For NDP reaction to the BC Budget, I joined other bloggers in a conference call with finance critic Bruce Ralston. This is the second time I’ve participated in a Ralston conference for new media writers. The opposition party indicates willingness to continue regular dialogue with bloggers of all political stripes, a sensible approach because the growing numbers of blog readers are engaged and knowledgeable news consumers.
Vancouver Sun columnist Vaughn Palmer is one traditional journalists who pretends the abject blog world should be ignored. His words on CKNW, “Nincompoops ranting in their underpants is the term for people blogging, for me.”
Mind you, Vaughn got two columns out of Laila Yuile’s research into Tercon v. British Columbia that recently wound its way through the Supreme Court of Canada. The case exposes scandalous behavior by business masters of the BC Liberals. He provided a way too modest credit to “freelance writer” Laila Yuile on the second column. It’s OK Vaughn, you can call Laila a blogger. She won’t mind nor will her many readers.
I also inquired if BC regulatory agencies were sufficiently funded to ensure safe development of north-east gas, particularly with the use of hydraulic fracturing. Ralston said he had recently reviewed the fracking process and was following American efforts within many jurisdictions to exercise controls. He agreed this is a troublesome subject that needs closer scrutiny and said the Liberals appear to trust excessively in the producer companies’ “self-regulation.”
Read more about environmental risks involving shale gas HERE:
Instead of stimulating further exploration, I wondered if last year’s changes to gas royalties and tax credits had the effect of increasing profitability of reserves already discovered. Ralston agreed that the markets for natural gas were changing with new shale reserves but he had not previously heard that analysis. We’ll follow up with him later on the subject.
I missed the opening moment so I’m not sure about names of all participants but they also included Northern BC Dipper and Politics, Re-Spun. Check them out.