All the news that’s fit not to print

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?

This entry was posted in BC Liberals, BC Politics, Christy Clark. Bookmark the permalink.

5 Responses to All the news that’s fit not to print

  1. RossK says:

    Still waiting for Mr. Bateman to be outraged about the cost of the new bridge he laid astroturf for…


  2. motorcycleguy says:

    I’m with you RossK…just where is Jordan Bateman on the new bridge?….for sure a significant factor in the downgrade of our debt outlook. I would like to hear his take on our bridge between Surrey and Coquitlam costing 3.2 billion versus complete rework of the Panama Canal for only 5.25 billion. Methinks the BC Liberals are not getting good value for the wages us taxpayers are paying their purchasing agents.

  3. Norm Farrell says:

    CTF and Mr. B choose targets carefully because their guiding principles are not what they pretend. (On second thought, the word principle doesn’t belong in a discussion about CTF.)

    A replica of the old Port Mann bridge should have started at $185 million (original cost in present day dollars, according to Bank of Canada inflation calculator) plus another $80 million (cost of 2001 upgrade in today’s dollars). Roughly speaking: $300 million for another five lane bridge with approaches. The provincial government does not provide a breakdown of the $3.3 billion project cost but the twinning option would have been less than 1/10 of what they chose.

    Talking real money

  4. imagine... says:

    You mean like the way the whole Sea to Sky highway was redone before the Olympics for less than the new stadium roof?

  5. islandcynic says:

    The Fraser Institue will drink its’ own koolaid into oblivion. I can’t wait.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *