Christy Clark’s First Press Conference of 2013: An Exercise in Futility–and Subterfuge!
I’ve finally figured the Premier’s life goal: To be a comedienne.
I just finished listening in on her press conference this morning. She’s now saying she wants Auditor General John Doyle to have his term extended two years. She apparently “reflected” on the committee’s decision over the holiday (the month she was hiding and couldn’t pick up the phone and call reporters back), In fact, Clark has decided that when the legislature comes back shortly, that the Auditor General’s Act will change and that any prospective candidate will know of how they will max out at eight years. This, by the way, is not dissimilar to the way the federal government operates.
However, Clark did also intimate that while she didn’t want to get involved in the committee’s business, she has spoken to the BC Liberal members of the Select Standing Committee, who decided John Doyle’s fate, and suggested she would like to see this change retroactively support an extension of Doyle’s term.
Interesting. She doesn’t want to get into the committee’s business and soil their independence, but she does so anyway. Clark wouldn’t dare get her members to do the right thing to begin with, but she’s happy to suggest they backtrack after outrage erupts that she and her colleagues are exacting a personal vendetta against the Auditor General.
Oh, yes, and key to her comments was that the committee will be meeting today, and while the decision to essentially extend John Doyle’s term isn’t up to her, she will await the decision with bated breath.
Well, clever pool–at least that’s what it appears on the surface. Let’s defuzzify for you, and give you some general observations on the press conference and Clark moving forward.
1) Clark took major heat on the push to have Doyle removed. If any of you think she didn’t have her hand in that decision, you’re nuts. I spoke to three caucus members who confirmed it. She’s in damage control. And you should have heard her stammering and stuttering. What?! No all nighter, prepping for us? AND!!! She was TWENTY minutes late. NOT ONE presser has ever started on time since she’s become premier. NOT ONE! She has not respect for the press or timelines, etc. NONE! Then, she only bothered with a smattering of questions, and the whole thing lasted only 15 minutes. What a joker!
2) Do you see how she’s trying to snooker the NDP? She’s told her members that come hell or high water, they’re going to reverse the decision they made to boot Doyle, but the committee needs to act unanimously. Now, if Adrian Dix is sincere about his demand that Clark’s government reverse their decision and keep Doyle on, then his members have to go along with the government’s new initiative. If they do, then Doyle will remain on for the first two years of Dix’s term. Very clever, but it won’t matter as Clark will lose the next election whenever it is, and if Dix flies straight, he’ll have nothing to worry about.
3) What kind of nonsense is Christy shovelling this time??? Here’s a direct quote. “The process of choosing the Auditor General is flawed and needs to be changed for the better. We need to know that the process is untainted…so close to an election and that the process is improved…” Fine, textbook fluff. Here’s the killer: “The Auditor General must be allowed to complete his work…”
WTH are you talking about you halfwitted sociopath??? YOUR GOVERNMENT IS FIGHTING THE AUDITOR GENERAL IN COURT. YOUR GOVERNMENT WON’T ALLOW HIM TO SEE THE BASI-VIRK INDEMNITY/CLOSING DEAL. YOUR GOVERNMENT HAVE BEEN RESOLUTELY OBSTRUCTIONIST TO THIS AUDITOR GENERAL!!! ARE YOU COMPLETELY OUT OF YOUR MIND CHRISTY??? WHO DO YOU THINK YOU’RE FOOLING???
The bottom line is that this incredible fool occupying the Premier’s Office knows full well why she can’t allow the agreement out. After her ex-husband and his team cheated to get Clark within striking distance of the slumbering Falcon camp, the guy who helped her over the goal line to become premier, Mike deJong–the most vindictive and destructive politician in the legislature today–was the one who signed off on the deal between the government and Basi and Virk. David Loukidelis and Graham Whitmarsh were bit players. How the hell can anyone believe the sheer and utter BS coming from deJong’s or Clark’s mouths??? Relatively junior bureaucrats can’t sign off on a SIX MILLION DOLLAR discretionary deal and that’s precisely Doyle’s primary concern.
Meanwhile, speaking of Clark’s ex-hubby, Mark Marrisen, he’s busy tweeting out how visionary the drivel is that Christy proffered this morning. Gotta hand it to Marissen, he’s still her man.
Oh, and by the way Mark, I don’t know why you keep asking friends of mine if they want “to share any information” on me.
You know exactly where you can find me, and you have my direct number, it’s not changed in all these years. Call me and we’ll meet up and I’ll provide you with blow by blow account of anything you’d like to ask.
C’mon. You can’t remain a coward forever. Pick up that phone tough guy, and call me, or be quite prepared for a response without warning. I don’t appreciate you asking about my personal life. It’s personal, like yours, and not anyone’s business.
But it doesn’t surprise me that you and Christy would go there.
PR hackery and charity crumbs from Christy’s paycheques haven’t kept you enough in the silks, so you’ve resorted to making up gossip about me and my family?
I don’t mind you making statements about my work that you can’t back up or taking shots at me in this arena, but once you go personal, I WILL TAKE THE GLOVES OFF and you’ll need to move planets.
That I promise.
Your call, tough guy.
I’m shaking in my Size 10 Boulets…
UPDATE: Not long ago, on the Simi Sara Show, CKNW Victoria Bureau Chief Sean Leslie has just demonstrated that when many describe him as the biggest BC Liberal shill in this province’s media, that the description understates the case so very considerably. He editorialized that Christy’s efforts to extend the Auditor General’s tenure is because she has nothing to fear with respect to the BC Rail matter. Is Leslie at all well? Who does he think he’s fooling??? Sean, you incredibly shameless fool, if she has nothing to worry about in terms of her obvious involvement in the sale of BC Rail, WHY HASN’T SHE CALLED FOR AN INQUIRY??? Never mind the deal between the government and Basi and Virk that she wants to remain hidden. Never mind Commissioner Gerrand’s narrow scope in his investigation of her conflict. If what Leslie says is true, and only a total shill would say that, WHY HASN’T CLARK CALLED FOR AN INQUIRY INTO THE SALE OF BC RAIL?!?!?
Sean, give it up. Your wife works for the government, one of your best pals is Shane Mills, Christy’s PR hack, and NW hasn’t been smart enough to find a replacement, otherwise you wouldn’t be have a platform to be able to shovel such partisan horse manure.