Phil Hochstein and his Independent Contractors and Businesses Association have had a symbiotic relationship with British Columbia’s governing party for more than a decade. ICBA provides financing and political support; in return, BC Liberals shape procurement policies, taxation, legislation and regulations to advantage these loyal supporters. The same goes for chambers of commerce who get millions in grants from Victoria each year and provide loyal political support in return. One hand washes the other.
With the Liberals in dire straits, sagging toward status as third choice of BC voters, Hochstein is adding his desperate contribution, in the form of attack advertising hoping to discredit this province’s likely next Premier, Adrian Dix. Were I a member of the ICBA, I’d be a little upset about the organization spending money on an effort to save a thoroughly corrupt government.
Hochstein appeared with fellow traveller Bill Good this morning to reinforce a message from a couple of decades back. Dix has readily admitted to making a mistake, accepted responsibility and apologized. Compare that to the history of Liberal politicians and their mistakes, frauds and screw-ups.
Crawford Kilian and The Tyee last April provided “The Framing of Adrian Dix,” a fine summary of honest and dishonest media responses following selection of the current NDP leader. This is a small part,
When, just after Dix became NDP leader, a Province headline dubbed him a “dour Stalinist”, the Globe and Mail’s Rod Mickleburgh countered with a level-headed perspective, noting “unless I’ve missed some dusty, archival memo… Mr. Dix does not endorse executing his opponents, collectivizing agriculture in the Peace River, or sending Jenny Kwan to the Gulag. He is actually a supporter of democracy, businesses making a profit and Stompin’ Tom Connors’s The Hockey Song.”
By the way, an amusing situation on Bill Good’s program today, shortly before 10 AM. Based on call screening, Good was expecting a caller who agreed with Hochstein. When the opposite was true, Good was pissed. It really is unfair when you’re trying to shape the apparent listener reaction and callers don’t cooperate.