BC Liberal Energy Minister Bill Bennett is supposedly on the warpath, looking for ways to trim the fat from the crown corporation’s bulging belly. The Liberal Government was “surprised” by last-minute cost revisions to a few Hydro projects, skewing its budget calculations, we’re told.
There is no “surprise” here – any suggestion thereof is political theatre. Strike that. Let me call it what it is: LYING…
The mainstream media, as is to be expected, is largely parroting the government’s cover story and ignoring the real problem: BC Hydro and its ratepayers are in a world of hurt because of 12 years of very deliberate and disastrous BC Liberal Government policies, pushed on the public utility.
First and foremost of these was the forcing of BC Hydro to purchase $55 BILLION worth of sweetheart, long-term contracts with private power companies, which we didn’t need.
More than three years ago, filmmaker, environmentalist, independent journalist Damien Gillis wrote The $55 Billion private power racket and real story behind Hydro’s debt. Today, his words remain accurate except the problems have grown worse. Gillis was both blunt and accurate when he said:
This program is legalized fraud, plain and simple.
The long term scheme has occurred almost without notice by members of the Legislative Press Gallery, the people charged with reporting matters political. They should be public watchdogs but, with a handful of exceptions, they are nothing more than timid lapdogs.
In BC, Ian Jessop, a journalist willing to examine dark sides of political issues, was removed from the airwaves after people whispered in the ears of Bell Media executives. That was not a one-off. CANADALAND caught Bell Media pulling the leash on its staff in southern Ontario. The listener funded news operation reported:
Hosts of three southern Ontario radio stations were ordered to not express any opinions about the troubled theme park on air, because Marineland does so much business with Bell.
“In light of Marineland opening and the ongoing controversy I want to make sure we’re all on the same page regarding this client,” program director Sarah Cummings wrote in a May 2014 email sent to radio staff, since obtained by CANADALAND. “I know there are many opinions but I am asking that you please refrain from talking about them on air.
“They are an enormous client of Bell Media…
Damien says that we cannot be suckers duped by the BC Liberal agenda. I agree.