Tide Turning Against Premier Photo-op – Even Mainstream Media


Will wonders never cease? Was that a mild reproof of Premier Photo-op in Mike Smyth’s column the other day?
Was that a mild criticism of the Liberals in Vaughn Palmer’s column last Wednesday?
Then was that an out and out criticism by Mr. Palmer in this Thursday’s paper over her half-baked idea to have the trial of those accused of the Stanley Cup riots before the TV cameras? (This bright idea was to televise the trials of the rioters, overlooking the little rule we have in this country of presumption of innocence – a concept that doesn’t seem to phase the government that gave the police the right to investigate, charge, try and convict a suspected impaired driver on the spot, then sentence him and enforce the sentence. The reason that process hasn’t been tested in court is that the accused is deprived of his right to go to court.)
And, the saints be praised, I was stunned by that editorial in the Province this past Wednesday that told the premier, in so many words, to get off her ass or someone else (never to be named, of course) might take her job away.

This is like the day Walter Cronkite criticized Lyndon Johnson’s Vietnam policy, such that Johnson knew that if he had lost Cronkite, he’d lost the country. When the loyal troopers at the Sun and Province turn their guns – even if only popguns – at you, there is definitely trouble in River City, Madam Premier. (If there was any remaining doubt as to the direction things are headed for Premier Photo-op, yesterday, Mr. Palmer dissected the grim poll numbers of Ms. Clark’s party, now trailing a full 7 points behind the NDP.)

What’s next? Sun Editorial page editor Fazil Mihlar, a Fellow of the Fraser Institute, giving Erik Andersen, the economist who has exposed the fiscal folly of BC Hydro/Private power program, an op-ed piece?
Will my old “pal” Wayne Moriarty of the Province give an op-ed piece where Rex Weyler, a founder of Greenpeace, can tell that which the media won’t tell, about pipelines moving highly toxic Tar Sands bitumen to Kitimat and Vancouver and the certainty of spills on BC’s land and seacoast?
Premier Photo-op still has her charming smile coming from every possible orifice in these papers, but criticism in the Postmedia press! Can the Age of Miracles be far off?!!! 
Speeches from the Throne are pretty bland affairs but to give one praising Private River projects in light of all that’s happened and to fail to make  mention of the environment has even got to our aforesaid friends in Fox News North.

I wonder when the media is going to admit that all their nonsense about the Liberals being good stewards of the public purse has been exposed as bunk (I’m trying to clean up my language, folks) – that they have tripled the provincial debt since those NDP wastrels left office and that in fact it was the NDP in 2001 that last had a surplus?
Don’t peddle that crap about the Recession; evidently they had not noticed the stock market crash and the crumbling of banks and brokers. If the government didn’t see the Recession coming, they obviously weren’t paying attention. Then, let them be reminded, that when they brought in their deceitful 2009 budget, which they knew was phoney, they then ran the election on it.
Moreover, in the NDP years there was the Asian flu which destroyed our export market and neither the media nor the Liberals cut them any slack.
Seventy years ago the boxing great Joe Louis remarked about his upcoming heavyweight fight with Billy Conn – “He can run but he can’t hide” – that’s as true today as it was then and the Premier would do well to bear it in mind.
One used to be able to brush aside concerns of the “environment” – it was a left wing issue; it was only what my Dad called “parlour pinks” that gave a damn. That’s no longer the case and, as part of the environmental movement, I can tell the Liberals flat out that they will be hounded by it unless they, in a miracle rivalling Lazarus rising from the dead, change their ways.

The further problem is that they have been so economical with the truth, nobody believes what they say no matter how or when they say it. The Campbell/Clark government has lied through its teeth for a decade and not only is that a tough habit to break, but no one believes you anyway if you do. They’re like the clock that strikes 13 – you never ever trust it again.
I and others have tried to tell this premier and her government that not only are environmental issues many and varied, there is a steady but certain coming together of those who take these issues very seriously. “Divide and Rule” is no longer possible. As we’ve been saying for some time – these issues are not matters of “Left” and “Right” but right and wrong. And we stand shoulder to shoulder in these battles.
If the media finally starts doing its job it will expose the fact that the Campbell/Clark government’s Energy Policy (you were there ma’am) has taken BC Hydro to the brink of bankruptcy while ruining our rivers for power we don’t need, which BC Hydro must buy and take a huge loss on.
It will expose the fact that BC stands to have its sacred heritage destroyed by pipelines from The Tar Sands, be it on land or from tankers on our coast. The logic cannot be refuted – if you take a risk without any limitation of time or times you take it, you no longer have a risk but a certainty waiting to happen. Ms. Clark, you and your candidates will be hearing that a lot from now until election day. (Mercy of mercies, please call a snap election – the sooner the better off the province will be!)
Then there are fish farms and farmland – huge issues led by people like Alexandra Morton and Donna Passmore, whose supporters, including us at The Common Sense Canadian, will back them to the hilt.
Oh, yes – you’re probably wondering what happened that hot night in June 1941 in New York when Joe Louis fought Billy Conn.
Conn tried to run.
Louis knocked him out in the 8th round.


About Rafe Mair

Rafe Mair, LL.B, LL.D (Hon) a B.C. MLA 1975 to 1981, was Minister of Environment from late 1978 through 1979. In 1981 he left politics for Talk Radio becoming recognized as one of B.C.'s pre-eminent journalists. An avid fly fisherman, he took a special interest in Atlantic salmon farms and private power projects as environmental calamities and became a powerful voice in opposition to them. Rafe is the co-founder of The Common Sense Canadian and writes a regular blog at rafeonline.com.

12 thoughts on “Tide Turning Against Premier Photo-op – Even Mainstream Media

  1. Get rid of her and all her freinds. Let the real truth be told about BC Rail, Birk Vasi affair, and the state of our economy – before it is too late.

    Premier Photo-op is an embarassment.

  2. Thank you Rafe,
    I see you are faced with the same problpem that I am and that is that overthe Liberal decade there has been so much damage, so much injustice, so many lies, so much corporate support and so much attacking of the people of BC by this bunch of Liberal puppets that it cannot all be handled at once. No matter what we write there is someone whose pet peeve, valid though it undoubtedly is, is not covered and they are critical.
    I follow what is said and done on both edaral and BC levels and salmost always have difficulty in understanding how we can be expected to believe what almost all politicians say. The sad part is that they say what they do as if it is the gospel and we have to believe that or go to hell…well I guess I am gong to that mythical hell then!
    Keep it up Rafe, we need your voice and words.

  3. Occupy Vancouver, October 15, Vancouver Art Gallery – all day. See if the MSM covers that. 3000 already signed up.

  4. you forgot about Rio Tinto Alcan’s power sales. I hope we can stop the pipeline but I think Harper has signed it off. Kitimat resident

  5. Rafe, I hope you are right but I’m not holding my breath when it comes to the current crop of the MSM that covers our political scene. All too often they seem to make a big deal about something inconsequential and then go back to rubber stamping the government’s PAB supplied message unabridged.

    The ownership of the media in BC is concentrated into too few hands and as far as I’m concerned, the advertising dollars the government donates to their collective bottom lines trumps integrity and will continue to do so for a long time. The Howe Street and Bay Street owners of the majority of BC’s media have no interest in the commoners nor the environment, only increasing the size of their bank accounts.

  6. There seems to be a misconception amongst some of our readers that every article we publish needs to cover every issue related to the topic at hand (i.e., BC Rail, SFPR in this case). These are issues we’ve covered in abundance in these pages – as regular readers will know – and will continue to cover in ways the mainstream media wouldn’t dare. Please stay tuned for more coverage and opinions on these matters – they certainly are important to us, as our track record should demonstrate. Incidentally, thank you to both BC Mary and Eliza for their important work in their respective areas. I commend to our readers the website of the Burns Bog Conservation Society (http://www.burnsbog.org/) and BC Mary’s blog (http://bctrialofbasi-virk.blogspot.com/)

  7. Never mind Christy Clark she is just a puppet.
    It’s quite obvious that her handlers are no so impressed with her performances & want a replacement that can win “them’ the next Provincial election.
    Expose the handlers !!

  8. Thanks, once again, for your passionate defence of our province, Rafe.

    Just wondering how you could’ve failed to mention the give-away of BC Rail … and Christy’s front row involvement in that corrupt exercise.

  9. Rafe,

    You havan’t even mentioned the South Fraser Perimeter Road that is right in your backyard. It is based on a 1970s plan when no one worried about climate change or knew the importance of peatlands. I suggest that you go to the EAO’s website and take a look at the submissions that resulted from Gateway & Freer requesting an amendment to their environmental certificate. This was brought about by Bertha Williams filing a lawsuit against the government for failing to protect archeological sites along the way.

    The Tsawwassen band agreed in their Treaty not to contest the South Fraser Perimeter Road.

    Bertha has gone to the United Nations three times on her own dime. Take a look at the CERD website and the letters sent to the Canadian government over the treaty.

    I suggest that you take a walk down to the harbour in West Vancouver and have a chat with Jay Straith. He will tell you about the hiding of the Archeaological Report by the government.

    And that will be just the start of it.

    It’s all well and good to fight to save the environment up North–and we should–but have to look after our backyard as well.

    Think Moscow last year! Burning peatlands.

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