On Global TV’s noon news today, a BC Liberal shill explained that, since the government failed to register as an opponent of the HST Initiative Petition, they are limited in methods to convince the public that it should happily accept the transfer of billions from consumers to business. He said that Liberals are reduced to relying on social websites to spread their story instead of purchasing paid advertising from stations such as Global.
Global then proceeded to show videos, presumably prepared by the Public Affairs Bureau (PAB) at public expense. Since Global could not show these videos as advertisements, they showed them as a news report. The Liberals also publish the videos at a government of BC website, HERE. By the way, I sent an inquiry to Elections BC questioning the Liberal right to do this since they have already been told they could not publish and distribute pro-HST advertising. How can this be acceptable when newspaper or flyer advertising is prohibited?
I did look at the videos, or at least most of them. There are 25 including only three featuring women. The people involved are the usual collection of suspects, Liberal friends and insiders, co-dependents with a financial interest in government policy or even employed by agencies the government finances. There were no randomly selected representatives of consumers or spokespersons for consumer organizations. Again, taxpayers pick up the tab for publicizing the opinions of business and industry. This reminds me of the report of an Iranian father being told he would have to pay costs after security forces shot his son.
The BC Government presents, among others, videos from:
- Colin Hansen, Finance Minister
- Jack Mintz, Alberta consultant hired by Hansen to write a report supporting HST.
- Jock Finlayson, Executive VP, Business Council of BC
- Phil Hochstein, President of Independent Contractors and Businesses Association,
- Rick Jeffery of Coast Forest Products Association
- John Allan of the BC Lumber Trade Council
- Pierre Gratton, CEO Mining Assoc of BC
- John Winter, President BC Chamber of Commerce
- Irmi Critcher, Vice Chair of The Investment Agriculture Foundation of BC