Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Take the Premier Gordon Campbell quote quiz for 2009!

Bill Tieleman's 24 hours/The Tyee column

Tuesday January 5, 2010

Premier Gordon Campbell said it - but do you believe it?

By Bill Tieleman

It is better to be quotable than to be honest.

- Tom Stoppard, playwright

In 2009, B.C. Premier Gordon Campbell was very, very quotable.

But was he honest? You be the judge with our Campbell’s quotes quiz of 2009.

"This is the single biggest thing we can do to improve B.C.'s economy."

- Premier Gordon Campbell, July 23, 2009

Was Campbell talking about his plans to:

A) Resign immediately as premier;

B) finally increase Canada’s lowest minimum wage;

C) end the province’s status as having the worst child poverty rate in the country for six straight years;

D) introduce a new Harmonized Sales Tax that will add a 7% tax onto many goods and services not previously taxed?

The unfortunate and unpopular answer is D, bring in an HST on July 1, 2010.

"We may not have quite as much contingency but, I can tell you this: the deficit for 2009/10 will be $495 million."

- Premier Gordon Campbell, April 23, 2009

The actual deficit, revealed after the May election, was $2.8 billion.

The reason Campbell claims he didn’t know there was a big problem before the election was because:

A) He was “consumed” with plans to help fight the H1N1 outbreak;

B) “Our staff had said to me that this is manageable,” referring to rapidly dropping revenue;

C) his staff didn’t tell him everything: “There is very restrictive interaction between the senior public service and anybody that's running for office.”

D) all of the above?

The contradictory answer is D.

Campbell, under questioning in the Legislature by New Democrat leader Carole James, added that he was never worried anyway because under his leadership in the past B.C. had always “performed beyond expectations.” Whew – we can all breathe easier now!

“To try and clarify this matter, this was an answer that was provided by our party during the election. It did reflect the position of the government at the time.”

- Premier Gordon Campbell,
November 25, 2009

Was the answer Campbell referring to:

A) B.C. Liberal Party plans to call for a full public inquiry into the B.C. Legislature Raid case if the trial fails to take place;

B) Party opposition to the rising cost of the 2010 Olympics;

C) the B.C. Liberals’ intention to declare Campbell “Premier For Life”;

D) a pledge to the Canadian Restaurant and Food Services Association that B.C. Liberals would not introduce a Harmonized Sales Tax if re-elected.

The answer, of course, is D. The CRFA estimates that the HST scheduled to start July 1 could cost its members $750 million in losses - $50,000 per restaurant – causing staff layoffs and closures.

“British Columbia has an important role to play in Copenhagen, both in supporting development of a global plan and in sharing our climate action measures with other governments.”

- Premier Gordon Campbell, December 7, 2009

Was Campbell referring to B.C.:

A) Being the only province Statistics Canada says has increasing greenhouse-gas emissions from industrial polluters, especially the oil and gas industry;

B) His continuing plans to push for offshore oil and gas exploration;

C) his opposition to a natural gas flaring tax;

D) none of the above.

The answer is D – but that didn’t stop some environmental groups from giving Campbell a "climate action leadership" award for his carbon tax on gas and fuel!

And so ends our quiz – if you gave Campbell a bunch of Ds, you’ve got him all figured out.


Norm Farrell said...

In the words of the Bard, "Hoist with his own petard."

Well done, although I expect your piece could be extended without too much difficulty.

boomy said...

Bill, Thanks for doing your part in holding the BC Liberals feet to the fire and a Happy New Year to you and all your faithful readers.


Anonymous said...

Campbell should be impeached, strung up and his public execution be put on pay per view!

Anonymous said...

I believe you're far too generous with a D. An F seems a lot closer to the real mark.

Anonymous said...

Hope you are making a good recovery. You are right on the mark on this premier we are stuck with, along with the sheep behind him.

Anonymous said...

The red tape marked DANGER in that picture sums it up perefectly.

JJ said...

Let he who is without sin cast the first stone. Well, that lets you out Bill.

But enough of the rehash of old material, it's a new year, time for new stories. When do we expect the "real" story of Olympic debt to emerge? By the way, I love our new Canadian holiday tradition - prorogue Parliament because the other kids won't let you have your way.

DPL said...

So far the circus clock stopped so that might be a good sign. The Vanoc crew got a raise and we can all expect to see Gordo with his little made in China mittins, assorted scarves and his mouth open for a few times yet. The traffic restrictions should be a sight to see as only the "right"people will be on the streets. Sure be glad when the mess is over and the real mess of bills shouod hit us soon after. They were boarding up part of the Library todayso maybe its a Gordo bunker now

Anonymous said...

My message for Gord is simple: Tax my middle finger. I vote for you twice - shame on you Gordon Campbell you are a compulsive liar I might as well vote for the NDP that how bad you are! U-screw the ambulance people, u-screw the public servants,u-screw the teachers, u-screw the school kids, u-screw the elderly, u-screw us all with the HST. WHo u-going to screw next.

Anonymous said...

The Best Place on Earth? Gordon Campbell's personal brand of BC.
For the rest of us it is still Super Natural British Columbia. When Gordon Campbell goes it will surely be "The Best Place on Earth"

Anonymous said...

Campbell, needs a psychiatric evaluation, he behaves as a sociopath, and, is a pathological liar. There is nothing beneath his dignity, he won't do, such as the lies he and Hansen told about the Provincial deficit, the HST, and on and on it goes. I, just can't see, how this Province can be saved. Our assets and our natural resources, are being sold, mostly behind our backs. Campbell and Hansen, should be in prison for what they thieved from the people of BC.