Barry Penner’s Stunning Resignation and Christy Clark’s Rapidly Disintegrating Premiership
At the outset, let me state, with considerable disappointment–but no real surprise, my utter disgust with the complete lack of vigorous follow-up of the Attorney-General’s resignation by the mainstream press.
Off the top, CTV had Christy Clark windbag Jim Beatty on to softshoe the resignation. Here’s a guy who not six months ago tried to fool us into believing his magnificent BS of how he painstakingly reviewed 1/1000th of the ‘Basi-Virk’ trial information (4 binders and thousands of entries on hundreds of pages and all in a few days) and arrived at the “exoneration” of Christy Clark. But now he can’t follow-up a simple story by asking a few tough questions of his pal the Preem? Goodness, I guess you must eventually rest when you’re that much of a genius.
CKNW had Sean Leslie whistling a similar tune and then covered such pertinent topics as marijuana legalization (which Leslie is on the absolutely wrong side of, no shocker).
And!!!!!!! Global DIDN’T EVEN COVER IT!!! Nothing on the early news (but apparently a burp on the late reel with Jill Krop), and I watched in horror, as story after story passed and not a word, nothing. Where is head BC Liberal cheerleader Keith Baldrey? He’s a close pal of the Premier, couldn’t he get a comment? Nothing? ICBC hamfistedness and BC Ferries were priorities in the first segment. And then in the second some wayward bear was shot–good, shoot it again, in fact shoot them all, I couldn’t care less at this point! The province is BURNING under the corruption of this appalling government and the media ARE ASLEEP!!!
The resignation of the top legal beagle in BC wasn’t even on their radar.
By that point, I did finally tune into the CBC hoping there was a rerun of ‘King of Kensington’ as an excuse to open a fresh kettle of Mr. Walker’s amber restorative.
There would have been no point to tune in the actual CBC News, of course, who are TOTALLY tainted by continuing to shamefully allow Stephen Smart on as Victoria Bureau Chief when Christy Clark spoke at his wedding (to Clark staffer and former Bill Good producer, bubblehead Rebecca Scott).
What a complete joke that the press in this province are so afraid of this insufferable, shameless, lying woman whose organizers cheated to put her in the Premier’s chair. It’s uncontainable that the biggest six o’clock show in British Columbia didn’t cover the resignation of the chief lawyer in this province. Stunning.
Well, as usual, let me do the work for all of them.
Penner’s statement to the press, which caught most BC Liberal PR hacks, spinners and caucus completely off guard–BECAUSE HE DIDN’T TELL THEM!!! That’s a goddamned story on its own!! I spoke to several MLAs this morning, after my Kinsella story today (most called me) and none of them knew a thing about Barry Penner hitting the eject button prior to impact.
Clue numero uno.
Then I got a call from a member of Cabinet, that was also fuming over the lack of responsiveness from the Premier, “who must have known, but she didn’t even tell us, right?”
Clue number two.
And then, you guessed it, clue number three…after I read Penner’s statement.
“It’s been a great honour to serve the people in my home town, and beyond, for more than 15 years in elected office, and to receive their votes of confidence in four successive election campaigns. However, to everything there is a season, and I have decided that I will not be seeking our party’s nomination for the next election. Serving in elected office is a challenging calling and a noble profession, but I have never thought of it as a lifetime career. Every decision is influenced by a variety of factors. And, as with all jobs, there were ups and downs, but overall it’s been a remarkable experience.
Spending more time at home this summer, and going on short hikes with my young family in recent weeks, has reminded me how much this job takes me away from home. Now that I have a beautiful wife and a baby daughter, being away is a price paid not just by myself, but by those I love the most. And while I certainly have loved doing the work that comes with this job, I believe this is the right decision for me and my family The BC Liberal Party is encouraging MLAs to begin the nomination process to be a candidate in the next election.
By announcing my decision now, there will be time for an open nomination process in Chilliwack-Hope. I expect a number of strong potential candidates will emerge who want to carry the BC Liberal banner into the next election, whenever it may be.
Since I have decided not to run again in the next provincial election, I have tendered my resignation as Attorney General.
I believe the Premier and government would be better served having someone in Cabinet who will be working with them, shoulder-to-shoulder, through to and after the next election.
I want to thank both former Premier Gordon Campbell and Premier Christy Clark for being willing to lead the BC Liberal Party and our province, and for giving me an opportunity to serve as a Member of Cabinet – for five years as Minister of Environment, then as Minister of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation and most recently as Attorney General.
It’s been an incredible opportunity for someone who grew up in the eastern Fraser Valley. I began this journey as a Legislative Intern in 1989, was elected as the youngest member of the Official Opposition in 1996, successfully joined with others to fight the proposed SE2 power plant and have a new courthouse built in Chilliwack, and later worked to improve BC’s relations with our neighbours as president of the Pacific Northwest Economic Region and assisted in the development of policy to encourage renewable energy in our province.
It’s been simply awesome! However, the ultimate highlight was getting to know so many positive people throughout the province, especially in the great constituency I’m fortunate to call home. The most important job I’ve had in the past 15 years is being the local MLA. None of this would have been possible without the countless hours of work my family, friends and many dedicated volunteers have contributed to the democratic process, starting when I decided to seek the BC Liberal nomination in 1995 as a 29 year old, political unknown. Your faith in me is something I have never forgotten.”
Allow me to translate:
Here’s what Barry Penner really meant…
“We’ve been at this gig for ten years and I’ve been duped too many times. First Gordo with all his bullshit and string of taxpaid “entertainment” on staff and now Christy fumbling her way through a job she’s totally unqualified to have, it’s more than a nice guy from the Valley can take. Yeah, I married a REAL great gal and we’ve got a beautiful baby daughter so I wanna go home, but the real truth is, since Christy’s been the boss, nothing has gone right and she’s been a meddlesome bitch on so many issues–like reelection, for example: She wants to go in the fall even though most of us are intelligent enough to know we’ll get killed. But despite the lies being shoveled by Rich (on behalf of his close pal Patrick, who knows his puppet Christy is doomed) we’re toast. Don’t want to be a gray ghost on the opposition bench along with the handful of MLAs that will survive the tsunami that we really deserve. And! Christy, as per her federal Liberal pedigree, wants to appoint her own people including that dimwit Martin who’s been injected with so much helium or whatever that stuff the fancy girls downtown use, she floats to work. See, that’s why I shoved in that line about open nominations, so that Christy doesn’t think she was fooling anyone. But she doesn’t care about talking to any of us anyway. Shirely Bond had a very serious issue she needed to talk the Premier about and it took Christy TWO WEEKS to get back to her. TWO WEEKS to get a call back from Christy!!! Imean, she only works every other day, what the hell was she doin’? Poor Shirely was thinking of doing something really daring like get out her blow dryer again. I mean, we’ve only seen Miss Piggy-In-A-Pants-Suit, er, I mean the Preem, only a half dozen times since some of her organizers lifted those PIN numbers for her to win, anyway….oops, that was my outside voice, right? Right? Riiiight…..
Christy’s total lack of leadership on the riot file pissed me off too. She made asinine statements that only frustrated the justice system, almost as bad as when Mike was AG, and then she showed up in yet another short skirt and heels to sweep up some broken glass for three minutes (like it was the beginning of a bad porno or something, not that I’ve ever seen one) and all the photo ops and lip gloss in the world aren’t gonna overshadow that bastard Tsakumis churning out more proof on his blog that Christy, when she was Deputy Premier, was furnishing Cabinet level BC Rail material to admitted bribers like Bornmann and Kieran. She’s sure as hell surrounded herself with most of the players that covered her buckskin from that day anyway and the media concentrate on Miss Perky and not us and the hard work we’re putting in. This whole thing has turned into a bad joke and I’m outta here. And Christ Almighty, if Doyle brings out any details of the Basi-Virk bribe to get those guys and their lawyers to shut up and take a hike, all the lies I was scripted and was dumb enough to repeat will come back to bite my derriere.
Oh yeah, for posterity, I better list all the things I did real smooth like, because after the shot across her bow today, Christy’s gonna be gunning for my ass as long as I’m sitting here acting like ‘Honest Abe’ and all. Oh well, it’ll take the pressure off some of the half dozen or so MLAs that are preparing to bolt soon enough either as independents or BC Conservatives and sit to the right of the fisherman’s friend.
Sure thing, I’ll even thank that ethically vacant jerk Gordo (who I defended, oh imagine, dumb Barry, dumb!) and Christy for nothing and then let Christy’s idiot brigade spin this as me going off into the sunset with my lovely wife and cute-as-a-button daughter. I’m leaving for a holiday tomorrow so no one can get a hold of me anyway. And no matter what anyone leaks to that no-good Tsakumis, who will surely elect the NDP, I’ll just deny my ass off–well, whatever’s left of it after ole Chrusty railroads me out the dang door. Golly, on a clear day I can see Chilliwack from my office in Victoria. Sincerely, Mr. Nice Guy”
And what was the Premier’s SHAMELESS response???
“Oh, I sure do understand his reason (for leaving) I had to make that exact same decision once and it wasn’t easy….” And not a single follow-up question about the total lack of notice from Penner, nothing. The media went back to being in bed with the government.
And she made this statement straight-faced and without a hint of shame, none whatsoever. You lying, political trollop, nine months after being so completely dishonest with the public about caring for your son, who you despicably use as a prop when your numbers dive, you were banging down the door of the NPA (I was on the Board, remember our one hour conversation when, among other matters, I grilled you about the Hamish excuse and you fumbled some crap about how he’d grown so quickly?), because so fertile is your megalomania that after living in the boonies your whole life and slinging hash at the Blue Boy Hotel, you decided you were absolutely qualified to be Mayor of the third largest city in Canada.
And your incompetence showed.
But nowhere as much as it does now.
Weep for this province.