Thursday, July 27, 2006

Shanghai Screwed - Mike and Jenny, Business Experts?

When is a foreign trade mission not a foreign trade mission? When the NDP heads it up of course!
It seems that NDP leader in waiting Mike "A Heartbeat Away" Farnworth and fellow Dipper, the Economic Critic, Jenny "Show Me Da Money" Kwan are away on a China trade mission. In fact, this intrepid Poly has learned from our operatives living in China that Farnworth and Kwan are visiting Guangdong, Shanghai and Hong Kong to "...promote BC business opportunities open a BC Trade Office."
So let's see...the two Dippers who were around during such great 1990's business lessons as "buy high and sell low" (fast ferries); do not invest in nursing school positions; high unemployment and a poor economy stimulates growth; giving your friends Casino licenses creates jobs; and a fudge-it budget is a tasty delight, are now representing the needs of BC business overseas?! What's next, Adrian Dix giving ethics lessons?
The Guangdong visit is being co-ordinated by Mr. Zhenghua Li, Director of the International Relations Office of the Guangdong Provincial Government. While there, our (snicker) "NDP business experts" (snicker) met with Mr. Li and Ms. Wan Wang of the International Office of Guangdong Province. However, they we unable to meet with the Governor or Vice-Governor Tang Bing Quan as they were tipped off that Mike and Jenny were NOT there on official BC Government business. Our operatives have told us, now that the two Dippers have been outed, they will have problems in their upcoming Shanghai and Hong Kong meetings. Tisk, tisk.
Perhaps the folks in China remembered that when the REAL Minister of Economic Development, Colin Hansen, had already visited Asia from May 19th to June 4th he had a better understanding of economics and business development than our Dipper twosome. Mostly because Hansen was not referring to a copy of "Business for Dummies". To say that the Chinese officials are upset that the NDP reps have no ability to establish trade or set up a "BC Trade Office" and are really just wasting everyone's time, is an understatement.
So if this trip is not official business of the BC Government - who is paying for this vacation to the Orient? Well, as of press time our collect calls to Mike and Jenny in China were not answered. However, our China contacts tell us that Chinese officials are actually learning a lot from Mike and Jenny - mostly by doing the very opposite of whatever they suggest.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is very interesting and potentially career ending. I think someone needs to expose who is paying for the trip, the purpose of the trip (vacation) and are they there representing BC or the ridings?

One must presume that they are only there because of their MLA status. When was the last time a wealth Chinese business owner came up to a stranger on the street and invited them on an all expenses paid trip to China?

Thursday, July 27, 2006 7:36:00 AM  
Anonymous NDP NFG said...

'NDP' and 'business' go together like 'fast' and 'ferry' - an oxymoron if I've ever seen one.

Maybe this is where a good chunk of the union dues paid by the BCTF members or some other union are going? We all know that BCTF or BCGEU or BCFED are just other acronyms for NDP.

Thursday, July 27, 2006 10:21:00 AM  
Blogger frank said...

Even if the NDP paid for this trip (with money raised by tax receipts) If I was a dipper, I would be asking what possible benefit is this trip to the NDP? Other than a nice little vacation for Mike and Jenny?
1) Who paid for this trip?
2) Why are they "pretending" to be there on "official business of the Government of BC”?
3) Are they miss representing themselves?
I think the press needs to dig a little further on this one.

3) Are they miss representing themselves ?
I think the press need to dig a little further on this one.

Thursday, July 27, 2006 10:25:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What is the point of the NDP doing an China business trade visit? They have no business mind nor can they do ANYTHING to make things happen. Mike and Jenny are just over there on a vacation. I would say they are having an affair but we know that can't be true. Right Mike?

Friday, July 28, 2006 9:23:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Out of curiosity can anyone explain the trip made by the Premier, and his brother in Law plus a ADM to Europe to investigate health issues, yet we have never heard just what they found out. Or just what it cost. And now we hear another round of chats will take place over the next 18 months on health subjects. ain't politics grand

Sunday, July 30, 2006 9:02:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What makes you so sure that MLA Hansen has a great handle on economic development. Is't he the same guy who keeps tellling us the OlyMpic costs are under control. Soso what's 125 million short , actually mean? And the big 2 week extravaganza is still a long way from now.. If we really want to know the costs of the trip by two Official Opposition members is a concern, why not email either of them to find out?

Sunday, July 30, 2006 9:08:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As a casual reader of your blog, may I suggest simply posting a number of news articles from somewhere else doesn't put you in the same catagory at folks like Norman Spector. It would appear that your rabid fans are getting to be fewer .Which is probrably just as well as they simply don't make a lot of sense. NDP Bad BC Liberals good according you your , it seems , few supporters.

Thursday, August 03, 2006 9:30:00 AM  

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