Gordon Campbell stressed “a new way of doing business in B.C.” when he was elected. His methods which include well-placed campaign donations, have permeated all levels of government.
Remember the Ford Street merchants petition a few years ago asking for a southbound left-turn lane into the Carmel and Bino’s. (Bino’s went bankrupt as did Moose McGillicuddy’s.) The city said it was unsafe and the provincial highways department wouldn’t approve it. Along comes Liberal-mayor friendly John Major and his casino project gets a left-turn lane on the same strip of highway as well as prior to third reading start-up approval.
Remember Jean Chretien’s good friend and donor Issy Asper firing his editor for criticizing the government, and reporter Juliett O’Neill’s PMO’s directed harrassment by the RCMP. Stevie Cameron found herself in the same predicament when she wrote about cronyism in the Mulroney years.
Remember the two million dollars in fish-farm levies and fines, and the $400,000 debt owed by Doug Walls, (a husband of the Premier’s cousin). Both forgiven!!
Remember the mass sales of party memberships by Dick Harris and team and those children, mongrel and family sign ups by the Paul Martin – Davis Basi – Liberal teams in Abbottsford area. This is probably the worst form of influence-peddling going. Dick Harris has yet to refund the money to the people whose names he fraudulently used. Nor has he admitted to the numbers involved.
Stephen Harper speaks of government accountability by calling for free votes on everything but budgets. Sponsorship scandal funds disbursements were passed on a forced budgetary party-line Vote!
Gordon Campbell spoke recently of changing the fixed election date to September from May to allow for more accuracy in budgetary figures. Go for it Gords! I’m sure no one will mind a provincial election next month! Unless, of course your intent was to extend your term like Ujjal Dosanjh did four years ago. If Canadians are ever going to put health care, education and responsibility to children and seniors in the forefront, the fight for real democratic institutions, not corporate dictatorship, must be won. Denying the Liberals and the Conservatives a majority government was a step in the right direction.