Margaret MacDiarmid was pushed onto the BCLDB platform by Christy Clark and Rich Coleman and the puppet masters behind them. Standing alone in the spotlight, the ironically named minister of open government is expected to justify the sale of British Columbia’s liquor distribution system to friends of powerful Liberal lobbyists.
Not having been involved until late in the process, MacDiarmid can only repeat talking points provided by the creators of this proposed private monopoly. That leads to logical breaks such as when she said that existing warehouses are not adequate for modern distribution methods then suggested that government would rent those same spaces to the new private operator.
Strange that a political party dying from an excess of voter scorn should work so hard to please the Progressive Group. That company behaves like a drunk swallowing hard from his last bottle of liquor, knowing there will soon be no more to drink. At least, they’ll take pleasure from one last swig.
Beyond Liberal partisans, it is hard to find people who think the BC Liberals are on the right track on this hurried privatization. Cynicism reigns. This amusement left in comments at a CBC news site reflects a common attitude:
“In the same manner as a double negative equals a positive do Cabinet Ministers in the BC Liberal Party believe that lieing about telling lies is the same as teliing the truth?”