As a student politician in her untenured days at SFU, Christy Clark operated with an imperfect moral compass. When final history is written, the hallmark of her premiership will be deceit and corruption. Her government regularly wages war against working people and helps contractors evade the few responsibilities owed employees. Income and disability assistance rates were last raised on June 1, 2007 but annual drilling subsidies to gas producers climbed 130% in the same time frame, from $370 million to $850 million. In addition, since 2007, natural gas royalties receipts declined from $1.2 billion to $185 million in the current fiscal year. Revenues from gas and petroleum rights sales fell from $2.4 billion in fiscal year 2009 to only $9.7 million in the first 11 months of 2015.
When industry buys a government…
Who knew that Christy Clark would make Gordon Campbell look like an effective, if somewhat dishonest, Premier. #bcpoli — Norm Farrell (@Norm_Farrell) December 4, 2015 //platform.twitter.com/widgets.js Did gas industry get a good […]
Thinking of you Christy
Bloomberg Business says, “Spare a thought for anyone who bet on a recovery in liquefied natural gas prices after last year’s 45 percent plunge.” Bloomberg also says: LNG to northeast Asia, home […]
A while back, I complained on Twitter that corporate media types were failing to report on the near complete disappearance of revenues from this year’s monthly sales of petroleum and natural gas […]
BC’s climate change hypocrisy
Today, Christy Clark’s government provided talking points to favoured media about the province’s financial report to September 30, the second fiscal quarter. According to Global’s Keith Baldrey, natural gas royalties are down […]
Patronage, corruption and cronyism UPDATED
The September sale of BC Petroleum and Natural Gas Rights realized 577 thousand dollars, bringing the eight month total in 2015 to almost $9.5 million. In the year before Christy Clark became […]
Wild fantasies and planned deceit
Click here for updated amount It is now clear that LNG claims made by Liberals before the 2013 BC election were wild fantasies and carefully planned deceit. The Canadian Centre for Policy […]
One other Commission of Inquiry is needed
BC Liberal involvement with Big Pharma is at the root of high-level government decisions to kneecap research into the safety and efficacy of more than $25 billion worth of pharmaceuticals sold each year in Canada. Drug research conducted by the Health Ministry and agencies like Therapeutics Initiative threatened the financial interests of indulgent Christy Clark sponsors. Her government squeezed T.I. financially but solid public support for the independent effort kept Liberals from killing it. As a result, the politicians chose a different approach to discredit drug research.
All the spin that’s fit to print
British Columbia’s June sale of oil and gas rights brought the 2015 six month total to $7.1 million. The monthly average for this calendar year is the lowest in 38 years reported […]
Special treatment for special friends
In British Columbia, regulators who don’t believe in regulation are at the tables negotiating with the oil and gas industry. With ideologues like Fazil Mihlar, their fundamental attitudes would have government earning no royalties at all. Indeed, that is a work in progress, with additional benefits such as unregulated fracking and below-cost electricity being made available as well.
Vapourtax – UPDATED
Nineteen months and one general election have passed since Premier Clark announced “establishment of a new British Columbia Prosperity Fund.” However, we still have no word on exactly how LNG is going […]
This week’s Liberal direction: lower LNG expectations
Friday, The Common Sense Canadian — a site that usually provides worthwhile journalism — posted an article written by Keith Baldrey for Glacier Media, publisher of numerous community recyclables. Not surprisingly, anyone […]
Shill, sham and flimflam
The Vancouver Sun added an experienced political reporter when it hired Rob Shaw from the Times Colonist. Now it is time for the Sun to assign Bob Mackin to the pundit’s role, enabling Vaughn Palmer to work for PR firm Hill+Knowlton, where he need make no pretense of objectivity.
Deception and financial fakery for friends
A few days ago, I wrote Cronies, henchmen and the future and noted a loss of government revenue derived from natural resources, even though production and commodity prices have risen dramatically in the […]
More reasons to question
Whether Gas is Cleaner than Coal, Abraham Lustgarten, ProPublica: In January, a ProPublica investigation found that large amounts of “fugitive” emissions were left out of common comparisons between coal and gas and […]
"Lowered the environmental bars . . ."
Extracts of testimony to the Standing Committee on Natural Resources, House of Commons, February 3, 2011 Will Koop (Coordinator, British Columbia Tap Water Alliance): . . . the rush to develop B.C.’s non-renewable deep […]
Buried secrets: an untold story in British Columbia’s northeast
A story that will not be told in British Columbia’s mainstream media, read the ProPublica article HERE and the entire series on gas drilling’s environmental threat HERE.