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#1 Common sense

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Posted 07 December 2012 - 02:13 PM

Unions across B.C. are in “extensive” pre-election talks with the NDP, and the party’s labour platform is being developed with the B.C. Federation of Labour, according to a document obtained Thursday by The Province.

The labour organization also poured money and staff time into two recent by-elections, the document says, though the NDP candidates in both by-elections did not list the B.C. Federation of Labour as a donor in campaign-finance reports.

It all has the rival Liberals slamming “heavy handed” union influence in the NDP backrooms, and questioning whether the New Democrats properly disclosed campaign donations from the province’s largest labour organization.

“Adrian Dix tried to fool people that he was a moderate with a modest agenda,” Liberal campaign director Mike McDonald said of the NDP leader.

“He just got busted.”

The 11-page document was prepared for the executive of the B.C. Federation of Labour and distributed at its recent convention. It details the organization’s top priorities and its work with the NDP to achieve them.

“Labour platform is being developed with the B.C. NDP,” the document says.

“This includes extensive affiliate discussions on key issues including the B.C. Labour Code, Workers Compensation Board, trades training and employment standards.”

The document had the Liberals seeing red and on the attack.

“It spells out how big labour is working hand-in-hand with the NDP to develop their policies for them,” said Liberal cabinet minister Mary Polak.

She said business should worry about an NDP government bringing in pro-union labour laws and workplace regulations that will raise their costs and deflate investor confidence.

“It’s clear from the document that this is the same old NDP of the 1970s and 1990s and it could hurt our economy,” she said.

But NDP MLA Carole James said the party is simply listening to labour’s concerns, and the NDP will write its own policy platform, not the labour movement.

“They’re presenting their ideas to us and we’re listening,” she said, adding none of the labour movement’s “suggestions” have been officially adopted by the party yet.

“Only the Liberals would attack us for consulting with people. They’re fearmongering.”

B.C. Federation of Labour president Jim Sinclair said copies of the document were widely circulated at the organization’s recent convention.

“It’s hardly a secret agenda,” he said. “We’ve been very open about the fact that we’re lobbying the party.”

But Polak disagreed.

“Adrian Dix has been saying he’s friendly to business, but business is not writing the NDP election platform — big labour is,” she said.

The document says the B.C. Federation of Labour wants an overhaul of the Labour Code. The organization has already said it wants an NDP government to scrap the secret-ballot rule for certifying a union, requiring a majority of workers to simply sign a union card instead.

The group also wants a “total review” of the Workers Compensation Board, and “fair” apprenticeship rules and employment standards affecting union and non-union workers alike.

Under the heading “Ensuring the NDP Wins in 2013”, the document calls for “creating opportunities for Adrian/NDP to directly engage members. We have to publicly support Adrian/NDP with our members, instil confidence in his leadership.”

On the two recent by-elections — both won by the NDP — the document details work and donations: “The Federation co-ordinated a fundraising drive that raised $120,000 for the by-elections. In addition, staff worked full-time organizing volunteers.”

Yet the campaign-finance reports disclosed by winning NDP candidate Joe Trasolini and Gwen O’Mahony did not list the B.C. Federation of Labour as donors of money or staff.

“It doesn’t seem right,” said Polak, adding the donations should be reviewed.

But NDP provincial secretary Jan O’Brien said the money raised by the Federation was donated to the NDP head office, properly disclosed, and then transferred to the byelection campaigns.

And she said Federation staff did not work on the byelection campaigns directly, so no public disclosure was required — an explanation Polak found “disingenuous.”

The NDP, meanwhile, pointed out that McDonald (the Liberal campaign director) has scheduled a “stakeholder meeting” in the boardroom of the B.C. Business Council next week.

“That shouldn’t surprise anyone,” said Sinclair. “At least we’re being open about our work with the NDP.”

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Hardly a secret given that the NDP has always bent over and taken it in the rump for unionists, but I guess come May, we either decide between the BCLibs or the BCNDPFed
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Posted 07 December 2012 - 02:18 PM

This is just silly, of course labour is going to lobby the NDP and as the historic party of labour of course the NDP will listen. No conspiracy here this is just everday BC politics. The small business owners lobby and BC business council does the same thing with the Liberials all the time.
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Posted 07 December 2012 - 02:20 PM

Meanwhile, in other news...grass is green.
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Posted 07 December 2012 - 02:27 PM

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Posted 07 December 2012 - 02:28 PM

Hey, look at these secret documents we found, there must be a hidden agenda here!

(reads documents)
"We have to publicly support Adrian/NDP with our members"
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Posted 07 December 2012 - 02:37 PM

This is just silly, of course labour is going to lobby the NDP and as the historic party of labour of course the NDP will listen. No conspiracy here this is just everday BC politics. The small business owners lobby and BC business council does the same thing with the Liberials all the time.


This ^^^

My comment when I read the thread title was " People are honestly surprised at this?" I've always thought this was a well-known fact here in BC, not sure why anyone is surprised to see it 'exposed' in black and white. History people, read your NDP history.....
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Posted 07 December 2012 - 02:37 PM

Meanwhile, in other news...grass is green.


I have white stuff all over my yellow grass .. you must live in Utopia .. B)
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Posted 07 December 2012 - 02:40 PM

This isn't much of a shocker. NDP = labour unions.
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Posted 07 December 2012 - 02:40 PM

This ^^^

My comment when I read the thread title was " People are honestly surprised at this?" I've always thought this was a well-known fact here in BC, not sure why anyone is surprised to see it 'exposed' in black and white. History people, read your NDP history.....


I agree with you but not everyone knows the history of BC politics. Especially newcomers like immigrants or very young people.
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Posted 07 December 2012 - 02:40 PM

Don't quote me on this, but I heard a viscous rumor that the Chamber of Commerce is "in bed" with Christy and the "Libs"? .. now that is an image I could live without .. nude, over-weight "white" people frolicking on a king sized bed ..
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Posted 07 December 2012 - 02:45 PM

Meanwhile, in other news...grass is green.


Wait! ....are you sure?! :shock:
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Posted 07 December 2012 - 03:36 PM

Uhh..durrrr? It's politics, everyone is bed with somebody....some more literally than others :P
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Posted 07 December 2012 - 03:48 PM

I have white stuff all over my yellow grass .. you must live in Utopia .. B)



Our climate isn't much different than Vancouver's. We get lots of rain and not much snow.

It's actually been snowing here off and on for the past couple of days, but it's mostly melted by mid day.

The less snow I have to shovel, the better I like it ;)
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Posted 07 December 2012 - 03:50 PM

I'm leaving this province if the NDP win.
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Posted 07 December 2012 - 04:01 PM

I'm leaving this province if the NDP win.


I've survived 2 previous NDP governments. (three, if you count Glen Clark's re-election) We'll muddle through.

The way I see it, it's not really the end of the world. Either Dix will do a good job, or he'll fail miserably like Clark and Barrett before him. Then people will remember why the Socreds/Libs have been running the province for the bulk of the past 60 years.
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Posted 07 December 2012 - 04:37 PM

I've survived 2 previous NDP governments. (three, if you count Glen Clark's re-election) We'll muddle through.

The way I see it, it's not really the end of the world. Either Dix will do a good job, or he'll fail miserably like Clark and Barrett before him. Then people will remember why the Socreds/Libs have been running the province for the bulk of the past 60 years.


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Posted 07 December 2012 - 04:39 PM

I'm leaving this province if the NDP win.


Bye ..
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Posted 07 December 2012 - 04:41 PM

Our climate isn't much different than Vancouver's. We get lots of rain and not much snow.

It's actually been snowing here off and on for the past couple of days, but it's mostly melted by mid day.

The less snow I have to shovel, the better I like it ;)


Prince Rupert is one of the greatest places on earth to be .. when the sun shines .. I lived there for awhile back in the day .. besides, you have to love any City that has more bars than church's .. :)
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Posted 07 December 2012 - 04:46 PM

Bye ..


Might not miss him but you will miss alot of the jobs that pack up and leave with him.
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Posted 07 December 2012 - 04:52 PM

He won't if he lives outside of Greater Vancouver/Greater Victoria. Small town BC lost thousands of jobs due to Liberal policies.
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Posted 07 December 2012 - 05:06 PM

Can't wait until we decide the SoCreds are great again.
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Posted 07 December 2012 - 05:08 PM

I'm leaving this province if the NDP win.


Well pack your bags then. You might as well leave now :lol:

I always laugh at conservative Americans calling Obama and the Democrats socialists whenever I see our own party politics. It always serves as a good reminder as to how WE have the actual borderline socialists.

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Posted 07 December 2012 - 05:28 PM

This is just silly, of course labour is going to lobby the NDP and as the historic party of labour of course the NDP will listen. No conspiracy here this is just everday BC politics. The small business owners lobby and BC business council does the same thing with the Liberials all the time.


But it only goes as far as lobbying. The BC Fed of Labour are actively writing and crafting policy that the NDP will implement should they win the 2013 election. I shudder to think about the consequences.
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Posted 07 December 2012 - 05:37 PM


But it only goes as far as lobbying. The BC Fed of Labour are actively writing and crafting policy that the NDP will implement should they win the 2013 election. I shudder to think about the consequences.


Really, the NDP will implement eh? Lobbiest alway's write policy they push on the gov't but that doesn't mean the gov't will implement and no where in the article does it say the NDP will be any different.
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Posted 07 December 2012 - 05:55 PM

Might not miss him but you will miss alot of the jobs that pack up and leave with him.


Maybe you two can share a moving van ..
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