You know you’re having a bad day in politics when your opponents capture the headlines and public attention raising doubts about the integrity of your dealings.
Well imagine how bad it is when the allegations, doubts, suspicions go on and one for days, weeks … even back a year … and the ones alleging wrongdoing and improper handling of public business are YOUR OWN supporters and financial backers!!!!!
But that’s exactly what the BC Liberal government is now facing: accusations of unfairness, deception and letdown from two Prince George businessmen who, together, have reportedly donated more than $120,000 to the governing party over the past six years.
If that’s whats now coming from the Liberals’ “friends” … they truly have more to be concerned about than the Opposition only nine weeks before Election Day.
The latest drama surrounds plans to build a $25 Million Wood Innovation and Design Centre in Prince George.
Liberal backer Brian Fehr alleged local Prince George MLA Pat Bell (Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training) had assured him that his company would make the short list for design of the building and had paid Dan McLaren’s company a $150,000 deposit for land assembled during the bid process.
News reports described, however, that Fehr’s company was excluded from the short list and McLaren’s land location was not specified in the project request for proposals. (The Vancouver Sun and Globe and Mail have done some very good digging/reporting on the complex details involved).
Now both businessmen have filed official complaints that they were misled by Bell.
This from Liberal supporters (McLaren had even sought the Liberal nomination in Prince George) and donors! Double Ugh!! … for the government.
Of course, none of the allegations have been proven in court or before any government administrative body. But that’s not the point …at this time.
Christy Clark has once more been forced to publicly defend another Minister, over another potential scandal, standing once more in front of the cameras answering targeted questions over yet more accusations of impropriety … instead of talking about the “good news” she no doubt sees in her Throne Speech and Budget promises.
No wonder BC’s unelected, un-mandated acting premier just doesn’t seem to be smiling as much these days.
Maybe she’s worried … about what may come out next!