Were timber companies offered similar levels of cost relief as gas producers, the province would not have thousands of forestry workers hungry for employment. Politicians seem to believe that non-renewable resource companies are more deserving of financial support than ones harvesting renewable assets…
Before Clark, during Clark
When Encana’s founding CEO Gwyn Morgan became Christy Clark’s transition team advisor, natural gas producers knew they’d bet on a good thing.
After six years of Clark, we now see just how good that thing was for gas companies.
BC dodged a bullet
Agreements between Postmedia – the country’s largest newspaper chain – and the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP), plus an equally disgraceful deal between the company’s Vancouver Province and the LNG industry have permanently stained the organization’s journalistic credibility… Once a newspaper is committed to a controversial view, it’s like a clock that strikes 13 – it can never be trusted again.
Behind the ostensible government
Behind the ostensible government sits enthroned an invisible government owing no allegiance and acknowledging no responsibility to the people. To destroy this invisible government, to dissolve the unholy alliance between corrupt business and corrupt politics, is the first task of the statesmanship of the day.
By the numbers
BC Hydro has experienced flat demand for more than a decade. Nevertheless, the value of its assets have grown 250% and purchases of private power grew 280% since 2005. Add to this, the fact it has committed to spend another $10 billion or so to build the Site C dam. It is inexplicable.
Fraser Institute. Who are they anyway?
From the beginning, the Fraser Institute has called itself a non-profit, apolitical research organization. However, it is instead a marketer of neoliberalism. The charity pays handsomely but only for research that reinforces notions and schemes serving its self-interested constituents.
Pot reproaches kettle for looking black, again
Christy Clark, 2011 edition: ” I think what British Columbians, and BC Liberals want from government now is not a leader who can grant access to people who already have a lot of access . . “
Truth does not serve needs of crony capitalists
SNC-Lavalin Inc. is the kind of ethics-light corporation that BC Liberals likes to have as a partner. With considerable public flourish, after departure of Chairman Gwyn Morgan, the company announced an amnesty […]
SNC-Lavalin & BC Liberal commonality
A reader of the piece about BC Investment Management Corporation’s holdings in unethical companies asked if the agency has a relationship with SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. Unfortunately but not surprisingly, it does. And, it […]
Ethically challenged plutocrat
SNC-Lavalin CEO resigns after review, Paul Waldie, The Globe and Mail Report on Business, March 26, 2012 “SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. has announced the departure of chief executive officer Pierre Duhaime amid allegations […]
Deep down, she is shockingly shallow
Game Change, an HBO movie about the 2008 McCain / Palin campaign is more about éminence grise Steve Schmidt than the Senator or his running mate. A central element is the wretched […]
Public land with full access now privatized
Liberals have been bulldozing barriers and slashing red tape for more than a decade. Who can forget: “Red Tape Reduction Task Force” of 2001 to recommend priorities for the elimination of regulations […]
Just a pay-to-play way of life
Tomgram: Lawrence Weschler, The Great American Shakedown, November 1, 2011: “In the U.S., corruption is seldom “corruption.” … 15 of [Obama’s] top “bundlers,” who give their own money and solicit that of […]
Cut that red tape again, please
Premier Clark is barnstorming around the province celebrating jobs week. Not wanting to incur more debt and commit new spending, she intends to repurpose planned expenditures. Of course, she also repeats the […]
Schools help fund Encana’s foreign investments
Carbon deal represents a massive transfer of public money from British Columbian schools, hospitals and taxpayers to an already profitable private gas company. …it is ludicrous to force the public sector, which is responsible for less than one per cent of greenhouse gases emitted in the province, to subsidize big polluters who pay no penalty for the majority of their greenhouse gas emissions.
Question posed, response offered
This small piece was first posted in March 24 and a comment added April 11. It suggests a little research is in order. I have not verified this but would like to […]
Arch-conservative fox in BC henhouse
Province columnist Ethan Baron bluntly questions suitability of a BC Liberal insider acting as key advisor to Christy Clark. Online magazines and blogs including this one, have been warning about former Fraser Institute […]
"Even if it means compromising democratic ideology"
Christy Clark‘s financial backer and key advisor Gwyn Morgan contemplates the difficulties faced by autocratic rulers in the Middle East: “Only a few weeks ago, instability in the House of Saud seemed […]
Sharks don’t circle for long
News item, The Star, Encana to buy stake in B.C. liquefied natural gas terminal “CALGARY—Canadian natural gas giant Encana Corp. is looking to tap into lucrative overseas markets by taking a 30 […]
Might we be surprised?
Presence of Gwyn Morgan and Patrick Kinsella on Christy Clark’s campaign team signaled the right wing business coalition would remain influential if BC Liberals rejected their first choice. Now, with Kevin Falcon […]