For the past five years, I've been holding British Columbia's public institutions to account - along with the elected and unelected officials who are supposed to serve those institutions. But during last month's swearing-in ceremony, provincial New Democrat Saanich South legislator Lana Popham asked me if she could have a shot at holding me to account, if she could come into the studio to ask me some tough questions - the same kind of tough questions I've asked her. And since I'm a strong advocate for media accountability, I agreed.
After all, the media is also a public institution and, arguably, among the most influential - with a voice whose decibel far exceeds the chorus of politicians at the legislature, often talking over its critics and those we cover. So, last weekend, I lent my voice to Ms. Popham last week. And I extended the same opportunity to the Liberals, inviting a member of their caucus to appear on Sunday's show. But they've declined to take that opportunity at this time.