Letter: Photo-op grim reality check

The front-page photo of PM Stephen Harper, MP Cannan and Premier Clark, is more of a grim reality-check for Canada’s Economic Action Plan.

To the editor:

I’m writing to thank Kelowna Capital News journalist Kathy Michaels for her excellent column Photo Ops Won’t Prevent Next Fire, Flood, Earthquake…, July 24 edition.

I’ve responded to the B.C. climate change survey, as her column suggested, but I would encourage anyone who expects to be alive in 2050 to take the survey as well. Certainly, few, if any, of the MLAs in todays government will be around in 2050 to take responsibility if the goals to reduce carbon emissions by 33 per cent below 2007 levels miss the mark.

The front-page photo of Prime Minister Stephen Harper, MP Ron Cannan, and Premier Christy Clark, is more of a grim reality-check than the usual smiling photo-op for Canada’s Economic Action Plan—a plan which has generously benefited Kelowna because it elected a Conservative MP.

The year 2050 seems too distant to be labelled an action plan by anyone but a turtle. That might explain the hands-folded stoic expression in the front-page photo.

Helen Schiele, Kelowna