Yesterday we noted the glee with which the former GordCo, Inc. apparatchik now running BC Hydro released her 'independent' report on SiteC to the wider world after holding it tight for almost a month.
We also noted what was NOT in the report (i.e. questions about actual need and true feasibility), which is something that the Dean of the Legislative Press Gallery, Mr. Palmer of the VSun, also had in his lede in today's paper.
But, to give him his due, Mr. Palmer also noticed something else of interest, at least for those of us who do not take kindly to being bamboozled:
“...In preparing this report, EY (Ernst & Young) and (the) BTY (Consultancy) Group relied on information provided by the client. We have not audited, reviewed or otherwise attempted to verify the accuracy or completeness of such information...”
Where have we seen that 'getting our info from the inside without any verification whatsoever' codswallop before when it comes to 'blue-ribbon' reports commissioned for GordCo, Inc. and the associated wizardry that lives on in Clarkland?
Wasn't that what happened when an 'independent' (and interim) 'Fairness Advisor's Report' was used to wash away the fact that shut-out bidders were screaming bloody murder that the fix was in back in the days when the Railgate sale/not sale was going down?
Why yes I believe it did.
"...At the time at which this report was submitted, the transaction process was not yet complete. Thus, our observations and findings are based only on the steps that have occurred to date. Also, we have not interviewed the three finalist proponents so their comments and views are not represented in this document..."
After all, why should a paid blue-ribbon consultant actually try to verify what the hand that is feeding him or her is actually telling them?
I mean, it's not like the public interest is at stake or anything.