Camera: Johnny Drift
Bo, I’m designating you Court Jester.
Ashes unt diamantes, przyjaciel.
Work of fucking art.
Interesting blog you have here. We’re very interested in developing it into several condominium towers.
Oh God, I remember that! Wasn’t that VanderZalm’s monstrosity, some kitchy faux-Dutch tourist trap propped up by insider dealing and who knows what with some dodgy real estate agent who was caught on tape screaming to him down the line: you got my 20-thousand dolla??? Yup, that’s the one.
Nicely encapsulated. I believe the “dodgy real estate agent” you refer to was Faye “The Hat” Leung; she’s still kicking around, still sporting her trademarked headgear.
So how long ago did the Fann-dassy Gaaahrdens go belly up?
Unashamedly, I’ll quote Wikipedia:
“Vander Zalm became embroiled in a conflict of interest controversy over the sale of his Fantasy Gardens flower garden and theme park. The conflict of interest arose because the Taiwanese buyer, Tan Yu, was provided VIP treatment and lunch with the Lieutenant-Governor prior to the sale. Vander Zalm claimed that control over the theme park was his wife’s responsibility. Adding fuel to the fire, Faye Leung, a colourful Chinese-Canadian entrepreneur and the woman who brokered the deal, thought that Vander Zalm was a “bad man” since the day she first met him and secretly recorded conversations she had with him, and was happily willing to speak to the media and provide copies of her audio tapes.
“Vander Zalm resigned as premier in 1991 when a provincial conflict of interest report by Ted Hughes found he had mixed private business with his public office in the sale of the gardens. He was charged with criminal breach of trust, but found not guilty in B.C. Supreme Court in 1992. The court ruled that while Vander Zalm had put himself in a conflict of interest, he had not done anything illegal.”
I do recall Faye’s recordings. her high-pitched haranguing of Billy almost made me feel sorry for him. Almost.
I’ll say one thing for ol’ Faye, she’s a good judge of bad character.
Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:
You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. ( Log Out / Change )
You are commenting using your Twitter account. ( Log Out / Change )
You are commenting using your Facebook account. ( Log Out / Change )
You are commenting using your Google+ account. ( Log Out / Change )
Connecting to %s
Notify me of new comments via email.
Notify me of new posts via email.
Blog at WordPress.com.