FORSETH – Govt has worked in best interests of ‘politicians’ for too long

Green Part leader Andrew Weaver. (Image:

WHEN NDP PREMIER John Horgan gave official recognition to the BC Green Party, he also gave them tens of thousand in additional financial resources that would not have normally been available to them.

This included extra pay, on top of the regular salary all MLA’s receive, amounting to an annual $26,470 for Weaver as leader of the third party, and $10,588 each for Adam Olsen and Sonia Furstenau for their roles as a House Leader and Party Whip.

Friday, BC Conservative leader Trevor Bolin commented on what he believes should be the new political reality in the B.C. legislature, following Andrew Weaver’s resignation from the BC Green Party.

I believe if Premier Horgan had British Columbians’ best interests at the forefront, like he has said he does, this additional funding would have ended upon the recent announcement from Dr. Weaver, to sit as an independent member of the B.C. legislature,” Conservative leader Bolin stated.

Part of the Green Party’s original negotiations to prop up the minority NDP government (following the 2017 provincial general election) also included monies for communications and research, additional office space, and more … albeit not the full amount the party would have received had they elected the minimum four members normally required.

The last time the issue of official recognition occurred in 2001, when the BC NDP were nearly wiped off the electoral map, going from holding the reins of government with 39 seats, to just two, once votes were counted.  While being criticized by some for its actions, the Liberals under leader Gordon Campbell did not grant the NDP official party status – and rightly so.

This is likely why Bolin concluded his remarks to me by stating:

We have all been witness to a government that is working in the best interest of ‘politicians’ for far too long. 

“We need to get people back in government, people who understand how to create jobs, how to work with industry, how to ensure the prosperity of future generations is with grasp for all British Columbians.

Alan Forseth is a Kamloops resident and former member of the Reform Party of Canada and the B.C. Reform Party, and a past and current member of the BC Conservative Party. His blog is My Thoughts on Politics and More.

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5 Comments on FORSETH – Govt has worked in best interests of ‘politicians’ for too long

  1. Tony Brumell // January 18, 2020 at 2:13 PM // Reply

    How about a gov’t that actually knows what Truth and reconciliation and a declaration on the right s of indiginous people actually means. How about a non hypocrite premiere who knows how to work with first nations and values their rights over corporate greed and destruction of the environment.

  2. Pierce Graham // January 18, 2020 at 10:44 AM // Reply

    Forseth’s stances seem to be fixed firmly around the notion that if some already wealthy entrepreneur or corporation doesn’t profit from or control every venture undertaken by government then it is clearly a socialist
    plot. Such a waste, Imagine the audacity of insisting that government represent people, rather than
    corporate groups of wealthy people. And all our tax dollars spent to pay wages to working people!

  3. “We need to get people back in government, people who understand how to create jobs, how to work with industry, how to ensure the prosperity of future generations is with grasp for all British Columbians.”
    That’s typical political tripe. We have large social and environmental problems and I guess you, Allan, and the “people who understand jobs and work with industry” don’t seem to recognize that at all. And it is precisely because that very mentality that you all created the social and the environmental problems in the first place.

    • Alan Forseth // January 18, 2020 at 9:49 AM // Reply

      Your restatement of the comment of Conservative leader DOES NOT indicate, as it seems you believe, the very real need for the social well-being of British Columbians, nor the need for environmental protections.

      Having an economy where people have good jobs, and can afford more than just the basic necessities, creates economic and social well-being.

      Unlike you, I do not believe that the choice can only be protecting the environment … or having a resource, mining, and forestry sector. We can have both, but first we’ll have to come to an agreement that it is possible

      • Allan, you and the ilk which includes all of the BC Liberals have had ample chances to show how we can have both and you and the ilk which includes the BC Liberals have failed. While not an NDPer, I think Mr. Horgan has been a very good premier overall.

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