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This 3rd party scenario was created by 'Candian Tory' in 2006 and can be found on the Theory Spark website.

Recently I was looking at it and noticed a number of errors and things that I did not like about it. I have re-worked the scenario and now think it is much better.

If you would like to take a look at it and provide feedback here on it and the original, please let me know.

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I think the original is okay but I think it can be improved by maybe adding:

-The Green party

-Maybe add a few main cities in the map such as Victoria, Kelowna, Abbotsford and Kamloops to have a better regional scope.

I must say that basically this election was marked by three things:

-The NDP gouvernment which was at an all-time low to many scandals and because of cuts to gouvernment spending and welfare which alienated its own base.

-Campbell's promise to privatize BC Rail which hurts him.

-The division of the non-NDP vote with three parties and David Suzuki's endorsement of the Green Party.

I will be interested to look at it: matvail2002@gmail.com

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This is impossible in BC as the Inland regions are VERY conservative and part of the Canadian Bible Belt (Abbotsford and Chilliwack). They voted NPD in 1988 (protest vote), Reform (and Alliance) in 1993, 1997 and 2000 and Conservative since then is a majority of about 55% for the Inland region. They actually vote BC Liberal because this is the most right-wing party in BC (centre-right with no connection to the Federal Liberals)

Many ridings were won by the Conservative with scores of 55 to 68%.

Vancouver is becoming more and more conservative at each election in the suburbs.

Vancouver Island is populist and is mixed bag with a strong labour support.

Also, the Northeast region in very conservative in a libertarian kind of way like Alaska or Montana. At one time they were thinking of rejoining Alberta because they have no provincial sale tax and no provincial income tax.

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I didn't like one scenario how it seemed all the regions were CL or L on every issue. Was this the one?

No. The regional centres are quite varied. It is possible they were not changed from Theorysparks 2001 original. I have tweaked them slightly to take account of 1996 campaign specifics.

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I think the original is okay but I think it can be improved by maybe adding:

-The Green party

-Maybe add a few main cities in the map such as Victoria, Kelowna, Abbotsford and Kamloops to have a better regional scope.

I must say that basically this election was marked by three things:

-Campbell's promise to privatize BC Rail which hurts him.

I will be interested to look at it: matvail2002@gmail.com

As the Greens were the 5th party, I have not included them [though they are included in a 1996 variant version I have done]

I have split one region but did not want to stray from the Theoryspark blueprint too much.

BC Rail affect included. I will email it to you Matvail.

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Interesting opinions on Integrity.

It could be argued that Clark should receive a high integrity rating as he had the courage of his convictions to reposition the party on the centre-left, even though the NDP faced a challenge for the centre ground.

Sorry for the delay in circulating the scenario. I finished it but I am unhappy with the way it plays. It seems to have a pro-Liberal bias which needs sorting out.

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The Clark government is most remembered for the "fast ferry fiasco" In an effort to revitalize a shipbuilding industry, Clark undertook the B.C. fast ferries initiative, which was designed to upgrade the existing BC Ferries fleet as well as jump start the shipbuilding industry in Vancouver. Although the ferries were eventually produced, the project had massive cost overruns and long delays. Clark's refusal to cancel the program became a focus of public criticism. The ferries were later sold by the incoming Liberal government, for a fraction of their original price, to the American owned Washington Marine Group.
Another scandal that beset the NDP government occurred in the immediate aftermath of the 1996 election when it was revealed that provincial budget figures had been manipulated to show a surplus when in fact a deficit had been projected (the "Fudge-It Budget" scandal).
Clark resigned suddenly on the night of August 25, 1999 following allegations that he had accepted favours (in the form of free renovations worth $10,000) from Dimitrios Pilarinos in return for approving a casino application. He was later formally charged with committing a criminal offence. The subsequent investigation spawned a media circus, infamously highlighted with live prime-time coverage of an R.C.M.P. raid on the Clark household. It was never explained why the RCMP chose to invite[citation needed] a particular network known for its Liberal Party ties[citation needed] to be present. As the scandal widened, it came out that a competing casino license in Burnaby was being put forward by retired RCMP, including Peter Montague, a noted Liberal supporter[citation needed] who had also been the RCMP media spokesman during the Gustafsen Lake Stand-off in which he infamously stated "we specialize in smear campaigns"[citation needed].

Conflict of Interest Commissioner H.A.D. Oliver concluded[1] that Clark had violated Conflict of Interest laws in British Columbia. However, Clark was acquitted of all criminal charges on August 29, 2002. Justice Elizabeth Bennett of the Supreme Court of British Columbia ruled that "there is nothing in his conduct that crosses the line from an act of folly to behaviour calling for criminal sanctions."

About his predessesor, Mike Harcourt and the Bingogate scandal:

Bingogate was a scandal that occurred during the administration of former Premier of British Columbia Michael Harcourt, involving the skimming of charity funds for use by the ruling NDP.

Although Harcourt was never implicated in the scandal, he resigned as party leader and premier in 1996, citing the principle that as the leader of the party, he was ultimately responsible for any misconduct in his government even if it did not directly involve him.

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Thanks Matvail

All good reasons why Clark should have a low Integrity rating for 2001.

As for 1996, all these issues (apart from Bingogate, which happened under Harcourt's watch) are in the future.

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I have now completed my 96 re-do plus a 96 variant which are now available by email. If you are interested and have not previously requested please let me have your email (or send a private message with your email)

Regards

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I got the chance to play the variant version, and i found it enjoyable. Playing as the Liberals, i didn't make inroads until the latter half of the campaign which was good, to the point of having 19 seats, and then possibly overrunning my funds (bad habit) by the end using ads and 1 or 2 policy speeches, i surprisingly ended up with 36 seats to Clark's 34 seats, but i say since the goal was 30 seats, that's what the game desires.

It's not your fault Display Name, but with starting seat tally or riding scores, it's more like British Columbia 1991, with the Liberals 3 seats above what they won in that election, to the NDP's 44 (7 below from 51). This is the situation in both versions of 1996. The percentages of the 2 parties parties should be closer at least. It doesn't have to be exact, as it's 4/5 weeks before the actual election. For historical purposes, the Liberals shouldn't be so far behind NDP in seats, and concerning the percentages, the Liberals could be a little in front, in 38/39/40/41% or level, or a little behind the NDP, but i would blame the original creator for it. This is for the original, not the variant.

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Thanks for feedback

I should firstly point out that the variant goals were not tested and so completely arbitrary.

I assume your comments to be about the actual 96 re-do and not my variant which of course is a fantasy scenario.

The fault (or credit) for the scenarios starting positions are entirely mine as I determined them.

Describing the starting point as more like a 1991 scenario I think is wrong as in such a scenario, the Liberals wouldn't have any seats. Perhaps you meant that the starting point was like the 1991 RESULT, in which case you are partly right as this was part of the intention.

You say the starting percentages for the two main parties should be closer together - well with the NDP starting only 1% ahead, they can't get that much closer.

Then again some people will argue that the Libs should be about 20% ahead as they were in opinion polls at the start of the campaign. Whilst this may have been more accurate, I don't think it would have made the scenario as good a game.

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That is an interesting point which accepts a premise that party support easily transfered back and forth between federal and provincial parties in BC in the mid 1990s. I'm not sure that it did.

The premise of the variant scenario is that Reform BC under the leadership of Gordon Campbell has become the sort of party that the BC Liberals became.

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Is there any way this scenario can be made to run in British Columbia Premier Forever? I tried to run both therein and got some sort of graphics error upon loading it. Does anyone know how to fix that or smooth it over? I'd like to run it in BCP4E for consistency.

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Is there any way this scenario can be made to run in British Columbia Premier Forever? I tried to run both therein and got some sort of graphics error upon loading it. Does anyone know how to fix that or smooth it over? I'd like to run it in BCP4E for consistency.

If you open the dcenario file and scroll to the bottom you will see the following

@background_graphics_folder

British Columbia

@end

To make this scenario work on your game version you need to either create a British Columbia graphics folder and locate it in your files under graphics/scenario-specific or alternatively, change the

@background_graphics_folder

British Columbia

@end

text on all the scenarios you wish to play to your default graphics title.

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If you have a BC version that probably means adding the year after the words British Columbia

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