No scandal, and good value for money.
That’s how Finance Minister Mike de Jong is describing the sale of land on Burke Mountain in Coquitlam to a developer who has contributed nearly one million dollars to the BC Liberals.
“Which is why the process, the procurement process, the marketing process is so important, because therein lies the guarantee that what took place here was entirely fair and free from any sort of interference.”
De Jong also denies an NDP claim the government rushed the sale and took a bath on the deal in order to balance the budget in 2014.
Premier Christy Clark is also defending a land deal that the NDP says short-changed British Columbians.
It was the first chance this week for NDP leader John Horgan to confront the Premier over the 85 million dollar Burke Mountain sale.
“What were you thinking? You said that you were good manager of the economy, clearly, leaving 43 million dollars on the table is no example of that.”
The land was appraised at 128 million but Premier Christy Clark says government got the best deal possible.
“If you understand how the market works, and I’m not sure that the NDP do, you can’t argue that they didn’t get market value for it when there were six competitive bids for it.”
Clark also says it was a bureaucrat not a politician who approved the deal.