Something about Mary

Gordon Hogg return to cabinet during yesterday's shuffle means the provincial Liberals will be choosing a new caucus chair. And which private members will be running for that post, you may wonder? Well, the race hasn't gotten underway yet. And no one has announced their intention to step up to the starting line. It's too early for that. But Langley backbencher Mary Polak is being talked about and tossed around as a possible candidate. No word how she feels about running though. Other spitballs include Iain Black (Port Moody-Westwood), Ron Cantelon (Nanaimo-Parksville), John Rustad (Prince George-Omineca), John Yap (Richmond-Steveston) and former caucus whip Kevin Krueger. The Liberals are scheduled to have their first caucus meeting since the summer break on September 12.

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Mary Polak wants to run for anything and everything.

I will be forever amused (and disappointed) by the tolerance of intolerance where it concerns vitriolic critisms of people with even moderately conservative philosophical views.

Mary Polack seems to be a whipping post, at times, for the lunatic fringe of those who post here because she has some strong (read: different from the linguine left) views. So, the second her name is mentioned, out comes the feeble 'belvedere' (an insult to an otherwise exceptional libation) with some vacant line about her 'running for anything'.

The world would be a very boring place if we all thought alike. The right to choose, after all, should extended to everything we do in life.

There certainly is something about Mary. She's been a very hard-working and successful MLA for Langley...and for someone who is south of forty (one of only two in caucus) she exhibits smarts and savvy beyond others who have been around since the bandana was a fashion accesory in the west wing.

If the crew in Victoria are looking to send a message for the future, a young, intelligent, committed MLA would make a very good caucus chair indeed.

Mary's hot!

Isn't she the person who ran the Surrey School Board, went to the superior courts to argue against a few books about Gay parents that were on the school library shelves, wonder how much cash that cost Surrey? so up comes the name Kreuger, the fellow who stood in the house and porayed for union people on a legal strike to admit they are wrong and go back to work. Man the Libs sure have a collection of wizzbangs

"I will be forever amused (and disappointed) by the tolerance of intolerance where it concerns vitriolic critisms of people with even moderately conservative philosophical views."

She's far from being moderate. Even a significant few moderate right wingers wouldn't vote for her, given a choice.

"Mary Polack seems to be a whipping post, at times, for the lunatic fringe of those who post here because she has some strong (read: different from the linguine left) views. So, the second her name is mentioned, out comes the feeble 'belvedere' (an insult to an otherwise exceptional libation) with some vacant line about her 'running for anything'.

She would run for anything. She bombed in the
Panorama Ridge by-election and should have won
there. So, the wags decided they should find the poor girl a home and plunked her down in Langley.

She's not the best choice amongst moderate right wingers either. She seems to attract the right wingie religious dingies more than she does the more straight thinkers on the right.

"The world would be a very boring place if we all thought alike. The right to choose, after all, should extended to everything we do in life. "

"True but some people such as the fundamentalists
don't respect the positions or choices of others."

"There certainly is something about Mary."

Espcially when it comes to using a worn out phrase from an old movie.

"She's been a very hard-working and successful MLA for Langley...and for someone who is south of forty (one of only two in caucus) she exhibits smarts and savvy beyond others who have been around since the bandana was a fashion accesory in the west wing."

Puh-leez. You thing she's not the only hard working MLA over there in BC Liberal land?

"If the crew in Victoria are looking to send a message for the future, a young, intelligent, committed MLA would make a very good caucus chair indeed."

Wrong choice. Caucus Chair is usually a good start for someone to start off. Let one of the interior backbenchers do the work.

Why do these positions have to go to those who
are "favorite" picks? All the Caucus Chair needs is a bit of adminstrative ability and anyone who has spent two years even at the junior level in a small business has that.

It's not that complicated a job. If it is, it doesn't need to be since the Caucus Research Director (of which Martyn Brown started out as), and the Caucus Director does much of the day to day business with the legislative assistants and other wags in the Caucus Department anyway.

In fact any MLA who has served two terms in the backbench would be far better than picking a "favourite choice".

Don't give people like Mary everything they want.

There are others in Caucus who can do the work.

Speaking of wizzbangs, what about Gregor Robertson, who some think would make a great candidate for Mayor of Vancouver? He stood up in the House and condemned the BC Libs for the "crisis" our red-hot economy is in. Yes, Gregor, those big bad Liberals have really done it this time! Record-low unemployment, investment at an all time high, balanced budgets...what a crisis they've plunged us into!

And what about Michael Sather? If Krueger is a "wizzbang" for telling illegal strikers to consider going back to work, what about Mikey's bizarre rant in the House where he made it clear the NDP opposes foreign investment? Great message to send to people who want to spend money in our province! I thought isolationism died with the Great Depression - apparently not!

So the true conservatives are finally staging a comeback in the legislature. While Campbell took a moderate/liberal approach in his cabinet appointment, the legislature is where the conservatives can truly dominate. I sincerely hope the conservatives can unite and support Kevin Krueger who can finally bring back the glorious days of Social Credit political domination.

With Campbell deciding to side with federal conservatives, I suspect this minor cabinet shuffling is likely a precursor of what is going to be a huge change in the legislature. Harvard PhD (Econ) Ralph Sultan does not deserve to be sitting in the backbench with Lorne Mayencourt with Mr. Taylor controlling our finance.

It looks like Wizbang is remaining anonymous for good reason. He's making stuff up!

FHK, quit smoking whatever it is you have in that pipe.

Kevin Krueger is a Liberal. What top secret info am I basing this on? Well, i'm not sure if I should share this publicly, but... HE RAN FOR THE FEDERAL LIBERALS in the 1990's.

And what is it that leads you to belive Lorne Mayencourt is running the province's Finances? He's never been a minister... are you drunk again, you socialist?

If anyone knows about making stuff up, the award definitely goes to you Budd, for your wildly personal rantings and accusations on LP.com. Maybe, just maybe that's why you got banned. Although I don't consider myself a leftie, I'd say the same logic applied to your banning from Babble as well.

As for Mary, everything so far is hearsay and conjecture. But speaking as someone who actually lives in her riding, Mary is running circles in the productivity department as compared to her predecessor, one Ms. Lynn Stephens, aided by sunnyboy and political wannabe Marky Mark.

Yes he did run for the federal liberals...but you obviously do not know what I am talking about. I await for Kevin's victory in the legislature.

1. I did not say Lorne was controlling our finance.
I said Campbell should never have put Ralph in the backbench with Lorne Mayencourt. Why let Ms. Taylor who lacks the neccessary credential to perform the role well when you have got a Harvard PhD in economics sitting in the backbench. I suspect that will change as Gordon moves further to the right.

2. Kevin Krueger did run as a federal liberal, but I do not define libera/conservative by party affliation. And I would just stop there and await for Kevin's victory in the legislature.

If John Yap wants the job, its his. His work ethic puts the others on this list to shame...plus he is a really nice guy -- a la Gordie Hogg -- but shall we say, a little more politically-astute. Heck, Yap should have been promoted to cabinet and Illich should have been dumped.

Budd - Hansard doesn't lie. What's that I see in front of you? A nice piece of humble pie. Hope it's tasty.

Here's a few pieces of brilliance from Juice Boy and his pal from the Ridge. For his sake, Sather better hope he doesn't have any immigrants in his riding or constituents who have jobs that came from people investing their money in BC from outside the province - boy they'll be upset!

http://www.legis.gov.bc.ca/hansard/38th2nd/h60307p.htm#2771

G. Robertson: Today costs for capital projects in the lower mainland are skyrocketing, driven in part by the biggest skills shortage in B.C. history. Well, outside of the lower mainland over 50 percent of businesses are unable to fill job vacancies, according to a recent B.C. Chamber of Commerce survey. This government for the past four years did nothing to prepare for this crisis. In fact, it cut the skills training budget in 2001.

Here's his buddy Sather:

http://www.legis.gov.bc.ca/hansard/38th2nd/h60516p.htm#4923

M. Sather: I want to now move on to an area of great interest and concern to British Columbians, having to do with our relationship with other countries and particularly the United States. It's the issue of foreign ownership. Today foreign ownership is probably at the highest level it's ever been in Canada, and the stats do not even consider majority foreign-owned subsidiaries like Canadian National and Air Canada...

Loss of sovereignty is a big concern to Canadians and to British Columbians. There are other problems with foreign ownership. Foreign firms import much of their goods and services from their parent company, with a loss of jobs and economic activity in British Columbia. Foreign corporations transfer profits out of Canada and B.C., and we lose the tax revenue.

American investment in Canada is $64 billion greater than Canadian investment in the United States. Dozens of major sectors of the Canadian economy are now heavily or majority foreign-owned, while not one major sector in the U.S. is majority foreign-owned.

Over half of the manufacturing sector in Canada is foreign-owned. No other major industrialized country has a level of foreign ownership of its manufacturing sector even a third as high as Canada.

This is not good for British Columbia. Would the Premier agree that we should approach the federal government to restrict foreign takeovers of companies in British Columbia?

Wizbang, your quotes do not say what you claimed they sais, as you well know. They are just reasonable opinions, as anyone can plainly see.

Robertson quotes the Business Council and you find that too far to the left? Sather points out that more and more of our businesses are foreign owned, and he made those comments before Intrawest and Sleemans were sold. Then there's The Bay. And of course BC Rail and CN Rail, now run by Hunter Harrison.

If you do not think that the public has any right to be concerned about foreign ownership of industry, at whatever level it may reach, your's is an distinct minority opinion, and one that would never be shared by Americans who balk at foreign ownership in many sectors. That doesn't mean it never happens, it does mean that Americans believe they are entitled to express their concerns about it. Why would you and the BC Liberals want to deny Canadians that same right of expression?

"If you do not think that the public has any right to be concerned about foreign ownership of industry, at whatever level it may reach, your's is an distinct minority opinion, and one that would never be shared by Americans who balk at foreign ownership in many sectors."

Interesting comments there Budd.

Considering that many Americans drive Japanese, Korean or German made cars, drink French or Italian wine with their girlfriends, or wives at restaurants, which have food which was delivered at some point in the supply chain by Volvo trucks, fly Airbus aricraft, use computers with RAM chips made in Asia, watch The Simpsons which is made in Asia, read the New York Times, Boston Globe, San Francisco Examiner which is made in Canadian paper, use house power in California of which some has come from British Columbia, ride rapid transit systems or buses made in Canada, ride in tour buses made in Europe..


...and hopefully live in comfortable nice looking homes built with British Columbia forest products!


... not to mention using Japanese made digital
cameras, DVD players..

If any of your Murrican friends think every prouct they use is 100% U.S. made, they are
in for a nasty surprise.

In fact much of the New England area (Maine to
New York) is powered by Quebec hydroelectric power.

One also has to wonder about foriegn ownership
of Canadian companies, namely those owned by those awful evil Americans next door.

"Today costs for capital projects in the lower mainland are skyrocketing, driven in part by the biggest skills shortage in B.C. history. Well, outside of the lower mainland over 50 percent of businesses are unable to fill job vacancies, according to a recent B.C. Chamber of Commerce survey. This government for the past four years did nothing to prepare for this crisis. In fact, it cut the skills training budget in 2001".

Brilliant. After having spent almost the entire rest of the time since the election trying to wipe the deer-in-the-headlights-look from his face, Mr. Robertson now decides that his foray into big mic work in the legislature should include delusional comments about the B.C. economy.

Not to mention the fact: he quotes from a bloody survey who's questions could have been loaded and who's methods are unknown????? Very scientific Gregor. Prudent. Nice work.


Jerk somebody else a smoothie.

"I will be forever amused (and disappointed) by the tolerance of intolerance where it concerns vitriolic critisms of people with even moderately conservative philosophical views"

Not just from the far left... the right does the same read: "Angry in the great white north"... "Small Dead Animals" etc.

The names above sayz it all and themz the right. (ah hem far far right)

Name calling and cat calling is the way of the extremes (ists).

Man, something smells awfully foul...Oh, silly me, I thought I was back at the St. Germain's farm by the horse ring.....all it was was Eugene Parks posting again...better stop that Eugene, you know (apparently better than the rest of the entire world) how bad that hot air of yours contributes to global warming. Shame, shame, shame. How will you be able to face your enviroNazi friends?

What has FHK been smoking?

Kevin Kreuger's victory in the legislature?

Have you been into some of that North Thompson homegrown that is keeping the sick economy in Kreuger's riding on life support?

Maybe someday Gordo will actually give him a cabinet post rather than an off key horn.

Surely if that porker Hogg can get a made-in-Campbell's-mind ministry despite being responsible for the Doug Walls mess, surely the mouth that roared is entitled to a Ministry of Flatulence or something just as approprite.

And it's nice to see that AG TSakumis is consistant. Whenever he is challenged on an issue here, it seems to reverts to name calling and other silly tripe more suitable for highschool politics.

Like Budd Campbell, I too wonder if Sam Sullivan really does have idiots like that advising him.

If you know your politics, you should know that there is a reason why NDP has been in the opposition for the past 6 years (yes, NDP has been in "opposition" since Dosanj's term).

But we are talking about the caucus leadership here. And luckily, most liberal candidates lack the necessary credentials for the position

Sam Spade is too stupid to bother answering.

I repeat what I have said before. If the person using the name A. G. Tsakumis on this chat board is really the same Tsakumis who is reputed to be a close confidante of Mayor Sullivan, ... well, ... I would tend to find that rather incredible.

I really feel sorry for this person bleedingheart and also Budd Campbell (who has been banned from political blogs before I heard)

The man you refer to as AG Tsakumis is also the same guy who is a friend of Sam Sullivan. Like it or not, there are a lot of us who read this blog just to enjoy what Alex will write. I know of at least a dozen people who shoot around his comments when he makes them and the cheers are loud budd. He has a real gift to write also get under the skin of people like yourselve because he is not afraid to slam you with facts and let you yell about them later as loud as you want. He has been around poltically for at least twenty years that i know of and the guy gives great advice. I've worked with him on two campaigns. His advice is always straight and no bullshit. Unfortunately people like Sam Sullivan do not always listen. People like you do not always learn. You cannot keep up with this man he has smarts most of us do not understand. You people think Alex cares about what you think? He's just playing with you. I know of him well. You are hypocrities too by saying he usues names? That's all you and the left ever do. The way he smacked all of you Hezbulla lovers was beautiful. Terrorist lovers deserve to feel the wrath of the big guy!

"Go get 'em" is one whiz-bang lip-smacker, no doubt about that. Not only can he act the toady, but he is also unabashed in his own inability to read what is written.

Here he is lauding his hero for whacking us mere lefties over the head with all the subtleties of a "measured" Israeli response to a minor provocation, but he can also find wisdom in a vaccuum.

Of course I speak of AG Tsakumis's coyness over his links to the Vancouver mayor's office and (chuckle), re-election dreams.

Perhaps "Go get 'em.. etc", you might urge you pal AG,( when he's not smacking we lefties with phantom terrorists), to come out of hiding and clarify his ties to Sam Sullivan.

Surely there is nothing AG has to hide, is there?

I think it is amusing that some of you claim to have knowledge but can't even spell the names of the people you are referring to. Even when the name are in the post right above! Damn, lefties are stupid.

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