Letter: Politicians will not take a stand on policy matters

Politicians would never take a position to which any voter might object…

To the editor:

I’ve just read my son Paul Hergott’s column about trying to get B.C. government personnel to commit themselves to safer driving practices in B.C. (Capital News, April 18).

I’m reminded of some of my career with a provincial government in Saskatchewan, when I wrote letters for the minister’s signature.

Politicians would never take a position to which any voter might object, and so I held my nose to formulate obfuscations and weasel-words to respond to voters’ letters, some of which requested government action which directly contradicted explicit government policy.

Any formulation of response which too explicitly contradicted what voters were requesting was rejected for reformulation.

Al Hergott,

West Kelowna