Trying to kill our ad at this point is just plain weird. Before my e-mail to you on Monday, we had Helijet’s stamp of approval.
But Helijet’s in-flight magazine publisher told us they didn’t want to publish anything that could "target and antagonize the airline’s political clientele”, many of whom are “senior decision-makers in business and government, including politicians and staffers from all political parties.”
Huh. You don't say?
It turns out Helijet is a long time donor to the BC Liberals, having given $56,000 to Clark’s party since 2005. Is this a knee-jerk attempt to protect their relationship with their pal the Premier?
To me this feels like yet another case of people with money and power who want to control a situation they don’t like. But I know the strong and dedicated British Columbians who make up the Dogwood community will NOT be silenced.
I did have a fact wrong in my previous e-mail message to you. According to Helijet, Christy Clark does not fly privately on their service. Apparently anyone with an extra $610 bucks can book a flight from Vancouver to Victoria and back with the chance of sharing an aircraft with our Premier. My mistake and I apologize.
But it’s safe to say I will not be one of the folks sitting next to Clark, or any other “senior decision-maker”, on a Helijet flight anytime soon because I, like many of you, don’t have an extra $600 for 70 minutes of air travel.