Monday night, I left this comment at The Legislature Raids, a website by BC Mary (AKA Mary Mackie).
Campbell will be the first major Canadian politician chased from office by a citizen’s posse of unpaid bloggers. It is not the traditional media folks who demonstrated BC Liberal faults to the citizens. Most of those folks spent their time trying to minimize and ridicule the efforts of the volunteer writers who have been fighting for the public interest. The war is not over yet but the outcome is now clear.
Mary, you probably have the most time on the front and deserve our applause.
Starting in May 2006, Mary took on the issue of BC Liberal corruption, specifically relating to the sale of BC Rail and RCMP warnings about organized crime infiltrating government. She never let the matters drop, despite the fact she earned no compensation or even expense reimbursement. She acted as a model citizen, motivated by belief that British Columbia was in the hands of unscrupulous politicians.
She was the bravest soul around, ridiculed by professional pundits who earned fat salaries for promoting the BC Liberals. Worst of those were the mainstream “journalists” (hello again Mssrs. Palmer, Baldry and Good) who were pocketing speaker fees from corporate supporters of Gordon Campbell while they disparaged honest writers raising in the blogosphere public issues ignored by the captured media.
In Mary’s first ever post, she revealed the attitude of timid media people. This quote by Mary explains much:
“The topic is too radio-active to touch,” one Sun reporter told me.
Campbell is leaving for many reasons but the single largest issue with the public – although, not the media – is the corrupt BC Rail sale and the final act to purchase silence and end the court case that would have provided answers.
Mary Mackie kept alive the examination of political corruption in British Columbia. For her diligence and sustained effort to protect the public interest she deserves appointment to the Order of Canada. I invite readers to submit a nomination to the Governor General using the forms found HERE.