British Columbia: The Province Without A Parliamentary Opposition Party
Looking with suddenly unclouded vision at the politics of British Columbia, a person sees – probably for the first time (and with alarm) – that the province hasn’t had a Parliamentary Opposition Party present and at work for many years. The process in Mature Colonial States is that the Party in Power serves imperial (outside, and internally corrupt) interests. And Opposition Forces serve the Party in Power (all guaranteed comfort, kinds of payoff, and approval) while pretending opposition.
Placed in a global context, that insight may not be completely surprising (more about that farther on), but....
with one’s face pressed against the window in British Columbia, the realization comes with a terrible shock ... because media and political make-believe have been so consistently
The presence of an Opposition Party in B.C. would have meant dogged challenges and wholesale [almost “in the street”] battles and – perhaps – major and publicly rivetting court cases that would have deeply informed British Columbians and all other Canadians about the corrupt realities of the province ... even, occasionally, forcing the Conventional Press and Media to report truthfully.
Where Has ‘Opposition’ Gone?
A central issue – which is not peculiar to British Columbia - is the history of the convergence and integration of so-called Right and Left parties across the Western World … brilliantly played out in B.C.
Without exhausting the list we can point to some important instances. Ujjal Dosanjh, B.C. attorney general, was a principal actor in the alleged savaging of law and justice in the shameful (and extended) ‘Rightest’ (armed forces assisted) assault on First Nations people at Gustafsen Lake (1995). (Those people are now calling for a - long, long overdue - Public Inquiry.)
A little later as NDP premier of the province Dosanjh appeared to be serving the Liberal Party – in the process of changing his allegiance and preparing to become a federal Liberal cabinet minister.
The raw, and (I believe) wholly fraudulent trial of former premier Glen Clark required a raging Opposition to unveil the truth, to shred the “facts” of the trial and to force a Public Inquiry into RCMP investigations, press collusion, lawyer conduct (or misconduct), and the role of the courts.
The on-going desecration of Pacific offshore waters and the endless campaign about (foreign-owned fish-farms and) the ravaging of fish stocks – fronted by Alexandra Morton and supporters – should be a major plank in an Opposition Party’s platform - sponsoring flotillas of protest, street engagements, major public meetings, and – where possible – court actions against governments and corporations.
The slow, determined destruction of BC Hydro, its consistent, unacceptable accounting practices, its collusion with the run-of-the-river, (highly dubious) “sweetheart” deals … the move to the lunatic Site C dam policy – (excluding standard oversight and review) and more - require an unstinting and expertly driven Opposition program to educate and properly activate the voters of B.C. No such program exists … because no parliamentary Opposition Party exists in B.C.
It Gets Worse
The BC Rail Scandal involved a top-level, planned and carefully executed, criminal dismembering of BC Rail to prepare it for dumping. The pre-trial and trial of the three “selected” lower-level Sikh civil servants was a fraud and a sham from start to finish … a completely illicit, wildly expensive, stage-managed deception guided by an illegitimate Special Prosecutor. If a parliamentary Opposition Party had existed in B.C. – it would have so challenged every aspect of the monstrous sham that it would have toppled the Gordon Campbell “Liberal?” government.
The trial closed with what might be called, on the part of the Gordon Campbell government, a “bribe” of six million dollars to the accused and a slashing of charges against them in order to close the trial before the emerging truth of high government involvement was revealed. The source of the release of the six million dollars has never been revealed. Premier Christy Clark and Shirley Bond (integrated into the criminal fraud) fought tooth and nail to keep the information from the Auditor General of B.C. … and they succeeded. If a parliamentary Opposition Party had existed in B.C., that whole “payoff transaction” would have been exposed, illuminated, researched, tirelessly explained and connected until the Christy Clark government would have collapsed under the weight of public disapproval (and, perhaps, criminal charges).
There is much more:
Destructive B.C. fossil energy policy, the endless BC Ferries corruption saga, ill treatment of teachers, nurses, children in government care, and the murder of Downtown Eastside women at the Picton Coquitlam pig farm. That last was smoothly “inquired into” and covered in an endless fountain of words (by a former, highly dubious Liberal attorney general) to protect, it is alleged, high-level actors and police participants. The existence of an active, critical parliamentary Opposition Party would have torn that whole charade into pieces – and forced the truth to the surface with staggering results.
A Single Party in British Columbia
There has been no parliamentary Opposition Party in B.C. for many years. British Columbians have to face that fact. There has been, for instance, the Carole James wing of the B.C. Liberal Party, the Adrian Dix wing of the B.C. Liberal Party, and now the John Horgan wing of the B.C. Liberal Party. They insure … and have insured … the uninterrupted and almost amazingly corrupt tenure of what many believe are criminals at the helm of B.C. government.......
Without the existence of a B.C. parliamentary Opposition Party – Corrupt International Corporate neo-Liberaldom – will be free to go on using the province as an endless, crony-enriching, colonial fiefdom.
Across The Western World
The integration of “the Left” into “the Right” has been a devastating, on-going process in the West. Labour leader Tony Blair reshaped “Labour” in Britain – so well that he is considered by many there to be a War Criminal over his Iraq invasion policies and lies. After more than ten years, voters recently elected what might be called a post-Clement Atlee Labour Leader, Jeremy Corbin, (aspersed by Tony Blair) who has to struggle against the Right in his own party in order to stay afloat and renew “Labour” values.
In Greece and Spain the Left political parties veered so dramatically from Left policy that new parties of the Left have been formed and are vying for meaningful power. Their importance is crucial, for the tendency of the non-Left is to accommodate, to cooperate with, and to hand over government to the powerful Private (global) Corporate consortium that increasingly creates wars, destroys populations and guts environments – all in the pursuit of personal wealth (and, less visibly, Empire). Gordon Campbell integrated B.C. into that process and Christy Clark continues his policies… (with a little bit of help from friends across the House).
Written by Robin Mathews
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