Today, a poll from Mario Canseco’s Research Co. reported, “The governing New Democratic Party (NDP) is the top choice in British Columbia’s current political landscape…”
This might explain why some scribblers in the Press Gallery are focused on rebuilding the BC Liberal brand.
In the preceding article, I examined Rob Shaw’s attempt to show Speaker Darryl Plecas and whistleblowers were the problem at the Legislature, not the disgraced Clerk who played fast and loose with public funds and public assets.
Wednesday, it was Vaughn Palmer’s turn to engage — as Lew Edwardson might say — in a shameful display of Liberal tire pumping.
The columnist misconstrued Premier Horgan’s comment about lower mainland Mayors supporting a Fraser River tunnel solution. Palmer seems to prefer the Liberals’ high level bridge proposal. It would destroy considerable prime farmland but provide profit opportunities for Liberal developer friends like the Beedie and Illich families.
Palmer judged the Premier harshly, ending ended his column with this gem:
Horgan did not know what he was talking about.
The Press Gallery elder may have been coordinating with Andrew Wilkinson. As the Postmedia column appeared, the Liberal leader was citing Palmer as a road building authority in the Legislature. An amusing exchange followed:
Hon. J. Horgan: I appreciate that the member has got more time on his hands, perhaps, than I do, and he can look at Vaughn Palmer, noted engineer and road-builder, and extrapolate all he wants...
A. Wilkinson: Well, we’re happy to talk about another project, and that’s, of course, the subject of today’s newspaper column — yet another blunder in the Ministry of Transportation, where the Premier seems to have decided unilaterally just to blow apart his Transportation Ministry’s expertise, to ignore his minister and to just unilaterally decide he’s a civil engineer and he’s decided the best way to get across the Fraser River.
Hon. J. Horgan: Again, referring to the venerable engineer from the Vancouver Sun. That impulse, as the member called it, was at an announcement at the Jimmy Pattison centre in Surrey, announcing a new T3 MRI machine, the most high-tech MRI machine in British Columbia…
In the course of that press conference, a camera person — because networks rarely send reporters these days because they’re so busy — asked me what my views were on the new view of the mayor’s council, which was unanimous support for a tunnel.
What I said at that time was that this was good news because we had unanimity on a mode of getting to the biggest congestion problem in that part of the Lower Mainland.
I thought that was good news. I celebrated that — that the mayors had come together. I met later in the day with the new mayor of Delta. I’m very excited about his desire to work with his neighbours in Richmond and other parts of the Lower Mainland to get a positive outcome for the travelling public.
…I celebrated the fact of unanimity. I was not doing engineering decisions. If you want to blow that out of proportion, or the Vancouver Sun wants to blow it out of proportion, fill your boots.