President Abraham Lincoln said:
"It is true that you may fool all of the people some of the time;
you can even fool some of the people all of the time;
but you can’t fool all of the people all of the time."
This famous quote about political calculation was probably the answer to the question: What can we get off with? It is probably the priority question of the criminal pondering the next "job".
In British Columbia, Government and forest corporations are pondering a future of long term area based leases of public forests to forest companies. Can they sell this idea to the public without raising suspicions that the long term intention is to move the public forests into the private interest? Successful implementation of this next step will be the threshold toward enclosure of public forests into the private interest. Selling points are as follows:
- The public can be told that the Public Forests will remain in Crown or public ownership
- A few scraps of public forest will be retained to appease communities, First Nations and others
- Forest management will rely on forest professionals (the fact that most will be employed by forest companies can be downplayed)
- Area based forest management has advantages