Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Campaign Day 2, (cont'd).....There's Something About Mary


Today's campaign report on the Dippers by Mark Hume and Ian Bailey in the Globe was, for the most part, pretty pedestrian.

Until the end, when they managed to slip in the following:

....In Prince George, NDP candidates attacked their Liberal competitors, incumbents Shirley Bond and Pat Bell, for supporting the government's plan to privatize BC Rail.

Although Mr. Campbell had said during the 2001 campaign that a Liberal government would not privatize the railway, in fact he started the process soon after taking office.

“The Campbell Liberals betrayed the Interior by breaking their promise and selling the railway,” said Tobias Lawrence, the candidate for Prince George-Mackenzie.

Mr. Lawrence (sic*) pointed to a blog item, published yesterday, in which former Liberal MLA Paul Nettleton states that “within months of the election of 2001 . . .I was informed by Mr Campbell and [chief of staff] Martyn Brown (Shirley Bond and Pat Bell were also present) that the pre-election promise to maintain BCR as a Crown Corporation was about to be broken.”

And whose blog was that 'item' from?

Why none other than our good friend Mary's.

Which just goes to show that, especially when it's done right, there is no journalism like citizen journalism.


*Please note that Dipper candidate T. (no E.!) Lawrence is no Mister despite Mr. Hume's and Mr. Bailey's use of the masculine moniker.....Thanks to daveberta and Northern Dipper, in the comments, for the gender clarification.


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