Bill’s crazy predictions
Monday, January 4, 2016 @ 3:45 AM
By Bill Phillips
Happy New Year.
It’s a new year so that means it’s time to unveil some truly amazing predictions for 2016 (just bad guesses really, but we’ll take credit for any ones that come true).
Firstly, and I’ll go out on a limb here – we won’t have any elections in 2016. Wow, had to reach deep into the crystal ball for that one. With the provincial election in 2013, municipal elections in 2014 and last year’s federal election, it will be kind of strange not having one this year.
The next election cycle is set for 2017, when the provincial election is scheduled. That is, unless Premier Christy Clark calls a snap election, likely because she said 2017 but was misunderstood by her staff and with no paper or e-mail trails to follow, staff went with what they thought was said.
We will, of course, have the American election to follow, whether we want to or not. We are already deluged with it and it will only get worse.
At least up here we had three leaders who had a legitimate shot at becoming prime minister and four leaders who were capable of doing the job. Down south they’ll be lucky if they have one.
Secondly, I predict newly-minted Cariboo-Prince George MP Todd Doherty will make a few mistakes (putting his name on his Christmas ad would help), but will settle in to a new routine. I’m sure he’ll get his sea-legs under him. He’s on a steep learning curve right now.
Thirdly, I predict that Prince George-Mackenzie MLA Mike Morris will make a fine Solicitor-General. I’m sure he’ll pass the firearms test.
Fourthly, I predict that Prince George city council won’t rename any more parks this year (going out on a limb again). I predict that the city won’t have it’s new website ready to roll out in 2016, oh, I forgot, it’s not supposed to be ready until 2017 anyway. For $124,000 you get a long-term project, not a new website in a couple of months like everyone else would do.
I predict that Coun. Jillian Merrick will begin posting photos of people parked in bike lanes on Instagram. It is a way of making a point and getting things done; if Coun. Brian Skakun hadn’t posted photos of idled snow-clearing equipment during a blizzard a couple of years ago we might still have a ‘snow removal by attrition’ policy.
Actually, I predict city council will have a relatively quiet year. Last year was the big year of change at city hall, so this year will be one where we see if those changes were good ones.
It will be a year of adventures and misadventures. Here’s hoping you have wonderful year.
Bill Phillips is a freelance columnist living in Prince George. He was the winner of the 2009 Best Editorial award at the British Columbia/Yukon Community Newspaper Association’s Ma Murray awards, in 2007 he won the association’s Best Columnist award. In 2004, he placed third in the Canadian Community Newspaper best columnist category and, in 2003, placed second. He can be reached at email@example.com