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NEWS RELEASE · 7th September 2012
Clark's "A Team" Gets An "A" For Photo Ops, "F" For Performance On First Day At Enbridge Hearings

Premier Christy Clark announced she was sending in her “A Team” to question Enbridge at the Joint Review Panel hearings in Edmonton Thursday. A quick timeline of the team’s first day on the job shows it was nothing more than one big photo op as the B.C. Liberals continue to hide from taking a position on the controversial pipeline proposal.

All times are approximate, and listed in Pacific Daylight time:

7:30 am: Premier Christy Clark, Environment Minister Terry Lake and former Attorney General Geoff Plant stage a photo-op at the Vancouver airport to announce Plant has been appointed as the government’s $325-per-hour chief legal strategist on the Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline file, 26 months after signing away B.C.’s legal authority to review the project to Stephen Harper and the federal government.

8:10 am: Premier Christy Clark appears on CBC radio to talk about how the Liberals' "A team" will protect B.C.'s interests at the Enbridge hearings as Lake and Plant hear flight attendants talk about safety procedures aboard an aircraft. Clark, Lake and Plant would make many more appearances on radio and TV throughout the day.

12:30pm: Geoff Plant seen walking in and out of the Joint Review Panel hearing room in Edmonton.

3:00pm: Elizabeth Graff (not Geoff Plant), chief counsel for the Province of B.C., commences questioning of Enbridge, 794 days the Joint Review Panel first invited public input. After introducing herself, Graff’s first order of business is to introduce Lake and Plant, and announce they will now have to leave the hearing to catch a plane home.

3:02pm: Joint Review Panel Chairperson Sheila Leggett intervenes for the first of three times to warn Graff her questions may not be appropriate to the topics intended to be covered at the Edmonton hearings.

3:11pm: Leggett recommends B.C.'s counsel “come back tomorrow with the ability to have us understand how the questions that you're seeking to ask today fit within the issues that we've outlined for the Edmonton hearings.” The panel adjourns early for the day.

5:00pm: Lake and Plant are back on a plane to Victoria, having contributed nothing to the Joint Review Panel hearings.

Footnote #1: At $325/hr., Plant may have billed British Columbia taxpayers approximately $3250 plus travel to attend 11 minutes of cross-examination. That included exactly six questions asked of Enbridge, largely preliminary in nature. According to reports in the Edmonton Journal, the "A Team" left the hearings before any questions were asked.

Adrian Dix and the B.C. New Democrat caucus submitted a letter to the Joint Review Panel in April 2012 detailing our reasons for opposing the Northern Gateway Project. New Democrats have also proposed a “made in B.C.” review that would reassert B.C.’s control over the decision and ensure the voices of citizens, businesses, First Nations and communities are properly heard.

Who owns the Edmonton Journal?
Comment by Dave B on 7th September 2012
who are we to believe - the Liberals, the NDP or the media?