WANTED. Have you seen this man?
Poor Les Leyne
laments in today’s Times Colonist at the lack of Leadership in BC these days. Did he really just notice this? The rest of the province have been wondering what the hell happened to Gordon Campbell since the day he resigned without stepping down. The so-called professional media have not been helpful, or even curious, it seems. But this week I have had a couple of telltale hints that these political pundits know exactly where Campbell is on any given day. It’s like they had signed some kind of non-disclosure agreements or something, because they have been very careful not to leak the information beforehand. Leyne notes in his column today,
The government is marching in place. Premier Gordon Campbell took a few weeks off and went to Hawaii for an extended Christmas break and no one noticed. (This time.)
That’s because no one reported it Mr.Leyne. If you had, we may have been able to find out when he was out of the country and for how long. Who accompanied him and whether we paid for it. He is, apparently still our Premier. We also found out, after the fact, that the Premier surfaced again to make himself available to his good friends, the Trucklogger’s Association last Wednesday.
The broader context is that the industry is rebounding on sales to China. The week of the Truck Loggers’ Association convention was a good time to celebrate that.
When Campbell showed up to speak at that convention, he provided an unintentional reminder that the government is in the doldrums.
In the middle of pitching a typical blizzard of future-oriented ideas for the forest industry, he cited the wood-first priority in building codes and assured the audience, “You can know we are going to move forward… ”
Then he paused, realizing the promise rang a little hollow, since he’ll only be around for about six more weeks. “I will continue … I believe the government is going to be continuing… “
That’s right folks, SIX MORE WEEKS. Take a moment to reflect on the resignation of Danny Williams, Premier of Newfoundland. Announced his resignation on November 25th, as reported on canadafreepress.com
Danny Williams then announced that he will be stepping down as the ninth premier of Newfoundland and Labrador on December 3, 2010. At that time Deputy Premier Kathy Dunderdale will assume the leadership role until a new leader is selected.
One week. How simple. How decisive. How to ensure a smooth transition that allows the business of the Province to continue smoothly and with stability. But then you have to consider the fact that Danny Williams was and is immensely popular with his constituents. It seems that Mr. William’s may even hold the greater good of his constituents in high regard, that he wanted to shield them from a prolonged period of political chaos. Compared to the actions of Gordon Campbell, he who resigned from representing his constituents back on November 3rd, but refused to organise an orderly transition of power. He went to ground, like a mafia boss who had incurred a turf war. That’s what we get for allowing the criminal behavior to go unpunished. From the lies, to the criminal and public embarrassment of the last Hawiian vacation, to the raid on the Legislature and the criminal investigation that somehow stopped short of the crimes.
This last decade should have been a Golden Age for investigative journalism here in BC. Instead Leyne, Palmer, Baldrey and the rest chose to rest on their laurals and rely on the government press release to write their copy. Mr. Leyne further laments in his piece,
As is made clear by the lame stream of news releases emanating from the government.
Lame stream indeed, Mr. Leyne.