Lunchtime Tuesday: Please see the mama mea culpaish update at the bottom of the post
While (an intensely media scrutinized) Kathleen Wynne was promising to actually do something about her own Super-Secret Big Dollar Hook-Ups, I watched British Columbia's BC Liberal government throw-out its first shiny bauble designed to distract the Lotuslandian media yesterday morning.
It looked like this:
And, voila, by 8:00pm last night they had their first fish on the line.
It looked like this:
And it read like this:
In a decision that the B.C. New Democratic Party shared only with federal regulators and its environmental supporters, the opposition has officially rejected the proposed Pacific NorthWest LNG plant near Prince Rupert, saying plans for an $11.4-billion terminal on Lelu Island would generate significant greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) and threaten the important Skeena River salmon runs.
The decision creates a clear political wedge now as the B.C. Liberal government has championed Pacific NorthWest LNG. The project, led by Malaysia’s state-owned Petronas, is awaiting a decision from the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEAA). In a letter to CEAA dated March 10, B.C. NDP Leader John Horgan and his environment critic George Heyman said the project is deficient because it threatens juvenile salmon habitat and would increase the province’s GHG output by 8.5 per cent...
With only the briefest of mentions, of course, of whence the shiny bauble arose:
...Tom Sigurdson, executive director of the BC Building Trades Council, was in Prince Rupert to talk with First Nations leaders about LNG job opportunities on Monday when he learned of the NDP’s position only after B.C. Liberal caucus staff circulated Mr. Horgan’s CEAA letter...
Meanwhile, this morning, as the fundraising numbers have come out showing the BCL banging the BCNDP like a gong on the backs of big money donors, Cookie Dough Mike says there will be no ban on big corp/union donations as Vicky Huntington and Dippers are calling for because the Dean-approved real-time reporting (that does absolutely nothing) will do just fine thank-you....It's like the entire province is a company town and Ms. Clark is their agent...Gosh...Wonder when she will raise the price of a can of corn in the company store into the stratosphere along with MSP, ICBC, Hydro and every single user fee you can possibly think of?
Please note: In the original version of this post I had said that there was no mention in Ms. Hunter's piece about the source of the shiny bauble. I was wrong. Although, in my defense the mention was so brief (and, of course, it did not raise the matter of its timing) that I can only hope not everyone will decide to place this blogger all the way over to the right side of the idiot spectrum (or should that be left?...Sheesh)...