I began producing this blog precisely because of the deleted email and frustrated FOI scandal that began to mushroom in May 2015. I continue it because to this day, events keep calling for comment.
Right now, before you read the rest of this post, read Laila Yuile, here. It’s more important today than what I write underneath it.. :
It’s unbelievable that David Loukidelis, who was the fellow who recommended to the AG the Basi-Virk plea deal, could be brought in to interpret and presumably correct the report of Elizabeth Denham. (Note: I had Loukidelis role wrong. RossKs links below clarify this . Mea Culpa and thanks Lew for correcting me) … For those with short memories, that was the deal that paid for a guilty plea to corruption of one who worked directly for Christy Clark in the time of the sale of BC Rail.. Basi pled guilty when, and only when, it was understood that his legal fees would be indemnified by the Province (that is, you and me).. It stank, and Loukidelis left government when newly independent MLA John van Dongen was raising holy hell about it.
What I’m trying to get across is that I do this not because I’m a partisan for the NDP. I’m NDP because the current BCLiberal government is hopelessly corrupt, and because it is not being held sufficiently accountable by BC media, many of whom do perform excellent work.
However, I’ve been inspired by bloggers who have been at it much longer, and whose research is deeper and better than mine.
If you want to know how incompetent and financially corrupt the BCLiberals are, you must follow Norm Farrell at Northern Insights. If you want a history of insider dealings and media spin in favor of the status quo, you must read the Pacific Gazette. And if you want an exceptional human voice who researches the scandals and understands how all politics is local, and every voice matters, read Laila Yuile at No Strings Attached… There are many more, Dermod Travis, Rafe Mair, Grant G… And RIP Ian Reid and BC Mary who are greatly missed.. Lastly, while Alex Tsakumis is well to my knowledge, and has quit blogging, and despite the fact he and I discussed that his blog and commenters could degenerate to rudeness in a way I didn’t like, and I frequently disagreed with him (he was more or less blind to Harper’s evident insanity) I miss his blog too, and still respect what he did.
All of the above have blogged because there was and is a void to fill in holding power accountable, and not because they belong to a team other than the governing team. I salute them, and so should we all.