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Former BC Premier pretended to look after the public interest while looking after P3 partners

Accepted awards from P3 promoters while still claiming to represent the public.

Mair: You rely on government to spend money wisely while the premier works both sides of the street.The BC Liberals under former Premier Gordon Campbell were caught in several conflicts of interest between protecting the public interest and promoting public-private partnerships (P3s), writes Rafe Mair in The Tyee. Mair calls on Premier Christy Clark to rectify the situation.

"I want you to use your imagination, hard as it might be under the circumstances. Suppose there is an NDP premier (see, I told you it would be tough!) who, it's disclosed, is the honorary chairman of the B.C. Government Employees Union and let's suppose the BCGEU grants him prizes for his good service to the unions involved, including the highest award they can bestow.

Now, you might just ask how can a government that has to negotiate for us with the union have its leader, our premier, supping at the union's table, drinking their mead, surrounded by their bonhomie, winning prizes, and then sit on the other side of the table and negotiate as hard as nails on our behalf?"

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Posted: April 20, 2011

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