I am writing in response to Annalee Grant’s comprehensive article about the Jumbo Resort that appeared in your February 15 edition (“Bennett pitches Jumbo to French investors”).
In it Bill Bennett was quoted as saying “we are long past the stage where government is obligated to remain impartial.” Actually, Bennett and his colleagues in government have shown nothing but bias in favour of this project from the moment they came into power in May of 2001.
Gordon Campbell in fact showed his bias three times through public statements he made in 2002 before the environmental assessment process was even half completed.
He made these statements despite the fact that there had been one grizzly bear report and one economic feasibility report (government commissioned) that had given the Jumbo project two thumbs down.
The Jumbo promoters’ Tour de France, as described in Ms. Grant’s article appears to be a desperate attempt to find someone who will bail them out of a bad financial situation.
Their inability to get investors after twenty years of trying speaks volumes. The Jumbo Resort and real estate development was a bad idea in 1991 and it’s an even worse idea in 2012.