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Column: Clark’s Government Up To Same Old Tricks As Campbell’s
By Laila Yuile. I have always greatly admired independent MLA Vicki Huntington, and she has been a strong and vocal advocate for her constituents. Often, the information she shares with her community should be shared with all British Columbians and this is no exception.
Read on, and see what Vicki and her office employees discovered after receiving the HST referendum â€ Voters Guideâ€HST referendum â€ Voters Guideâ€ in the mail like many British Columbians didâ€¦ the one emblazoned on the back page with â€ An important Message from Elections BC.â€
Deceptive HST â€œVoters Guideâ€ taints independence of legislatureDelta, B.C., 13 June â€“ Did you receive the HST Referendum â€œVoters Guideâ€ the other day? I did. And so did the good people whom I work with at the Ladner constituency office. The guide struck us as a peculiar, agenda-driven voter information package, so we phoned Elections BC to confirm that they had sent it.
No such luck.
An Elections BC employee advised us, in no uncertain terms, that the Ministry of Finance was responsible for the booklet â€“ not Elections BC. The folks at Elections BC are an independent, non-partisan office of the Legislative Assembly, after all.
Weâ€™re all used to receiving sneaky junk mail designed to deceive â€“ only usually itâ€™s from bad credit card companies, â€œsweepstakeâ€ marketing surveys and the like. Not propaganda from the Ministry of Finance. Add another page to the HSTâ€™s long story of deceit.
The booklet doesnâ€™t identify its source. The only indication that you are reading a government-produced document is a dime-sized â€œBritish Columbiaâ€ logo positioned on the front corner, brushing up next to an image of a pencil eraser. Flip to the back page though, and you see, in emphasis, an â€œImportant Notice to BC voters from Elections BC.â€
This â€œvoterâ€™s guideâ€ is a government PR document deliberately designed to make you think you are receiving valuable, non-partisan voter information from Elections BC.
Exploiting an independent office in such a premeditated and consciously partisan manner is simply unacceptable. It is beneath a government to do so, and disrespects voting British Columbians. Yet it is so typical of this government, isnâ€™t it? The more we are told â€œthings are different,â€ the more things stay the same. It is almost as if this government canâ€™t help itself.
The BC government has a long way to go to prove that â€œchangeâ€ is more than mere electioneering. It is one thing to see that the time-old â€œbuy-the-voteâ€ style of politics is clearly alive and well in BC today. It is quite another observe the contempt displayed by those in power when they seek to deceive the very people whom they represent.
The brochure, at its core, is deceptive: it purposely misleads the public and sullies an independent office of the Legislature. It is unacceptable politics. Good tax or bad tax, the government deceived us. And it continues to deceive us. And I am really tired of it. ~ Vicki Huntingtonâ€
The key line in this song is the very last oneâ€¦
â€œMeet the new boss â€“ same as the old bossâ€
For all the changes the songwriter was preaching throughout the song he ends by sayingâ€¦nothing has changed.
We â€œWonâ€™t get fooled again.â€ ( Thanks to MLA Lana Popham who posted this video on Facebook- wonderful choice! )
Laila Yuile is an independent journalist whose work can be found at http://lailayuile.com