Following up on his earlier tweet, Mr. Mason of the Globe and Mail has written about a column about the 'reaction' to Dan Levin's NYTimes piece on the systemic pay-to-play behaviour of the BC Liberal government.
The following two bits are taken directly from the lede and the kicker from that column:
...The New York Times is the latest to take note of the campaign finance free-for-all taking place in the province, publishing a story on the weekend that marvelled at the fact Premier Christy Clark draws a salary from the fundraising dollars she collects, which, of course, is on top of the one she receives as the head of government...
...When I asked a prominent Liberal backroomer on Monday what the reaction was to the Times piece, he said: “People in the party just laughed. They know that no one in this province cares about fundraising. So it’s a non-issue.”
And what else would we who have been paying attention expect someone behind the money-laden currtain surrounding Clarbekistan* to say?
However, as you might expect, there is just a wee bit more obviousness inside Mr. Mason's piece:
...The Times piece, based mostly on reporting that has been done by other
media organizations in B.C. over the past year, noted just how unusual
Ms. Clark’s compensation package is...
The NYTimes piece was just recycling other stuff the local proMedia already knows?
And yet, despite this, the local proMedia is not screaming bloody murder about the details of the BC Liberals' well known deeds and actions regarding numerous pay-to-play cases that Mr. Levin also laid out in his piece.
Could the local proMedia folks' inattention to detail, detail that really matters to what is really and truly going around here, possibly be contributing to the lack of public outrage that Mr. Mason comments on thusly?
...Why would any party give up a huge electoral advantage like the one the Liberals in B.C. have when people don’t care about it anyway?...
And could the local proMedia's inattention to detail also be a contributing factor in why a 'prominent Liberal backroomer' feels that 'people in the party' have concluded that British Columbians also don't care?
Don't know about you, but the answers to the questions above seem pretty obvious (in a Chichester Cathedral kind of way), to me.
If you get my drift.
*Bill Tieleman, patent pending.