An item first published in March 2012 that I was reminded of today while scanning the morning news:
Alex Tsakumis reported that Christy Clark and her backers orchestrated a virtual coup d’état, seizing control of the BC Liberal Party, sabotaging the leadership contest with phantom voters. Tsakumis also questioned her truthfulness about the relationship with would-be political assassin Jaspal Singh Atwal¹ and Tsakumis reported that she was “a person of interest” — thought to be leaking confidential information to friends — in the RCMP’s investigation of the BC Rail sale, until police management shut down examination of senior BC Liberals.
Premier Photo-Op long ago went beyond stretching the truth and exaggerating. She grew accustomed to wilful and conscious lying and now relies on a continuous stream of falsehoods to promote herself and the government she leads. The corporate media assists by ignoring fabrications, even when they are readily apparent. Today, another example:
Premier Christy Clark calls for an audit of TransLink over Evergreen Line, Mike Raptis, The Province, March 22, 2012
Premier Christy Clark is calling for an audit to TransLink to make up the funding gap needed to build the Evergreen Line.
Clark, in Port Moody to support Liberal candidate Dennis Marsden in his bid for the upcoming April byelection, said Thursday that TransLink — a billion-dollar organization — will need to tighten its belt if it wants the long-awaited SkyTrain line built.
“There’s still a funding gap for the Evergreen Line — $30 million — and we’re going to find that through an audit to TransLink,” Clark said to a partisan round of applause. “TransLink is a billion-dollar organization. We’re not going to find it through a vehicle levy, or other sources,” she said. “There are savings to be found…”
First elected to public office more than 15 years ago, Clark knows full well that public organizations such as TransLink are required by statute to hire qualified independent auditors and that provincial law requires publication each year of the auditor’s report and audited financial statements.
Translink’s auditor is KPMG, one of the largest professional services networks. With almost 150,000 staff, this is one of the world’s Big Four auditors.
Seeking a political advantage, Premier Photo Op blithely ignores fact and British Columbia’s corporate media obediently reports her deceptive remarks without the easily determined truth. If Province reporter Mike Raptis needs to locate the existing audit reports, I refer him to TransLink’s annual reports.
¹ Bob Mackin wrote about the relationship with Atwal in his April 2012 report: What’s the Premier’s office hiding about Atwal?
Categories: BC Liberals, BC Rail, Clark, Christy, Transit, Translink
According to CTV ” B.C. Premier Christy Clark's claim that the long-awaited Evergreen rapid transit line is facing a $30-million shortfall was a “slip of the tongue,” according to her communications director.”
Christy seems to do this a lot. It's her way of confusing taxpayers and she hopes that when she's caught lying they will forget what she originally said.
You're right about KPMG….. I only hope that when Christy finds the $30 million she also fires KPMG for it's incompetence. (LOL)
Guy in Victoria
What is needed is a value for money audit, to be done by BCs Auditor General, not a KPMG audit to see if TransLinks numbers add up.
SkyTrain is the reason TransLink is in financial chaos and KPMG has never stated this, a value for money audit would, just like in every city that has considered SkyTrain for rapid transit.
Maybe Christy should get Charles Rivers to audit Translink, they will come up with whatever results you want.
“Police management” shutting down the “examination” of senior BC officials? This is pretty serious stuff. The newly appointed commissioner, really has to look into this “overt political interference”. In a democracy, the use of a security service, to prevent the investigation of “alledged” criminal activity, within a serving government, is grave cause for concern for citizens, the judiciary and more senior levels of government. The “constitutionality” of this type of interference is extremely questionable.
While the RCMP have had their issues of late, most members of the force respect the laws and citizens they serve.
One would hope that federal government officials and senior members of the local and national judiciary will become involved in identifying the individuals responsible,and opening up an ivestigation into what can only be described as
something you would find in a third world type, of political environment.
This is surreal! It's absolutely bizarre to me in this day and age that we have fallen so far and that life goes on without greater public outrage. Premier Clark's opinion on a 'nasty' NHL elbow is front page 'news' as Clark continues her own nasty elbow shots at all of us through public education, health care, criminal justice, seniors, homeless, HST, BC Hydro, BC Place, and BC Rail mismanagement and blunders. Whether it's The Lorax, The Hunger Games, The Grapes of Wrath, A Christmas Carol, or any twisted plot you could imagine, it's all alive and well in BC under Clark/Campbell and the neoliberals.
There is no punishment in Canada, for corrupt and thieving politicians. In Britain politicians are not permitted to lie, thieve and cheat their citizens. They go to prison. Even two Lords from the House of Lords, were jailed for corruption and theft. In Canada, Harper rewarded Gordon Campbell, the post of High Commissioner to England. Campbell has the dirtiest, most corrupt and foul political record, in Canadian history. Campbell's theft and corrupt sale of the BCR, was the sleaziest crime, ever known in this Nation.
The trial of the theft and sale of the BCR, was a total farce. It doesn't matter what service in BC, they are all corrupt, and it's all acceptable.
All the politicians and the elite need in BC, is a “special” prosecutor, to get away with their crimes, DUI's and all.
Canada has become a cesspool of corruption. I have not a lick of use for Harper. He is not the choirboy, he would have us believe.
Call an election…lets remove these clowns as soon as possible. You could probably fill an entire tier, at Aggazzi Prison with these idiots. Whats worse…Neolibralism, Totalitarianism or the Mafia, seems they are all represented, in the the way this province has been governed over the past 10 years. What happened to Canada? To BC for that matter.
Christy Clark has been playing fast and loose with the truth from the get go, making promises and then breaking them the instant she can get away with it, taking credit where none is due and defending bald-faced lies even after the jig is up. Her well known shoot-from-the-lip, emphatic, aggressive and supremely self confident style ( or, as leadership rival Kevin Falcon described it, “Ready, Fire,…..Aim.”) has probably gotten her into a sticky wicket as many times as her more calculated mendacities; but it is her brash and defiant tenacity of obviously thoughtless, reactionary boners that characterizes her most. It is curious, therefore, when she doesn't display her usual foolhardy bravery like her conspicuously reticent approach to by-elections precipitated by two caucus resignations, something she's put off until compelled to running them concurrently.
It seems that Christy was hoping the teacher's strike would give her an effective wedge and is now doubly disappointed that hasn't happened, and probably more so at the unfortunate corner she's painted herself into by waiting to call two by-elections at once, unwittingly inviting the observation that two by-elections equals a bye-bye election for her and her disgraced government.
Smart comment. The Falcon quote says much.
Personaly, I like “mendacities”
You are one of the most courageous journalists in BC, and likely in Canada. It’s incredibly fortunate for us that your bravery is proportionately matched by insight, veracity and honour – – – or you might be the editor of the Sun, or some such. Lol….
If the following is what you came upon while scanning the news and prompted todays blog, I’ll go one further than Hilla Kerner and say I don’t believe Christy’s story. At all.
I do believe however, that she is playing the victim card at her peril. Many real victims will be repulsed that the Premier would one again take a serious issue and turn it into another “ME” session.
As noted in the news piece, those who really care and are on the front lines have seen nothing from this government or this Premier, in the way of assistance.
A shameful act of self indulgence.
how do I know the Premier is lying? Her lips are moving.
First we had no money for education. then suddenly we do? must have had a look at the polls and what people were saying.
We had no money for housing. Well now we read she’s going to provide 2000 units. Unfortunately the devil is in the details and its over 5 yrs for social housing. So nothing for all the working people who can no longer afford to live in the lower mainland because the cost of housing is too high and she isn’t prepared to do anything about it but line shelves with more paper.
Balanced budgets but we have B.C. Hydro owing billions. We have billions owing on bridges, Sea to Sky Highway and the Bennett Bridge. Now she wants billions to be owed on Site C.
its whatever comes out of her mouth and the media act likes she sun is shining out of her ass.
If things are so great in this province why did 4 kids die in care?
why do 500K of us not have G.P.s
Why do 1 in 5 children live in poverty in this province?
Why do children whose parents are in receipt of disability or welfare live 50% below the poverty line?
Why doesn’t she collect that billion the mining companies owe.
this is a government which couldn’t sell lemonade at a road stand in the desert with out handing out a subsidy.
When I first read the latest on Christy Clark’s early years, the first thing that came to mind was could she be stretching the truth a bit to gain support. It’s hard to believe anything that comes out of her mouth. Is this a political ploy and why did she not reveal this earlier, like maybe her time on radio ? I remember when Steve Fonyo did his run and support was falling because of his stupid pranks, it was suggested that he fall ill to boost his image. I know this because I was a reporter following his run from the BC-Alberta border. I never completed my assignment to the end because I lost complete respect for him.
Also I read that during the final debate of the government’s Sexual Violence and Misconduct Policy Act, Christy was not in the house to show her support.
That same media report said that NDP member Kathy Corrigan was there and revealed her incident ” “It really affected me, the feeling of fear and terror I had at that time came back to me. I didn’t expect that. I just thought it was important to tell a story that has happened to many, many women,” said Corrigan.”
That revelation was in May and to the best of my knowledge was not reported by the media until CC did. Did the media just include Corrigan to balance it’s reporting ?
Guy in Victoria
Photo-op is now entering the election cycle and her LNG dreams of four years ago are sinking faster than the Titanic; added to this the Site C controversy is also looking a bit dogey, especially if the first nations get the courts to see things their way.
Her “back of an envelope” Massey Tunnel Bridge placement is under scrutiny as the Port Authority has now admitted that they want the tunnel replaced to allow dredging for a deeper channel for Cape and Panama MAX, tankers and colliers to load dangerous Brakken Oil and dirty Montana coal shipped by rail from South of the 49th; problem is, coal sales are taking a dive and the need for expand Surrey Fraser docks maybe put on hold for ever, negating the need of a now $5 billion bridge.
TransLink is wallowing like a dead whale in a sea of red ink and of course her government for hire and money laundering and graft schemes are more and more under the microscope.
If it wasn’t for the mainstream media, i think photo-op would be in jail.
MSM, which is now a latter day Joseph Goebbels operation, is repeating all her lies so often that the public are beginning to believe them.
So how to change the narrative and distract the public from the real stories, write a boo-hoo piece about a sexual assault that may or may not have happened. Her friends in the MSM did everything they could to make this the narrative and not government deceit and desertion.
Sorry, Photo-op is a pathological liar and will do and say anything to get reelected.
Question though? Are the police investigating? i understand that there is no time limit to investigate sexual assaults on a minor?
If the police investigate, i may change my opinion, if not, is merely a case of bullshit baffling brains.
You continue to bring insights and truth to ui. Thahk you for your great work.
Who doesn’t remember this:
“I told ‘him’ ‘he’ shouldn’t do it.”
Really Christy?!?! Lie about it and then blame the boy. Beyond the pale!