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CONTRIBUTION · 1st March 2013
The Straight Goods
Today Christy Clark issued an apology on behalf of the BC Liberal Government and promised an investigation into the expenditures of public tax dollars and use of Government employees for partisan party politics.

Very rarely do political parties or Government apologize. This happens only when theyíre caught red-handed. Although the written words from Christy were sincere in tone and Rich Coleman did speak in humble terms in our legislature on this issue; Rich spoke in question period, a place where this Government always throws back with partisan bluster. But not today....

I have a lot of trouble accepting this apology, because it wasnít an apology, it was an admittance of guilt.

Apologies are for mistakes, not for deliberate acts done in secret, acts done within inner circles of the premierís office, acts known to be wrong and illegal, at least on a moral level. Private emails were used to communicate details of the hatched plot that shows the participants knew their actions were forbidden.

Iím not going to talk about only the bad optics of this investigation being conducted by members within the same premierís office where these deliberate transgressions occurred, because it canít be done. Weíve seen watered down paperless take-our-word-for-it- investigations from the non-elected premierís office before and the results are what you would expect from a group of caught politicos/criminals sentencing themselves for their crimes.

This investigation will turn out the same as those that came before. Investigations; into BC Hydro, into ICBC, into Translink, into BC Ferries and into David Hahnís and the Ferry Executives multi-million dollar double dip pay packages, All these Liberal lookie-at investigations resulted in nothing but a foul odour and a few tepid scolding words directed at those involved..

In recent days alone, yesterday in fact, on an well advertised anti-bully day Government representatives were caught calling political opponents ďscum, morons and idiotsĒ, days earlier a Government minister, Pat Bell, was caught interfering with a public dollar project in Prince George. That minister wonít be running again.

Caught tabling a deficit budget, (their 7th in 12 years) even though they wrote a law forbidding such a thing 11 years ago. Forgiveness of those transgressions has been granted every time. Are we to believe this law has meaning, or in fact any law, when it pertains to Government..

Caught cutting funding to the weakest among us again in budget 2013. Rich Coleman, this minister who spoke so humbly today, was just caught pressuring Surrey council to approve a massive casino project, a project where the benefactors of the casino not only lobbied Government but donated large sums of money to the party. This play too has seen encores.

Caught going behind the health authorities back, going behind the backs of teachers, the same teachers whom this Government illegally stripped of charter rights.

Caught conspiring to depose not only a loud proud public voice but our provincial financial auditor general, the watchdog.

Caught running partisan advertising promoting false facts and completely devoid of any truth; political party ads in the millions of dollars paid through public accounts.

Caught trying to compel the real Bollywood awards organization to move their traditional awarding date to weeks before our provincial election, and when that failed they spent millions more in public money to create a brand new Bollywood award show. This transgression flows back to the apology today. Details in the leaked planning documents from January of last year (2012) talked of creating ethnic blockbuster events for "quick political wins".

This fake Bollywood award ceremony is now scheduled just weeks before our election. This upcoming event is a product of the same planning document for which we received an apology today. An apology canít undo the produced products that came as a result of the hatched plan.

Just writing this I canít help but feel a need for a shower, to remove the dirty feeling of violation from my person.

We in Canada think that third world corruption doesnít happen here yet; the federal Conservative Government began with blatant post election betrayals, Canadian scientistís employment and work are threatened; their voices muzzled; data destroyed or buried into the dustbin of denial; financial watchdogs ridiculed then chased away; threats, insults and corrupted legal interference is launched against any and all who fight the overt tyranny which is now Canada.

No, we are no better than Uganda or China. It is only a difference of scale. Or is it? For once Democracy is removed, when laws no longer apply to those who control the highest levels of Government, when accountability is a word without meaning and consequences; are mere lore, weíll have become a country earlier generations died to protect us from.

Caught using Government employees to create hateful political opponent attack sites. Caught hiding billions in debt and in deferral accounts at BC Hydro while still taking dividends where none exist. Caught removing the public oversight the BC utilities commission provided while simultaneously enacting fiat law for pet projects, removing public scrutiny of the projects, which caused the above mentioned debt.

Premierís outreach office staff caught campaigning in by-elections, another Alberta based member of the premierís staff caught with groping hands on staff and still no consequences..

Caught using the death of hundreds of senior patients as a political, "quick hit" and "ethnic vote getting" scheme, deathís that were a result of outsourced hospital cleaning. Not only was no apology given to the families of those who perished needlessly they, the Government in question, tried to turn this preventable tragedy into a vote getter. Another scandal directly related to the written apology given by our un-elected premier.

Representatives of Government caught drinking and driving during our Olympic showcase, consequences for those actions removed through legal interference. Another representative from Government was earlier caught cheating in our last election, overspending with malicious hand-delivered propaganda during the writ. Investigated and charges proven but, yet again, punishment, accountability and consequences were removed from the equation.

Caught paying off millions of dollars in legal fees against enshrined rules, paying off admitted criminalís expenses, all in the name of shutting down a politically charged trial where the same upper level representatives were scheduled to appear! A trial where witnesses suffered from sudden amnesia around both the engine and caboose period of the BC Rail scandal; witnesses who have photographic, albeit revisionist memories of the entire decade of the 90ís, yet none could remember anything BC Rail.

Caught lying about a huge deficit during our last election. Caught conspiring before the same election to bring in a hideous consumer tax; one they promised not to enact. The consequences provincially was a stunned economy and fiscal mess. The consequences for he who hatched the plot was; resignation, a golden Government pension, the awarding of the Order of British Columbia and a diplomatic post along with $200 k salary, a driver, residence and expense account. Consequences for Kings and Gods plated with gold.

Caught forcing BC Ferries to borrow 500 million dollars for pre-election budgets; a sneaky deal where guile, lies and corporate trickery indebted and structurally broke the back of BC Ferries.

Caught stripping human rights from teachers, from injured workers. Caught tearing up negotiated contracts for the lowest paid sector in our healthcare resulting in 9000 female employees fired. They were then rehired for a pittance of their previous wage. Both of these transgressions our BC Liberal Government directed millions of public tax dollars to be spent fighting legal challenges. Both challenges wound up in front of the Supreme Court of Canada where the Justiceís ruled that the Government did indeed break laws. There were no consequences levied against anyone. Many disaffected workers committed suicide; many, many more fell into financial distress.

Caught lying about building hospitals. Caught lying about promises of long term care beds. Caught underfunding education. Caught on another 1000 scandals, far too many to list here.

Another concerned writer, a Mr Ian Reid wrote something very profound today. He wrote about an influential newspaper, the Vancouver Sun. He wrote about one of the Vancouver Sunís writers. Editor and editorialist Fazil Mihlar, who is also a member of the Fraser Institute fellowship. Fazil Mihlar wrote a very disturbing public message today. Fazil wrote that Governments should employ public resources to massage voters, to lie, to cheat, to confuse. Fazil Mihlar wrote that Government hoodwinking the electorate is not only acceptable but expected. And to that I add;

To what end, a hundred employees, a thousand employees, entire ministries whose job would be to distort truth, to employ propaganda? For if we go that far, as far as Fazil Mihlar suggests, how much further are gulags, prisons for dissenters, a country where vocal people vanish, a land where tattoos are stamped on our foreheads?

Caught after winning his first election. Gordon Campbell apologized for driving on the wrong side of the road, apologized for almost running over a cyclist in Hawaii. The adulterous Gordon Campbell apologized for driving plastered in Hawaii just days after he won the election.

Maybe we should have known what was to come, a decade of Caught, scandal after scandal, investigation after investigation, with zero consequences. . . for anyone.

Gordon Campbellís one apology, Christy Clarkís one apology...

They both ring hollow..

The Straight Goods

Cheers Eyes Wide Open

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