Vaughn Palmer’s online column “View from the Ledge” carries a preposterous headline and less than dubious content. Liberals increase scrutiny of B.C. Hydro starts:
Concerned about rising B.C. Hydro rates, Premier Christy Clark and Energy Minister Rich Coleman have ordered a high level review of the finances, planning and structure of the giant crown corporation.
Review to be conducted by three senior public servants: John Dyble, clark’s deputy minister; Peter Millburn, the new deputy minister of finance; and Cheryl Wenezenki-Yolland, till recently the comptroller general though she is now head of environmental assessment.
This piece demonstrates how Palmer and the Vancouver Sun serve the BC Liberal agenda with little regard for revealing their purpose.
The BC Liberals have exercised firm control on the direction of BC Hydro for a decade. They have controlled appointments to the board and the executive suite. Senior managers were fired and transferred for objecting to the independent power projects (IPPs) forced on the agency.
BC Hydro directed tens of billions in forward commitments to private operators, some that were otherwise insolvent companies that had more influence than assets. BC Liberals removed oversight authorities from the BC Utility Commission.
Now, Vaughn Palmer wants you to believe that Christy Clark and her associates worry that some little thing in the public utility has come unglued. Perhaps, Dave Cobb, the CEO they appointed mere months ago has gone astray? Or, the senior executives who earned huge bonuses for the fiscal year just complete. So, BC Liberals appoint BC Liberal insiders to conduct a review. Blindfolds not necessary.
Preposterous. Both as public policy and as journalism.