Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Little enthusiasm to defend the OBC appointments

Friday afternoon before a long weekend - the favourite moment to dump orphaned news releases. Christy Clark's associates wanted no relationship to the September 2 Order of BC announcement. Lt.-Gov. Steven Point's official website today makes no mention of the 2011 OBC, despite his name being on last week's announcement.

After taking the weekend off, the Globe and Mail's western bureau came to life. Justine Hunter, reporting John Horgan's suggestion the award process was rigged, wrote:
"... Order of B.C. selections rarely elicit controversy but there was little enthusiasm on Tuesday to defend the appointment.

"Mr. Barisoff, a Liberal MLA who served for 15 years under Mr. Campbell’s leadership as party leader and later as premier, is part of the committee, but he referred questions to Chief Justice Finch. A spokesman for Mr. Campbell’s successor, Premier Christy Clark, also deferred to the Chief Justice, who did not respond to media inquiries Tuesday. Barbara Steele, who is a member of the Order of B.C. Advisory Council as a president of the Union of British Columbia Municipalities, also declined comment on the issue when contacted by The Globe and Mail..." 
Ms. Hunter notes that Christy Clark is struggling to rebuild B.C .Liberal fortunes in the wake of Campbell’s leadership. I suggest that, whenever Campbell's cronies seek further awards and rewards, the current Premier should pull out a full sized version of this Gerry Hummel cartoon:.

Perhaps you good folks at The Common Sense Canadian could forward a copy of this drawing to the Premier's office. I don't think many BC Liberals enjoy reading your website.

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