It’s our own fault, and it’s not what we want. That’s what I kept saying to myself as I walked on the beach today, thinking about what to write on the Premier’s $50,000 extra stipend from the BCLiberal Party. The stipend she lied about in 2012… (see to the end )
I have to praise Gary Mason for informing us of this.. Read his articles here https://t.co/6GfEtMAluy and here https://t.co/pB8d8d3B5g but you read that right. Christy Clark, who attends invitation only (as well as public) , big money fundraisers, receives a cool fifty grand for this work.
Board of Trade types.. Corporate execs.. who want government to shape government policy, often at the expense of the public interest, happily pay as much as $25000 to sit next to her at dinner. As Mason , and the NDP opposition pointed out today, the Premier benefits directly and monetarily from keeping them happy..
If you don’t have $10K to plunk down on dinner, you may be out of luck having this premier address your concerns.
Now I don’t mean the phrase “It’s our own fault” as a way of blaming the victim, or suggesting that we approved of all this. We don’t, and we didn’t.
An Insights West poll, released Monday, revealed that fully 86% of BC want big money out of politics. That includes corporate donations. That includes union donations. It includes 4/5 BCLiberal voters… See the poll results here: https://t.co/CGr1PslHci
With apologies to Jon McComb, Drex, at CKNW,, and News 1130 and various other radio stations, I have to say the uptake on this poll has been staggeringly small. When was the last time a respectable polling firm produced a number as emphatic as 86% on a matter of public interest? It’s a huge number of us….We agree…. If this large a segment of society agrees that the governing party should change its policy, we should have some influence! And we don’t.
And much of the media gave reporting this poll a miss…..That disempowers us, because we don’t know that everybody on our street wants big money out of politics as well.
Maybe we think Clark is bought and paid for? Maybe we recognize that we don’t want John Horgan to be bought and paid for should he become Premier? It doesn’t matter.. We all agree on something that does matter. Right, left and centre, we agree.
We don’t want a system where a mining baron named Edwards can raise a million from out of Province for the BCLiberals, and then have Hydro deferrals approved for his mines. We don’t want a system in which the Bank of China, and PETRONAS (under investigation for fraud in half a dozen countries) can contribute to the governing party and perhaps dictate policy. We don’t want a system in which citizens are last in the poll listing of who we think influences the government, well behind large donors. We don’t want a system in which , according to Integrity BC, a single man can donate $1M to the governing party masked through several companies. $25K for dinner? Chump change to a man like that.
There’s more…. Clark lied (or failed to correct the record).. When asked by Andrew MacLeod of the Tyee about the “Leader’s Allowance” she said she didn’t know the amount… it was like a car allowance. Read the link https://t.co/ZzMQeNiFgH
More than $4000 into her account every month, and Clark told a cheap fib when asked… She made fun of the NDP in the legislature today for “just discovering” the leaders stipend, the existence of which was known all along. But nobody knew the amount, and the one time she was asked, she told a cheap cheap lie .
That’s the state of political integrity in BC. And because the voters fail to inform themselves…. and because corporate media often fails to inform us… it will keep happening until voters of all stripes stand up and make it stop.