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COMMENTARY · 14th January 2011
Walter McFarlane
You know, the problem of this Liberal; ‘who will be the Premier of BC?’ race is that at the end of the day, we’re going to be back to square one. Both the candidates I have met, Christy Clark and Mike Dejong have demonstrated they do not have an understanding of what is causing this split between the people of British Columbia and the Government and I honestly hope the other four prove to be better choices.

Politics is not a game; it is not good vs. evil, and it is not changing the systems that work and then hoping everything works out in the end.

The government’s economic development policies need some polishing. Exporting our natural resources without first processing them is giving away money to other countries and the reduction of education and health care services are signs of a weak government.

To make matters worse, there is a fear, where if the publicly funded services diminish to the point where they are laughable, people will switch to the private sector in numbers, which make the public services obsolete and make funding them no longer necessary.

The other problem is the two candidates I have so far had the pleasure of interviewing, do not realize the problems facing British Columbian’s vary from region to region. Clark obviously did not even realize that Eurocan had shut down when she referred to both Alcan and Eurocan as our major employers.

When Dejong was accused by one of Kitimat’s City Councillors of instigating the policy while Forest Minister, which allowed Eurocan to close it’s doors while retaining lumber rights in the valley, (removing the appurtenance clauses) he countered by saying the policy was old and out of date.

Dejong was also the brilliance behind the exporting of raw logs to China. That will keep local industries in business. (Note the sarcasm)

Clark’s presentation today, January 13, was not about how she is going to improve the system but how much she hates the NDP. She admitted intimidating them out of government; spoke unkindly about them, and said she would do anything to ensure this region does not vote for them again. The downside of this is she comes out looking like a bully. Knowing and witnessing this, I know I’ll never look at the pink shirt campaign she introduced, (a cause I believe in), the same way ever again.

Clark’s hatred of the NDP made it into two of her three goals and that is when the real problem with politics surfaced. If party ‘A’ is in power and party ‘B’ is opposition, then party ‘A’ can do whatever they feel like to make party ‘B’ look incapable of representing any region they were elected in.

While I admit that I have never met a Liberal Minister or candidate I can see eye to eye with, I am willing to bet there is at least one out there. If politicians, and people who follow those politicians blindly, are unable or refuse to work with politicians from a different party, then our province is not going back to square one… it’s circling the bowl.

And if this form of political blackmail, hatred and underhanded techniques persists… then maybe it is time to dissolve all the parties and move to a less adversarial non-party system where all regions of BC are represented fairly and equally.