Promotion through attrition

Premier Gordon Campbell has announced Colin Hansen will be taking Finance Minister Gary Collins's portfolio and Labour Minister Graham Bruce gets the house leader job. Shirley Bond replaces Minister Hansen in health services and planning. Ida Chong moves into Minister Bond's old job in advanced education. And caucus chair Wendy McMahon becomes responsible for women's and senior's services. Premier Campbell said he hasn't decided who will replace Minister Collins as the provincial Liberal's re-election campaign co-chair.

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Hansen the little weasel as finance minister is just laughable. Just look at how bad he has screwed health care. And Shirley Bond taking over health services and planning is even more laughable. She doesn't have the first clue about health care.
Ida Chong moving to advanced education is nothing more then an attempt for her to get votes.

Uhh..."screwed health care"??? Last time I checked, thousands more surgeries are being performed now than when the NDP was calling the shots. Stop spreading lies and innuendo.

Oh yeah, as for Ida moving to Advanced Ed., doesn't it make sense to put someone in that portfolio that has a University in their riding - because of that she's probably the most knowledgable, best suited person to take the portfolio into the final session before the election.

One more thing, B, who would you have filled those positions with? I have the sneaking suspicion you would have trashed any of the Liberal MLAs who would have happened to get one of those spots.

Kyle = Liberal TROLL

There are a lot of universities in BC, suddenly. It would have made a lot of sense for a Kelowna or Kamloops MLA to get the nod if knowledge was a base factor. Doubtless, those MLA's know more about PSE at the moment than any MLA would care to admit. But Kelowna will go Liberal regardless of profile, and Kamloops will go back to the NDP regardless, so Chong gets the nod.
Kyle: Some surgery waitlists have decreased, yes. But many have had no change, and more have increased. You have to dig through more than just government documents... maybe you should read a newspaper.

Last time I looked, Ida Chong's riding included BC's second oldest university - UVic (or oldest if one follows the pedigree back to Victoria College's start in 1903)

Kamloops will go back to the NDP regardless? ... I don't recall Kamloops sending opposition MLAs to Victoria in a general election .. so that's some pretty big talk there, C. But go big or go home I say ...

Kyle, I guess you believe everything the Fiberla propaganda machine tells you.You poor sap if you believe more surgeries are being done and better services are happening. You obviously did not hear about the health care cuts.where have you been?

Bellweather: Sorry, the ridings of Kamloops split in 1996, but in '91, both seats went NDP. I guess that's what I was talking about. I'm young, and my electoral history is fuzzy.

I don't think the provincial health care budget has been "cut" and it may have grown by almost the general rate of inflation - but not by enough to meet inflation in the health sector and demand in an aging population. The Libs wouldn't be saying i.e. a thousand more surgeries per year than under the NDP if it wasn't "true". The problem is - it isn't relevant. The number of surgeries performed went up by thousands each year under the NDP and the Liberals, the Liberals just haven't put the money into keeping up with demand - and waiting lists are generally - waaaay longer.

Big C: As long as it's warm and fuzzy. I am old. My political history is cold and prickly. You're quite right, the fine folks of Kamloops made an exception to their traditioon of sending government members to Victoria and provided us with opposition MLA Kevin Krueger in 1996 - he of praying to God for the Liberal's fortunes in the assembly fame. Some traditions should just never be broken.

Everybody talks about waitlists when they should talk about waiting times. First and foremost, nobody has a waitlist for the entire province as each individual surgeon has their own waitlist.

Any rhetoric about “provincial demand” increasing refers to more surgeons applying for more surgery time to conduct their own surgeries. Perhaps this “influx” of new patients is attributed to more operating room availability, thus having more surgeons request operating room time.

Or perhaps we could have our resources being used 24 hours… there’s no reason an MRI can’t be done at 1:00 in the morning. At least then we would reduce waiting times. Or give the patient the option – wait 6 months or come in Thursday at 1:00 in the morning.

Everybody talks about waitlists when they should talk about waiting times. First and foremost, nobody has a waitlist for the entire province as each individual surgeon has their own waitlist.

Any rhetoric about “provincial demand” increasing refers to more surgeons applying for more surgery time to conduct their own surgeries. Perhaps this “influx” of new patients is attributed to more operating room availability, thus having more surgeons request operating room time.

Or perhaps we could have our resources being used 24 hours… there’s no reason an MRI can’t be done at 1:00 in the morning. At least then we would reduce waiting times. Or give the patient the option – wait 6 months or come in Thursday at 1:00 in the morning.

I was in kamloops city jails when i heard a man screaming for his life. He had quoted " STOP RAPING ME" i was up all night have nothin to say worried out of my mind. I dont know if this is a right place to say this but i want to get it out to the public. We as a society should work together and not let this incident happen again.

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