Liberals Sent to Community Meeting.
No political interference? No interest by the premier? Really?
Why, then, WHY, would the Liberal party send someone to one of our community meetings to report back directly to the Premier’s Office on what was said?
The Premier stood in the Legislature on Friday May 6, 2016 and said, in reference to the proposed Scotian Materials’ Fall River Quarry, “at no time, since being the Premier or before, was I involved in that quarry.”
Rob MacPherson of Scotian Materials has three times recently reported to the media that there was no political interference.
Let’s think logically, folks.
You’re the premier of a province.
There are 357 communities in that province (in addition to 27 towns, 22 villages, and 3 municipalities, according to wiki).
There are thousands of quarries in that province.
There are multiple groups protesting decisions you’ve made.
You send one of your people to a community meeting to report back on what appears to be a very specific portion of that meeting, and you have them send it to a non-government email address of someone working closely with you in your office.
WHY. If you’re the premier, and there’s no political interference, WHY would you be interested in keeping tabs on our community meeting? If you’re the premier, what possible logical explanation is there for sending a staff member to a community meeting in one of the 357 communities in your province and to have them report back to you? What, you’re concerned? If you were truly interested in the issue and were concerned for our well being, would you only receive a report of a specific PART of the meeting, and would you THEN stand in the legislature and claiming no involvement?
AND why does the quarry operator stand up on your behalf and reiterate to any who will listen that there is no political interference?
Have a look yourself, folks, the video is available on the Nova Scotia Legislature website under May 6 at around 5:30:
“I thank the honourable member for the opportunity to clarify that misinformation that has been floating around, an improper allegation that somehow, that letter which was dated long before I became Premier, is effected when I was the Premier of this province…. I want to tell her again at no time, since being the Premier or before, was I involved in that quarry. The reality of it is, the honourable member who represents that riding has continued to stand with his community, and continues to make sure that he’s representing the community’s interest across this province.”
Kind of reminds us of this:
“I’m going to say this again: I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky. I never told anybody to lie, not a single time; never. These allegations are false. And I need to go back to work for the American people. Thank you.”
(And if you’re from the media or the Liberal party, why yes, we do have more to say about this, and yes, we do have evidence.)