Here is a conundrum, and tell me what you think, and how you feel about this.
I am all for job creation in BC, I really am, in particular in trades, but today the BC government pulled $40 million of promises out of their arses to bolster the Seaspan shipbuilding bid. That’s a great thing right? It’s about time BC got some good federal contracts rather than farming that work out overseas, right?
But here are my questions. And perhaps some of you won’t like this line of questioning, but oh well, the questions must be asked.
How is it that they so easily found $40 million in this tight budget to bolster a ship contract, when they can’t afford to even hire new staff for the Jimmy Pattison outpatient centre, they simply moved over some existing staff from Surrey Memorial, creating closures and longer wait times there? I just had a test there and the facility was creepy in it’s desolate, upscale, EMPTY nature. Very few staff to be seen, very few patients( I saw three) empty halls, empty rooms, nothing going on… but lots of high end amenities and machinery… I spoke with a worker I did find, and she said it was like this all the time. Always empty, and worse yet, the mess left behind at Surrey Memorial all for the sake of making this financial white elephant look slightly useful.
Or what happened to the money Falcon promised was coming to build new, and badly needed schools in Surrey, the only district with a phenomenal rate on increasing enrollment yearly? At the rate Watts allows the endorses the cities expansion, we’ll have more kids learning in school gyms and extra curricular rooms with no windows than we did last year. And yes, that did happen in several schools while waiting for more portables.
Add those two little bizarro scenarios to the fact that Kyle Washington, chairman of Seaspan International, was a member and supporter of Falcon 20/20 during the BC Liberal leadership race, as well, a financial contributor to his leadership campaign. The Election BC link to the scanned campaign documents for Kevin Falcon went dead shortly after I posted it, as reported by several readers. It still gives people a ” Bad Gateway” message as stated in the comments below. Thanks to a wonderful friend and reader, I now have the scanned Falcon leadership contributers, in this PDF document. falconscontributors
Hmm, I would hate to think his support and friendship with Finance minister Kevin Falcon would lead the government to fork out so much to make this bid better – in particular since Kyle Washington and family are hardly lacking funds. No, no,I couldn’t imagine Falcon would reward a supporter by helping to sweeten the pot.
Nor could I imagine an even stranger twist to all of this, and one that makes me shake my head in irony – the fact that Seaspan is part of the Washington Marine Group, the same group that hired current Premier Christy Clarks brother, Bruce Clark, as a lobbyist to try and get the Roberts Bank Line for said company during the BC rail scandal time period…
Now, you tell me how this “new” , families first government really works… and who exactly is pulling the strings?
( by the way, RossK and friends were thinking about whether or not this would happen back in June)