Private power producers, the oil and gas industry, mining companies, real estate developers and others know that to do business in this province, they must pay the piper and the piper looks like a BC Liberal fundraiser.
Large enterprises have long been used to making significant facilitation payments to achieve business objectives. Now, I have credible reports that small businesses trying to do business with the province are discovering that kickbacks and political contributions are requisites for a relationship.
British Columbia Liberals have created a system where illicit payments by businesses and individuals are part of the day to day culture of government. Leaders of the ruling party lost interest in serving the needy; instead they aim to serve the greedy.
With apologies to the memory of Abraham Lincoln, I offer an updated version of his most famous speech:
Seven score and one years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new province, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.
Now we are engaged in a great economic war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure if affluence of a few forces deficiency upon the many and contrived associations of persons with loyalty to no place and nobody exercise power and influence over peoples that inhabit these lands.
The brave pioneers who struggled here before us, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. It is rather for us to be dedicated to the task remaining before us -- that from these honoured predecessors we take increased devotion to the lands to which they gave devotion -- that we here highly resolve that this nation shall have a new birth of freedom and equal opportunity -- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from this province.
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