Plant food

Earlier, Public Eye reported Attorney General Geoff Plant would be vacationing in Hawaii for at least part of February. But, according to our spies, the minister (who is now out of country) hasn't specified an exact return date - although he's anticipated to be back at work on March 1. That date is important, since many speculate that, when Attorney General Plant returns from the tropics, he'll announce he won't be seeking another term in office. But others pooh-pooh those theories, instead saying it's quite possible that announcement could even occur during the early days of the election.

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Sorry, Sean. People are telling you that Plant will wait until after the drop of the writ to announce he's not seeking re-election, i.e. he'll get his party's nomination, let the election begin, and then drop out?

And you're printing this? As what, proof that people who pooh pooh things don't know what they're talking about?

The guy may have had a falling out with the his ex-mountie compatriot in the justice portfolio, but d'ya think he's going to ruin his future as an esteemed legal "council" - oops - and shoiw he's the kind of guy who likes to leave walking backwards pi##ing on everyone?

What's with the waffling back and forth. Doesn't leave the average voter with a feeling of confidence. If this Plant were any dumber, politically speaking, he'd have to be watered!

If Plant is intending to resign, and not announce it till early March or later, that might appear to be a bit of a dig at Premier Campbell. Unless of course, all these resignations (Clark, Collins, Cheema) which look like people abandoning ship are really being orchestrated by Martyn Brown and Andy Orr as a method of rallying the troops (kevin larsen, pointdexter, John English, etc.) by convincing them that things are getting real dicey real fast. Slick move!

Plant is simply following the modern politicians working credo, namely, "me first and screw the rest of you schmucks".

Moe Sihota was the first of the modern day politico's to come out of the closet and say it like it is when he suggested that people set too high a standard for politicians - this from a disgraced and disbarred lawyer.


All we can do as voters is to try and elect those individuals who will best represent our views and interests and who have a proven track record of honest, hard work and ethical behaviour.


That leaves out about 77 people.

"a proven track record of honest, hard work and ethical behaviour?"

No one in the Liberal ranks meet those criteria - with the exeption of the non-elected Daniel Igali.

Ethical behaviour - you mean the sale of BC Rail and the pending criminal investigation? The half million dollars that Gordies cousin bamboozled from taxpayers? (funniest was Gordie saying he doesn't really know the man - despite overnighting at his Prince George residence on more than one occasion! Oh - how about the ethical night the Premier spent in a US Prison?
How about getting me to call into the radio show. I thought up "great guns" all on my own!

or how about the Nanaimo Commonwealth Holdings Society? or Fudget Budgets? or Glen Clark's sundeck? or FRBC? or what about that totally ethical relationship with public sector unions?

The NDP showed us their form of ethics and accountability during the 1990's - don't think it's changed.

yeah, that makes the BC Liberals doing it on a 10x greater scale ok.

Poindexter:

I never said the NDP were saints, but you must admit that the list I gave isn't indicative of a government that exudes honesty and integrity. In fact, your rebuttle on the NDP's faux pas pale in comparison. I'm quite amused by the Liberal lovers comparing a sun deck at a cottage in the "heartlands" to the government criminal ties to the sale of a billion dollar provincial asset.

Not just that but weren't the Liberals supposed to issue in a "new era of integrity?" Campbell cemented that "promise" when he became the first Premier from Canada ever to be incarcerated in a foreign. (Staying on topic, Plant is probably there getting crossing the T's on Gordie's pardon).

The "most accountable government in history" is on of the most corrupt governments that keeps everything shrouded in secrecy despite the "promise" of "open and accountable."

Hey Budd, if you think Martyn Brown is capable of organizing anything, you're an idiot.

Well good one, maybe you should send this warning about Martyn Brown's abilities to his suprevisor, Premier Gordon Campbell, who reportedly does more or less what Martyn tells him to do.

A lot of mean-spirited comments directed towards a man who is in the the midst of deciding whether or not he is going to seek public office based on the prognosis of his wife's breast cancer.

You're a real peach Budd.

if you really think that Martyn has that much pull in the office you are sadly misguided.

and prem I don't claim the Liberals to be saints either. Both NDP and Libs have made mistakes. The severity depends on your view point I guess. I see a lot of the anti-business policies of the 1990's NDP as criminal - they sent this province into the toilet.

One thing is for certain: I would rather have a proven leader like Gordon Campbell and the Liberals directing and representing this province than an individual such as Jim Sinclair and his NDP.

Just out of curiosity, is there anything that the NDP supporters on this site will not fly into a rage about? Be it nominations by the Liberals, nominations by the NDP, unions, gender relations, any mention of the Premier or a sitting MLA, STV, COPE organizers, the NDP door-knocking, CBC radio shows etc.

You people seem to hate everything, how do you get through life with so much rage?

Perhaps you are confusing passion with Hate.Personally I would like to see a more concerted effort to get past the polarized lambasting which passes for discourse on this site. We seem to get a vitriolic response from the right whenever an idea or opinion is offered which immediately the thread astray.Why haven't we heard a reasoned response to the question asked about whether Union and Big Buisness donations be curtailed in order to create a more level playing field.Like it or not union members exist and they will vote and as individuals will support a party of their choosing.Considering the truly hateful and pointed attacks toward unions on this site by Liberal supporters I wonder how or why members of unions would feel comfortable getting behind a party that has declared war on their right to a democratic voice within their work places.I will stand by my parties commitment for the rights of British Columbians to continue to create a society that is just, truly inclusive and willing to stand up for those without a voice.I apologize if we appear heated or hateful in our posts, we are merely trying be heard above the deafening din of Liberal swords being sharpened for their next attack against the citizens of this province.
Thank you

Am I alone in wishing that we as British Columbians would start appreciating and cultivating what it is that brings us together rather than what divides us?

hey prem ,,
gordo let his guard down, you no , high profile stress job,
have you ever been in the drunk tank?there,s something about the place that builds character, believe me , i,ve been there.
a holding cell is a wussy distance from a U.S. prison.right prem.

nic

Sniff. That was touching. I feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

Just like your leader, you have given us absolutely nothing of an indication of what the NDP stands for, how they will implement their nothing, and how they will pay for their nothing.

You wouldn't happen to be Carole James' speech writer would you?

The "passion"-inspired invective being spewed on this site by vitriolic lefties brings a smile to my face. They'll be about as helpful to Carole James as Michael Moore and Moveon.Org were to John Kerry. 4 more years, Dippers! Better get used to it.

The NDP of the 90's were plagued by lies, scandals and incompetence. Likewise, the Liberals of the 00's have been plagued by lies, scandals and incompetence. In my opinion, the most significant difference between the two is the mean-spirited arrogance and total lack of compassion from the Liberals towards the people of this province.

I wish Geoff Plant and his wife well in their decision. I'd be sorry to see him go.

John English admonishes me to the effect that there are "A lot of mean-spirited comments directed towards a man who is in the the midst of deciding whether or not he is going to seek public office based on the prognosis of his wife's breast cancer. You're a real peach Budd." I don't know what this reference to cancer is about or how it relates to either of my two postings. Can anyone explain this to me?

Poindexter:

"A proven leader like Gordon Campbell?"

That's one of the funniest things I've heard. Thanks for the laugh.

Geoff's wife has terminal cancer, his decision to run again is in part based on the idea that this could be the last year he spends with his wife, and does he want to do it as the busy AG, I thought everyone knew that...

Well, Goodone, thanks for telling me this. I certainly didn't know. I had heard nothing about Mrs Plant's illness in the media and there has been no mention of it here. I think we often forget that people's political careers are not really careers in the usual sense of, say, the trades or professions, they are not a lifelong committment, at least not usually. But they are incredibly time consuming and tend to deny people their normal privacy.

Budd... Rafe Mair has made mention of the Plant family issue a few times over the last couple weeks, but you're right, it's not been picked up by the usual mainstream media outlets. As for the vitrolic (however you spell it) and rhetoric going on not only on this site but other blogs, guess what. There's an election in the offing. So of course the rhetoric and heated discourse is ramped up. It's governmental politics, and yes in BC... its a blood sport. Whether you're directly involved in running or working on a campaign, or a supporter, it doesn't really matter. People wear their passions on their sleeves at these times. It's got nothing to do with lefties or righties, as both sides and the middle of the spectrum are all in high spirits.

Of course, I include myself in those who's political passions are heated. As for those people who preach the "can't we all just get along" refrain, leave that where it came from at times like this. On the note of this thread, one of the few that John English hasn't tried to hijack with "guess the election results" (just kidding around John :-) ) I wish Mr. Plant and his family all the best in whatever he decides. I may not agree with his politics, but that doesn't mean I wish him or anyone any bad will.

Hi kegler, I don't get a chance to listen to Mair, so I couldn't pick up on the matter of Mrs Plant's illness. It seems hard to understand that it could be public information and yet not mentioned in any of the PublicEye pieces on Plant's possible departure.

You're right, there's an election approaching, and as usual that will lead to a progressively more shrill an negative tone. And the number of fake statistics being offered up to the public will grown exponentially, ... you can bet on it! Some of those fake stats may be coming from our fellow correspondent John English, which is kind of impressive in that there is no John English!!! When you Email him, it bounces!!! So, ... I wonder, ...is "John English" the psuedonym for one of the Min Assts in the Leg???


Hi kegler, I don't get a chance to listen to Mair's show so I wasn't able to pick up on the matter of Mrs Plant's illness by that means. It still seems strange to me that if this situation was public knowledge that it would not have been mentioned in any of the PublicEye threads till now.

You're right that the approaching election induces a decline in decorum. It will also produce an exponential increase in the volume of fake statistics, the purpose being to overwhelm the voter's critical faculties with a veritable tidal wave of phoney data. Some of those fake figures here on Public Eye may well be coming from our correspondent Mister John English, which is quite an accomplishment really, in that there is no John English. When you Email him, ... all you get is a delivery failure notice.

Sorry to disappoint you gentlemen, but the problem with my email was temporary and has been corrected. I exist again.

I don't support Plant politically, in fact I was happy when he got removed from the standing committee for aboriginal issues, by the previous governemnt as he was in a possible conflict.
But that's politics.

This is a disease that may kill his wife and at the least seriously affect the famil unit.

For all you experts it would seem you must have heard about Mrs.Plant and her horrible illness, which affects so many of our families and friends. BUt maybe theydidn't want to broadcast her medical condition to people who have no need to know.

I don't think any of us doesn't know someone with this disease. So lay off the guy and his wife. I don't really think it's much of our business and has nothing to do with politics.

We should all hope for a complete recovery for her. Our family wishes that family the best .

Should he remain in politics , well let's spend our energy pounding him out of his seat.

I don't support Plant politically, in fact I was happy when he got removed from the standing committee for aboriginal issues, by the previous governemnt as he was in a possible conflict.
But that's politics.

This is a disease that may kill his wife and at the least seriously affect the famil unit.

For all you experts it would seem you must have heard about Mrs.Plant and her horrible illness, which affects so many of our families and friends. BUt maybe theydidn't want to broadcast her medical condition to people who have no need to know.

I don't think any of us doesn't know someone with this disease. So lay off the guy and his wife. I don't really think it's much of our business and has nothing to do with politics.

We should all hope for a complete recovery for her. Our family wishes that family the best .

Should he remain in politics , well let's spend our energy pounding him out of his seat.

I'm not one to linger usually but I think that the departed glen Clark may have been set up,for a fall,may be even with his own consent>
It goes like this>Pilarinos rec'd three cheques,post dated ,decides not to cash one,as backhand discount or bribe that Clark could not control,unless strongarming someone to cash a cheque you give them is legal[i think not].He had Clark by the shorts,surprising the media got to clark's home so fast?The same media is now kissy face with The Liberals--Coincidence,some how I don't think so.Suspicious yes,not illegal?
Frame someone to benefit materially sounds well smells ,odiferous.But then again perhaps Clark just wanted a quick way out.W will ever know ,probably, but a great biography twenty five years from now might sell for how much?

I'm sleeping with John English's son, Jonathan. He's hot.

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