The Editorial Board of the Vancouver Sun loves the Campbell Liberals, loves the HST and loves the Fraser Institute (the Editorial Page editor is a former Institute employee). How else to explain the Sun’s decision to reprint a mind numbing op-ed in support of the HST from lock step toady analyst Niels Veldhuis?
The Fraser Institute piece first saw the light of day as a Sun editorial blog June 10th. It was an invaluable repetition of the Campbell talking points…. ” business will pass the tax benefits on to consumers, blah, blah, blah…” “Jack Mintz, yada, yada, yada” “more business investment, more jobs, less truth etc…”.
Basically, it was an airhead piece chock full of the under-researched theoretical arguments as dictated by the Premier’s minions over at the Public Affairs Bureau. In fact, it’s so similar to the government’s thoughtfully placed op-eds I’m now wondering if it was written at PAB. Whatever.
The good news is that nobody seemed to read it, at least judging by the complete lack of on-line comments. Colin Hansen didn’t even bother to sign in under a fake name to boost his cred, something along the lines of “Brilliant analysis Niels. My heart goes out to Minister Hansen and his steadfast dedication to doing the right thing in the face of all the lies and innuendo. I believe the minister when he says he really never did make an election promise not to implement the HST. That’s just another anti-HST Vander Zalm distortion.”
Maybe the lack of readers for the original blog post prompted a call to the editor. I can just hear the conversation… “You know we can’t run an advertising campaign. Godammed Neufeld. We’re getting killed and we need you to get this out. We need better placement. I don’t care how many times they see it. Do it. Now. Please.”
How else to explain the Sun’s decision to re-run the piece today? But then again maybe the Sun is venturing into the world of Second Life. You know, the virtual world where you get to live out your fantasies without any interference from reality. In Second Life they really like the HST, they really do.