Assumptions that Premier Clark’s promised ‘change’ would make life better for most British Columbians were wide of the mark.
As head of her transition team, she recently appointed Gwyn Morgan, a right-wing ideologue who makes Gordon Campbell look liberal.
As a former Albertan energy baron, Morgan sold out to the George W. Bush energy policy and favours offshore drilling and oil tankers on B.C.’s west coast (think the ‘Exxon Prince Rupert’.)
He admires pre-Obama, corporate, US healthcare.
He has blamed immigrants to Canada for an increase in crime, an insulting assertion for which there is absolutely no statistical support.
He is a ‘Fellow’ of the Fraser Institute whose politics put him in the same cage as Tom Flanagan, an American and a shining light among the intellectual right-wing mafia which is the Political Science Department at the University of Calgary.
Morgan is virulently anti-union. He will be a fitting partner for Philip Hochstein of the B.C. Independent Contractors and Business Association, who, one suspects, would deny workers the right to unionise if only the opportunity would present itself (think Wisconsin’s Tea Party Governor Wallace).
With a man such as Morgan whispering in Clark’s ear, we can hold out no hope for a betterment in the lives of B.C.’s working people and disadvantaged, many of whom have already suffered at the hands of the Campbell Liberals over the last decade.
In a previous letter I noted that it would take a marvel like the conversion of Paul (‘a blinding light on the road to Damascus’) for Premier Clark to change things for the better in B.C.
Now that she has appointed Morgan as the power behind the throne we will need Lazarus working to vindicate universal Medicare and loaves and fishes to feed the working poor.