Frédéric Bastiat was a 19th century free market French economist and writer. He is known for his writings on plunder, legal or otherwise, and one of his most reknowned quotes is:
“When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men in a society, over the course of time they create for themselves a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it.”
For some reason that quote seemed to be the perfect opener to the news everyone is talking about, Rich Coleman is retiring. https://www.langleyadvancetimes.com/news/video-langley-liberal-mla-rich-coleman-retires/
Now, there are the things I am going to write about him, and there are the things I would like to write about him but won’t, because I would probably end up getting sued…
Cheryl Wiens of Langley though, did a nice thread listing quite a few things Rich is known for, some you might have forgotten. Check it out here: https://twitter.com/GreenEconomyNow/status/1233783499514974209
But is anyone really surprised he’s retiring just as the Cullen commission is underway? I’m actually surprised he didn’t announce it sooner.
The former RCMP officer turned MLA, has come under scrutiny many times over the years for actions and decisions he made while a minister. In the last couple of years I have written two posts that still rank as the highest viewed ever.
For good reason. They both directly relate to issues that will likely be examined at the Cullen Commission.
In the first one I posted a video of Sean Holman’s 2010 interview with Coleman, discussing how and why the IIGET was disbanded. I dissect it at specific timestamps in the video, pointing out questions and contradictions in Colemans responses. Its a riveting interview, not just for how Holman refuses to back off, but how Coleman responds. The man does not have a poker face, no pun intended.
Watch the video and read the full analysis HERE: Money and Corruption are Ruining the Land II
But there is more, and that first video….along with responses Coleman started giving the press nearly 10 years later when Sam Cooper started breaking all the money laundering stories…..prompted me to look again.
That developed into the second most popular Coleman post ever on this blog, in which I take apart Colemans claim they did everything they could to crack down on money laundering.
You can watch those videos, and read that blog HERE: The Coleman Files
I guarantee that taking the time to read those two blogs alone, and making sure you watch Sean Holmans video interviews posted in them, will convince you that Rich Coleman should be subpoenaed by the Cullen Commission.
But it doesn’t end there.
This January Sam Cooper once again broke an amazing story, and it prompted me to take a chronological look back at how long people had been calling for a corruption inquiry…and why Colemans decisions needed to be scrutinised further.
You can read that post HERE: Confidential RCMP report Reveals Chilling Details and Puts Even more Focus on Colemans decision to disband the IIGET
I still feel strongly the province made the wrong decision to limit the scope of the Cullen Commission to money laundering.
The extent of corruption in this province goes far beyond money laundering in casinos, and I doubt – since the commission isn’t deemed to find fault – we may not see the full examination of how government itself allows it to flourish.
Remember, The Enemy is Corruption, it doesn’t begin or end with a political party, when it is so entrenched.
If you want to follow the Cullen Commission hearings, check out their schedules and all information here https://cullencommission.ca/
We haven’t seen the last of Rich Coleman yet. I think he is cocky enough to bet that because there is no fault finding attached to the Commission, he might get through unscathed.