Wednesday, June 21, 2017

the transformation of ordinary citizens / into plastic and putty politicians---------#2.0SofwareUpdateOfClark----Surely this can’t be the genuine Clark who, just a few weeks ago, ridiculed the NDP’s idea of $10-a-day child care and a host of other “unaffordable” social programs. Yet there was “Clark” (or whoever this devious impostor is) on Wednesday rolling out a $1-billion child-care program that will be “low or no cost” for many parents. Throw in her sudden support for increasing welfare rates (after freezing them for a decade) and indexing disability rates to inflation (after cruelly clawing back disabled people’s bus passes) and it’s obvious the real Clark has been replaced by a body double or an incredibly sophisticated android.

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these are matters of values
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these are ordinary citizens
who have no voice in our society
we are passing through the times of turbulence
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the work citizens do is to realize
the transformation of ordinary citizens
into plastic and putty politicians
we're hear to witness falsities on the stage of politics

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Mike Smyth: Will the real Christy Clark please stand up?

Published:June 21, 2017
Updated:June 21, 2017 6:11 PM PDT
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British Columbia Premier Christy Clark addresses a gathering in Vancouver, B.C. Wednesday, June 21, 2017. The B.C. Legislature will return on Thursday and the government will give their Speech from the Throne. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward ORG XMIT: JOHV102
JONATHAN HAYWARD,
Premier Christy Clark addresses a B.C. Liberal party women’s lunch event in Vancouver on Wednesday. The B.C. legislature will return on Thursday and Clark's Liberals will give their throne speech. JONATHAN HAYWARD / CP
After watching the premier’s incredible political transformation this week, there’s really only one question that remains unanswered:
Who the hell are you and what have you done with the real Christy Clark?
Surely this can’t be the genuine Clark who, just a few weeks ago, ridiculed the NDP’s idea of $10-a-day child care and a host of other “unaffordable” social programs.
Yet there was “Clark” (or whoever this devious impostor is) on Wednesday rolling out a $1-billion child-care program that will be “low or no cost” for many parents.
Throw in her sudden support for increasing welfare rates (after freezing them for a decade) and indexing disability rates to inflation (after cruelly clawing back disabled people’s bus passes) and it’s obvious the real Clark has been replaced by a body double or an incredibly sophisticated android.
Either that, or we are witnessing a political version of the Freaky Friday movie and she has somehow executed a mind swap with NDP Leader John Horgan.
Though plausible, these explanations seem unlikely.
To my knowledge, Clark does not have an identical twin that could have taken her place, and humanoid robot technology is still in its infancy.
That leaves the Horgan mind swap, but the NDP leader made his own appearance later in the day and seemed still in possession of his own consciousness.
Like everyone else, he is amazed at the Clark transmutation.
“Apparently, there’s going to be an NDP throne speech tomorrow,” he observed, referring to Thursday’s opening of the B.C. legislature.
It’s now clear that throne speech — laying out Clark’s governing agenda and her new vision for the province — will bear little resemblance to the election campaign she just waged.
Though Clark’s Liberals got the most votes and won the most seats in that election, the NDP and the Green party have agreed to gang up and defeat her throne speech, which would force Clark to resign.
And there you have the real reason for her metamorphosis. The old Christy Clark just wasn’t cutting it with voters any more.
This 2.0 software update of Clark is fresh-out-of-the-box, shiny, new and different. And she’s clearly hoping enough voters will like this version in another election.
But won’t Horgan become premier if Clark quits? That’s the most likely outcome, though it’s possible Lieutenant-Governor Judith Guichon could order another election instead.
“British Columbians don’t want an election,” Clark 2.0 said Wednesday.
But I think Christy Clark desperately wants another election, she wants it right now and she’s hoping Guichon calls it.
That would be Clark’s best hope for rescuing herself from her current predicament.
If it doesn’t happen, this new version of Clark could start wearing thin too, including on many Liberals who might think a different party leader would be a better option than a new version of the old one.
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Marie Irene
She must of made a lot of promises to her donors that she can't keep, she seems desperate.
LikeReply28Jun 21, 2017 7:21pm
Vivian Tamerlane
If LG doesn't give NDP a chance to govern she risks looking biased for the Libs as she donated to them.

Edit-I will amend my comment to say the ranch owned by the LG donated to the BC Liberals as per the comments below. As also stated below there is the perception of bias and even the appearance of bias in a case like this is concerning for people.
LikeReply19Jun 22, 2017 3:26amEdited
William G Webster
If you can prove the Lt. Governor of BC donated to the BC Liberal Party you could do the whole country a favour and present that evidence.
LikeReply9Jun 21, 2017 8:46pm
Karen Mooney · 

William G Webster You could look it up yourself on Elections BC. It's there. Though I don't agree with the attack on the LG.
LikeReply5Jun 21, 2017 9:12pm
Judi Reid · 

LikeReply12Jun 21, 2017 10:15pm
William G Webster
Judi Reid and Karen Mooney: This is the Guichone Ranch. I used to be operated by Judith Guichon, but is no longer. She still owns it, so there is a perception of bias.
Vivian Tamerlane is claiming Lt. Governor donated money. But this shows the Guichon Ranch donated the money. The Guichon Ranch is operated by the Lt. Governor's children, not the Lt. Governor.
It does lend to to the appearance of bias, but it is one step removed.
A tax receipt with Lt. Governor Judith Guichon's name on it would do it.
LikeReply3Jun 22, 2017 1:13amEdited
Tom Scott · 

William G Webster that was in 2005. She was appointed LG in 2012. Don't get too excited.
LikeReply3Jun 22, 2017 9:38am
Tom Scott · 

The 2nd donation was in 2009, so you don't call me a liar again.
LikeReply2Jun 22, 2017 9:42am
Karen Mooney · 

What a slap in the face from Clark to the parents of Baby Mac. Clark refused to increase spaces or funding for child care after their little boy died and insisted the new 8,000 spaces over 3 years was fine. I really don't know how this wretched woman sleeps at night.
http://bc.ctvnews.ca/premier-responds-to-open-letter-from...
LikeReply31Jun 21, 2017 7:41pm
Philip Gardner
Narcissists like Clark have no real integrity, morals or conscience...
Clark probably sleeps like a baby...
LikeReply32Jun 21, 2017 7:57pm
Nadene Morton · 

Philip Gardner little bue pills and a gallon of scotch.those .might wipe out her appaling lack of conscience or integrity.
LikeReply18Jun 21, 2017 8:03pm
Vernon Russell · 

depends who is sleeping with her. she is not intelligent enough to say whatever she says
LikeReply11Jun 21, 2017 9:02pm
Philip Gardner
Vernon Russell
YICK....GROSS
LikeReply3Jun 21, 2017 10:06pm
Bill Rice
Not to mention student researcher Roderick McIaasic that she killed with her reckless dictates
LikeReply9Jun 21, 2017 10:08pm
Glenn Gordon · 

Nadene Morton sign me up, just make the blue pills a litle bigger, the scotch is fine,, is there anyone on these threads that acctualy thinks this parliament can survive?? really ??
LikeReply1Jun 21, 2017 10:56pm
Gord Okell
Glenn Gordon it will and surprisingly effectively just giving the corrupt BC Liberals
the heve ho and exposing the true states of economic and social affairs in the first week of new govt will be a major positive for the electorate . Democracy will be served and folks realize society can't run on corrupt BC Liberal BS for ever this period in history has been long time coming and it's a major positive correction long term for everyone
even the 2% establishment will thank the NDP /Greens in the future. Democracy and more rule of law is more valuable then short term gains and corrupt closed shop that's been flourishing for the past 16 yrs
LikeReply9Jun 22, 2017 1:58am
Tom Scott · 

Philip Gardner misonygistic personal hateful attacks do nothing but show your lack of maturity and integrity. These constant attacks reflect more on you than premier Clark.
LikeReply3Jun 22, 2017 9:46am
Philip Gardner
THERE IS NO REAL Christy Clark...
Clark has Narcissistic Personality Disorder...
Google it...
People who have this Mental IIlness do NOT HAVE a REAL personality.

They are an empty shell with nothing real inside.
They had to CONSTRUCT a PERSONNA to deal with their lives because they did not ever grow up emotionally or have normal development.

Narcissists are very dangerous and destructive people who are without a real sense of self or integrity.
They will change like the weather depending on what they think they have to "become" to survive.
TRUMP is one too...

THERE IS NO REAL Christy Clark !
LikeReply24Jun 21, 2017 7:55pm
Vivian Tamerlane
She's destroyed the social fabric of our province and surrounded herself with supporters who are like her.
LikeReply27Jun 21, 2017 7:59pm
Judy Bonifacio-McCann · 

Vivian Tamerlane and that is what the narcissists does. Surrounds themselves with only those that like them. Everyone else is disposable.
LikeReply9Jun 22, 2017 12:04am
Don Grant · 

hey, phil, get a job
LikeReplyJun 22, 2017 9:19am
Alexis Passmore Thuillier
Don Grant you know, that has to rank up there as one of the stupidest comments anyone could ever make! Gee Don, how thick does one have to be to not know that the vast majority of the population of BC work for a living?
Plus, what does that have to do with the conversation at hand?
LikeReply1Jun 22, 2017 9:40am
Tom Scott · 

Don Grant that is his job.
LikeReplyJun 22, 2017 9:47am
Gary Chalmers
The real Christy Clark only stands up to reach the shoe box full of cash tucked in on the back shelf of her closet.

Everyone knows Clark slithers around the legislature.
LikeReply25Jun 21, 2017 7:57pm
Philip Gardner
Christy Clark is a very sick person...Period...
LikeReply17Jun 21, 2017 8:00pm
Blake Newton · 

She is crushed. There isn't a chance of her coming back from this.
LikeReply22Jun 21, 2017 8:19pm
William G Webster
The "real Christy Clark" is right in front of you Mike. The two faces, the say whatever, the cling to power at all costs, the massive blindside, the self serving, the fakery, its all there right in front of you Mike.
Careful, you might get some on you!

Oops! Too late.
UnlikeReply19Jun 21, 2017 8:45pm
Julie Ali · 

But to be fair to Ms. Clark --this sort of expedient transformation seems to happen with all politicians. Just look at Ontario for example where we have weeping over the poor now.
http://globalnews.ca/.../ontario-liberals-election-poll/
Despite a number of pre-election promises, which included raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour, implementing a foreign buyers tax to cool Toronto’s housing market, and hydro bill relief, only 23 per cent of those surveyed would vote for the Liberals.
****
This sort of epic change in the leaders of political parties is not limited to the Liberals.
We've had the same sort of transformation in Alberta of our newly elected NDP folks. Sometimes I look at them and think--Whoa Nellie! This is just bizarre. It's like they're all the PCs now. The NDPCs!

Folks don't live their values once they get to the power place. It may be that they never live their values and we only find out the truth when they get to power. Only solution to this sort of expedient politics and promising is to vote for a different political party at every election.
LikeReply131 minsEdited
Deanna Peterson
Julie Ali Lets get real...there is no need to be fair to her...PERIOD!!
LikeReply7Jun 22, 2017 1:09am
Julie Ali · 

Deanna Peterson She is still a human being. And she doesn't appear to be any different than Ms. Redford and Ms. Notley in Alberta. All creatures capable of enduring great dissonance from what they promise and what they deliver.
LikeReplyJust now
Vernon Russell · 

somebody take away that laughing hyena
LikeReply14Jun 21, 2017 8:58pm
Leanne Ewen
There is nothing genuine about Christy Clark. She says what she thinks will win her votes and that is it. And you can bet if by some miracle she is Premier, she will find a way to backtrack on every single promise. And by the way, where the heck is she getting all this money from when they Liberals cried there isn't any more money for people on disabilities welfare or education. Lies, lies and more lies.
LikeReply31Jun 21, 2017 9:14pm
Julie Ali · 

Again, the Clark is no different than the Redford in Alberta. She made a SKY PALACE for goodness sakes. I don't think the Clark made a palace did she?
At least Ms. Redford gave to the poor-she increased AISH stipends but really the entitlement of the political hires is astonishing.
What happened to the Sky Palace? It seems to have become an object lesson to all political parties to not push voters too far or they'll get booted:

http://nationalpost.com/.../0bf12c63-a0b8-44fd-bf7b...

Redford’s Tory successors never stepped foot in the sky palace. Oates said Notley and the NDP caucus don’t plan to either.

“It has continued as a physical representation of how the PCs squandered our revenue when times were good,” said Oates.

“Our government doesn’t want to continue that story."

Redford, now working for the Conference Board of Canada, has never commented in detail on her failed administration except to say “mistakes were made.”
LikeReply1Jun 21, 2017 10:41pm
Philip Gardner
Julie Ali
Stop with this nonsense
...there is nobody in Canadian politics as cynical and coniving as Christy Clark...NOBODY..
LikeReply6Jun 22, 2017 9:07am
Tom Scott · 

Philip Gardner ridiculous personal attacks from a high school moron who hides behind a fake fb page.
LikeReply2Jun 22, 2017 9:51am
Julie Ali · 

Philip Gardner She didn't have a Tapcal Trust Fund did she? So in my opinion, the PCs in Alberta were way more anti-democratic than Ms. Clark.
LikeReply1 minEdited
Larry McQuay · 

Desperation pure and simple. Not only for her position, but for the skeletons in the Liberal political closet. Should be an interesting reveal, once the books of the government and crown corps are opened for examination. A forensic audit, will undoubtedly show all of the taxpayers, what a real fiscal nightmare we are in...
LikeReply25Jun 21, 2017 10:05pm
Philip Gardner
YUP...
LOCK Clark UP and do all of BC a big favour.
LikeReply8Jun 21, 2017 10:07pm
Julie Ali · 

I doubt that there will be any forensic audits of the Clark era.
In Alberta we hired the NDP to do the cleaning of the messes of the PCs and what did we find out? Nothing.
The fact is that the party that succeeds the Liberals will be part of the government and won't want to reveal anything that embarasses government.
This is what happened in Alberta.
We're still waiting to find out where the money went. Only now we will need the Wildrose to find out where the money went in both the PC and NDP errors.
LikeReply1Jun 21, 2017 10:43pm
Charlie Harper
Oh you said it.....compared to all previous governments the last 16 years wait all you die hard Liberal supporters....just wait till the real numbers start falling out of the closet......
LikeReply10Jun 21, 2017 11:06pm
Tom Beattie
Julie Ali I tend to dissagree.Horgon has already stated that he is going through the books at ICBC as well as BC Hydro to show how reckles the Libs have been.
LikeReply7Jun 22, 2017 12:06am
Philip Gardner
Julie Ali
Nonsense
LikeReply4Jun 22, 2017 9:07am
Blake Newton · 

Julie Ali , I believe in this case the NDP will air out some (not all) of the dirty laundry. It is politically expedient for them to do this. My reasoning is that with a shaky government, they will want to validate their position as one of the two political parties in BC. I believe that from now on in governments in BC will become coalition governments. It is the way things are going and when proportional representation becomes reality the government will be forced to accomodate other veiwpoints.
LikeReply1Jun 22, 2017 1:44pm
Lorena Spencer
And then the NDP will be blamed instead of the real culprits. 😡😠
LikeReplyJun 22, 2017 6:35pm
Julie Ali · 

Blake Newton Well maybe you are right. This might be true in BC.

In Alberta it may or may not happen that we get the dirt on the PCs. Like where the heck was the money spent? The NDPCs may be so desperate at the end of their term in government in Alberta--that they may begin to release classified documents pertaining to PC incompetence. It will be interesting (if this ever happens). To date the NDPCs have been less transparent than the PCs which is hard to believe but there you go.

Even with the lack of transparency, the broken promises about the continuing care system and the irresponsible spending the NDPCs aren't as anti-democratic as the PCs. The PCs had their Tapcal Trust Fund which they prudently kept from citizens until it was somehow discovered at the end of their 44 years of entitlement and bad governance.

Despite knowing about this Tapcal Fund,it's like the folks in the Wildrose Party are frothing to unite with the PCs. It is a mind boggling business to me ---that everyone in the Wildrose Party --seems to have forgotten salient unsavory details like the Tapcal Fund. How could a political party have a secret fund that mysterious donors paid into and no one does any sort of investigation into this curiosity is beyond me. Or is this sort of corruption of democracy merely seen as minor inconvenient details by the Wildrose Party--in the push to become the ruling party?

Hopefully we do get to find out where the heck the money went in Alberta. Could it be that it was all spent on PC inserts in every ABC (agency, board and commission) in Alberta?
LikeReply7 minsEdited
Julie Ali · 

Philip Gardner Why is it nonsense? We're waiting in Alberta for the NDP folks we hired to release the information of the errors of the PCs and we're not seeing anything. I mean we had $10 million given to the Pure North folks and we got no information from the NDP folks. Now the auditor general is going to look into it but we probably won't get much useful information. This audit sounds more like a superficial investigation rather than a value for the money audit.

http://www.cbc.ca/.../alberta-pure-north-grants-auditor...

In a recent letter to Swann, Auditor General Merwan Saher said his office examines Alberta Health's grant processes as a matter of course, but will conduct a more in-depth review of the Pure North grants.

"The [Pure North] grant payments in question will be selected for testing," Saher said.

But a spokesperson for Saher said no decision has yet been made on whether his office will conduct a separate performance audit to determine if the funding itself was merited and provided value for the public money spent.
LikeReply3 mins
Geoff Lawrence · 

Desparately trying to keep the under the table corruption going by whatever hook she can findd. Let her try for another election then hammer the hard cold facts about BC Hydro and ICBC mercielssly for the whole campaing and see how many votes she gets then. in her own confused mind she seems to want to force an eletion and say 'see, we tried to do everytihngn you wanted and the big, bad guys acdross would not let us'. As to Site C, ask her where the water comes from for that river. Seems they are all glacier fed and we see every day what is happening to glaciers. Not to mention the cost of solar, the cost of geothermal etc. NO leg to stand on. All anothe corruption con. She's been watching too much Trump lately.
LikeReply13Jun 21, 2017 10:21pm
Rick Klassen · 

Will any BC Liberal supporters have the critical thought ability to notice their leader has now decided the BC Liberal platform is better suited to clone the NDP/Green ideology....

Most likely not.... as this is a group of voters who hate the idea of Carbon Tax but are so blinded by partisanship that they have now voted for a Carbon Tax in 3 elections in a row...
UnlikeReply12Jun 21, 2017 10:57pmEdited
Leo Kisa
I disagree that the BC Liberals will be grumbling about Clark. Her position is secure as BC Liberal Leader. Why?

They know that for all her faults she is actually the most liberal, centrist and moderate prominent BC Liberal around. And they lost this election by being too cold, conservative and Harper like. They need to change that and fast if they want to ever win again in urban BC.

CC's biggest mistake was putting too many Harper refugees in leadership roles in the campaign. These hacks know how to market to rural Canada but are clueless in terms of understanding what drives a big BC city. No wonder Metro Van abandoned them.

They should a be fired!!!!
LikeReply3Jun 21, 2017 11:02pm
Philip Gardner
You are being naiive...
LikeReply2Jun 22, 2017 9:08am
Scott Ross · 
Works at Self-Employed

CC knows her days of tenure of the BCL are over. She was always a NDP-lite politician and never really fit in with the BCL party. Time for new leader and overhaul of policy.
LikeReplyJun 22, 2017 1:20pm
Blake Newton · 

So by catering to a cetre-of-the-road policy you would open the door to BC Conservatives and other parties espousing the same beliefs and compete against the entrenched NDP? You should see how the U.S. election broke down. It basically turned into a rural versus urban fist fight that is showing no signs of abating. This was followed by a clone of it in British Columbia. Myself, I voted BC Conservative last election and NDP this time around (the reason for this had to do with partially a desire to see Christy get flushed and a lack of options where I lived in the okanagan. possibly this MIGHT be a good idea in a few years once proportional rep is adopted but now? I think alienating the interior will open the door for other options.
LikeReplyJun 22, 2017 1:54pm
Tait Jonnson
Jealous ?
Alexis Passmore Thuillier
Where's she going to get the money for all these promises? She just finished running a 6 month long election campaign where she consistantly said the BC economy couldn't deal with ANY of the NDP or Green Party promises, unless they raised taxes! So I guess that means she plans on raisng taxes too eh, otherwise how will she pay for all thing largess?
LikeReply2Jun 22, 2017 9:45am
Tait Jonnson
Alexis Passmore Thuillier - She' Super Christy, faster that a speeding bullitt. She can do ANYTHING !
LikeReply2Jun 22, 2017 9:58am
Cat Varley · 

Tait Jonnson Nah, I believe the correct term is HYPOCHRISTY
LikeReply2Jun 22, 2017 8:00pm
Tait Jonnson
Cat Varley _ Did she eveeeeer say she was a Catholic nun ? ....or do you wish that stupidity ?
LikeReplyJun 22, 2017 8:10pm
Julie Ali · 

Cat Varley Funny.
LikeReply12 mins
Catherine Bussey
She's a desperate,pathetic liar.We're not stupid and can see right through her.She is doing anything to hold on to her diminishing power.Boot her out.
LikeReply15Jun 21, 2017 11:20pm
Tom Hardy · 

Okay, I've got it! Even though Premier Prevaricator Clark is genetically predisposed to lying at every turn, maybe she's just said screw it and is joining the NDP? Maybe knowing the jigs up and her party's going to give her the boot, she's making a play to cross the floor and join John Horgan's new government just like Flip Wilson! ? LOL Stay tuned because what I just said makes about as much sense as what she just said!
LikeReply10Jun 21, 2017 11:33pm
Julie Ali · 

I think she is drowning and has imaginatively conjured up a lifeboat.
LikeReply11 mins
Charles Mclaren
Christie Clark is an embarrassment to all politicians. A woman without any moral scruples,devoid of principals, and intellectually barren, Those thinkers amongst us have known this since she appeared on the political landscape, and it is only becoming clear to the mainstream media now! Just as the Socreds morphed into the Liberals, we ask what will the Liberals morph into in the next couple of years after their disgraceful governance becomes clearer to the voters. How can LIberals justify their support for this pathetic human being
LikeReply9Jun 21, 2017 11:55pm
Fred Soofi · 

Well said Mike Smyth,There is nothing more to add to it
LikeReply5Jun 22, 2017 12:07am
Tom Beattie
Funny, not one Lieberal shill in the comments section this time.I guess "Say anything" Christie has said it all.By the way where will all the money for these promises come from? Snork
LikeReply8Jun 22, 2017 12:10am
Arnold Peters · 

Truly a flop flip as she back in election mode. Or maybe one of her cronies will flip to become the speaker ha jk
LikeReply4Jun 22, 2017 12:16am
Arlis McLeod French · 

BCLiberal supporters should be angry to have her changing the platform to match the NDP one... Christy might as well just cross the floor! If the BCLib voters wanted this largesse, they would have just voted NDP on May 9th...

So, if there was another election called would she seriously run on the NDP platform, not the BCLib one that she was so adamant was so great? She would then be making a whole new election occur with all parties espousing the same platform - it would just come down to people voting on leader personality alone ??? We'd have to spend all that $$ again for a popularity contest? Seriously?
She had her chance. I don't believe this Christy2.0 a bit... she has made lots of promises in the past & once elected not fulfilled them at all. DON'T be fooled by this slick politicking!
LikeReply17Jun 22, 2017 12:19am
Chuck Eles
Hallelujah, the ghosts of Christmas have visited Christy, and now she has seen the light. She has seen the error of her way's and promises to change her path. Truly an awesome premier. Although a tear from her eye would give a more dramatic effect.
LikeReply4Jun 22, 2017 12:20amEdited
Jeff King
corporate whore trying sucking what ever she has to ...to stay in power....how low can you go?
LikeReply6Jun 22, 2017 12:20am
Tool Wall · 

the auther of this article still seem to think that people in politics follow the path of conviction. The once that do are not in power. So they are like a flag and follow the direction of the wind. Christy Clark only does what ALL Politicians do.
Dave King
A total fail by Christy Clark. Wanting to buy the people of B.C. Does anyone believe her??? ANYONE?
LikeReply7Jun 22, 2017 12:38am
Deanna Peterson
Hey Mikey...the real Christy has been in front of you all this time...YOU just refused to see it!
LikeReply7Jun 22, 2017 1:14am
Gord Okell
Micheal Symth just keeps spinning on about the flip flop that's biggest concern is the new govt getting
their hands on real fiances and making them public That's why people voted against corrupt BC Liberal the biggest hypocritical joke in the history of BC .
Symth saying NDP / Greens ganged up is whinney
as. usual and nobody has any sympathy for cold hearted Christy and her crooked gang of neo
Conservatives that have virtually bankrupted the
province looted it to be exact . She a disgrace and the sooner out of their the better her and BC Liberals are the unstable ones their sweati...See More
LikeReply7Jun 22, 2017 1:45am
Ted Taylor · 

She is utterly unbelieveable. So much so, it's laughable. She will be reoplaced.
LikeReply6Jun 22, 2017 1:51am
Judy Sommer · 

Kudos, Mike. A terrific article. Clark is pulling The Lucy With The Football Ploy and will yank the ball away yet again from Charley Brown aka the voters. Trust her to follow through on any of this if she gets re-elected? She has broken so many promises already. Will there be a growth in Conservative Party membership after this scam? Surely The Right in her party can't be happy with this.
LikeReply3Jun 22, 2017 4:24am
Ron Jull · 

Christy Clark, by Christy Clark and for Christy Clark. Say and do anything to keep her job. There's a word for a someone thatvwill say or do anything for money, just cant think of it right now.

Wh*re....
UnlikeReply6Jun 22, 2017 4:34am
Bill Wadsworth
The only place for Christy Clark is in jail. She betrayed the public trust and that of the position that was instilled upon her. Her job as Premier is to act in the best interest of the residences of BC and Canada. Selling of BC's prime real estate to foreign investment, knowing full well it was creating a real estate bubble that would price Canadians out of ever owning a house in Vancouver. While her government laughed all the way to bank from the PST and Property tax revenues. I won’t even get into the legal battle with the teachers, welfare, minimum wage, etc. This woman has no morals or ethics and is the last person earth that should be looking after the public interest of BC or anywhere else for that matter. She is as corrupt and as rotten to the core as it gets.

Her chameleon act of late only proves what a manipulative witch she is.
LikeReply15Jun 22, 2017 5:15am
Cecil Scott · 

This now proves to me she is so desperate to keep the books closed to public review she is promising the farm but she is also setting up a re election plat form if she can break the NDP/Green team It really is time for the books to be opened and that can only happen if she is not in control.
LikeReply6Jun 22, 2017 5:41am
Valerie Hayes
Clark must think the voters are as batty as she is. She claims she doesn't want another election, yet she is hot on the campaign trail. If she gets power again, her vindictive and diabolical personality will be back in full force. CC is showing us that she has an unstable personality (flip-flopping like a fish out of water). If she gets arrested, she'll be ordering up a gold ankle bracelet and calling it a new fad. She has caused instability and societal breakdown (child poverty, opiate crisis, gun violence). She has a callous disregard for the rights of others. No more bamboozling. Make her accountable - like any other citizen who breaks the laws.
LikeReply6Jun 22, 2017 7:11am
Terry Sexsmith
Christy Clark has given her ringing endorcement of the NDP/Green platform and agenda. She might as well just resign as a liberal and cross the floor and join them.
LikeReply5Jun 22, 2017 7:23am
Valerie Hayes
Look at what she does, not what she says. She LOVES money. She gave money to her son's private school. She gave a million dollars to the church she attends. The book "Christy Clark Behind The Smile" was over 60K that went to one of her pals. How many millions in partisan ads? Was it 16 million or 37 million? Another million went to Clark photo ops. She clung to a 50K yearly top up for her corporate whoring (umm er fund-raising I mean) until there was International exposure. Another 150K went to the Old Masset Haida (very BAD idea for politics on Haida Gwaii) in order to advance her brothers wind farm. This woman is an extremist without boundaries. Government money is her money. She does not give a damn about child care, poverty and homelessness. If she gets anymore power, her claws will come out worse than ever, and she will turn on defenseless people like a hungry wolverine. That's the real Christy Clark.
LikeReply6Jun 22, 2017 7:33am
Valerie Hayes
Clark on her new campaign trail can boast that we now have more overdose deaths on the streets of Vancouver than there are Palestinian deaths in the Israel conflict.
LikeReply3Jun 22, 2017 8:26am
Steve Effox · 

The grasp for power is actually quite incredible!
she will stop at nothing to stay in power.
it is also very disturbing to hear such lies come out of her mouth.
LikeReply6Jun 22, 2017 8:40am
Helen Wildman
Lies are all that have ever and will ever come out of her mouth - these are just more outlandish than usual
LikeReply3Jun 22, 2017 1:54pm
Terry Joy · 

At this moment, it now appears Weaver and his Green MLA's will vote, along with the NDP MLA's (it seems to depend on which side of the bed Weaver gets up in the morning), against the throne speech. If so (and it's a big "IF"), then it will be up to the Lieutenant Governor to decide whether to allow the NDP to form a government or to dissolve the legislature and call for a new election.

Christy is salivating at the thought of a new election. She claims she will let the Lieutenant Governor make the decision as to whether there will be another election without informing the Lieutenant Governor o...See More
LikeReply6Jun 22, 2017 9:08am
Rick Papineau · 

Hey, Mike Smyth... this IS the real Christy Clark - doing whatever it takes to hold on to power, even ignoring the will of the majority of British Columbians. She has consistently put party over province and now is putting self over party.
LikeReply6Jun 22, 2017 9:23am
Robert Nyirfa
More back room politics, The LG may not not have donated to the LIBERAL PARTY but she certanly had a duty to ensure that her people would not put her in a position where she would have to answer questions about her actions. Does not say much for her character!!
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LikeReply3Jun 22, 2017 9:33am
Rick Cookson
probably stalling while hiding the evidence befor we throw her out and there must be secrets right?
LikeReply3Jun 22, 2017 10:25am
Walter Forsyth · 

wait...did I say a trillion dollar LNG heritage fund ......SKILLIONS!!!
LikeReply2Jun 22, 2017 10:50am
John Trainor · 

Horrible Horgan and Weaver the weazel.......really....how long before these two ruminants start acting like carnivores as they chew up and screw up BC's economy?
LikeReply1Jun 22, 2017 10:57am
Mike Pasemko
By presenting the NDP platform as her own, Clark is getting ready for the future. As the NDP introduces legislation, Clark can continually question why the NDP voted against her throne speech for the very same legislation. At the very least it will force Horgan into arguing both for and against himself. Could be awkward.
Rachel Blatt · 
Works at Self Employed

She's just showing more of her "True Nature" a person who will say or do anything, including giving up on her beliefs, sell her Soul, get cozy with the CEO of her Site "C"orruption project.......to get what she wants.

Most can see through her Shallow facade. How does that famous Eagles Song go,
"You Can't Hide, Your lying Eyes, And your Smiles in disguise.
I'd Thought by now you'd Realize,
There ain't No way to Hide your Lying eyes..."

She should use it as her "Theme Song"
LikeReply2Jun 22, 2017 11:54am
Soila Kelava
The BC Liberals made this province a slave town at least the next 25 years thanks to the home affordability/debt crises they created.

So if you like living on the edge, poverty, addiction and bad services, BC is the place for you..
LikeReply1Jun 22, 2017 4:42pm
Arleigh Chase · 

This throne speech was just a blatant attempt to soften her image in anticipation of her move into federal politics. God forbid we unleash this evil upon the nation. Her policies have always been Conservative at heart but because of her ex husband's powerful influence within the Federal Liberal party she will now be forced to pretend to have shared values. She's just another carpetbagger.
LikeReply2Jun 22, 2017 5:50pm
Lorena Spencer
Anything to hold onto power! So sick of this narcissistic Queen of Photo Ops & arrogant smirk!
LikeReply2Jun 22, 2017 6:34pm
Julie Ali · 

You should come to Alberta. We've had our share of Oil monarchs over 44 years and now it's 2 more years of the same.
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Patty Dyer
Will the real Christy Clark please shut up is more like it. Enough of the bs already.
LikeReply2Jun 22, 2017 9:13pm



Auditor general to audit Alberta Health grants to Pure North private health foundation

Liberal health critic David Swann says Alberta Health also needs to conduct own investigation

By Charles Rusnell, Jennie Russell, CBC News Posted: Jun 19, 2017 6:00 AM MT Last Updated: Jun 19, 2017 8:23 AM MT
Alberta’s auditor general, Merwan Saher, will examine two grants Alberta Health awarded to Pure North S’Energy Foundation, an alternative-health foundation that offers unproven treatments.
Alberta’s auditor general, Merwan Saher, will examine two grants Alberta Health awarded to Pure North S’Energy Foundation, an alternative-health foundation that offers unproven treatments. (CBC)
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Alberta's auditor general has partially acceded to a request from Liberal health critic David Swann for an audit of two Alberta Health grants to Pure North S'Energy, a private health foundation that offers unproven alternative health treatments.  
In a recent letter to Swann, Auditor General Merwan Saher said his office examines Alberta Health's grant processes as a matter of course, but will conduct a more in-depth review of the Pure North grants.
"The [Pure North] grant payments in question will be selected for testing," Saher said.
But a spokesperson for Saher said no decision has yet been made on whether his office will conduct a separate performance audit to determine if the funding itself was merited and provided value for the public money spent.
"We will compare new audits identified with those still in the planning stages and reprioritize our work as appropriate," Saher told Swann. "Your request has been added to our inventory of items for future audit consideration."
DR. DAVID SWANN
Liberal Leader Dr. David Swann formally requested a full audit of both Pure North grants. (CBC)
In an interview with CBC News, Swann said he understands the auditor general has significant demands on his time and resources, but he said "it is clear that he sees this as a priority. He is at least going to look into the application and approval process in Alberta Health and I think that is appropriate."
Pure North was founded, and is funded, by wealthy Calgary philanthropist and Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. (CNRL) co-founder Allan Markin. The non-profit foundation focuses on vulnerable populations such as the homeless, addicted and elderly, and operates free clinics in such places as homeless shelters and on Indigenous reserves.
CBC News reported in April that Alberta Health gave Pure North a $10-million grant in December 2013 to expand its alternative health program, which featured high doses of vitamin D and the removal of mercury dental fillings, ultimately to 7,300 mostly low-income seniors.

Funding approved against ministry advice

Internal government documents show former Progressive Conservative health minister Fred Horne approved the funding against the advice of ministry officials. The officials determined the Pure North program was not adequately supported by science, could not prove the health and economic outcomes it claimed, and may cause adverse reactions in participants.
The documents also showed that six days before the ministry signed the grant agreement, the rationale for the funding was inexplicably changed from a research project to simply an expansion of the program. The change meant there was no ethical oversight of the program. The ministry has not explained the abrupt change in purpose for the funding.
In 2015, newly elected NDP Health Minister Sarah Hoffman declined to continue funding the Pure North program based on advice from ministry officials. But Hoffman did approve $4.2 million in funding to Pure North for a nurse-practitioner led primary care clinic, which is part of a ministry pilot project.
SARAH HOFFMAN
Health Minister Sarah Hoffman has repeatedly refused to answer questions about her ministry’s funding of Pure North. (CBC)
Hoffman has publicly stated that she had no knowledge of any health safety concerns about Pure North before she approved the nurse-practitioner grant. But a briefing note obtained by the Opposition Wildrose through freedom of information shows Hoffman's office was briefed about various issues a month before the grant agreement was signed.
Hoffman has refused to answer questions both from CBC News and opposition politicians about what she knew about Pure North, and when she knew it.
She has also refused to respond to questions from CBC News in relation to its reporting about lobbying conducted for Pure North by health deputy minister Carl Amrhein while he was AHS official administrator. The Wildrose have asked Alberta's ethics commissioner to investigate but that office neither confirms nor denies investigations.
In Swann's May 5 letter to the auditor general requesting the audit, he said "my office has conducted a preliminary review into the matter and, after having spoken to several stakeholders, I believe that there is sufficient grounds for concern, especially as it relates to the potential public health risks the vitamin supplement program may cause to a vulnerable population."

Pure North says no health safety issues

Swann said in an interview that Alberta Health should conduct a thorough review of the program to determine if there were any adverse effects. Pure North spokesman Stephen Carter has publicly stated that the foundation has many studies that prove the effectiveness of its program and said 50,000 people have participated in the program without any safety issues.
Carter welcomed the auditor general's review.
"It's fantastic," he said. "The contracts were awarded through a normal process and I am quite confident that he is going to find that there were no problems with it."
Friends of Medicare executive director Sandra Azocar also previously said Hoffman has a responsibility to independently investigate the potential effects of the Pure North program on vulnerable Albertans.
Hoffman however has simply refused to address the issue and instead told opposition parties they should direct their questions to Conservative MLA Dave Rodney, who was associate health minister under Fred Horne when Pure North received $10 million in funding for its unproven seniors program.
Hoffman, through a spokesperson, has said "we will be fully supportive if the auditor chooses to look into this file."
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#ByeByeWynne--Amazing how the politicians ignore the poorest among us until they find out they are going to get turfed. Here is the Wynne yapping about increased minimum wages while the citizens try to figure out how to pay for their power bills. Hmm... wonder if they have fixed that problem yet? Is there a help for the poor consumers just before the next election? You betcha:
The main purpose of Ontario’s new cap and trade program appears to be to fund a new revenue stream to address the public’s concerns about rising power rates.
Indeed, the largest single spending item for cap and trade revenue — $1 to 1.3 billion — is earmarked to subsidize the cost of power in time for the next Ontario election in 2018.


“The post-budget bump that the Liberals saw in May is now completely gone."
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June 20, 2017 7:13 am

Pre-election goodies not enough to keep Ontario Liberals from third-party status: poll

By David ShumWeb Producer Global News
Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, centre, is joined by Ontario Finance Minister Charles Sousa, left, and Ontario Housing Minister Chris Ballard in Toronto on Thursday, April 20, 2017 to speak about Ontario's Fair Housing Plan. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Christopher Katsarov
Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, centre, is joined by Ontario Finance Minister Charles Sousa, left, and Ontario Housing Minister Chris Ballard in Toronto on Thursday, April 20, 2017 to speak about Ontario's Fair Housing Plan. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Christopher Katsarov
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Premier Kathleen Wynne and her Ontario Liberals would be relegated to third-party status if a provincial election were held today, according to a new poll released by Forum Research.
Despite a number of pre-election promises, which included raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour, implementing a foreign buyers tax to cool Toronto’s housing market, and hydro bill relief, only 23 per cent of those surveyed would vote for the Liberals. Patrick Brown and the Progressive Conservatives lead with 44 per cent support followed by the Ontario NDP at 24 per cent.
“The post-budget bump that the Liberals saw in May is now completely gone and they see themselves likely serving as third party in the Ontario Legislature, well behind even the second place NDP,” Dr. Lorne Bozinoff, president of Forum Research, said in a media release.
Forum Research projects those numbers would give the Tories a majority at the Ontario legislature with 87 seats, followed by the NDP with 26 seats and the Liberals with only nine.
The Liberals’ drop in support in Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area is largely the contributing factor to their overall projected loss of seats, the poll finds.
Meanwhile, Wynne’s popularity (15 per cent) continues to trail far behind Brown (29 per cent) and Horwath, who leads the pack with a 38 per cent approval rating.
However, those numbers are flipped when respondents were asked which party leader would make the best premier.
More than a third (36 per cent) think Brown is best suited for the job while Horwath places second with 20 per cent support. Only 13 per cent of those surveyed believe Wynne would be the best premier.
The Forum Research Poll was conducted among a sample size of 1,003 Ontario voters between June 12 to 14, with a margin of error of +/- 3 per cent, 19 times out of 20.
VIDEO: Premier Wynne announces minimum wage to rise to $15 an hour

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Cap and trade deja vu

Wynne government appears to be making the same mistakes the Liberals did with their disastrous Green Energy Act


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If you doubt carbon dioxide (CO2) is a dangerous pollutant, you probably think the $156 Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne claims her new cap and trade policy will cost your family this year in direct charges for gasoline and natural gas home heating, is a rip-off.
After all, the hidden carbon price you’ve been paying on your electricity bills for years — which has nothing to do with cap and trade — might be enough for you.
But even if you think the polar bears are dying, extreme weather events caused by CO2 have accelerated, the glaciers are disappearing, and that climate change is already spiking up food costs, you might still be concerned with how Ontario’s new climate control program is being administered.
Ontario Auditor General Bonnie Lysysk has warned, “As of June, 2016, no mechanism had been put in place to prevent the double-reporting of emissions reductions from the buying and selling of (CO2) allowances” under Wynne’s cap and trade plan.
Indeed, the complexity of that program and its still unclear rules make it impossible to verify the government’s assurances they have their accounting right.
The fear is Wynne’s cap and trade initiative may repeat history by following in the same footsteps as the Liberals’ disastrous Green Energy and Green Economy Act of 2009, with its multi-billion dollar boondoggles.
Indeed, the government is using the same rhetoric to justify cap and trade as it did the Green Energy Act.
That is that it will, “save households and businesses money, create good jobs in clean tech and construction, and generate opportunities for investment in Ontario”.
But the Green Energy Act also caused a sustained upward march in electricity rates.
There was a green economic bonanza, but only for the relative few who were awarded fat government power contracts.
Assigning tonnages to foregone carbon dioxide emissions with free “emission offsets” under cap and trade, is similar to the way the government previously justified heavily subsidizing energy conservation programs.
Also, similarly, cap and trade creates vast new opportunities for bureaucratic and consultant growth, and staffing such new requirements as “accredited verification bodies”.
The new “green bank” the government has announced will no doubt need lots of executives.
Wynne claims, “By law, all proceeds from cap and trade must be invested in projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions.”
Another Liberal talking point is that, “Ontario’s residential electrical rates are also average relative to the rest of North America.”
To the extent the government has disclosed its plans, something quite different appears to be happening with the proceeds of cap and trade.
It suggests even Wynne’s green gang realizes their electricity rate equality claim is nonsense.
If they checked, the Liberals would see Ontario’s average residential power rates are about 13% above those in the contiguous United States.
The main purpose of Ontario’s new cap and trade program appears to be to fund a new revenue stream to address the public’s concerns about rising power rates.
Indeed, the largest single spending item for cap and trade revenue — $1 to 1.3 billion — is earmarked to subsidize the cost of power in time for the next Ontario election in 2018.
Additional spending and regulatory interventions under the government’s climate action strategy attempt to push consumers into greater dependency on electricity for transportation and home heating.
One of cap and trade’s dark corners is that not all large industrial greenhouse gas emitters are being treated the same.
Some are getting free allocations of carbon dioxide emission permits for the first four years of the program, while others are being charged for them.
When the government says, “The free allocations are to protect Ontario jobs in industries that are competing with jurisdictions without a carbon pricing system, and to recognize industries that have made significant emission reductions already and need time to invest in new technology”, it isn’t wrong.
But are friends of the government getting free carbon allowances, similar to the way many wind power companies who donated to the Liberal party received heavily subsidized power contracts?
For now, the government says the list of companies who have received free allocations will remain confidential, to be released at a later date.
But secret handouts of valuable free emission allowances to certain industries (and not others), is a recipe for public concern about the potential for political corruption.
At a minimum, if politically favoured companies are showered with valuable emission allowances granted for free, it will make the government’s cap and trade mess even more difficult for any future government to unwind.
- Adams is an independent energy and environmental adviser and researcher focused on energy consumer issues.

If the Wildrose Party had any brains it would remember the Sky Palace business of the PCs and never decide to Siamese Twin with the PCs.
In any case, if they decide the Siamese Twin route, I won't vote for the merged party. It would bring back too many bad memories of entitlement, poor governance and shameless waste of public funds while the most disadvantaged folks (remember Michener Centre closure?) suffered for no damn reason other than the PCs and their arrogance.
Let us never forget that the PCs who ruled for 44 years were funded mysteriously with that Tapcal Trust Fund. Have the Wildrose folks found out who paid into this fund?

The suite reflects a political trajectory from lavish home-to-be for Redford to toxic symbol of government…
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Alison Redford's 'sky palace' is open for business — complete with plastic guard owls and her old couch

The suite reflects a political trajectory from lavish home-to-be for Redford to toxic symbol of government excess to its latest incarnation as a politically radioactive fallout zone

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EDMONTON — A penthouse suite that was dubbed the sky palace as it came to symbolize what was seen as the former Alberta government’s sense of entitlement is open for business.
But the space has become a frankensuite with bedrooms turned boardrooms, hand-me-down furniture, bug-eyed plastic guard owls and one-time premier Alison Redford’s old couch.
Construction on the penthouse atop the Federal Building in Edmonton just recently finished and the suite has been available for meetings since Jan. 1.
I think it’s been used six times.
“I think it’s been used six times,” said Cheryl Oates, spokeswoman for Premier Rachel Notley.
The 11th-floor suite is a design mishmash: half home, half office, equal parts opulent and shabby. A washer and dryer still wrapped in plastic sit just off the main conference room.
It reflects a political trajectory from lavish home-to-be for Redford to toxic symbol of government excess to its latest incarnation as a politically radioactive fallout zone.
THE CANADIAN PRESS/Amber Bracken
Redford’s Tory successors never stepped foot in the sky palace. Oates said Notley and the NDP caucus don’t plan to either.
“It has continued as a physical representation of how the PCs squandered our revenue when times were good,” said Oates.
“Our government doesn’t want to continue that story.”
Documents about the suite were released in March 2014 — just days after Redford quit the top job ahead of a caucus revolt over excessive travel spending on herself, her family and friends.
Spending on the suite was cut off by her Tory successors as public outrage grew over the taxpayer-funded project that had already racked up at least $240,000 in 3D design drawings, colour boards, room dividers, blueprints and construction.
THE CANADIAN PRESS/Amber Bracken
The penthouse was originally intended to be a meeting room, part of a $400-million makeover of the historic Tyndall stone building, which now houses some government officials, opposition legislature members and government backbenchers.
But sometime in 2012, officials in Redford’s office took over and began to remodel the top floor. It was to be done in the style of the luxury Hay Adams hotel in Washington, D.C., with its European linens, marble bathrooms, brass fixtures and views of the White House.
THE CANADIAN PRESS/Amber Bracken
The “premier’s den” was to be for Redford and her daughter. There were bedrooms, bathrooms, a dining room, lounge, fireplace, powder room, butler’s pantry, walk-in closet and room-by-room temperature controls.
The structure itself is elegant: wood flooring, carved wooden posts and floor-to-ceiling exterior windows. Doors open onto a patio with panoramic views of the city.
Plastic owls with slowly rotating heads sit on ledges and rooftops to scare away pigeons.
THE CANADIAN PRESS/Amber Bracken
But almost all the walls are bare. There’s the odd potted plant.
The main conference room, where the living room would have been, has a table that sits 14.
A phone sits on the floor.
In the adjacent room, there is a sink, a counter and an empty fridge.
A second, smaller bedroom turned conference area, has an oval table, eight chairs on rollers, a plastic wastebasket and a curtain over the clothes closet.
The third room, what would have been the largest bedroom, is the only one with some vibrancy. There are comfortable red, high-back chairs around a coffee table. There’s artwork on the walls.
THE CANADIAN PRESS/Amber Bracken
Along one wall, there is an off-white two-seater couch and two ornate end tables rescued from Redford’s old office.
Two floor lamps are the only purchases for the suite. Everything else, say government officials, was begged and borrowed from government storage or surplus.
Redford, now working for the Conference Board of Canada, has never commented in detail on her failed administration except to say “mistakes were made.”
Oates said one of the reasons the NDP caucus doesn’t use the penthouse is that there are better options, including state-of-the-art meeting rooms just one floor down.
“Those (sky palace) bedrooms are beautiful bedrooms, but not the best meeting spaces.”
















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