At The Tyee, Bob Mackin contributed Ex-Head of Troubled SNC-Lavalin Named Chair of BC Crown Corp.
Like all work from this diligent investigative journalist – one of the few in BC – the article is worth your time. The comments are fun too although censors have been at work.
Commenting at The Gazetteer, regular reader motorcycleguy reminded me of an article about Gwyn Morgan published here in 2011. It’s repeated below the separator.
In this item, I mentioned that Morgan’s little Saanich bungalow was assessed at $7.5 million. That was based on the assessed value of 2007. The BC Assessment Authority pegs its 2014 market value as $5.9 million. (Note: 2019 value is $6.7 million.)
That his house was valued 29% more in 2007 than in 2014 years ago is surprising. Perhaps it’s unfair for taxpayers to be paying this influential man only $1 a year after he suffered a $1.6 million loss in value in his residential real estate.
I suppose he was just unlucky since many of the capital area’s residences have gone up in value over the last seven years. But, at least he’s saved huge amounts in property taxes and he’s made clear he does not like paying good money to governments.
I’m still wondering about why people who choose to live in secluded waterfront luxury, overlooking a sheltered seascape with precisely zero movements of oil tankers and coal barges, would aim to gift all this to the environment that is home to hundreds of thousands of aboriginal people of British Columbia and Alberta.
A quiz for readers. First person to identify this gentleman wins a free subscription to In-Sights. He…
- was a major backer of Premier Photo Op during her bid for BC Liberal leadership;
- served as a transition adviser to ensure BC’s provincial government maintained the right direction while Gordon Campbell stole away (h/t: Lew);
- is a director of several large corporations in Canada;
- is on the board of trustees of the Fraser Institute;
- is a Director for The Manning Centre for Building Democracy;
- was appointed by Stephen Harper a Member of the Order of Canada;
- linked rising gang violence in Canada to immigrants;
- says “green alarmists” kill jobs;
- favours export of water from B.C.’s remote coastal mountain streams;
- served as the 2008/09 Jarislowsky Fellow in Business Management at the Haskayne School of Business, a part of Canada’s centre of neo-liberalism, The University of Calgary, but, nevertheless, he claims that Canadian universities sing inadequate praises of free-market capitalism;
- says power projects on the province’s great rivers, such as the Peace, will create many jobs while providing clean competitively-priced energy;
- demands government “Just say no to more stimulus spending [despite being Chair of a corporation grown fat on government contracts] because, rather than stimulating economic recovery, government spending has had the opposite effect”
One other thing. He opposes the plan to treat Victoria sewage now pumped offshore into Juan de Fuca Strait and claims that treatment may instead harm the environment. He does not want tax dollars being wasted nor care about obligations to neighbouring Washington State.
…After almost four decades of willful neglect, abuse and arrogance, the British Columbia government has agreed to treat the raw sewage pumped into the water between Vancouver Island and Washington state.
This was never Victoria’s secret. As noted in a Seattle Times story in 2006, “Victoria, B.C., is the only large city in North America that has made no effort to stop pumping its raw sewage into a waterway.”
An estimated 34 million gallons of raw sewage are pumped every day into the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Treatment amounts to passing the effluent through a screen to filter out flushable debris…”
Final clue: When in British Columbia, our subject resides on the forested ocean front of North Saanich in a modest little house.