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As a sign of the times of cultural Marxism run amok, and on the public dime, no less, from the November 20, 2014 article on Canada’s national broadcaster, the CBC, they had the audacity to ask whether Canada’s third most populous province, British Columbia, should change its name, in part due to changing demographics.

Have you ever wondered why British Columbia is still called “British,” even though it’s not a colony any more? Howard Stewart has, and he wants to talk to you about it.

Stewart is a historical geographer, who has travelled all over the world. He thinks B.C. needs to have a conversation about other possible names– names that more accurately reflect the people who live there.

Here were my comments:

“By that logic, the street names in Kitchener like Cayuga and Manitou should be changed to reflect the current demographics of mostly White Europeans. The fact that this question is even being asked, and by our national taxpayer funded broadcaster, no less, is a sign of where the founding European culture of this country is headed [if] multiculturalism and sustained, mass immigration from around the world is continued.”

“Where things are headed if, not unless. And what’s with the timing? When lots of Canadians of German, Scot and Irish background moved to B.C. to retire, there was no call to have it renamed. It seems the driving force is the movement of non-European immigrants. While we’re at it, we should also change the name of Canada, since that was based upon a Native name, which the current demographics don’t reflect.”

And since they solicited comments, I sent them this email:

“With the recent CBC funding cuts, is an article and feature on one geographer’s musings about changing the name of B.C. such an important priority?

Perhaps we should also consider changing the name of Canada, since it is based on a Native name, which doesn’t reflect the current demographics.

Please, use your limited financial resources more wisely in serving the vast majority of Canadians and not what a particular B.C. academic is proposing.”

and this email to the UBC Professor of Geography, Howard Stewart:

“Dr. Stewart,

I came across the CBC article, Does British Columbia Need a New Name, in reference to your call for a name change, based, in part on changing demographics.

By that logic, we should also consider changing the name of Canada, since it is based upon a Native name, which doesn’t reflect the demographics of Canada ever since it was founded in 1867, and to this very day.”

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Arthur Topham, a Canadian and resident of British Columbia, was charged in 2012 under the Criminal Code with “willfully promoting hatred” for some of his articles at his site, Radical Press.

On September 24, 2014, the Ontario Civil Liberties Association has publicly come out in support of Topham’s right to free expression and has created an online petition that already has nearly 200 signatories in under 24 hours (including myself).

Amazingly, he was charged in part for producing a satirical version of the seriously intended 1941 book, Germany Must Perish!, which actually called for the forced sterilization of Germans, calling it Israel Must Perish!, and replacing all references to Germans with Jews, to show the political and ethnic motivations behind these “hate crime” charges.

He was also charged in part for reproducing the Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion, despite it being sold on Amazon.ca and in Canadian brick-and-mortar bookstores.

The petition calls upon the British Columbia Attorney-General to retract her consent for the criminal proceedings against Topham, since such consent is required for any “hate crime” charges, directly illustrating the political nature of these charges.

For an extensive interview with Topham on his charges and other issues, see this December 2013 interview conducted by Canadian journalist, Joshua Blakeney.

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Giant Canadian flag in downtown Vancouver

The B.C. referendum success of voting to scrap the federally administered HST on August 26, 2011, represents a trend of Canadian success stories of reigning in government since 2010.

While liberty has taken a back seat on the mad rush toward more and more government control in people’s lives, Canadians have fought back in three key ways since 2010.

First, on October 26, 2010, with city of Waterloo residents rejecting continued fluoridation of their water, despite the arrogant attempts of some so-called dental professionals in only showing up for one of three scheduled debates on the issue, presenting their arguments on high from their proverbial Mount Olympus.

To me, that vote, along with the rejection of merger talks with neighbouring Kitchener, was tangible evidence of Waterloo finally earning some of its otherwise premature designation as the world’s most intelligent community in 2007.

Then, on February 8, 2011, Calgary city council voted overwhelming to no longer forcibly medicate its residents with fluoride through their municipal water supply, and voted to reject hearing from a so-called panel of experts on the issue, recognizing that such a presentation is unworthy of consideration with regard to a fundamental human right.

In all three cases, liberty won out at the expense of arrogant politicians, so-called experts, and arrogant and over-reaching governments that have become a clear and present danger to the very existence of free Western societies since 9/11.

I hope that these examples will at least serve as an inspiration to those in the U.S. who are seeking to rein in what I view as their arrogant and over-reaching federal government. If the normally sanguine Canadians can push back on their government, then by George, surely Americans can push back on theirs!

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BRITISH COLUMBIA 1986 Blue Baseplate

Primarily, because it was foisted upon them as a naked cash grab without any offsets like the Ontario government was clever in offering to its residents.

Then, their provincial government tried to bribe them with a two percentage point cut to the HST, and taking a bribe compromises your credibility.

For one, it was only a promise, and we know how promises are often broken, especially when the government falls upon hard economic times.

While it would be politically more difficult to later raise the tax rate, they would likely play a shell game of trying to fool people and raise taxes and fees in other areas to make up for their revenue crunch.

We saw this in Ontario with the Mike Harris Progressive Conservatives, who borrowed billions from other countries and bankers in order to slash personal income taxes by 30%, only to make up for the remaining revenue crunch by downloading the cost of services to municipalities, which was later ruled to have been the main contributing factor to the Walkerton E.coli water disaster.

It was widely recognized that had B.C. kept the HST in place until 2015, at which point they could cancel and not have to pay back the $1.6 billion federal bribe they were given, it would’ve been politically and practically impossible to go back to two separate sales tax regimes, which is what made the 2015 poison pill so diabolical.

Unlike Ontario, B.C. will now go back to a system that the Canadian Constitution intended. Namely, for the provinces to have the power of taxation within the province for provincial purposes. This was portrayed as an inefficiency, yet one local store owner informed me that despite the alleged claims of savings for businesses under such a system, his accountant was still charging him just as much as she was before the HST went into effect on July 1, 2010.

The deal between Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Conservative Finance Minister Jim Flaherty and former Liberal Premier of B.C., Gordon Campbell, showed how the left-right paradigm is phony, and also that Harper’s past rhetoric about building “firewalls” against the federal government in Alberta is also phony.

Once Harper became Prime Minister, he had no problem in bribing the governments of B.C. and Ontario with some of their own money as an inducement to adopt the federally concocted and administered HST, making those provinces more integrated with, and dependent upon, the federal government.

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Flag of British Columbia

Congratulations to British Columbians for rejecting the HST that your provincial government tried to ram down your throats after the $1.6 billion bribe from the federal government, and despite your provincial government’s feeble attempts to bribe you with a two percentage point cut. This is truly a great day for the democratic process in Canada, and for a political system that WORKS when enough citizens care to make it work.

What the people of B.C. did is truly remarkable. First, they got so upset that they forced Premier Gordon Campbell out of office. Then, they successfully exercised Canada’s only popular referendum legislation, and when their government started fearing a loss, it made a feeble and ultimately unsuccessful attempt to bribe its citizens with a two percentage point cut. Also, the people pressured their government to adopt legislation requiring a lower threshold of voters to force action instead of a higher threshold to only require consideration of their wishes.

Despite all the bribery and cajoling, a majority of registered voters turned out, and a majority of them roundly rejected it, and it is indeed a great day in B.C. and in Canada today.

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The province of British Columbia

Recently, someone relayed an account of the province of British Columbia’s tax and medical system, and here is part of my response:

The capital gains tax rate in B.C. isn’t 48%. Taxtips.ca shows that the highest capital gains tax rate there is only 21.85% for any gains on income over $128,800 for 2011. For the average B.C. taxpaper, it is far less, at either 11.35% or 14.85%.

As for the 12% sales tax, it has a 5% federal component and a 7% provincial component. That is, the B.C. government is only taking 7%, whereas the 5% sales tax is paid anywhere in Canada. While few like paying taxes, it’s a constitutional tax in both Canada and according to the principles and letter of the law of the original U.S. Constitution.

You said you had a friend in B.C. who had to wait four and a half years for a hip replacement. The B.C. government reports that between July 1 to September 30, 2010, the median wait time for hip replacements was only 11.6 weeks.

That’s for people admitted to a waiting list based on a doctor’s medical assessment. If you’re not admitted, then you’re also not getting any hip replacement in the U.S. if you don’t have the money or private health insurance to pay for it.

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