Update Thursday: This was originally posted Monday, but I'm bringing it up to the top of the page because there is some really excellent stuff in the comment thread and I welcome anyone who wishes to to weigh in also (or add on new stuff)...I'll have more to say on the kabuki that has been going on re: this stuff in the local proMedia soon - just really busy with end of term stuff that requires considerable day job attention...
Former British Columbia Premier Dan Miller has something to say about Kinder Morgan's twinnification of their petro-tubes in a VSun OpEd published today:
As a former premier of B.C. and a member of the New Democratic Party for 50 years, I strongly support the federal government’s decision to approve the twinning of the Trans Mountain Pipeline.
It’s no secret that my position on this issue is not that of my party leader, John Horgan. In no way does that change my vote. Horgan will make an excellent premier, one who is focussed on the needs of working families, and I look forward to casting my ballot for him in May...
Mr. Miller then goes on to explain his 'vision thing' in economic, workers-rights, social program-funding, and infrastructure development (but not environmental) terms before he ends the piece with the following:
...As a proud New Democrat, I think that’s a vision worth fighting for...
The VSun, in its post-script, then identifies Mr. Miller thusly:
Dan Miller is a former provincial cabinet minister and premier who represented the ridings of Prince Rupert and North Coast as an MLA from 1986 until 2001.
Interestingly, there is no mention of Mr. Miller's advisory council/board membership of the following:
What is this Resource Works thingy all about anyway, Alfie?
We don't really know because they won't tell us.
Donald Gutstein had that story after talking to Rafe Mair about a year ago over at DeSmog Blog:
...“Are they paid flacks?” he (Rafe Mair) asks, but can’t answer because Resource Works doesn’t disclose its funding, either for the LNG study or for any of its products. The organization did volunteer the information that seed funding came from the B.C. Business Council, which says in its annual report that it “initiated” the organization...
Regardless the funding issue, as a private citizen who pays attention to what comes at him media-wise, both social and pro, I am of the opinion that Resource Works functions as a pro-business anti-environmental flack-hackery that works to move public opinion without honestly telling the public who is paying for said work and why.
Given all that, the following two questions are my real reason for writing this post:
1) Why didn't the Vancouver Sun tell us of Mr. Miller's current connection to Resource Works?
2) More importantly, why didn't Mr. Miller himself tell us?