Fantasy Gardens versus alleged fantasy callers

Yesterday, defense lawyer Kevin McCullough claimed that a call-in show segment featuring former premier Bill Vander Zalm was targetted as part of the provincial Liberal's alleged media manipulation acitivites. Reading from a police synopsis of a wiretap discussion between former senior government aide David Basi and then government caucus communications director Mike McDonald, Mr. McCullough stated, "Dave says they are going to give Vander Zalm a rough ride. (Mike) tells Dave to be careful, they don't want the phone numbers showing up from (government lines in) Victoria. Dave replies, 'Star 67, man.'" This, according to The Globe and Mail's Mark Hume. So what does Mr. Vander Zalm have to say about that report?

"Oh my goodness, can you believe it?" he said, upon hearing the news. "Well, what can I say. Having been in politics and watching it from the outside I've become extremely cynical. I'm not totally surprised. But, frankly, it's terribly disappointing to think that people in government...would spend their time calling a call-in show to make political points. It's terrible." Mr. Vander Zalm added he wasn't aware of any similar activities occuring while he was premier.

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Calling into radio shows disguising his name and voice !!!

Heckling protestors !!!

I am shocked , SHOCKED, to learn that this kind of thing goes on in BC Politics !

Please for the sake of all that is human , we had better have an inquiry look into this - BC Citizens demand to know the reasons behind this terrible injustice !

NOT !!!

The SOCREDS never did this ....ya right !

NDP and their union brethren practially wrote the manual on this type of activity ......how hypocritical !

What hypocrisy by some of the posters on this blog over the caller issue. Please, give me a break and get a life. If a political staffer or political party is not engaged in getting their people to call and arranging calls there is something seriously wrong with that staffer or party.

Socred supporters did it, no question.

So did the NDP, when Harcourt or Clark was
on the talk shows.

But VanderZalm's last time in office was in 1990
and it's interesting why the BC Liberals in 2003
or so would be wasting their time on BVZ, a ful
thirteen years after he left office.

Guess there wasn't enough people around to start
a rubber band office fight on a day where there
wasn't much to do.

And so that makes everything okee-dokee, Oilsand Boy? This meme of 'They did it, so...' that your buddy Harpor is using like a mantra won't wash here in laid-back BC. The trick is, your team was caught at. What aren't we catching you at?

Wasn't Kelly Reichert a socred who was allegedly on the wiretap 43 times talking to Basi about "politics"?

Like I said earlier - I hope that anyone on that wiretap has gotten legal advice.

"What hypocrisy by some of the posters on this blog over the caller issue. Please, give me a break and get a life. If a political staffer or political party is not engaged in getting their people to call and arranging calls there is something seriously wrong with that staffer or party."

Missing the big picture here. The value of the
talk shows is of course to find out what Joe and Mary Sixpack think of issues of the day, not to hear Warren Betanko or Peter Vinning talkin' that the Premier is doing a great job.

What is seriously wrong with that staffer or party is that they shouldn't be wasting government time or party time on such idiotic things, and should do what they are paid to do, that is assist the Ministry/Minister on Ministerial subjects and for the party people, do things to develop the party and improve the environment for the membership.

The parties would be best to leave the talk shows alone and let Joe and Mary Sixpack have a go and voice their opinions.

It's the public opinion that matters most.

But too often the party people want to get in with the idea that such things will earn them political points with the Premier.

Really, it is about the concerted effort to keep big business running the province at all costs. Remember Campbell denying that Falcon led recall protests had anything to do with the Fiberals. And it goes on and on while they do their back room deals and give the province away to their friends. Don't report the highest polluters as they all financially support the Fibs, and make sure that perception management never lets up so they do not see what we are really doing to the land and the people.

Most of this call-in show stuff is really low-rent rendezvous material. The pubs and coffee shops of BC aren't going to boil over with talk of party animals rigging a talk show .

But when the taxpayer's pay Ministerial Assistants they do so on the understanding that these Assistants will be helping the Minister to implement government policy, not to play silly bugger political games.

It just goes to the quality of people we have running our Province - what a pathetic state of affairs. Smoke and mirrors people, smoke and mirrors.

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