Via Sean Holman at Public Eye Online:
Neither the provincial Liberals nor the party’s MLAs have participated in the Vancouver Pride Parade for the past two years, according to the head of the society responsible for the event. Asked why what that was, party communications director Chad Pederson said, “We, of course, support the Pride Parade. We posted a message on our twitter account over the weekend wishing everyone a happy Pride. But we haven’t received an invitation in our office to participate.”
But, in an interview with Public Eye, Vancouver Pride Society president Ken Coolie said there are no parade invitations.
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I’ve given the Liberals grief in the past over the amount of, well, outright lying that they seem to enjoy doing. In fact, that’s why I eventually stopped giving them my – moral – support. I just don’t think they can be trusted.
But this – it just seems like such an unnecessary lie. I mean, it’s obviously a lie. It’s either a lie or we’re expected to believe that the communications director of a major provincial party, as well as every one of that party’s MLAs, doesn’t understand the concept of a public parade – i.e. there are no invitations.
In related news – and particularly ironic news considering the circumstances – BC’s privacy watchdog has given the BC government, if not a passing grade, at least a better grade than in the past on information disclosure. Via Rob Shaw at the Colonist:
The B.C. government did much better in responding to Freedom of Information requests last year, but maintained a “troubling” delay in providing information to media and political parties, says the province’s privacy watchdog.
The government’s overall FOI response rate jumped from 71 per cent in 2008 to 90 per cent last year, with 7,750 FOI requests closed, Information and Privacy Commissioner Elizabeth Denham said in a report released yesterday.
The average initial response time dropped from 35 to 24 business days.
“Government has significantly improved their timeliness in the past year,” said Denham.
“They are responding much faster to requests when they look across the board on average.”
Read the rest.
Some people might be a bit surprised to hear this piece of news, but I’m glad to hear it.
There’s still a ways to go, though. And, as the pride parade story would seem to illustrate, while the BC government might have grudgingly gotten better at disclosing information, but that’s a far cry from adopting an honest approach to doing business in British Columbia politics.