Monday, April 10, 2006

NDP's Own Titanic

Can you believe that the blockbuster movie Titanic was inspired by the NDP and the fast ferries?

"Yes, it's true", our NDP staffer turned Hollywood insider confessed. "Many folks believe the movie was about the disaster of the Titanic, but we focused on the current-as-it-was-happening disaster of the fast ferries during the 1996 filming!"

The fast ferries were of course one of many failures of the NDP Government in the 1990's which the effects of blowing almost a half billion dollars on non-functioning boats are still felt today.

After a closer look we did notice many similarities to the movie and the fast ferries:

- Titanic cost over $200 million almost double the budget - similar to the ferries which were more than double the budget ending at almost $500 million.

- Bad dialogue in the Titanic "I'm king of the world!" was the cleaned up version of current bench warmer and then Transportation Minister Harry Lali's cry in the House of, "We know what side we're on...we are on the side of organized labour!" (Hansard - April 2, 1997)

- Neither the Titanic nor the fast ferries had a successful voyage.

- And finally, in the end, much of the crew in charge of these disasters were wiped out (see Election of 2001 for more details).

We wanted to hear what Lali and NDP leader Carole James had to say about these interesting comparisons, however they did not return our calls within 10 minutes. So, we returned to our Hollywood friend for a final comment.

"Look, Harry and Carole will tell you that you are focusing on the wrong stuff," our insider scoffed. "If we had not blown that half billion getting our union friends jobs, the Liberal Government would have just used the cash for improvements and that is just NOT the NDP way."


Blogger concerned said...

The NDP wasted time and resources on the fast Ferries when they could have put that money into replacing the Northern Fleet. They even canceled the replacement of these Ferries after aproving them...Just so the NDP could play "builder" with our money. Do we need another reason not to let them govern again?

Saturday, April 08, 2006 9:14:00 PM  
Blogger remember said...

The NDP put the head of the IWA, a logging union, in charge of building an ocean liner. THAT'S reason enough to not let them govern again.

Saturday, April 08, 2006 9:21:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You Liberals sold the friggin things for a song to your American buddies, the Washington Group, just to let them put them back into service and take BC Ferries business. Now the tax payers will foot the bill again as BC Ferries sinks in debt.

Wednesday, April 12, 2006 10:25:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are the NDP going to try and blame every thing on some kind of "American conspiracy?"

Lets face facts, fast ferries was a colossal waste of money. The government was lucky to find someone willing to take them from us.

I can only imagine what else we could have spent our tax-payer dollars on...I don't know a new Northern fleet maybe.

Wednesday, April 12, 2006 11:19:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

After the 2009 Provincial Election perhaps Jimmy Pattison will feel sorry for carol James and give her a job working for Glen Clark.

Friday, April 14, 2006 4:19:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't even think Glen will take her.

Tuesday, April 18, 2006 11:21:00 PM  

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