Is Times Colonist becoming BC’s newspaper of record? It might be the go-to place to follow BC current events, except for political commentary provided by that guy whose son toiled professionally for the BC Liberal Party.
RossK offers applause to TC writer Lindsay Kines in This Is What Public Service Journalism Looks Like. I add my salute to both newspaper and writer because this truly is work that makes a difference to our community.
Rob Shaw is another fine writer at TC. His blog discusses the crass efforts of federal Conservative, now provincial Liberal, apparatchik Ken Boessenkool to remake the LINOs in a style designed to please the Fraser Institute, C.D. Howe Institute and other neo-liberal activists from his circle of friends.
In theory, a political party convenes persons with common opinions and facilitates collective interest articulation. By joining a political party, individuals attempt to influence policies pursued by the state. In healthy democracies, ideas and policies originate with the rank and file. In totalitarian states, ideas and policies are imposed upon the rank and file by elites.
Former Enbridge lobbyist Boessenkool, with a background in radical-right political movements populated by elites, apparently doesn’t believe in remaking the BC Liberal Party or the province’s Conservative Party through participation of its members. From Rob Shaw’s Inside the B.C. Liberal reach-out:
…Here’s an interesting account from a Times Colonist interview with Jeff Bridge, the Conservative party’s deputy campaign manager, who got a call from Premier Christy Clark’s chief of staff, Ken Boessenkool, around 9:30 a.m. Friday..
“They say they got a list of names from guys in the [Liberal] cabinet of people that are involved in the senior level of the Conservative party and want to know if we’d be interested in listening to them and working with them and avoiding a vote split in the next general election,” said Bridge. “In other words they want to merge the parties.”
“I said, ‘Look you’ve got a knucklehead for a leader why would I want to do that?’ We’ve already gone down the path with the B.C. Liberals, some of us, we’re not doing it again. I have no interest…
By the way, as Boessenkool was dialing for Tories, Premier Photo-Op was telling Global TV’s Jas Johal,
“I don’t think British Columbians respond very well to backroom deals. I don’t think people wanna see politicians cooking up deals behind closed doors”
More evidence to prove my March article: Premier Photo Op is a compulsive liar