It was wonderful once again to receive in the mail one of John Weston’s noteworthy communiqués. So nice to stay updated on his fitness program and his encouragement for the rest of us to follow suit. Living as we do in one of the healthiest regions of Canada, I’m not sure what we would do without him. I sincerely hope that Jordan Sturdy follows his lead in keeping us well informed of similarly important public policy issues… like the realities facing B.C. Hydro and what it means for us down the pipe.
But back to Mr. Weston. Notably absent was any mention of the incredible work his government is doing in the fight against science and other impediments to our economy. Perhaps he assumes that we assume there is a good reason for this. We do, but just to increase certainty, I request that he demonstrate it. Rhetoric is all very fine but as he would know by being a lawyer, we would rather judge him on evidence. In fact, we insist on it. Rather than these fitness updates could you please explain — with substance, not assertion — all the wonderful omnibus bills and department-gutting that you are so proud of. It is not enough to be proud of the Squamish Streamkeepers… we all are, but we also wish to be proud of our environmental regulators because as even the Streamkeepers will tell you, that is where real policy can make a real difference. We assume you are proud of the current state of DFO. I mean you certainly smile a lot — perhaps we should be satisfied with that? No, I think not. Why don’t you host a public forum where you can debate merits with a panel of relevant experts? You could call it, “An evening of Evidence and Fact with John Weston.” I’m sure Shaw cable or somebody would be happy to cover it for those who cannot attend. Just one thing… if you expect us to trust you on this, I recommend you leave the PMO vetting process out of it.
Yes, we know your seat is quite secure, thanks to Blueberry Drive, Nick North and West Vancouver. Still, we like a man with courage, not (to borrow a deliciously appropriate term from our chum Marjorie LeBretton) a mere “Lick Spittle” that meekly follows orders from the PMO. This would be a great opportunity to show it.