Wednesday, December 9, 2015

No limit, no principle, no shame

Christy Clark accused of interfering in local band election to aid brother’s deal, Mark Hume, Globe and Mail, December 9, 2015
Premier Christy Clark has been accused of interfering in a local band election to help a candidate who supports a $10-million wind farm proposal involving her brother, Bruce Clark.

...During her visit to Old Massett, a small native community on the north end of Haida Gwaii, Ms. Clark announced at a public meeting that the province was making a $150,000 grant to the Old Massett Village Council (OMVC).

The money is for a feasibility study of a proposed $4-million expansion to the 40-student elementary school on the reserve.

The announcement gave a boost to the campaign of Mr. Rea, who has been a long-time supporter of Mr. Clark’s proposed wind farm...
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18 comments:

  1. My modest north van property, 30 minutes from Vancouver, assessment taxes are increasing by 50% so that Christy Clark can spend the money on her brother in Old Massett for a wind farm? or how about the $100 million cash infusion that Christy is offering to tech companies to fuel venture capital market in the province? Why do we have to wait 22 weeks to see a BC Health specialist and then wait a further 12 weeks before treatment begins?

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    1. Silly boy, did you really imagine that conservative-minded politicians are there to help you, an average schmuck? No, now there's a new and wonderful excuse for handing out bribes on behalf of the moneyed class and relatives. Gree-ee-een energy.

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  2. You just answered it NVG. You must be at the head of the line. Only 22 weeks? Let's face it - there's not much left over after funding Site C, various LNG fiascos, let alone wind farm proposals. Oh, I can hardly wait for the Prosperity Fund to kick in!

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  3. The true crime in all of this nonsense, is that no one person, group or entity, is able to stop and reign in this form of blatant political manipulation. This is not"her" money to donate, it belongs to the people of BC. A fraud by any other name.....Wake up people...and soon.

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  4. This story has more loose ends than you’d find on a cruise ship hit by the Norovirus. It will be interesting to gauge the actions of our local journalists in tying them down.

    Can we expect members of the legislative press gallery to be all over this? Judging by the comments of Tom Fletcher, listed in the government directory as their president, it is extremely doubtful.

    Here’s his take:
    “…can you run a public service if everyone is subjected to the scrutiny that only politicians choose to endure? No.”
    “The larger issue is how freedom of information legislation should work. Should the opposition be able to second-guess decisions of bureaucrats by going through their emails? The traditional answer is no.”

    The Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act has the stated purpose of making public bodies more accountable to the public by giving the public a right of access to records that document their activities. And here we have a supposed journalist who calls for more secrecy on the part of government.

    He doesn’t seem able to grasp the notion that perusal of bureaucrat e-mails would reveal whether the bureaucrats were giving professional advice or carrying out political direction from above no matter what their advice. Like in the Boss Power case where the government ordered a bureaucrat to ignore his statutory duty and when he refused, replaced him with someone that would. When the government was sued as a result, it settled out of court for a figure three times what its own and other independent observers viewed as the probable liability. Mr. Fletcher and his peers haven’t gotten to the bottom of the whys and wherefores in that case either. One of many they can’t be bothered with.

    There is a quick and easy way that Christy Clark can demonstrate the probity of her surprise trip to Old Massett. Release the document trail regarding the request for funding. We’ll have to start demanding it on our own though, because it seems the press gallery thinks it’s off-limits.

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  5. Can you imagine if the NDP did this ?

    Guy in Victoria

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  6. "Ms. Clark was not available for comment"

    Which might lead to a reasonable person asking "when will she be"?

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  7. And not a word from The Province, Vancouver Sun, and Global BC...........Smith, Palmer and Baldrey.......I wonder why not.....?

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    1. They will report as soon as Christy Clark's office provides an approved set of facts to be reported.

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  8. A $150K for a study to see if you need a new school for 40 students????? yOu either need a new school or you don't. You don't need to spend $150K to decide that unless you are plan old stupid or "on the take".

    Now as to the $100M for "tech", that's easy, all Christy's other imaginary money making schemes have failed so now she is trying another one. She most likely is looking to get some pre election monies from tech firms also.

    MSM going to report any of this, not so much.

    Yes, $100M for tech firms and we don't even know if these are B.C. firms or if Canadians will get the jobs. In the meantime there is a real shortage of nurses for operating rooms. That is why some of the lists are so long. The money would be much better spent is the trained more speciality nurses and a few more specialists. that would create jobs and we'd get better health care. On the other hand, those nurses and doctors wouldn't be "kicking back/making donations" to the B.C. Lieberal party.

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    1. That's $150k for ANOTHER study but what about the $4m price tag for an addition on a school for 40 students. This is going to be some school. Maybe the school will have Christy's name on it, that will help to explain part of the money. I think Christy's brother is setting up his business wherever his sister goes because that is where the most wind is.

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    1. She has friendly smoke-busters at hand. An old family friend as BC's Conflict Commissioner, and his son as head of her government's huge public relations department.

      And of course, the legislative press gallery to ride shotgun. It should not go unnoticed that the writings exposing just a part of her malfeasance come from national, not local newspapers.

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    2. need the public be reminded about the recently departed premier and his sibling who ran into trouble with Securities because of Domtar or for buying farm land on the CHEAP on the route of the Coq and the Connector before the public

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    3. I think the difficulty was about selling Doman Industries' shares. The Bennetts were accused of acting on an insider's tip when they sold shares just before bad news caused the price to collapse.

      That led to a 10 year trading ban.

      http://www.bcsc.bc.ca/News/News_Releases/Securities_Commission_Imposes_Orders_in_Bennett/Doman_Matter/

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  10. Did the Old Massett Village Council request financial assistance some time ago & Christy simply wanted to hand deliver the cheque in case it went missing along the way.

    If OMVC did not request assistance ( financial ) then she is just plain lying...... again.

    Guy in Victoria

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  11. General Protocol Agreement on Land Use Planning and Interim Measures GENERAL PROTOCOL AGREEMENT ON LAND USE PLANNING AND INTERIM MEASURE with Old Massett Village 2002

    UNDERSTANDINGS OF INTERIM MEASURES
    (a) Interim Measures should be seen as an implementation vehicle to provide First Nations with cultural and economic benefits arising from land use decisions

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  12. Its gottabe the first time in history a sitting premier has ever visited Old Masset. Its a wonder she knew how to get there.
    According to her brother she doesn't even visit for dinner. Maybe that's it - she went there to have dinner with him and just happened to have $150,000 in loose change to hand out.

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