Letter: Kelowna needs diverse debates

I would like to propose Public Interest Community, which would steer public discussions on all the major topics concerning the city…

To the editor:

Economically speaking, PM Harper’s core decision was a version of the illfamous “one-horse town,” to blindly favour the tar sands and other “energy resource” companies. This, unfortunately, is a reflection of his economic ‘thinking,’ so typical of ultraconservatives, to repeatedly bet on the same tired horses, such as cutting taxes, along with social programmes, promising goodies to specific groups of voters, such as pensioners, favouring the Big Business and, of course the “energy companies,” while ignoring how the world has changed and where it is heading to.

Yet, anyone carefully monitoring the development of events ought to be able to discern the following pattern:

1. The global economy is stalling, approaching the point of saturation, as do the incomes of the working majority.

2. The computerization of routine jobs, and most of them by now are of that kind, is going to shred some 50 per cent to 60 per cent of them, over the next 15 to 20 years.

3. The cost of food, which has been rising by 10 per cent a year, over the last five years, is projected to rise by 13 per cent next year, and then ever higher and faster, reflecting both the rising level of human population of the planet, by circa 70 million a year, and of the rising global temperature, by 1C every decade, according to the IPCC and NASA, reducing the harvests.

While most of the economist of Mr. Harper’s calibre were obviously expecting this tremendous population growth would keep on powering the wheels of their global economy, the vast majority of these people will not even be able to buy the food to sustain themselves, much less anything else, which also should tell us something about their rationality, or rather the lack of it.

But it is not just Mr. Harper’s government, but the Conservative governments in general that create problems for this country. Looking into the recent history of their reign, we have there a pretty shocking example of Mr. Mulroney. He first bankrupted the Quebec company he used to manage, and after becoming a PM he not nearly bankrupted  Canada. First though, he sold the country down the financial drain to the U.S. interests, via NAFTA, which started the deindustrialization of the country, and then, to gloss over this misdeed, if not betrayal, his government  spent lavishly on all kinds of programmes, plunging the country deep into debt.

It took the succeeding Liberal government years to dig the country out of the debt, and not just thanks to their managerial skills but, in a large part, due to all kinds of cuts to social programmes, which the Harper’s government kept in place, while burying the country under more years of serious deficits. This he ‘skilfully’ combined with his neocon’s dictatorial tendencies, his secretive, dodgy behaviour and outright lies, his persistency to expand the multilateral trade agreements, which would only make the domestic economic and employment situation only worse, his preference to act like a ‘tough guy,’ expressed in his willingness to go to any war sponsored by the U.S., and by his unwillingness to change the electoral system, as that would prevent the Conservatives from ever reigning again. Simply put, the neo-cons are too toxic for Canada’s well being. On the other hand, if the Conservative party could redesign itself into its Red Tory model, they likely would have my vote most of the time.

Concerning the other candidates, while Mr. Trudeau sounds positive, he and/or his party, lack a single original idea, as those that he presents to the public, in his dubious sophomore style, either reflect the buying votes attempts of the Conservatives, or the more progressive ideas of the NDP. Indeed, in this needlessly long campaign, Mr. Mulcair seems the only needed breath of fresh air, especially for his call to support small and medium sized businesses, and to live within our means, both of which will be crucial for us in the coming years and decades, during which the government’s  revenue will be constantly shrinking and only the small and medium sized business will be able to generate jobs the big ones will shed.

At the same time, it also has to be said that while the all candidates meetings are certainly welcome, what is not welcome is the fact it is again the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce organizing it and steering it, as if they represented the entire community. To rectify the situation, I would like to propose here a formation of Public Interest Community, or PIC, which, in the future, would steer public discussions on all the major topics concerning the city, to which all interested groups and individuals are invited. If interested, contact me, with your phone number, at awhorak@telus.net.

Wence Horak, Kelowna