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Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Where the heck are the feds?

All right, the dragging container dispute on Vancouver's docks has gone on long enough. This is clearly an area in which the Federal government has jurisdiction. If the BC cabinet ministers could lever themselves off their deck chairs at the cottage, they just might be able to provide some much-needed leadership on this critical economic issue.

Or maybe this is all part of the Federal plot to destroy our Port so that we don't have to deal with the pesky traffic problems that economic growth can bring.

Either way, leadership is sorely lacking from Martin's BC "dream team" of Emerson, Dosanjh et al.

What a surprise.


At 4:21 p.m., Blogger Jarrett said...

I'm worried what a federal government holding hands with the NDP might do in a dispute like this... I'd be extremely wary of federal intervention.

I think one of the main things to consider is the fact that many of the striking truckers are from a certain key constituency bloc... one to which Mr. Dosanjh belongs. It's bad politics to piss off a regional interest group, and it's doubly so when a union can claim racism as though that's an argument.

Personally, I'd just like to see the provincial government get tougher on the strike. (Watching Hoffa one too many times has given me a thing for those strike-breakers from the '30s. Perhaps we need those back? ;o) )

But provincial involvement (aside from the already neutral moves) is not going to happen. since May's pyrrhic victory has left the BC Libs shifting to the centre a little more than you would've expected. I'm guessing their policy is now to take a much more conciliatory position to curb the NDP's gains.

Don't know why, though. It's not like they'll lose any votes from the truckers, and the best time to undetake painful action is in the first year of a mandate.

Yours is a great blog, btw.


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