First and foremost I have to thank Ian Jessop for covering this story today. Here’s a link via Norm Farrell’s piece (which is well worth reading), to the CFAX radio commentator calling out not only the contradictions on the “grant” to the Old Massett school, but also the media for failing to question stories told by the players which contradict each other and the evidence. Read Norm, and have a listen to Ian’s editorial.
New information has come to my attention via Laila and Lew.
After all these shenanigans over a partnership between Province and Feds to fund a rebuild at the Chief Matthews Elementary School, it turns out the Feds arranged a different partnership with Old Massett to share the cost with the First Nation itself, 50/50. The link from the Government of Canada website is here: https://t.co/X3MTeo8688 There’s no mention of any BC involvement or financial commitment .
Of course it’s possible that the First Nation is counting on something from the Province of BC to help with its share, but if that’s the case….
- Why would a feasibility study be commissioned (initially to be completed right about now, May or June 2016, months after the Feds have already committed to the build.?
- Why is the feasibility study not on the BC Bid website? Has it been awarded? Has it been completed? Has it been dropped?
- Why would Chief Ken Rea be full of denials in the Haida Gwaii Observer story of May 27th here ? : https://t.co/0HvCA6fMmY
- Why would our photo-op addicted Premier not be self-promoting this innovative Federal Provincial partnership? She seemed proud of a new way of doing things when questioned by John Horgan in the legislature….Seems to me BC got left by the wayside in all this.
Chief Ken Rea’s story in December (Globe and Mail) was only that he spoke to someone in the Education Ministry whose phone number was kindly provided by Bruce Clark – Christy’s brother.
Chief Ken Rea’s story now is that he invited Clark personally to visit Haida Gwaii with $150 K to pressure the Feds (who had been in office for 37 days) to commit to the school rebuild….If the Province showed dollars, the Feds would feel pressure to match.
Fine, except why did Ken Rea fail to mention the personal contact with the Premier when first questioned in early December? Why did the Premier’s office skip that bit? Why did Ken Rea not mention the Federal announcement from February when asked about it in May? (Let’s be truthful, we all should have noticed it, but Ottawa’s a long way from our minds out here since the bad man went away – ht Rona A).
And for goodness sake, why does the federal announcement in February 2016 not mention anything about Provincial funding? I noted in my last post that it didn’t appear that the Feds and the Province were really talking about this..
Too many changing stories. Too many contradictions. Thanks to Ian Jessop and CFAX for breaking radio silence.