Damien Gillis of The Common Sense Canadian talked with Ian Jessop on CFAX1070 about a group that is funded by government and industry. The audio segment is available below.
We should pay attention to this organization because it aims to convince citizens that natural resource extraction should occur with little oversight and a minimal share paid to the public. Although one object is to deprive taxpayers of revenues, taxpayers helped fund Resource Works. The astroturf organization received initial funding from the BC Business Council after that industry-centric organization got more than a half-million dollars from government. In effect, taxpayers fund efforts that damage the financial interests of taxpayers. That’s the neo-liberal style of BC Liberals.
Stewart Muir, Executive Director of Resource Works is married to Athana Mentzelopoulos, one of Premier Clark’s closest friends according to Sean Holman. Ms. M. has been a government insider during Clark’s term and previously served as an attack dog, spokesperson and assistant to various Liberal politicians. In August 2014, while the government was escalating its bitter education dispute, Mentzelopoulos, with financial assistance of taxpayers, filed a defamation lawsuit against BC NDP education critic Rob Fleming.
In listing Resource Works insiders, Rafe Mair includes former cabinet minister Geoff Plant, an ex-MLA who landed on his feet after leaving politics. Law firms associated with Plant were paid almost $1 million during fiscal year 2014 and Plant personally received more than $50,000 in directors’ fees from each of BC Ferries and BC Land Title and Survey Authority. He also serves as chair of Providence Health Care but payments to Plant from that quasi-public agency are not disclosed.
Donald Gutstein, adjunct professor, SFU School of Communication, has a more extensive critique of Resource Works at his website: New BC Think Tank’s Findings Remarkably Helpful to Clark. What should be noted from his article is the clear and complete journalistic failures of Vancouver’s Postmedia dailies. They provided platforms for misinformation and did it in the style of Izvestia, before and after dissolution of the Soviet Union.
Here’s a sample from Gustein’s article:
More resource-based jobs are created in the Lower Mainland than in the rest of the province, Cross’s study found.
This could be true. Think of all those Lower Mainland-based lawyers, lobbyists, insurance executives, financiers and PR flaks needed to protect Imperial Metals from the damage wreaked by its devastating Mount Polley tailings pond collapse. Then think of the baristas to serve their coffee and the foreign nannies to look after their kids. And so on.