(UPDATED) The BC Liberals and Friends Scheme to Privatize Liquor Distribution: Another BC Rail Scandal in the Making
How many times can I begin with the same line when writing about the beleaguered provincial government and its hapless leader Christy Clark?
My darlings, ‘you just can’t make this stuff up’.
The BC NDP, fresh from a months long nap (rather shameful, really) disclosed internal documents showing that until Pat Kinsella–the Premier’s close pal and advisor, lobbied along with Excel to privatize the LDB in BC, the government had no business case to do it!
Well, where is that business case, Pat? Show it to us! Because the rest of the province hasn’t seen a goddanmed thing to support something like that!
In fact, it was apparently all a neon light idea after the Exel geniuses bumped into Shirley the Dim at a golf tourney in the north.
Quick, queue the blessed David Berner laugh track please…
What a bunch of IDIOTS, the lot of them!!! How can they think that the process to privatize liquor distribution in this province is ANYTHING but tainted, after CKNW’s Bob Mackin MONTHS ago revealed how Exel wrote a memo that included the lavish bragging of how they could influence the process by speaking to their pal, Minister Rich Coleman???
It remains a clearly corrupt process that should have been halted MONTHS AGO–the second Mackin’s FOI intel was released.
Here are my observations:
(1) While I laud the BCNDP for their awakening to a crumbling and corrupt government, their information, explosive as it is, only serves to demonstrate that they should have been demanding the government halt the RFP MONTHS AGO. WHERE WERE THE NDP??? Bob Mackin’s info was enough for ANY fair-minded person to attack the process and declare it thoroughly corrupt. Kudos to my pal Shane Simpson, though: An exceedingly professional, informative and pointed presentation of the government’s corruption on this file. Well done, Shane. Truly marvelous work by you and your NDP colleagues.
(2) I’m thrilled to death Vaughn Palmer took to task the new Minister responsible, Margaret McDiarmid. But where is Vaughn’s leaping, snarling inner pit bull when he’s interviewing the Premier? Kenneled and muzzled, apparently. All softballs and lots of latitude for deflection. Let’s see what he does tomorrow, if she has the courage to show up anywhere. It didn’t occur to the Dean of BC’s MSM that after Mackin’s intel months ago, this is a process shot to hell with insider privilege and corruption??? Really?! It took the NDP’s information to do this? And I couldn’t believe how delusional and confused Margaret McDiarmid sounded while Palmer was bashing her ridiculous excuses black and blue. What a PATHETIC public servant!
(3) Is this whole thing not reminiscent of the sale of BCRail? Pat Kinsella playing both sides of the deal. And a government insider with direct connections to the Premier, who will gain immensely. Oh, yes, the Premier…the one who couldn’t be reached for comment today because, AS USUAL, she’s busy hiding during the first day of any scandal, to measure the fall out, and see what the reaction will be, while her minions script answers she’ll provide tomorrow or the next day. This is leadership of a province? What a pitiful dunce!
(4) CKNW should be heartily congratulated for covering this story so completely. Simi Sara, Bob Mackin, Sean Leslie and their entire newsroom led the way, with exceptional reporting and commentary–better than any other news venue. Kudos to Sara, Mackin and Leslie in particular!
(5) What if this is all a bait and switch? It wouldn’t be the first time this government played us. So…Exel is now thoroughly tainted in this process. They become the stalking horse. And then what’s a responsible and prudent government to do??? Why, of course, they hand the contract to (here comes the swtich) ContainerWorld, owned by BC Liberal backer Dennis Chrismas. And thanks to Kinsella’s brokering, Exel buys ContainerWorld at some point later, down the road. Get it?
After I published it, I received a phone call from a friend of Pat Kinsella’s–a mutual friend…a very good friend.
“Pat denies your story. He never, ever got involved in making the government wanna sell this distribution channel. No way. And Dennis Chrismas is going to come out and publicly deny your story. I’m telling you, there is a business case that makes sense…”
Oops… Pat never led the parade to privatize? Really? And where is his close friend Rich Coleman in all of this? Tell me again, please. Because the NDP documents released bare more than a passing resemblance to specific documents ocllected previously by Bob Mackin. Documents that look eerily similar to GOVERNMENT documents to make the case to privatize.
You betcha, Pat had nothing to do with it…sure thing, pal. And I’m still waiting for Chrismas’ denial.
What a woeful, laughable government. Led by the most unqualified Premier in the history of this country.
I tell you, Boessenkool’s plan of having Christy hide for the summer maybe wasn’t such a bright idea after all.
Out of honour and duty, shouldn’t the Captain be on the bridge when the Titanic II sinks into the darkest depths of the abyss?
Oh, yes, of course. What honour and duty? We’re dealing with Christy…how could I have forgotten???
And did anyone hear Murray Coell on Simi’s show this afternoon??? “We listened to the people…they rejected the HST and we got rid of it, all of it…”
NO YOU DIDN’T YOU FOOL! It’s still with us, making the most needy in the province suffer! Are all these people this stupid? Can it be???
And the hits will keep on coming…there will be no government left unless she’s pushed out or leaves. It’s done. It’ll only get uglier. But she doesn’t care. She got what she wanted, the title (she stole it), and she’s going to milk that forever.
The NDP’s documents will squeeze everything else off the media radar, so I’m going to wait til Monday to release the Gordon Campbell ‘Basi-Virk’ docs. Sorry about that, but Bob Mackin is also coming out with more as well–I did an exclusive hour long interview with him for CKNW on the BC Rail file. I understand it could be released as soon as tomorrow (or Monday). So, Monday seems a better time for a document dump.
I’m off tomorrow dealing with family matters.
Please enjoy the summer responsibly.
I’ll be back Monday.
CKNW’s Bob ‘The Hammer’ Mackin, BC’s top investigative journalist, advises the his NW piece on BC Rail/’Basi-Virk’ is in the production room, so listen for it early next week–likely Monday!
I’ll be doing a separate post on this for Sunday with some exclusive details about Mackin’s documentary.
He landed some very special guests…and I don’t mean just Tieleman and Tsakumis…