Saturday, March 03, 2007
Gleeful New Democrats get in on the party their political targets enjoyed
Vaughn Palmer, Vancouver Sun
March 03, 2007
It must have been a heck of a party, as one of the New Democratic Party MLAs noted.
June 23, 2005, and Larry Blain, chief of Partnerships B.C., was hosting a dinner at an Italian restaurant in Vancouver.
"The invited guests included board members and senior staff and other honchos from the public-private partnerships world," NDP MLA Bruce Ralston advised the legislature this week.
Partnerships is the lead agency for developing those controversial P3s. Blain is a prominent B.C. Liberal appointee. Ready targets for the Opposition, and in this case they made it easy.
For the New Democrats had obtained the taxpayer-funded bill of fare for the evening (from freelance journalist Russ Francis, who wrote about it in the Georgia Straight) and they made the most of the liquor consumption.
"Those in Mr. Blain's party drank their way through 13 bottles of wine," said Ralston, proceeding with all the enthusiasm of a headwaiter proud of his wine list.
[ This is a joke, right? The whole BCRail affair, the trial, it's all a joke. To see how it's all the NDP's fault, read more at:
Maybe if someone posted the whole story on this blog some of us may get to read the whole thing. Other than that I guess I'll have to search and see if it is posted completely in other media (not controlled by Scam West)
Try it. You'll hate it, but Palmer won't mind.
Palmer may not be loved by all of us but it's the right thing to do, read what the others are saying.
My gosh I used to read BC report down at the local library and watch the staff move farther away from me. I always joked that I washed my handa afterwords.
Palmer burns the Liberals on a pretty regular basis, just as he did the NDP when they were governemnt. Screw uo and you end up in a column. David Shreck and the woman from Taxpayer Federation were on Voice of BC this week. Everyone burned the governemnt over their "home" budget. and of course David had the numbers even better than Sarah. Good free information event Two NDP MLA's next week. dl
It's getting tiresome to have to put up with this kind of journalism when the BC Rail case is finally coming to a crisis point. Nothing to do with naivete.
We can't get there from here. Unless we want to pay up to read the Sun online.
I think we only get a day or two of it being "free" drivel before it turns into "pay for it" drivel". A word of mouth thing to drive up sales? Maybe determined by clicks...50 clicks and it's automatically a "pay for it"?
I'd love to read the 2nd part you mention.
Georgine, Gary, everybody:
Sometimes (OK, most of the time) there's a subscribers' lock on newspaper stories, whether CanWest or others. I broke down and purchased a Canada.com subscription about 2 months ago, to track what's being said, or not said, about the B.C. Rail case.
So I begin to realize now that when I'm logged in, the subscribers' lock doesn't always show up on my screen.
But even if it did, I still think that my best option is to continue as I've been doing: to provide you with the headline, the gist of the story, and the URL.
That way, you know a story is in print. Then you can read it at your local library, buy a single copy, ask Aunt Mabel or a neighbour, find it in the recycle bin, whatever. It's better, I think, to give you what I can, rather than nothing at all. OK?
To print the full story without seeking permission and paying a fee is copyright infringement.
But really Canned West and Canada.com, the CBC and respected American papers put you to shame. If your crap was worth reading I might consider paying for it. I got the hard copy today (the Saturday Vancouver Stunned) but I did carry it home in a brown paper bag. I mean I do have to consider what the neighbors think!
Canned West and Canada.com (parts of the same monster) to shame because their excuse for journalism is so poor yet they expect people to be offended by it.
"yet they expect people to pay for it."
Though I admit offended and Canned West/GlowBall certainly can share the same sentence with great ease.
Just heard on the GlowBall news - yet another CN derailment in BC, near Blue River, 17 cars of grain apparently. I don't seem to remember derailments being a daily occurance back in the old days.
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