July 5, 2017
An overview of corporate
Betty Krawczyk, Cumberland/Photo submitted
judges and attorneys generals havenít actually gone out into unceded native
lands (public land) with tree fallers riding bull dozers, but they might as
well have done.
The effect was the same. The old growth forests have effectually vanished
and second growth tree farms are disappearing fast. And the forest carnage
is ongoing. The unrelenting protection of the courts for destructive, soil
destroying clear-cutting by multinational logging companies has the same
effect as if the judges, accompanied by the attorneys general and the
officers of the Crown, tore off their robes and dark suits and joined the
loggers in the field.
The loggers have an excuse for doing what they do. They, and their families,
have to eat. The judges and the attorney generals of course are well
educated, usually from upper class backgrounds, and well connected in
moneyed circles. They also have to eat, but they are paid well enough they
have choices working loggers donít have. But the judges and attorneys
generals as a group have chosen to protect, not BC land and the wonders it
produces for everyone, but the big bucks of ruthless logging companies. This
judicial licking of multinational companiesí boots began back in 1952 under
B.C.ís Premier W.A. Bennetís reign (Social Credit).
Robert Sommers, Bennetís Minister of Lands, Mines and Forests, through some
irresponsible deal-making found himself behind bars for accepting bribes in
exchange for a very large tree farm license to BCFP (British Colombia Forest
Products). However, while Sommers was convicted of receiving bribes from
BCFP, the company was not charged for giving the bribes. Chief Justice J.O.
Wilson completely exonerated BCFP. Not only that, BCFP was allowed to keep
this tree farm license that covered vast acreages. It has since been sold,
cut up, resold, and added to like a jigsaw puzzle until I donít believe
there is a large tree farm license in this province that isnít grounded in
What should be done? Or can be done? After all, that happened back in the
50ís. But so what?
my opinion every tree farm license in this province should be rescinded
until and unless it can be proven its license donít included parts of that
original corrupt decision by O.J. Wilson which charged and jailed the
receiver and but rewarded the giver. Next timeÖ How BC Chief Madam Justice
Beverly McLaughlin added the last boot-licking gift to the vicious
multinational logging corporations in B.C. before she was promoted to Chief
Justice of Canada.
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