The accepted dichotomy of politics in British Columbia is that of left versus right. In the 21st century, corporate media has played this false equivalency in BC non-stop. Unions versus business. Greed of the shady minority of a day gone by against the modern, efficient, forward-looking future that only so-called free enterprise can deliver.
But the real picture is not that of left versus right. It is that of wrong versus right. It is 15 years of cuts to public education, a service which always enjoys overwhelming support in polling. It is cutting the revenue base to the detriment of future generations of British Columbians. It is signing no-win deals that last decades for privately supplied power despite demand that is simply not growing. It is insisting that the free market is best to decide how to police itself as corruption and scheming make real estate ownership in the lower mainland a dream for all but the well connected. It is promising a future of prosperity for all from LNG and natural resource exports while subsidizing dead end demand and ignoring evidence of the disappearing viability. It is promising consultation and respect for First Nations while using bribery and divide-and-conquer methods. The slogan of prosperity and transparecy from a government that breaks laws, marginalizes those that have done no wrong except disagree with the message, refuses to hold friends to account that get caught, and knows no limits to the lengths it will go to destroy all evidence that shows its guilt. How? Ask the corporate media. Ask the polluters of the airwaves that let the BCLiberals skate on responsibility, even create the narrative to allow it.
Merv Adey (@MervAdey) returns to examine the double standards of government and corporate media in their deception of British Columbia. The pattern is obvious and well worn. The evidence is there, just not on TV or in corporate print. Because they are the carriers of the lie.