Donors want something in return
B.C. voters should be forgiven for believing that Christy Clark has taken us through the looking glass and into a Wonderland of corporate political donations.
In the real world, people expect something in return for their hard-earned dollars, but here, Liberals insist it is “baseless” to suggest that forestry, mining, oil and gas corporations anticipated either reward or recompense, special access or consideration, privilege, payoff, favour or fortune for the $118 million they gifted the Liberal Party over the past 12 years.
Curiouser and curiouser, for according to such Mad Hatter logic, a brand new fossil fuel industry, groundwater poisoned by fracking, an eroded ALR, an unnecessary dam and increased oil tanker traffic; clear cut old growth forests, raw log exports and closed mills; starved schools and screaming house prices are simply, well, in the public’s best interests.
And if you believe that, little wonder that our premier’s smile bears such an uncanny resemblance to that of the Cheshire Cat.