Earlier, we reported on provincial Liberal campaign manager and business executive Chris Gardner's appointment to B.C. Ferry Authority. Asked about that appointment, House Leader Mike de Jong said, "I don't think the fact that people are active in supporting political parties of their choice should preclude them from serving public functions." But that statement didn't seem to satisfy New Democrat transportation critic Maurine Karagianis. In an interview with Public Eye, Ms. Karagianis stated, "It's always just fascinating to me just how tight the circle is between the Liberals, their supporters and donors and their cronies. It's no surprise that as we see some of their friends exiting Crown corporations, we're now seeing others entering. So, as always, the government likes to keep their friends in high places so they have some control."
April 9, 2008