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All you need to know about the Auditor Generals report on mining compliance & enforcement

“We found over a decade of neglect in compliance and enforcement program activities
 within the Ministry of Energy and Mines, and significant deficiencies within the Ministry of Environment’s activities.
Overall, we concluded that compliance and enforcement activities of the two ministries are inadequate to protect the province from significant environmental risks.”

“too few resources, infrequent inspections, and lack of enforcement.”



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H/T Mike Lowe for that link ,courtesy of :

So I guess that takes care of that matter, right? Bye bye Bill…


  1. The AG’s condemnation stands strong all by itself. I mean it no disrespect. They are right. They are right. They are 100 times completely and totally right. BUT the findings that the aims and goals of MEM and MOE (ministries of mining and environment) are in conflict with ‘regulating’ ‘monitoring’ and ‘enforcement’ of the industries would be staggeringly shocking if it weren’t so obviously the case for just about every government ministry both provincial and federal. DFO’s (Dept of Fisheries) main mission is to economically exploit the fisheries, not save and protect them. Same for forests. Conservation officers kill animals (one recently tried to save them and was fired). The Health Ministry regulates the ‘industry’ of healthcare rather than health of citizens. All ministries of Environment ALLOW pollution. Is it any wonder that MOM is rapacious, polluting and corrupt? The list just goes on and on. Want to laugh? Look at the name of any proposed legislation and you will find the OPPOSITE of the name to be true. I applaud the AG’s report even though everyone KNEW it already. They won’t fix it because that kind of BIG lie is inherent in all aspects of government. Bill Bennet may be ‘sacrificed’ but more likely ‘shuffled’ into another ministry because he has proven so good at perpetrating the BIG lie.


    • Resign?
      Not in a million years. Not even if he was caught dynamiting the Dam.
      He’s a politician.
      No morals, no scruples, no empathy, no conscience, no remorse.
      And he has Christy Clark as his leader and guide.
      Normal people need not apply………avarice, greed and the ability to lie while smiling are the main traits one needs to be a politician these days.
      Come to think of it……most realtors would fit that description…………
      Perhaps I’ve found Christy’s new career after May 2017


  2. that certainly was an interesting read. of course we won’t be seeing that on any front page news paper.

    Christy doesn’t care, she is too busy inviting these boys and girls to her soirees at $20K a pop. Oh, well the best you can get…………


  3. Bill Bennett is quoted in this article
    as stating on air:

    “The auditor general didn’t call for me to resign.” And “People who work in compliance and enforcement don’t promote mining. That’s not their job.”

    First, the Auditor General does not have authority under the Auditor General Act to call for anyone’s resignation. Either Bennett is woefully ignorant of the Auditor General’s legislated mandate, or he is deliberately misleading the public regarding his excuse for reneging on his promise (and obvious duty in any case) to resign.

    Second, “people who work in compliance and enforcement”, i.e. the BC Inspector of Mines, apparently can and do receive instructions from people who do promote mining, so his statement is another self-protective red herring.

    Does BC not deserve better?


  4. off topic a bit … next prov. election… who will be there… no Conservatives, NDP more than toast with all the comments of the long past, Greens will not go as with Andrews crucial mistakes, no one else????? any thoughts Laila?


  5. The NDP have the numbers but are comatose, limp Dix. Flaccid. Mute except for occasional . bleating and welcoming kids to the legislature. Totally ineffective. The Greens don’t have the numbers but, even if they did, seem cast in the same zombie mold. What does it take to ‘make a statement’? LY does it. So does the Tyee and half the blog list on the side of this column. Why can’t our opposition mount an opposition?


    • I would say the opposition (NDP) is trying to out liberal the Liberals provincially. They would do better to move more towards the green side of the force.
      Examples please of “zombie” Greens.
      Elizabeth May is an original, so is Andrew Weaver and Adriane Carr. Plus Green numbers growing slowly but surely federally, provincially and municipally.


  6. E.May is a marvel.. But where is Andy on-site C. Where is Andy on Nat Gas? Where is Andy on Shawnigan? Where is Andy on Min of Mines and Environment? People say more posthumously. Ask A. Carr where she went when the union AND management offered her support? We all make mistakes but then you double down fixing them. She didn’t.


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