Crony Capitalism and BC Provincial Parks 101
Requirement: A relatively unoccupied and thus considered "economically unproductive" piece of land that holds some sort of annoying and restrictive protected status regulated by Government policy and Legislation.
Step 1: Commercial Proponent or Developer comes forward with an idea/plan to plaster an excessive number of condos and houses, build gondolas, pipelines, power project, ski resorts, golf courses or run a guided heli-ski operations all over cheap vacant land occupied by some worthless endangered wildlife (known as a BC Provincial Park).
Step 2: Commercial Proponent or Developer stuffs fistfuls of money into the pocket of a BC Liberal Premier, Cabinet Minister or MLA.
Step 3: BC Liberal Premier, Cabinet Minster or MLA commands their minions in the BC Civil Service (i.e. BC Parks, Ministry of Forest Lands and Natural Resource Operations, Environmental Assessment Office, etc.) to manipulate or change policy and regulations to accommodate the new mega development. Possible New Legislation or secret orders in Cabinet from Victoria may ensue which may result in numerous Park Boundary Adjustments (giveaways).
Step 4: Any Criticism from the public is to be deflected and handled by low level minions in the BC Civil Service (The politicians and developers are to be kept safe at all costs). The Victoria Legislature is to sit for as few days as possible in any given year to avoid any undesired criticism or attention. Changes to policy and regulations must be done as quietly and as secretly as possible. It is especially important that all minions demonstrate loyalty to the corrupt government; the constant threat of job loss, job transfer, budget cutbacks or disciplinary action keeps the minions in line and able to smother any internal cognitive or moral dissonances no matter how large and painful.
Step 5: If some citizen or group of citizen gets too close to the truth (i.e. Garibaldi Park 2020), ignore their correspondence, hide the truth, lie and blame the citizen group (Accuse them of being rude, aggressive and unreasonable and anti-job conspiracy nut-jobs). If called out publically in the media by the citizen group for lies, inconsistencies and policy irregularities or violations, maintain the lie over and over again in the hopes that the public will believe the lie and the criticisms will go away. Employing/utilizing shills in online forums and comment sections to discredit those critical of Government corruption is also a useful tactic.
Step 6: If any dirt-bag citizen seeks the same privileges and rights as a Crony Capitalist Developer (i.e. refurbush the Darling Lake Trail), hypocritically trumpet the virtue of the law and policy from high upon the mount. The slightest of violations of the most obscure regulation by the public must be treated with the utmost legal severity by BC Parks, MFLNRO and the BC Government (examples: a handful of woodchips fallen into a non-fish bearing creek from a hand-axe warranting a prison sentence, the Heathens Mountaineering Club "Illegal Camping" fines).
Step 7: Repeat the first 6 steps ad-nauseum until Democracy and Western Civilization is left in ruins.
The following document from 1955 predates the creation of BC Parks and discusses the need for a separate agency to manage Garibaldi Park separate from the Ministry of Forests and Lands. This letter is significant in that it lays out the park founders's expectation for this new agency (which would become BC Parks). On Page 4, the founders discuss their hopes with regards to a trail network for Garibaldi Park. It is clear upon inspection of this document that the current BC Park's approach to trails within Garibaldi Park and its punitive crackdown on the Volunteer Trailbuilders in the Skookum Valley is in direct opposition to the intensions and hopes of the original Park Founders. In addition, the six boundary adjustments made for Whistler Blackcomb, as well as the Sea to Sky Gondola Boundary Adjustment are clearly a betrayal to the legacy and intent of the founders of B.C. Parks as an organisation. The park founders intended that the Garibaldi Park Boundary would be "...inviolate". The founders of Garibaldi Park are now surely turning in their graves.
It is our position that BC Parks and the BC Provincial Government have failed Garibaldi Park and the non-mechanized user in a most spectacular fashion. The following list supports this view (supporting Documentation available to download on this site).
When BC Parks was silent:
- The Wedgemount Creek IPP: Industrial Activities claw their way to within 100 meters Garibaldi Park Boundary. It is fascinating how BC Parks has been silent on this issue, yet held screaming hysterics over the Darling Lake Trail volunteer trail builders, who didn't even come as close to the Park Boundary as the bulldozers at Wedgemount Creek.
- The Fitzsimmons Creek IPP: - BC Parks was fine with the Fitzsimmons Creek IPP Dam near the Garibaldi Park Boundary. Too bad BC Parks doesn't also support restoring access to the traditional Singing Pass Trail just nearby. The typical response from BC Parks on the issue has been silence.
- Culliton Creek IPP: - While only in the proximity of the Garibaldi Park Boundary, the Culliton Creek IPP does infringe upon important wildlife areas. Again, silence has been the only response by the Ministry of Forests and Lands.
- Skookum Creek IPP - The only concern BC Parks expressed over this project is that the non-mechanized user might use the industrial access roads to access the Park (not the blasting away of the working forest). According to BC Parks, they preferred the area of the Skookum and that section of Garibaldi Park to be reserved for bulldozers and dams only (see Darling Lake Trail).
When BC Parks Spoke:
Update 2016 - It is ironic that BC Parks is making a plea for more funding, when they seem to have more than enough resources to harass volunteer trail building crews (see the Article on the Ministry of Forest and Lands for more information).