so BC is getting a new Premier

The big news in BC yesterday was that Gordon Campbell stepped down as Premier. Some were loudly proclaiming victory, or expressing happiness of his departure.

As he put it in his statement: When public debate becomes focused on one person, instead of what is in the best interest of British Columbians, we have lost sight about what is important. When that happens, it’s time for a change.

Cause let’s look at the mess he left BC in:

  • One of the lowest unemployment rates in Canada.
  • third highest average hourly wage in Canada
  • lowest tax rate for low-income (0%) and middle-income families in Canada.
  • up to a 70% tax reduction for low income families
  • opened 80 new schools, increased education funding every year, more seats in universities, highest per-pupil funding in Canada
  • Balanced budgets for 9 years until the biggest recession in half a century.
  • 42% reduction in provincial budgets before service cuts
  • A provincial credit rating that has been upgraded 7 times in a row to AAA (the highest possible)
  • biggest real GDP growth in Canada
  • $195 million in new Arts grants
  • $80 million in new permanent sport grants and funding
  • 20% increase in the amount paid per person by income assistance
  • Low-income support program spending up by more than 4x
  • Reduced carbon and greenhouse gas emissions – the most aggressive targets set in Canada, with legal enforcement in place
  • (ganked from voice_of_experience on reddit)

    Oh wait, that’s the good stuff.

    And yet, there’s a downside.. apparently some people don’t like the HST (which, when you look at what else the province gives, is actually a reasonable measure..) or they didn’t like the Olympics (what are you going to do about that now? it worked out fine. Sure it cost a lot of money..) or that the Canada Line doesn’t have enough capacity (it grew faster than expected, that’s success isn’t it?), or that he once got arrested for drink driving (let me tell you about Ralph…)

    I’m confident of history’s view of this period in politics. Also, has anyone seen Idiocracy? No? Never mind, seems like it’s playing out in politics right now, what with this and the Tea Party..

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