Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Christy Clark and The Great Bitumen Swamp of Alberta

In the spring of 2011 - infamous spring in Vancouver - the Premier of British Columbia, Christy Clark, famously said the Province of BC would not assist the City of Vancouver with extra policing during the Stanley Cup playoff final, but would be happy to contribute to the Stanley Cup victory parade.

Subsequently, after there was a riot after the Stanley Cup final due in some measure to lack of adequate policing, Christy Clark was all over the criminal investigation and court proceedings, all conducted at Provincial expense, and which she tried to get covered on television.  The word "hypocrisy" comes to mind, in large neon Day-Glo letters, flashing on and off like hideous Christmas decorations.  Fortunately, she failed.

Now, we have her "policy" on the Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline proposal, which was concocted after months of dithering and is still completely confused.  The pipeline is more of a risk than an asset she says, unless of course Alberta pays us money.  Christy could wait for the result of the formal review, but since that won't come down until immediately before the next BC provincial election - if she's lucky - she apparently is impelled to launch a public relations offensive that is transparently stupid.

In fact, that's the good news:  the government of BC is so transparent that its policy is obviously stupid.