"Almost by definition, political parties are screwed up. We've seen it in spades here in the past couple months: the BC Liberals are screwed up; the BC NDP is equally screwed up." That's the lede for United Steelworkers District Three research representative Kim Pollock's most recent weekly editorial, which was distributed internally and exclusively obtained by Public Eye. In that editorial, he is far more damning of the Campbell administration's record. But Mr. Pollock - whose union represents forest workers - also highlights three missteps made by the New Democrats when they were in power: fast ferry cost overruns, "too many parks and a forest-management regime that companies didn't like." Nevertheless, the fast ferries, according to the union staffer, created more jobs and stimulated the economy - just like the New Democrats' effort to generate more value-added manufacturing. "So if you prefer that sort of screw up, the NDP's for you," Mr. Pollock concluded, noting no redeeming qualities in the scandals which have beset the Liberals.
In an interview with Public Eye, the research representative stressed he doesn't think his article is a "critique of the NDP." The following is a complete copy of the aforementioned article, which states the idea for it came from Brian Harder, a district three staff representative.
The Steelworkers is one of three unions that contributed toward the "generous, earmarked gift" which is being used by the New Democrats to pay for party president Moe Sihota's controversial stipend.