Kevin Krueger says arts-funding threats were "no different than a junkie waving a needle"
For the second time in just over a week, Tourism, Culture and the Arts Minister Kevin Krueger has claimed he was threatened by the Alliance for Arts and Culture.
In late August, he alleged that an unknown arts organization in Vancouver basically practised "extortion" against him in a meeting.
The alliance offered a radically different version of events.
On September 1, Krueger was at it again, this time on a C-FAX Radio show hosted by Adam Stirling,
"They have since said a couple of times publicly through their senior spokespeople that they were the organization that I referred to in a CBC interview as having threatened me," Krueger said, according to a transcript on the Stop B.C. Arts Cuts blog. "I was threatened in a meeting with them in a way that didn’t seem that much different to me than a junkie waving a needle if I was confronted by somebody on skid row who was high. It was just blatant. It was an outright threat. 'You give us more money or else.' I told him it was inappropriate, didn’t accept it, was not willing to carry their threats to my colleagues and my Premier, as they had said that I should."
(In a blog posting today on the HST, I mentioned a book, The Invisible Gorilla: And Other Ways Our Intuitions Deceive Us, which explains how politicians can sometimes develop distorted memories.)
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