The dedication of the provincial government's humble bureaucrats never ceases to amaze. Back in 2004, our friends at British Columbia's blacktop lobby played host to the Western Canada Road Builders and Heavy Construction Industry's annual convention. The location: the Fairmont Orchid in Hawaii, where conventioneers were treated to "Tai Chi on the lawn every morning, (a) tacky tourist beach party and two fabulous golf days," as well as speakers like the motivating Wally Amos, comedian Ted Bisaillion and John Dyble, the then assistant deputy minister of transportation. But, in an interview with Public Eye, the ministry's communications director Mike Long said taxpayers didn't pay for the trip and nor did the road builders. Mr. Dyble, who is now transportation's deputy minister, was on vacation at the time and dropped by the meeting, where he also "attended the final grand luau that closed the conference in true Hawaii style." Mr. Long also said the senior civil servant was not present for the entire event.
March 6, 2006