One of these things is not like the other thing… but they are connected.
From The Tyee, 98 BC Liberal Falsehoods, Boondoggles and Scandals: The Clark Era 53:
SCANDAL: As Mount Polley Disaster Hit, AG Was Readying Scathing Report on BC Mine Oversight
To avoid more catastrophes like the 2014 failure of the tailings pond dam at Mount Polley mine, responsibility for regulating mining in B.C. should be taken away from the ministry that also promotes the industry, concluded a report from the province’s auditor general. The Ministry of Energy and Mines’ “role to promote mining development is diametrically opposed to compliance and enforcement,” said the report, which found “major gaps in resources, planning and tools” and “too few resources, infrequent inspections, and lack of enforcement” threatened the safety of mines across B.C. Work on the audit was already underway when the Mount Polley disaster happened. BC Liberals deeply cut mine safety inspections when they took government in 2001.
Categories: BC Liberals, Edwards. Murray, Natural Resources, Political Financing
And now we can have an international brouhaha over this stuff where BC says there is no problem with acid rock drainage originating in a mine that discharges effluent into a river that subsequently crosses the Alaska Panhandle, messing up American fishing prospects. Mine went bankrupt last year and is, I guess, to be added to the BC public liability load.
As the late Senator Everett Dirksen said “A billion here, a billion there and pretty soon you’re talking real money”!
Mind you, if you spend a million tax dollars having your picture taken to use in Liberal campaign literature why not spend a bit of the people’s money cleaning up so your pals can save it then pass a bit of those savings back into Liberal Party election funds? Who could possibly complain at such generosity?
ah yes aren’t B.C. politics grand. all that money sure makes the world go round for Christy Clark and the B.C. Lieberals. nice comment Mr. Mair.