The BC Liberals: Corrupt from Top to Bottom–The Soiling of Government Independence Like Never Before
Someone queue the beloved David Berner laugh track…
I can’t take it any more. You just cannot make this stuff up.
For those that are unaware of what I’m going on about, read this.
The chair of the committee deciding Auditor General John Doyle’s fate was the only MLA cited for offside financial practices, but saw nothing to remain on as committee chair. In fact, Vernon disgrace Eric Foster claims he knew little of the AG’s objections.
At the heart of the matter is Foster’s billing of $70,000 plus in renovations for his constituency office. The building is owned by his constituency assistant’s family.
Now, here’s where it gets wonderful…
Foster’s utterly dimwitted staff sent in bills to be paid, WITHOUT INVOICE! Imagine the gall! So, John Doyle busts them, and cites Foster in a report.
Well, that doesn’t matter, as the equally, utterly dimwitted Speaker Bill Barisoff approves the expenses WITHOUT INVOICE, to make his fellow colleague’s life milk and honey.
Foster stays on as chair, even though he admits to at least knowing of the Doyle sanction ONLY after the fact (a likely story).
And Barisoff slithers back to his rock, er, excuse me, throne.
In the mean time, Foster asks the ever-impartial, completely without conflict (my tongue is planted firmly in cheek) Conflict Commissioner Paul Fraser (family friend of Christy Clark), to review the upgrade affair, since the constituency office building belongs to his constituency assistant’s family, and Foster, because he’s such a principled fellow, would never commit to anything out of bounds.
Of course, no shock whatsoever, Fraser finds not a hint of conflict whatsoever (I mean, how could you?), and Foster walks on with head held high.
And knuckles surfing the sidewalk.
1) The Speaker should resign as he’s a disgrace. He knows nothing of the impartiality demanded of his office. He’s proved that he’s a blind political partisan. Barisoff is a shame to the office. He should call Stephen Rogers for a refresher course in how to hold the office with dignity and decorum.
2) Fraser’s look at the upgrade affair should be immediately reviewed. I find it impossible that he didn’t discover any wrong doing.
3) Foster should be censured for doing what he did. It is clearly WRONG to have submitted any bills for payment without invoices. It’s outrageous that he would approve of that.
4) Any staffer involved in sending along those expenses should be IMMEDIATELY fired. What kind of idiot would tack unqualified bills on the taxpayer to pay?!? It’s beyond outrageous.
Oh well…yet another day in the most corrupt province in Canada.
Tomorrow, I’ll tell you about BC’s top journalist, and why he’s shown uncommon journalistic integrity.
And why there needs to be an inquiry on the BC Place upgrades.
See you then.