Vive’ la France Christy Belle

BC Premier Christy Clarke has a French Connection, reader says.

To the Editor,

Last week an amazing story of a major-league snafu came out of Paris, and there is a possibility of a link to the BC Premier’s Office  —  something of a ‘French Connection’ you might say.

The French high-speed railway system ordered almost 2,000 new trains costing about $20-billion, only to find that the new trains were too wide to fit 1,300 existing platforms at stations they serviced.

Upgrading the platforms will cost upwards of $100-million.

You couldn’t make up stuff like this, but there was something apparently made up about the present occupant of the BC premier’s office when the Liberals first came to power 13 years ago.

In 2001 the new education minister and deputy premier was none other than Christy Clark, whose own education record said that she had graduated from The Sorbonne in Paris.

After repeated questioning, it turned out that she attended a short course for a few weeks at that August centre of higher learning.

As The Sorbonne is the French equivalent of Harvard or Yale in the US, and of Oxford or Cambridge in the UK, there’s every chance that some of the top designers and builders of the new snafu express were also alumni of that prestigious and revered Paris university.

From the time Ms. Clark’s apparent curriculum vitae embellishment came to light, I’ve always thought that there is something misty and twisty about Christy.

In her three years as premier, despite her delusions of adequacy, every time she opens her mouth, it seems that it is only to change feet.

Bernie Smith,

Parksville, B.C.