Don't Get Stepped On!
He who Robin Matthews refers to as Gordon Campbell's personal P.R. Flack at the Vancouver Sun published a column today titled "For the Liberals, maybe that fall session wasn't such a hot idea after all." Mr. Palmer begins with:
VICTORIA - The B.C. Liberals were keen to get into the fall session of the legislature, believing they could capitalize on a favourable run in the opinion polls and a troubled Opposition party.
It hasn't worked out that way.
After the upbeat tone surrounding the introduction of the Tsawwassen treaty on the opening day, the session has gone from bad to worse for the governing party.
The Opposition, putting aside internal disagreements, came well prepared. It hit the government hard on a string of issues.
Jeepers, the stuff of dreams an actual opposition, coming prepared and "hitting" the government hard, who'da thunk? Then after a tale of failures and disastrous P.R. Vaughn closes his "hard hitting" critique with this recap:
Recapping: A botched megaproject. Cheap tricks with needy families. A failed lobbyist registration act. Multiple investigations. Many questions, a dearth of answers.
That paints a far less flattering portrait of the B.C. Liberals than the self-satisfied image they have been promoting in their speeches and publicly funded advertising.
Too soon to say which image will stick, which will fade.
But two weeks into the session, the New Democrats have already raised doubts about the B.C. Liberals' ability to cruise, unmolested, to a third term of government.
Reading Vaughn's "hard hitting" critique one would never guess that the almost default "going on forever" BC Rail Trial had a pre-trial hearing on Friday, just past and that at that hearing we learned that approximately 25,000 pages of "evidence" had been dumped on the defence that week. Vaughn also didn't mention anything about this exchange during the pre-trial hearing (from Bill Tieleman)
A massive 25,000 page disclosure of new evidence in the breach of trust trial of two former provincial government ministerial aides could impact current BC cabinet ministers, BC Supreme Court was told Friday morning.
And tempers flared as defence lawyers, the Special Prosecutor and even Justice Elizabeth Bennett all expressed frustration at lengthy delays that have stalled the pending trial, which began with a police raid on the BC Legislature on December 28, 2003.
Kevin McCullough, lawyer for Bob Virk, the former ministerial assistant to then-Transportation Minister Judith Reid, told Bennett that current members of Premier Gordon Campbell's government may be affected when the new evidence is examined.
I guess compared to the embarrassment of handing out booster seats in photo ops being implicated in a criminal investigation/trial just doesn't cut the standard of "newsworthiness," but I think I'll stand by my suggestion of a couple of posts ago and suggest that the MSM start focusing on the BC Rail trial if for no other reason, just to divert attention from all the other slime oozing through the cracks in the facade of the "transparent" and "benign" rule of the Gordo Gang.
Often when a significant thing seems to be being ignored, those who feel it should be brought to the attention of folks refer to it as the elephant in the room (that no one seems to notice). In this case it's more like there is an elephant standing on the Legislature Building and now and then somebody notices his solid waste raining down on the whole idea of democracy and justice. But mostly, everyone, especially Lucinda, Pointy and everyone else who answers to the Canned West Masters of the Universe, just brush off their shoulders and carry on, after all, elephants and elephant poop aren't news and there will be another shooting in Vancouver any minute, and don't forget the Pickton trial. I almost forgot, Dr. Day most likely has an earth shattering announcement that will prove definitively that making him richer will improve health care for all (all the rich folks, anyway).
Oh, and Vaughn, those elephants are REALLY heavy!
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