The first report indicating that the recently appointed Snooklandian Minister of Agriculture has no business making decisions about the future of the Agricultural Land Commission (ALC) came from Charlie Smith in the GStraight, with an assist from Dermod Travis of Integrity BC, on the weekend.
The following is the money quote which is a strongly worded rebuke from the ALC to Mr. Pimm and the mayor Fort St John Lori Ackerman for attempting to politically influence its decision not to pull a chunk of land out of the ALR for a rodeo park in the Peace region:
..."In our respectful view, those representations were not appropriate," the commission stated in its ruling.
"They could create the impression for both the Commission and the public that these officials were attempting to politically influence the Commission. Where, as here, those officials began their representations before the Commission had even received a reconsideration application and involved unannounced personal attendance at a Commission site visit, and when those representations made no reference to the requirements of the legislation, the perception is even more concerning."...
And, today, the Dean more fully details Mr. Pimm's (and Mr. Pimm's staff's actions) in the matter before he states the following in his VSun column:
...To recap, Pimm lobbied the commission in person, plus he and his staff made four other approaches...
In the very next sentence, however, Mr. Palmer pulls his final punch when he concludes:
...He (Pimm)thereby created an inescapable impression that he was trying to politically influence the commission...
Given the evidence, as detailed by Mr. Palmer himself, we are left wondering what, exactly, a powder-puff qualifier like 'impression' still has to do with any of this - particularly when it is linked, by sleight-of-hand late in the round, to 'political influence' rather than the ALC's initial haymaking reference to inappropriate 'representations' from Mr. Pimm and friends.