Earlier, your humble organ reported one of the provincial government's supposedly non-partisan electoral boundary commissioners (Louise Burgart) appears to have some partisan connections. Moreover, in a stunning display of due diligence, government didn't even fly her down to Victoria for an interview before Speaker of the Legislative Assembly Bill Barisoff appointed her. All this, of course, is deserving of further investigation. But here's one question that should also be answered: why did New Democrat leader Carole James go along with Ms. Burgart's appointment? Because, according to our operatives, we're assured she did.
This, despite the fact a simple search of the government's Opposition caucus-accessible online media clipping service would have likely revealed Ms. Burgart's fawning pre-election day ode to the Campbell administration. And consider this: under provincial law, Speaker of Legislative Assembly Bill Barisoff would have been required to consult with both Ms. James and Premier Gordon Campbell before naming this former school principal to the commission - giving the vigilant staffers in the New Democrat leader's office more than enough time to do a background check on Ms. Burgart (whose company contributed, apparently without her knowledge, $2,900 to the Liberals). Surely, such matters will be a point of interest for New Democrat MLAs when they gather in Victoria tomorrow for their final caucus meeting before the Christmas holidays.