average provincial personal income taxes in Canada on the first $80,000 of income earned.

Providing additional rental assistance to 15,000 lower-income families in British Columbia and building nearly 11,000 new units of affordable housing.

Creating 2,500 new graduate spaces for master's and doctorate degrees, creating 7,000 more apprenticeship spaces by 2010, and spearheading an aggressive marketing initiative across Canada and the United States - all to help address the skilled worker shortage created by our strong economy.

But to make it happen, we need your support. As this year draws to a close,
please consider making a tax-deductible donation to the BC Liberal Party to ensure the progress of Premier Gordon Campbell and our entire team can continue.

You can show your support for the BC Liberal Party through a one-time donation through our online web site, or by becoming a valued member of our Club 300 program with a
year-round contribution.

Please see the below chart for some of the tremendous tax-benefits of donations to the BC Liberal Party.

To qualify for a 2006 tax receipt, online donations must be received by midnight on December 31, 2006 and mailed or faxed donations must be received by noon on December 29, 2006.

If you would like to donate via mail or fax, please click here.
Tax Benefits of Donating to the BC Liberals

Donation Tax Credit Net Annual Cost
$50.00 $37.50 $12.50
$100.00 $75.00 $25.00
$250.00 $150.00 $100.00
$300.00 $175.00 $125.00
$500.00 $275.00 $225.00

Thank you again for your continued support.

Together, we will continue reaching higher for British Columbia in 2007 and beyond!

The BC Liberal Team


Anonymous said...

Spiderman told me. . .if I give 1.5 million . . . I can get a section of rail line in Delta ?


Budd Campbell said...

As for the new, kindler, gentler approach to unions, especially the BCTF, look for the screw to turn back to its usual setting in the next election.

The extraordinarily prominent coverage given by the media to the Tom Ellison trial, far more than most murder trials get, was a case of laying the groundwork for another war against the teachers. The "issue" will be the lamentable failure of this group, officially a self-regulating profession with its own college, to police its membership effectively. Therefore our Liberal Govt will have to do something, etc., etc.

If you think I am being paranoid, fine. But just think back to the last election and the orgiastic delight among BC Liberal bloggers like Langley Township Councillor Jordan Bateman and his crew of anonymous posters over the discovery in Mission, but the inimitable Mister Randy Hawes, of a memo that talked about a teacher's strike later that year. They were just sooooo happy that the Teacher's had been dragged into the fray. For these Coalition politicos, no BC election is complete without a dustup with the BCTF.

And ask yourself this question. Why did the Sun use its "education" reporter to cover the trial? Is a trial of one man on charges of gross indecency and sexual assualt a crime story or an education story?

Anonymous said...

Panhandling on a grandiose scale. Pehaps Gordo could convince the less fortunate 'n' downtrodden panhandlers living in the street to join the party 'n' then collect a percentage of their take at the end of the day?