Here’s the Page 1 screamer from the Vancouver Sun, March 7th, 1997: New York credit agency threatens to downgrade B.C.’s rating.
Here’s the Business page sidebar note in today’s Vancouver Sun: BC’s debt outlook downgraded.
Can you say double standard?
In 1997 the Sun used up a lot of news, business and editorial pages condemning the BC NDP as a reckless government with soaring debt. For example, according to the Sun’s 1997 page one piece on the downgrade threat, it was necessary because “because the government has failed to balance its budget two years in a row.”
It’s a different story with the Campbell/Clark government. No front page above the fold story on the credit downgrade. Just a sidebar squib on the front page of the business section. And no mention that the BC Liberals have failed to balance their budgets not two but four years in a row, heading for five.
And just six days ago the Sun was featuring a story rating Clark as the fourth best financial manager in the country. Source? The Fraser Institute.
It’s like reading a newspaper that’s drinking the Kool-Aid in double doses.
P.S. Where’s former Coleman fetch it boy Jordan Bateman on the downgrade? Shouldn’t he be just a little outraged on behalf of the taxpayers?