Thursday, December 10, 2015

This Day In Clarkland...It's A Wonderful Pay-To-Play Life.


From the lede to Mark Hume's latest in the Globe:

Premier Christy Clark has been accused of interfering in a local band election to help a candidate who supports a $10-million wind farm proposal involving her brother, Bruce Clark.

Ms. Clark was not available for comment, but her office denied that the Premier’s recent visit to Haida Gwaii was in any way meant to influence the campaign of Chief Ken Rea, who was narrowly re-elected Monday, or to assist Mr. Clark’s business deal with the band...

Of course, those very fine denials from the office of the Premier included statements to the effect that Ms. Clark's sudden unannounced visit to Haida Gwaii to give money to a band school that is under federal (i.e. not provincial) jurisdiction, had absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with the business interests of the good Mr. Clark and/or that eight thousand in tax....errrrr...building and loan dollars that Uncle Billy lost in a folded-up newspaper that sure as heckfire wasn't a December 1946 edition of the Vancouver Sun.

Or some such thing.

And, yes, apparently 'It's A Wonderful Life' really is our fine Premier's favourite movie...Who'd a thunk it.



sd said...

Just like his sister, you can be sure bruceie is only involved because of his connections (to her). But this is truly sloppy cronyism. Unannounced,federal jurisdiction,and tax money to buy a local election?! What about the public schools in the rest of the Province? Looks to me that if tax money is not going to buy elections it's sent to private (for profit), and religious (sententious reasons) schools. I read the stuff her minions put out bragging about winning the next election already.Enough is enough!

Lew said...

Two hallmarks of Christy Clark’s modus operandi are the photo op and the serial petting of BC Liberal cronies.

In her recent sojourn to Old Massett she appears to have planned one but not the other. A search of the government website news feed reveals a long list of aggrandizement for what would otherwise just be the normal operation of government. Handshake agreements on unfunded promises, minor funding announcements of $45K, and the like. Any First-Nation involvement is given special attention. Strangely, and completely out of character there is no such banner reserved for her Old Massett graciousness. None of the usual fanfare for innocuousness. One can therefore safely assume she was hoping maximum attention in Old Massett and minimum if any back home. A little petting when the chaperone wasn’t looking, so to speak.

Another of her hallmark qualities (a descriptor that probably shouldn’t be used in her case) was however, delivered. That is the ability to tarnish the wind-farm project, the school renovation, the local election, and what’s left of the reputation of the Ministry of Education by the very fact of her involvement.

sd said...

Oh by the way, how will that $100,000,000 tech money get handed out, e-mail or envelop?

North Van's Grumps said...

Apparently Mr. Clark's company has made only ONE application for the whole of the province from way back in 2011: Broadwing Renewables Inc.

In the last four years there hasn't been another application by Mr. Bruce. No proof of ability to do the job.

What next a lucrative BC Hydro ipp contract, oh wait, is this his chance to show the Premier what can be done with taxpayers money

Anonymous said...

Something rotten in the state of limburger.?

Anonymous said...

Broadwing Renewables = 1 application & 5+ years in limbo.

Time to call in TEAM SIS!

Anonymous said...

It’s like playing chess with a pigeon. First it knocks over all the pieces, then it shits on the board, and finally it struts around like it won.?

RossK said...


I think you're onto something there.