If you want to know why the average British Columbian who doesn't have time to pay attention 24/7 doesn't know who to vote for based on actual party and/or candidate positions, you need look no further than how the local proMedia has covered this week's 'secret political fundraising' story.
And this problem was clearly illustrated by Stephen Quinn's CBC Early Edition interview with Justine Hunter of the Globe and Les Leyne of the VTC this morning (starts at the 2hr 16 min mark).
First, the background....Which is that the governing BC Liberals have been holding multiple super-secret, super high-priced
So, what did the world-weary Lotuslandian pundits have to say about all of this on one of the most reasonable radio programs in the province this morning?
They told us that, in reality, this is just the way things have always been and always will be unless things change dramatically.
But, in the meantime they also told us, our fine premier has thrown her latest shiny deflector spike spin bauble into the ring for the proMedia to tussle over.
And what does that shiny bauble say?
Well, it turns out that our fine Premier will maybe kinda/sorta/perhaps introduce some kind of real-time reporting of all the mega-dollars raised at all those super-up-close-and-personal insider-accessible get togethers (that will just keep on keepin' on in perpetuity).
What's missing from all of this?
Nowhere in Ms. Hunter and Mr. Leyne's discussion with Mr. Quinn did the folks listening at home hear any mention of the fact that the BCNDP has previously tabled legislation to end this practice completely (both from corporate and union donors) and that they have announced that they plan to do so again next week.
To be fair, Ms. Hunter did mention the Dippers' attempts to deal with this legislatively in her Globe piece today. However, again, there was no mention of the fact that the Dippers' legislation, if enacted, would actually stop this practice dead in its tracks while what Ms. Clark is suggesting would do ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to stop it...All of this is rather ironic given that the entire front end of the Leyne/Hunter discussion with Quinn this morning dealt with how BC now has the lowest minimum wage in Canada without once mentioning all of the shiny BCL gov't baubles that have been thrown into the Lotuslandian proMedia maw over the past few months pretending that she and her government have actually done something about the problem while they actually did nothing...And that is the real issue here - nothing that Ms. Clark ever says or does is actually designed to do anything real. Instead, it is all designed to deal with what is politically expedient and/or good PR in the moment only.
And, for the record....Overall I much prefer hearing Mr. Quinn on the radio in the morning (in fact, I only tune-in to the MoCo in the morning when I know, in advance, that Quinn, and not the Cluffmaster Flash, will be there) but I think he flat out dropped the ball on this one.