One-percenters making changes. Anonymous reader provides interesting links in the comment section after a shuffling of deck chairs among Bilder-burglars. It’s also worth bringing to the top because Paul Fraser has been in the news lately since his treatment of the Conflict Commissioner job as a do-nothing honorary position was challenged successfully.
The following was first published here in June 2010:
Chris Delaney asked BC Conflict of Interest Commissioner Paul Fraser to investigate Premier Campbell’s use of public funds for airfares to attend very private Bilderberg Group meetings in Spain. Fraser said he will not conduct an inquiry and, in fact, he said, he has no powers even to investigate the expense of $16,803.
However, with logic understandable only in the political world, Fraser was still able to determine, without investigating, that Campbell did not act in a private capacity. His was an official capacity, representing the British Columbia Government.
Now, I would never argue with an esteemed and very high priced lawyer like Mr. Fraser. However, I do suggest he review his government web pages, particularly the part that says:
[A] role of the Commissioner is to undertake investigations and inquiries…
Fraser might also ask the Bilderberg boys to change their official announcement of the conference. It reads, in part:
…all participants attend Bilderberg in a private and not an official capacity.
However, I’m not suggesting any of us get too exercised about a Bilderberg conference. This plaything of the rich and powerful is an excuse to get together at opulent inns for exotic grub and wobbly pop. The Guardian newspaper calls it a weekend break for the global elite and you can read more below. We should be glad they didn’t charge us a billion dollars for security as they did for that gathering of the rich and famous in Toronto.
Times Colonist scribbler Les Leyne opened his backpack and crayoned a note of praise for Gordon Campbell.
Campbell’s invitation [to Bilderberg 2010] is a tribute to his reputation — at least in places other than B.C.
Leyne passed along the Premier’s explanation of why he was invited to the conference:
…we are leading the pack in Canada and everyone expects us to be a major leading economy and province as we move into the 21st century.
Leading the pack? The only one that Campbell leads is a pack of liars and deceivers. Remember our item from a few days ago where we reported that, rather than leading,
British Columbia employment growth ranks ninth out of ten provinces during May 2010. On year over year performance in job creation, BC ranks fifth.
Leyne, of course, never challenges any assertion by The Boss but the trepid reporter is tough enough to duel with unnamed truth tellers. He makes claims about reactions he found on the Internet regarding the Bilderberg Conference:
So naturally, it’s a focus for conspiracy theorists who see SECRET CABALS directing events from BEHIND THE SCENES. They see POWERFUL FORCES AT WORK, forces so powerful that some bloggers have to use all capital letters to express how profound the influence is.
Of course, Leyne cannot be bothered to give any useful information about the gathering, its significance or, frankly, its near complete lack of significance. Had Leyne read Iain Hollingshead in the The Telegraph, he would have learned this and more:
It is difficult to think of anything less real – or indeed less happening. The reality of these conferences appears to boil down to a group of willy-waggling old men comparing their security details and dreaming of past glories.