Friday, June 22, 2012

Christy Clark's 'Semantic Games'


Earlier this year we mentioned that we would keep paying attention to the egregious Community Living British Columbia file, and noted that if Ms. Clark was not true to her photo-op words that we would haul those words back out into the light of the day for all to see. 

Given recent events, for the record then, here are some of those words, as noted by Paul Willcocks, that make it clear the real game our (not) Premier is playing:

...CLBC was the topic in question period, the 30 minutes allocated for the opposition to raise issues with the government. The New Democrats, again, pressed Premier Clark for a review of CLBC and a moratorium on group home closures.

Clark said the government is spending quite a lot - about $50,000 per client a year, if you count welfare - on people with developmental disabilities.

But she rejected, again and again, calls for an independent review of CLBC - the "top-to-bottom examination" (BC Liberal Government MLA Randy) Hawes had urged.

And then Clark offered up something revealing.

New Democrat Carole James prefaced a question with a reference to the "heartbreaking stories from families about a lack of care for their children." She cited the case of a mentally handicapped woman forced from the group home she had lived in for 19 years.

Clark said the opposition is being negative.

"And you know what?" she said. "I don't necessarily begrudge them that. I used to sit as children and families critic. I know the game the member is playing."

I didn't realize Clark was playing a game back then, as I watched the debates. I thought the lives of children at risk were important enough that MLAs would be serious and honest...

We also note that, because of the very recent raising of the executive bonus/not bonus/not raise/just base salary issue at in the herd media, that members of the 'Watercarriers-For-Christy!' club such as Mr. Bill Good are suddenly noticing that 'a light is being shone' on the goings on at CLBC.....Sheesh.


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The reason wages and bonuses are used is to keep folks working in these departments in line. Period. Greed is Good? You bet. Managers are appointed and paid because they follow the money. Cynical? You bet because it is true that is why the Lieberals are in trouble. Arrogance of power.