Last week, Premier Gordon Campbell announced all new municipal capital projects receiving provincial funding will have to be reviewed by Partnerships British Columbia if they cost more than $20 million. The reason: perhaps he doesn't think local governments are competent enough to determine whether they need the government-owned company's consultation services? After all, the premier is a big believer in the doctrine of subsidiarity, which states: "It is wrong for a superior body to hold to itself the right to make decisions for which an inferior is already well qualified enough to make for itself.'"
Meanwhile, least one prominent New Democrat is questioning why his party hasn't made more of a ruckus about that announcement. Writes 24 hours's Bill Tieleman, "Surprisingly, the NDP opposition doesn't seem to have grasped the huge significance of Campbell's decision - that's the only way to explain the lack of a news release when one might expect them to scream blue bloody murder."