I’m not the only one that’s B.C.-bound today. Stephen Harper flew into Lotus Land last night, where I’m told he has a scant one event on the agenda for the day before leaving the province in the evening: a tightly-controlled meeting with a pre-selected, pre-screened “real family.”
Were British Columbians to actually get a chance to talk to the Prime Minister though, they may want to ask him about this Web site: www.PromiseBreakers.ca.
Launched this morning by the Liberal campaign in BC, the Promise Breakers site contains an extensive audit of the Conservative Party’s 2006 platform for BC and details the lengthily list of promises be broke to British Columbians, from fixed election dates and government accountability to leaky condos. All with supporting background and links to back-up the Harper failures.
For example, on softwood (one of many broken promises by Harper on this vital BC issue):
What Stephen Harper promised…
Platform: Work to return more than $5 billion in illegal softwood lumber tariffs to Canadian producers.What Stephen Harper delivered…
Harper forfeited $1 billion in illegal U.S. duties in the agreement, despite NAFTA rulings in Canada’s favour, breaking his promise to British Columbians.
Trade Minister David Emerson: “The agreement…puts more than US $4 billion back into the pockets of Canadian exporters.”
Harper moved the goalposts: “The return of most of the duties collected on softwood lumber.”
BMO Nesbitt Burns analyst Stephen Atkinson: “Why would you give 22 per cent to your competition? This money belongs to the companies and their shareholders, and the Canadian government is giving it away.”
No wonder Stephen Harper is avoiding any unscripted interaction with un-screened British Columbians. He has a lot to answer for. Recommend this Post on Progressive Bloggers