For those readers who aren’t familiar with the wacky politics of British Columbia, here’s a quick synopsis:
Governing right-of-center BC Liberal party introduces a new tax, the HST (Harmonized Sales Tax). This led to a grassroot citizens’ effort to rid the province of the tax, and the politicians who hatched the idea.
Citizen effort was successful. And now the ’stop HST’ forces are off to lop off heads.
The first off the mark will be Chinese-Canadian Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA), Ms Ida Chong.
So what’s the UGLY Chinese Canadian got to say about punting one of our province’s Chinese-Canadian politicians?
Good Fricken riddance.
We had once thought Ms Chong was a bright light, who articulated her words and ideas well. But as time showed, she just became another talking head that parroted words.
Here’s some advice for you wannabe politicians.
Leadership is earned.
Try thinking on your own, or at least, surround yourself with qualified advisors so you don’t appear like such a “saw paw” (silly woman).
Unqualified ‘advisors’ have been the downfall of many a politician.
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From the Globe and Mail:
Ida Chong first target of Fight HST’s recall campaign
by IAN BAILEY
VANCOUVER— From Tuesday’s Globe and Mail
Universities Minister Ida Chong will be the first target of anti-HST activists starting next Monday as they launch a campaign of recalls against Liberal members of the legislature.
Finance Minister Colin Hansen, who has been at the forefront of the government effort to sell the tax, and Environment Minister Murray Coell will also find themselves targeted in coming months if the effort rolls on.
After targeting Ms. Chong, who represents the Victoria-area riding of Oak Bay-Gordon Head, the activists plan to move in January to Kamloops-North Thompson, represented by Terry Lake, and Comox Valley, held by Don McRae – if the government does not axe the tax.
“We want to have a successful first recall,” said strategist Bill Tieleman, as the list of targeted ridings was released.
“That would be the shot heard around the Liberal world. If we can recall Ida Chong, nobody is safe.”
By February, they plan for recalls in Cariboo-Chilcotin and Saanich North, held by Mr. Coell. In March, there would be Maple Ridge and Vancouver-Quilchena, held by Mr. Hansen.
Under the Recall and Initiative Act, activists will be seeking 40 per cent of registered voters within 60 days. In Oak Bay, that would be a total 18,000 voters.
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Our blog does have one pressing question to the Fight HST people…
You’ve managed to get Premier Gordon Campbell to resign, and you’ve shown that the ‘Fight HST’ effort was successful.
Why the resignation effort now? A scorch earth approach seems a way bit over in an already ugly political climate … such as ours is in this province.