BC Liberals and friends had better start worrying because Vaughn Palmer may be taking off gloves and blindfold. The pundit who has all the tools, and a toolbox, often laid implements down during recent years but now might be ready for action. Government failings don’t particularly anger the Dean, but he is gaining an amused focus. For Clark’s diehards, that renewed interest makes him dangerous.
Palmer is exposing taxpayer funded Liberal promotion and one particular component of the program:
…what the public accounts inadvertently characterized as ‘B.C. Jobs Plan Campain Funding.
Yes, ‘campain.’ A typographical error, presumably. Or maybe a Freudian slip given all the agony this program is causing the Liberals.
In another column, Palmer lays out behaviour that displays entrenched contempt for ethics and political morality:
While the B.C. Liberals plead poverty on any number of spending priorities, they’ve not exercised restraint on a government advertising budget that is poised to hit $64 million over Premier Christy Clark’s two years in office.
Clark, on becoming premier in March 2011, straightaway presided over a major increase in the advertising spending.
Remember the government claim that “jobs strategy” advertising included an important international segment aimed at foreign investors? That was immediately suspect because even Jobs Minister Pat Bell had no idea of what advertising was underway beyond provincial borders, an indicator of the depth of planning behind the campaigns. Palmer provides the real story,
Liberals have admitted that virtually every dollar went to domestic advertising.
Here’s the columnist’s closer,
And for those needing a point of comparison, that [the $64 million of advertising] is twice what the government spends on parks in a given year, three times what it spends on arts, culture and sports, and half again as much as the annual funding for crime prevention and the victims of crime.
H/T to reader RS for the drawing shown above. Quite fitting too because the original Washington Irving character loathed ‘profitable labor.’ Sort of like BC journalists.
Reader KH forwards this photo, taken in Vancouver.