[quote=“teacher”]I listened to the debate, and to be honest, I don’t know how anyone could spin that as a win for Clark. She was rude. She interrupted incessantly to launch negative attacks. She clearly doesn’t understand that the negativity is hurting her enormously. But most importantly she didn’t seem to have anything other than repetitive talking points. Many of those talking points have been discredited on analysis. CBC’s reality check series, by my count, is 5 to 1 against the Liberal spin. The latest one might be the most significant, because the $3B in spending that the Liberals are claiming the NDP have committed to simply isn’t true. Nor is the “thousands of lost jobs during the 90’s” claim. Okay, so maybe some people want to believe the spin because they can’t imagine voting for anyone else. Fair enough. Maybe some on the left are guilty of the same thing. Maybe I am too. That’s what makes it a debate, and healthy debate is, well, healthy. In my opinion, what Clark is offering isn’t healthy debate of the issues. Rather, it is a somewhat desperate attempt to relive a time when the anti-NDP spin had some success, and the many skeletons in the Liberal closet were profoundly less public.
Personally, I’m willing to acknowledge that Dix was shaky on the Kinder Morgan point. However, there are many in BC who are now feeling that development is a positive thing, but development at all costs has been going on too long, and has benefitted only those who are already wealthy. They are looking for measured, carefully considered development, where environmental considerations are no longer simply “inconvenient”. And in the debate, Clark was terrible on child poverty and transparency, and is simply wrong on the “balanced” budget. She want’s us to trust that somewhere down the road LNG will solve everything. She can’t promise that because nobody can. Full of shallow talking points, devoid of specific understandings, and add nastiness, and she gets a fail on this debate.[/quote]
That is rich coming from a teacher, you don’t know jack shit about industry development…it has no effect on your employment…you get to sit back and collect your government paid salary.
You don’t work for the private sector, you are not a mill workers, you are not a general labourer at the Coal or grain terminal, your not an electrician for the container terminal, your not a shipping agent or a border control agent…you are not ANY of those things…so what gives you the right to sit there behind your classroom desk and say that development in industry only benefits the wealthy! That is OUTRAGEOUS. Industrial development is the LIFE blood of this city and the lives of the people who work there.
The development that is happening in this city (Ridley Expansion, Container Terminale, Pinnacle) has directly resulted in people I know moving back to this city and obtaining great jobs…non of these people would be considered “wealthy”, they are just hard working honest British Columbians who are trying to make a decent wage to buy a house and support their families and live the Canadian dream…how DARE these people hope for development.
The part of your post about development is just so insulting and entitled…and everything that is wrong with this province.