$90,000 paid to Senator Mike Duffy by a minion of Canada’s Prime Minister resulted in a diligent RCMP investigation and commanded national media attention for months.
In British Columbia, a larger taxpayer funded amount — $150,000 plus thousands more for the Premier’s jet assisted photo op — was paid without following standard guidelines for public expenditures. According to BC Finance Ministry’s Office of the Comptroller General:
…objectives for government procurement of goods, services and construction are based on the principles of fair and open public sector procurement: competition, demand aggregation, value for money, transparency and accountability…
In this case, there has been zero transparency and accountability and shamefully little attention paid by the marketing platforms that have replaced British Columbia once proud news media.¹ Citizens had to turn to social media commentators like Merv Adey, Laila Yuile and RossK, The Gazetteer to be informed.
Premier Clark is accused of acting in this matter to provide advantage to her brother’s private business. Yet, the interest shown by BC’s leading political reporters has been zero. In fact less than zero because some have participated only to defend Christy Clark and criticize people who see this payment and its process as illegitimate.
One pro-media person not ignoring this story is Ian Jessop of CFAX1070. This is from his June 6 program:
In noting people discussing this matter, I cannot overlook Reema Faris’ thoughtful contributions, available in her: Anatomy of an article: My take on Vaughn Palmer’s latest
¹ Shannon Rupp’s description in her fine Tyee article: Postmedia Baron Godfrey’s Gobsmacking Audacity