“The kind of corruption the media talk about, the kind the Supreme Court was concerned about, involves the putative sale of votes in exchange for campaign contributions. “~ James L.Buckley
I wonder how our dear premier is feeling this morning? Because depending on what side you take, the latest news regarding the political campaign contributions made by various special prosecutors ( Kash Heed’s messy election campaign investigation + the Basi- Virk trial) have got to be revelations carrying a double edged sword. Yes, reveal the possibility of hidden motives and alliances, by all means – this is the crux of what we strive for in most of the blogosphere. However the revelation of the political contribution of the special prosecutor in the Basi-Virk Trial may also have a far greater impact on where that trial ends than any allegations or charges faced by the accused, or by any evidence presented in that oh- so secretive courtroom.
Political contributions have long been the avenue of unofficial lobbying and influence for many a businessman or corporation. Say as you may that making a monetary contribution to one party only does not exert any influence or conflict, the fact is that it does, because in election campaigns , every single penny matters – just ask Kash Heed. It is well demonstrated in British Columbia that large political contributions by corporations often result in favourable contracts or business deals down the road, case in point perhaps for the next in line may be Enbridge.
The Enbridge pipeline has been a favored blog topic for me in the past, because of the vast impact this one project will have on all British Columbians. For more of my posts on Enbridge, check out these links:
Enbridge operates a smooth, well oiled( no pun intended) public relations team that makes the project seem like the best thing to hit this province since…. run of the river projects. Enbridge has since received staunch opposition from First Nations in this province, as well as residents and business alike in the northern part of our province where the pipeline is proposed.
With all the Liberals seemingly on board with such a contentious proposition, and with so much profit at risk for Enbridge should the project fail to proceed, one would wonder if Enbridge dabbled in the political contribution arena at all….. so, off to elections BC to check the contributors list… and BINGO.
Combined Contributions Search Results (S-A1-A)
|S-A1-A – Your Search Criteria|
|Contributor Name||Date From||Date To||Party|
|S-A1-A – Your Search Results|
|Total Contribution For This Search: $50,290.00|
|Records 1-19 of 19|
Roger Harris, Vice President of Aboriginal and Community Partnerships for Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipelines has personally contributed as well. http://contributions.electionsbc.gov.bc.ca/pcs/SA1ASearchResults.aspx?Contributor=roger%20harris&PartySK=0&Party=(ALL)&DateTo=&DateFrom=&DFYear=&DFMonth=&DFDay=&DTYear=&DTMonth=&DTDay=
While $50 k might not seem like a lot, in the grand scheme of a mult-million dollar project, I think it speaks volumes, just as the recent revelations do of political contributions of the special prosecutor involved in charge consideration in the Kash Heed matter, and as it does in the special prosecutor appointed to the Basi-Virk proceedings. And while for all the players involved in these debacles, it may be just’ business as usual’ in the province of British Columbia, to the rest of us it stinks to high heaven of inconsistencies and corruption at all levels of government and law.
The questions remain: why does this still continue ? – and how much more is there to find out?
But…. before I go, take a look at this blog post passed on to myself by a wonderful reader. http://ponderingsitec.blogspot.com/ Although a newly born blog, clearly there promises to be some questions posed here that should be answered.
Friday, May 7, 2010A quick look at some of the Site C pre-construction reveals some interesting “green” ideas.
They claim they will recover one million cubic meters of marketable wood products. That’s a pretty good trick in today’s world.
A million cubic meters of additional wood in the Ft St John regional market is going to clearly cut logging activity in other places.
You can bet they won’t be getting premium prices for it either. This really would be a fire sale. They either have to sell it or burn it.
Better yet in the “green energy program” is the other stuff they have to get rid of.
They are apparently going to have a go at creating the worlds largest compost pile. The legacy left by Campbell and ‘Larry The Cable Guy’ Lekstrom could then include a great big mud dam and a footnote in the Guinness Book Of Records.
They note they will be removing 500,000 metric tons of WASTE VEGETATION. They are going to have to put it somewhere.
Just exactly what is waste vegetation? Is that the stuff that doesn’t filter CO2?
No matter says Larry………..lets git er done ……… now I don’t care who yar…… thats green thinkin right thar.Labels: “BC Hydro” “Site C” dam