Sunday, November 14, 2010

"Some cultures would call us elders, think we're cool and listen to us"

Corky Evans did not run for reelection in 2009 and his Victoria departure was notable, not necessarily because it was subject of a very early entry in Northern Insights. One news writer said at the time, "The legislature will be significantly poorer for the absence of Corky Evans."

The modestly self-titled "elder" spoke to a meeting organized by The Common Sense Canadian. Looking happy and fit, Evans is like a favorite uncle, welcome always because he entertains and enlightens. Born in California with the formal name Conrad St. George Evans, Corky moved to Canada about 40 years ago and settled into the Kootenay region. After experience as an NDP member of the provincial legislature, Evans finished second to Ujjal Dosanjh in the party's leadership race a decade ago.  British Columbia might have been a different place today had those results been reversed.



Slow talker Evans provides wisdom that may not be appreciated by modern high flyers until they gain the sagacity that comes with age. There is hope that the rest of us are paying attention. Here are some excerpts from the speech:

We got laws now made by men we never met, in rooms we have never seen, in countries we've never been to, guarded by soldiers we pay for. That's called globalism.

As soon as they [the wealthy] could move money at the speed of light, we said, 
"Oh, man, we better fix it so the rich people don't take the money away. So, we better lower their taxes so they like to stay here."
Then, when they got the transnationals, we said,
"Let's not tax profits or they won't come here."
We now make less money on corporate income taxes than we do on our children paying post-secondary education fees.

Remember the guy who said,
"I don't mind paying taxes because with taxes, I buy civilization."
Previous generations decided sometimes to be poor -- rather than to sell the farm. Our generation, on both sides of the legislature, have decided, for a long time, that you would rather be comfortable, than have them defend the farm. . . . They will sell the farm, to keep us comfortable.

I want to beg you to engage on a different level, on a political level. The kind where you actually join the party you vote for, the kind where you write a letter and you sign your name about what you think.  . . . If you don't participate at the level where the decisions will be made, no matter who wins, they'll think all you care about is lower taxes and comfort.
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Perhaps people of the Kootenays have a special respect for common sense and plain speaking. Today, Liberal MLA Bill Bennett gave the honest answer instead of the PC one when he was asked if Gordon Campbell was wrong to hang on at least until 2011. Bennett said quite frankly that the Liberal Party would be better off if Campbell left in a timely fashion. In effect, he admits that new directions are difficult with the discredited skipper at the helm.
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2 comments:

  1. Yes Corky Corky!I would trust an ex logger over a developer ,any day.Corky exibits a wise,practical view of the BC politics.DRAFT CORKY!S.

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  2. Thanks for posting that. I've tweeted it to my 800 followers.

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