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COMMENTARY · 14th June 2010
Bob Ritchie
Did Blair Lekstrom resign from the Liberals using the HST challenge as an excuse or, as Energy Minister, he didn't want to be the 'fall-guy' for the downfall of the highly costly B.C. Transmission Corporation and the expensive buy-outs that will go to their newly released upper and lower management members?
Blair at the outset emerged to be a keen supporter of the formation of B.C. Transmission Corp and not leaving the Transmission responsibilities with Hydro. The break-up of Hydro appeared to be a worthwhile test to him and something he could be involved in. Quebec was and is very a large supplier of power to the east coast of the USA and they weren't required to break-off their Transmission responsibilities. We were bamboozled and too confused to put up an argument.
Lekstrom was also keenly in support of the contracting out of many BC Hydro administrative duties to the American based Accenture. Accenture are able to transfer their profits to whatever instead of the money flowing as it did in the past, Hydro would automatically by law transfer the excess funds into the government coffers to help pay for the health care and education of the citizens of BC. Blair didn't appear too care about that aspect. As Accenture's profits grew they sponsored Tiger Woods and his golf tournament.
From my above comments one has to wonder about Mr. Lekstrom's leadership qualities, plus why did it take him nearly 10 years to come to his present decision?...

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