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Even Worse Than California (That's British Columbia for you)
American Thinker ^ | 08/23/2012 | By Mischa Popoff

Posted on 08/23/2012 1:02:05 PM PDT by SeekAndFind

In Canada we have a strange tradition of "spreading the wealth around." Provinces are divided into "Have" and "Have-Not" categories, and the federal government redistributes wealth from the Haves to the Have-Nots. Aren't you glad you're an American?

But hold on. It gets worse.

Sometimes, when politicians in a province think they're not getting enough redistributed wealth from the feds, their premier (equivalent to your state governor) will move heaven and earth to get a better deal. Such is the case right now, as the premier of the province of British Columbia (B.C.) is using every phony environmental concern in the book to stop a pipeline from running across her turf that would carry crude oil from the oil sands of Alberta to a port where it could then be shipped to China.

You'll recall how President Obama used phony environmental concerns to forestall the Keystone Pipeline, which would carry crude oil from Alberta down to refineries in Texas. When it became obvious to our prime minister (the equivalent of your president) that Obama wasn't going to budge on Keystone, he wisely approached the premiers of B.C. and Alberta to see if they could work out a deal to get that crude to China instead. And everyone in Canada was very pleased with this idea because, as explained, the wealth that would accrue to Alberta would be spread around nicely and evenly all across the land.

All was going well until one fine day, when the premier of B.C., Christy Clark, got it into her head that she needed to hold out for more money. To heck with the rest of Canada! And Alberta.

Clark is predicting all sorts of disasters that could occur if a pipeline running across her province were to spring a leak.

(Excerpt) Read more at americanthinker.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Canada; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bc; britishcolumbia; energy; pipeline

1 posted on 08/23/2012 1:02:19 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Well, if misery loves company, I’m at least glad to see that we here in the state of NY are not alone....

Get a load of what’s happening in British Columbia...

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750 public-sector employees in the province of B.C. earn more than $200,000 a year, with top wages approaching a cool million! And they’re all in line to receive gold-plated, indexed pensions, with full benefits, ‘til the day they, or their spouses, die.

If they all retired right now, they’d drain over $200 million per annum out of the province’s treasury (which is empty, by the way) in exchange for doing nothing. That’s $200 million a year for just 750 people — barely enough to fill a high-school gymnasium shoulder to shoulder. And the rest of us have to pay for that.

But these people must be the exceptions to the rule. Right? La crème de la crème of the province’s public sector? Surely most civil servants in B.C. earn more modest wages, something in the neighborhood of a teacher’s starting salary of just $47,000. Right?
Nope!

With a population of just under four and a half million, we’ve got a whopping head-count of over 64,000 public servants in this classic left-coast province. This means that about one and a half percent of our total population — counting every man, woman, and child — works for the provincial government. That’s more than three percent of our entire workforce! And it’s not where these public servants start in terms of salary that matters; it’s where they end up just before they retire that costs us.


2 posted on 08/23/2012 1:04:23 PM PDT by SeekAndFind (bOTRT)
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To: Squawk 8888

Ping


3 posted on 08/23/2012 1:56:40 PM PDT by Hieronymus ( (It is terrible to contemplate how few politicians are hanged. --G.K. Chesterton))
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To: SeekAndFind

Aboot time for as ferry strike, eh?

I heard maybe real estate has peaked in Vancouver (and Toronto). Your thoughts? Gentle landing or krash?


4 posted on 08/23/2012 2:06:42 PM PDT by steve86 (Acerbic by nature not nurture TM)
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To: SeekAndFind

How come the libs get all the cool geography like BC, California, etc?


5 posted on 08/23/2012 2:19:11 PM PDT by Yehuda (http://jewpoint.blogspot.com)
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To: SeekAndFind

Port?

China?

Scr@w that!


6 posted on 08/23/2012 2:23:20 PM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network (America doesn't need any new laws. America needs freedom!)
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To: Yehuda

RE: How come the libs get all the cool geography like BC, California, etc?

The better to prove that if Adam and Eve can ruin paradise, so can they... :)


7 posted on 08/23/2012 2:25:32 PM PDT by SeekAndFind (bOTRT)
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To: Yehuda

They are in New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, New Jersey, New York.....need I go on?


8 posted on 08/23/2012 2:49:20 PM PDT by Osage Orange ("Were we directed from Washington when to sow, and when to reap, we should soon want bread.")
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To: Yehuda
How come the libs get all the cool geography like BC, California, etc?

They need everything ready-to-eat. They're parasites - by definition, they do no real, productive work. Therefore any area that requires effort to live in, and gives in return that sense of place, stability and home that only comes from working at something, is avoided by them.

As a result, liberals take over beautiful places that require no work, and then eat them up like locusts because they never get the feelings of place, stability and home while they consume it. And when they've destroyed it by eating it incessantly, it becomes difficult to live in. So, instead of changing their behavior, like the locusts they are, they move on to somewhere else.

And because they would be hunted down for their locust activities if they were open about what they were doing, they have learned, as protective coloring, to constantly declare everyone else locusts, while they stuff their mouths with everything they can reach, and enslave everyone who sees them for what they are.

The only thing necessary for the end of liberals is to see past their lying words, and look at their selfish and destructive actions alone.

9 posted on 08/23/2012 3:10:15 PM PDT by Talisker (One who commands, must obey.)
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To: Hieronymus; Clive; exg; Alberta's Child; albertabound; AntiKev; backhoe; Byron_the_Aussie; ...
Thanks for the ping, Hieronymus.

Canada Ping!

10 posted on 08/23/2012 11:04:05 PM PDT by Squawk 8888 (Tories in- now the REAL work begins!)
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To: steve86

RE: I heard maybe real estate has peaked in Vancouver (and Toronto). Your thoughts? Gentle landing or krash?

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This article shows that Canada’s real estate has all the signs of a potential crash landing.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2922342/posts


11 posted on 08/24/2012 7:49:12 AM PDT by SeekAndFind (bOTRT)
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