...Who Really 'Breached' Parliament?
Apparently, the Speaker of the Legislature, Mr. Bill Barisoff, is holding up the release of John Doyle's audit of the BC Liberal Government's 'Carbon Neutral Initiative' because he is concerned that there has been a 'breach of parliament':
The VSun's Gordon Hoekstra has the fullest account of the 'explanation', such as it is, for this unprecedented decision to not release a report that belongs to the people of British Columbia:
VICTORIA - A report from British Columbia’s auditor general on the province’s controversial carbon trading regime is being withheld.
Legislative speaker Bill Barisoff is withholding the release of a report, saying he needs to first investigate a possible breach of parliament.
“Concerns have been raised in relation to the premature disclosure of the Auditor General’s carbon report,” said a brief statement issued Tuesday, as he announced he will not release an audit into the government’s program of carbon offsets.
“Since a breach of Parliament may have occurred the report will not be distributed until the Speaker has concluded his discussions with the Auditor-general,” he continued.
The report sent to the speaker of the legislature Monday night was scheduled to be released this morning...
Please go back and read that last sentence, bolded, from Mr. Hoekstra's lede once again.
And then read the following, from a little deeper into Mr. Hoekstra's piece, that has me wondering just who breached what and when:
...Offsetters CEO James Tansey, who is part of a group that offered up letters to media questioning the legitimacy of the audit, said they had also been told Monday night the speaker had some concerns about the report and there was potential it wasn’t going to be released.
Offsetters and other groups, including the Washington, D.C.- based Verified Carbon Standard, had readied the letters in preparation of the release of the report today because they wanted to ensure that the public understood their position, said Tansey...
Who, exactly, told Mr. Tansey, the CEO of a group involved in various carbon neutralization inititiatives, that the Speaker, Mr. Barisoff, had 'some concerns' about the report, and why did they tell him of these concerns prior to the release of the report?
And just in case you were wondering how much skin Mr. Tansey and friends have in this game...?
That is something that Bob Simpson, who was all set for a presser upon the audit's release, is trying to find out.
Right here, right now.....On the Twittmachine:
@jamestansey3 I'll be releasing who r supporters shortly. How much $$s have you &/or ur companies made from the PCT? Please disclose #bcpoli
— Bob Simpson (@BobSimpsonMLA) March 26, 2013
Meanwhile, also via the Twittmachine, Les Leyne is reporting that the Auditor General is, apparently, calling the Speaker's bluff...
Solid overview, with more from Bob Simpson, by Charlie Smith of the GStraight....here.
Ian Reid gets to the heart of the matter on the way the media was manipulated on this one...here.