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Officials were adamant with their basic line of defense: The solution to pollution is dilution. The Strait of Juan de Fuca was depicted as a giant toilet that would flush away any environmental damage. Derek Kilmer, D-Wash.
At a meeting in Washington, D. Esquimalt had rejected a previous proposed plant.
Hell hath no fury like a bureaucracy defending itself, and the CRD produced experts from the University of Victoria to make the dilution defense. The optics were terrible, however. The Royal Victoria Yacht Club responded that an alternative race had no official sanction.
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The embarrassment hit home when a Victoria graduate student named James Swarok created the character "Mr. Floatie," a six-foot tall turd wearing a sailor hat and delivering bad puns in a falsetto voice. Floatie" tried to run for Mayor. He showed up at a Victoria-Beacon Hill riding district candidates night during a British Columbia provincial election.
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But the years dragged on, the original Esquimalt site was rejected, and British Columbia Premier Christy Clark would not intervene. Clark blew off appeals from Washington's congressional delegation and Gov. Jay Inslee.
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