Friday, August 28, 2009

Behind the surprise ban on garbage exports

Why, after Vancouver had been working for at least 18 months on plans to have waste trucked to the U.S. for disposal, did the provincial government impose a ban on waste exports in the throne speech? The ban also comes out of the blue for the Cowichan Valley, Whistler and Powell River, which all have existing contracts to send waste to U.S. landfills.
Could it have anything to do with the efforts of well-connected lobbyists who are pushing their clients' plans to profit by keeping the garbage in the province - like Ken Dobell and Andrew Wilkinson, former Liberal party president.
Jeff Nagle has an interesting report here.

3 comments:

Dawn Steele said...

Paul, it might be simpler to just ask if there anything in the latest BC Liberal agenda that is NOT a favour to one group of corporate supporters or another.

Norman Farrell said...

Influence peddling lobbyist was not a career choice discussed in the days when I was setting sail. Mind you, these opportunities are limited to a special few friends of the insiders so I don't suppose there was much opportunity anyway.

wstander said...

Could it have anything to do with the efforts of well-connected lobbyists who are pushing their clients' plans to profit by keeping the garbage in the province - like Ken Dobell and Andrew Wilkinson, former Liberal party president.

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