EDITORIAL: B.C. Libs perfect art of repeating themselves
The B.C. Liberal government has been taking heat — (rightly so) for wasting $15 million of your tax dollars on a variety of ads that amount to little more than pre-election boasting.
You’ve seen them. They serve only to proclaim all the wonderful things the B.C. Liberals have done.
They are partisan and wasteful and offer fodder for debate on just how much real good that $15 million could have done in various areas of the province.
In Kamloops yesterday (Dec. 19), we witnessed another PR spin that should make taxpayers take note of yet more waste of their precious dollars.
Education Minister Don McRae, Jobs Minister Pat Bell and Environment Minister Terry Lake were at NorKam secondary (which sits in Lake’s Kamloops-North Thompson riding) to announce in person exactly what was announced and reported on back on Oct. 4.
That would be Victoria’s decision to fund $6.3 million of the $7.4-million trades and technology centre at the school, all the details of which were reported two-and-a-half-months ago by KTW and other Kamloops media outlets.
Yesterday’s re-announcement offered nothing new, save for a hazy timeline concerning construction, which only adds fuel to the argument by many that this government is in full election-campaign mode, doing a poor job at masking public-relations propaganda as real news.
KTW attended yesterday’s re-announcement as the press release announcing the event did not note it was indeed a re-announcement.
It soon became apparent the NorKam press conference was simply a chance for politicians to engage in silly photo-ops with tools as they tried to milk more ink from a stale announcement.
We know how much the blatant ad-propaganda campaign is costing us.
We wonder how many tax dollars it cost to arrange to have the education and jobs ministers travel with their ample staff to Kamloops to announce something that was announced quite fully nearly a quarter-year ago.