Today in British Columbia’s Legislative Assembly, Leonard Krog, Opposition Critic For The Attorney General, said this:
I rise today to ask the House to pay its respects to the passing of one of British Columbia’s most courageous citizen journalists, a woman who was a harsh critic of the B.C. government, particularly around the sale of B.C. Rail, and also critical of yours truly, in the role that I played in criticizing the government. She was a well-known blogger. A defender of democracy, she feared no power. I’d ask the House to pay its respect to the passing of B.C. Mary — Mary Mackie.
I’m sure readers will thank MLA’s who shared in this tribute. Another member of the Legislature reminded me that Leonard Krog is a person who “Mary whacked with zeal on occasion.” True, but Mary didn’t do that with any sense of personal malice intended and Leonard Krog understood.
In common with so many citizens, she was frustrated with a judicial system designed and operated to prevent full and conscientious examination of malfeasance surrounding the sale of BC Rail.
Mary and I would exchange occasional messages and, in recent months, she demonstrated much courage about her own situation and certainly never complained. I think she’d excuse me offering this little example from a recent electronic conversation. I think it demonstrates much about the strength of her spirit.
She talked about a person who was important:
“I first met him when we were both 20 years of age, and he was a veteran of First Canadian Parachute Battalion. Strongest, smartest, healthiest man imaginable.
“He was stricken first with Prostate cancer, then with Parkinson’s. It’s a mystery why we’ve both been smitten when we’ve lived the cleanest, healthiest outdoor life. Well, no matter now: we’ve resolved to see this last chapter through together. I’m grateful for that.”