Rafe Mair, writing at The Common Sense Canadian, has a great analysis of BC politics. Follow the link to read the whole article; there is more than these highlights.
“Let’s start with BC Rail. The lies are firmly on the record. . . .Not only did [Campbell] lie, the deal does not, to say the very least, pass the smell test.
“Now lets look at the Campbell lies during the 2009 election about the financial affairs of the province. . . The lies by toady Hansen and Pinocchio Campbell on the HST need scarcely need repeating. . .
“Campbell and Hansen also lied through their teeth on the broad issues of energy and the environment. . .
“Many environmentalists closer to issues than I have spoken out on the assault on the Agricultural Land Reserve, the desecration of wilderness, and consequent massive assaults on the atmosphere. . .
“How to begin the defence of our rivers and the saving of BC Hydro? . . .
“. . . private power is for the most part generated during the Spring run-off when there is sufficient water for them to produce. This is precisely the time BC Hydro doesn’t need power yet they must take it anyway under the agreements they’ve been forced to sign.
“Here’s the skinny. BC Hydro must take private power on a “take or pay” basis, meaning it must pay for power it doesn’t need. Now here comes the neat part – the price BC Hydro must pay is 2-3 times what it can export it for! Or about 12 times what it costs them to make it themselves!
“. . . Traditionally BC Hydro has paid a dividend to our government to build hospitals, schools and so on. Now they will have no profit so no dividend because all the profits are going to large corporations. . .
“. . . It’s Bilderberger, Davos stuff. It’s the New Order, Corporate World. It has nothing whatever to do with the good of the people. The same people bundling sub-prime mortgages, going broke, taking government handouts then paying themselves million dollar bonuses are running things all over the world.
“. . . Read Vaughn Palmer, Mike Smyth, listen to Bill Good or Christy Clark and tell me when over the past decade any of them covering BC affairs as an editorialist have truly held the government’s feet to the fire on the issues I’ve raised here.
“There are only two answers – either all the fighters I’ve mentioned are full of crap, or the fix is in.”