I’ve received quite a few emails this summer from readers wondering why I haven’t been covering the activities of the BC government, considering this years summer session of the Legislature, and a variety of scandals and stories that have emerged.
Quite frankly, summer is yet another silly season for the news, when the majority of people are interested in anything but politics. Kids are out of school, people are camping, at the cottage, or simply enjoying the endless beauty of all this sunshine at local parks and beaches. Even those who are stuck working are more interested in coming home to spend an evening on the patio or in the yard, than worrying about what the government is doing….
This is very likely why a summer session was held in the first place. A very strategic move, politically, for the new premier and her government, to escape the scrutiny of the public.
Recognizing that by far, the majority of people are not poli-geeks like most of us,my strategy has been to compile a list of all the important stories and scandals that broke in July, and will likely continue throughout August. When September arrives and the spell of summer is beginning to wane,many BC residents will once again start turning back to the news and blogs to see what’s been going on… and at that time, everything old will be new again. I’m sure everyone will be quite surprised to see what their new premier and her government have been up to over the summer!
In addition, the results of a variety of Freedom of Information requests submitted and received over the summer will make for an interesting post on spending at the municipal level of government, also in September.
For now, I’m picking and choosing my stories as interest and importance dictate. On Monday of course, you’ll find next weeks column for The Duel with Brent Stafford.
On Tuesday, I will have the follow-up to the post on the BNSF bridge in South Surrey, with some interesting data and information I’ve located and some that the best data-miner in the country sent me, the man affectionately known as North Van Grumps.
Following that, will be a story I’ve been sitting on since last year about a company whose activities in B.C. I’ve written extensively on – Kiewit. That story will be of interest to all Canadians, in particular those who are in Alberta.
And somewhere in all of that, I’ve got some thoughts on one of the biggest threats to Canadian sovereignty.
Today however, and for the weekend, I’m going to do what everyone else in Canada is doing, and enjoy the lovely weather! I suggest you try and do the same. 🙂