Friday, July 07, 2006

Fish and Dips II - Oh, Those Sneaky Dippers!

Our palatial BC Poly Blog office in the heart of Seattle, WA received dozens of phone calls, faxes and emails from angry Port McNeill, BC residents during the past week. It appears our favourite BC NDP MLAs Claire "Ducks and Fish Are Funny" Trevana and Gregor "Hey! Jesus Liked Fish - Maybe He'll Now Like Me!" Robertson are at it again and the Port McNeill-ites - or Rita MacNeils as our research department told me they are often referred to as - are not gonna take it...NO! They ain't gonna take it. They're not gonna take it anymore.
The Special Committee on Sustainable Aquaculture - Chaired by NDPer Robin "I'm Like a Bird" Austin and featuring six NDP and four BC Liberal MLAs - were scheduled to hold a series of public hearings and site visits throughout the North Island. Just hours before the June 27th public meeting in Port McNeill at the Community Hall (book your 2007 wedding NOW!) Claire privately requested of the Committee - well, just the NDP majority on the committee - that they do NOT visit the Englewood Packing facility scheduled for the next day. This is a plant with over 140 employees where they are running at a very high capacity processing "...in excess of 30 million pounds whole fish and 3.5 million pounds of fillets annually." The "committee" opted to visit the Pan Fish Alpha plant in Port Hardy - a plant 60 kilometres away and not in operation. One angry caller opined, "This is bullshit, they could have visited both plants easily."
So did the usually mild mannered Rita MacNeil-ites take this lying down? NO! Did these folks believe they were getting proper representation from their fashion Diva MLA Claire Trevana? NO! Does anyone in North America really understand the offside rule in World Cup soccer? NO!
When the Englewood people heard that their long scheduled meeting with the Committee was canceled, one on-looker described employees as "they were some pissed".
The floor production people organized themselves and when their shift was over at 5pm, more than sixty "some pissed", yet proud, Englewood employees traveled to the Port McNeill Community Hall and arranged a reception for Claire and company. The Englewood-ites wore their production smocks and aprons and had a large banner which read, "You wouldn't come to us so we came to you!" (see photo). The employees along with other angry folks surrounded the building and, as one on-looker wrote to this intrepid Poly, "...blocked the entrance to the community hall and confronted the committee members as they arrived." These mighty, mighty Rita McNeill-ites - much like their namesake - could not be moved.
When the Liberal representatives of the Committee arrived they were informed by the protestors that they would not be visiting the Englewood Plant the next morning. Upon hearing this news, the Liberal MLAs agreed to keep their promise and visit the plant. There was much elation as these MLAs entered the hall. Perhaps someone in the crowd yelled, "Hey! Thanks BC Liberal MLAs. Now I have a better understanding of how you were able to settle all the public service contracts before the deadlines including a fair agreement for our beloved teachers while making sure our economy is one of the best in Canada. Hey! Your reasoned approach to our problem today shows me how your Party - the BC Liberals - are way up in the polls and how your Government is like so totally awesome!" Yes, perhaps someone indeed yelled this out.
But now, the fun began.
Gregor "Hey! Is Aquaman Gonna Be On This Aquaculture Committee?" Robertson (admittedly, if Aquaman were on the Committee, that would be cool) tried to blend in the with crowd and sneak in the back door of the hall. When the protestors saw him and asked him why he was not going through the front door - where more protesters with signs and camera were stationed - he at first denied he was Gregor Robertson the MLA! Well, this makes sense. I mean, would YOU admit to being Gregor?
Claire then arrived late and it appeared she was going to run away as she and NDP "Leader" [sic.] Carole "I'm Against Farmed Fish Unless It Is Served At An NDP Fundraiser" James did at another fish related event in 2005. A source close to Claire shared that she arrived late in the hopes of avoiding the protesters - especially the ones holding anti-Claire signs (see photo). However, much like hoping the NDP would ask original questions during question period, this was not to be. When asked on the steps of the hall why she was not visiting the Englewood plant Claire mumbled something about scheduling problems. When the protestors suggested she was giving them the verbal equivalent of a falsified Adrian Dix memo, she stormed away into the hall where she was met with a chorus of boos from the crowd of 130.
Victory for Englewood and the Rita MacNeil-ites as they cheered in delight.
Up, on the stage Claire looked pissed that she was caught shirking her responsibilities and busted for trying to sidetrack the Committee. A confused Gregor tried to consol her by saying, "Don't be sad, maybe Aquaman will be at the next meeting."

25 Comments:

Anonymous Socialism - A Dead Pathology said...

so why would two devout socialist leaders, the great friends of the workers, want to avoid meeting workers on the plant floor.

Curiosu minds need to know

Friday, July 07, 2006 10:02:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Man you sure hate the NDP. why not run for the Liberals next time and really clean house. Your postings are downright insulting to people who are elected by the citizens of this province. Both parties work hard and usually do their best. You don't seem to ike the idea that the Offical Opposition has a majority on the fish farm committee. The Premier set that committee in motion and decidee the opposition would have the majority. Fish farming is a controversial issue, lets' let the committee come up with some findings and stop making what you consider cute comments about some of the members. Would you like it if folks started reminding you the present premier was convicted of drunk driving. Sure he did and he got reelected after then by the people in his riding. Just as all members on that standing committee were elected in theirs.

There are libel laws around and most blogs take that into consideration before spouting off.

Friday, July 07, 2006 10:20:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Stop whining 10:20

Us locals have heard this story repeated many times before the blog. People were pissed!

Friday, July 07, 2006 10:35:00 AM  
Blogger frank said...

To 10:20 AM:
The NDP tried to manipulate the committee into not seeing a healthy, vibrant and working Fish Processing Plant. THAT'S Insulting.

The NDP do there Best to be untruthful, manipulate any situation, take advantage people and repeat miss information as much as possible until workers start to believe it.

Thanks for getting the story out Poly. Nothing here is Libelous.

Friday, July 07, 2006 11:10:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"and stop making what you consider cute comments"

Actually, I consider them to be cute as well.

And, BTW, you forgot to mention that Adrian Dix was involved in some controvery regarding a memo and Premier Clarke as it pertained to the lottery scandal. And he got elected.

And, you know what 10:20. Being as how we live in a free democracy you don't have to read this stuff if you don't want to (or if the truth hurts)

Horny Toad

Friday, July 07, 2006 1:50:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Horny toad is at it again. What reason exists for blogs if they arn't there to show different opinions. THis one seems to accpet omn;ly one position.If one wants to toe the party line you should be tied into the party website pulling your forlock each time a leader says. I'm doing this so like it.
Some sage once said . Read the far right rags to see what they are bragging about today. Everyone left of center should be checking the Fraser Institute . Too bad the Western report disappeared. I think some of the followers of that rag ended up here

Friday, July 07, 2006 8:12:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Too bad the Western report disappeared. I think some of the followers of that rag ended up here"

It's worse than that. Some of the supporters of BC Polyblog couldn't
comphrend or figure out Western Report if they tried, if Western Report still existed.

Friday, July 07, 2006 8:25:00 PM  
Anonymous NDP NFG said...

Where's Claire? Anyone seen her lately?

Is anyone here really surprised she tried to dodge people that don't share her vision of the North Island being a ghetto of poverty?

She knows SFA about local issues, industries or, well, reality actually. She's stuck in her little socialist fantasyland, and the constituents of North Island are suffering as a result from her shoddy representation!

Saturday, July 08, 2006 9:00:00 AM  
Anonymous Socialism - A Dead Pathology said...

all bow down and hail the oracle of the Fraser Institute . . common sense for whack job socialists and moonbats.

Saturday, July 08, 2006 5:19:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"all bow down and hail the oracle of the Fraser Institute . . common sense for whack job socialists and moonbats. "

all bow down and hail the orcale of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternaties.. Common sense for socilaists who don't know how to
figure things out themselves.

Sunday, July 09, 2006 11:27:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This blog article has got so dumb it's time to move on, leaving the rightwingers talking to each other. They don't actually speak much sense anyway.

Sunday, July 09, 2006 4:39:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"leaving the rightwingers talking to each other. They don't actually speak much sense anyway. "

Most do, but those who run this blog obviously don't.

Wonder if Gordon Campbell has ever read this thing or know who is behind it.

Sunday, July 09, 2006 9:38:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i'm waiting for the pee-pee and poo-poo jokes.

Sunday, July 09, 2006 10:11:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dumb, dummer, and dumbest might be the new name of this blog

Monday, July 10, 2006 1:43:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Dumb, dummer, and dumbest might be the new name of this blog"

Yep it's just at the correct reading comprehension for the BC Liberal Kidz.

Monday, July 10, 2006 5:54:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lot’s of crying and sniveling from the dippers as usual. Evidently they do not like to be exposed for being the frauds that they truly are. Have yet too see a dipper provide and facts refuting this article. Instead they play the tired and true dipper game of shooting the messenger when they do not like the message. And they wonder why they sink in the polls faster than the Queen of the North.

Monday, July 10, 2006 7:03:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"And they wonder why they sink in the polls faster than the Queen of the North."

and one wonders why the BC Liberal supporter comes out with a dumb statement such as this.

Shows the quality of debate coming from the BC Liberals.

How about a little respect here, guy. Two people perished in that incident.

Show respect.

Monday, July 10, 2006 9:29:00 PM  
Anonymous Socialism - A Dead Pathology said...

This blog must be really hitting close to the NDP / BC Fed's gonads . . more and more complaints from the dippers with childish putdown attempts.

Time to pick up the pace and keep kicking the fools . .

Great blog . . keep up the wonderful work

Tuesday, July 11, 2006 9:59:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

9:59 is just so wrong. Information passing isn't a long suite on this site but a ongoing rant against anyone who isn't a 100 percent supporter of the present government. Logical comments are frowned upon. But in a democracy even fools are able to vote.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006 2:22:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Time to pick up the pace and keep kicking the fools . "

Agree there.

Let's start alphabetically.

With the fools who
run the BC Liberal Party.

Next move on to the fools who run
the BC New Democratic Party.

Then finish off with the fools
who run BC Poly Blog.

That should cover everything.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006 5:30:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

9:29 says “show respect” Hmmm. Let’s see now. The NDP and ultra low life Arian Dix are happy to milk the death of that SC toddler to the point even her grandparents told him to rot in hell.. Likewise when people die in healthcare there is the usual NDP chest pounding. Fact is, BC Politics are a blood sport and you lowly NDP’ers need to realize that if you are going to dish it, you need to be able to take it. Grow up and deal with it.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006 6:19:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Fact is, BC Politics are a blood sport and you lowly NDP’ers need to realize that if you are going to dish it, you need to be able to take it. Grow up and deal with it. "

The NDP can.

But can the BC Liberals?

From the reading of this blog, the answer is no they can't.

They hace to resort to childish
commentary against the NDP.

The BC Liberals tend to turn in on themselves micromange heavily and don't resolve problems that are obvious.

Children and Families comes to mind.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006 6:53:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
9:29 says “show respect” Hmmm. Let’s see now. The NDP and ultra low life Arian Dix are happy to milk the death of that SC toddler to the point even her grandparents told him to rot in hell..
I don't believe this statment was made by anyone who actually saw or read what the child's grandparent had to say. The opposition and the media had backed off on the story until the family told them it was best to press for answers. They pressed and the ministry and the guys resonsible had to eat crow. The ministry is once more getting restructured.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006 7:00:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

7:00 pm, it was actually in the court house when SC's grandparents told Dix to "rot in hell" Ask Dix, or anyone else who was sitting nearby. They said it directly to his face.

I would love to see him try and deny it.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006 7:16:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"They pressed and the ministry and the guys resonsible had to eat crow. The ministry is once more getting restructured. "

If Gordon Campbell hadn't severely cut the Ministry and just left it alone, to be properly managed the Ministry would most likely been better than they are now.

Wonder what it would have been if Carole Taylor had that Ministry?

Tuesday, July 11, 2006 8:06:00 PM  

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