A funny thing happened yesterday morning: in an interview with CKNW's Bill Good, Finance Minister Colin Hansen revealed finance ministry officials told him during the week following the election that the government's revenues had declined "in excess of a billion dollars." Then, a few hours later, he repeated the same story to the Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce during a luncheon at the Hotel Grand Pacific. This, just a day after he told CTV's Jim Beatty he knew those revenues were "under pressure to the tune of about $200 to $300 million" during the election campaign. So why is Minister Hansen deliberately dishing all this information now?
Does it, as The Vancouver Sun's Vaughn Palmer suggested today, have "something do with a flood of applications under access-to-information legislation from the Opposition and various news organizations?" Well, here's what Minister Hansen had to say: "You put out a piece of information just to make sure that that's on the public record. Obviously, I felt it would help deflect some of the scurrilous accusations that had been made. And I guess that sort of leads to more curiosity."