Letters to the Editor

B.C. needs choice of third political party

To the editor:

I’m definitely not an optimist when it comes to our politicians. I believe they tend to look after themselves, at the expense of their constituents. Being truthful is not a mandated requirement of employment. Having the financial means to get your yourself elected is the number one requirement.

It has been reported that former premier Gordon Campbell and the Province of B.C. received $1.6 billion to help B.C. implement the HST. Some, have considered this a federal government bribe. What a windfall, or maybe it was a miracle. Does anyone know where this all went or what it was used for?

Yes there were costs converting to the HST system, but I don’t believe it totaled $1.6 billion! So where did the rest go? Into which government coffer? Or was it, as I suspect, used to pay down the deficit of holding the Winter Olympics. If this was how they were used, it sure saved the government the embarrassment of explaining to us, the taxpayers, just how far in the hole B.C. was hosting those Olympics.  They would have had to explain how they were going to raise money and raising our taxes is the obvious choice.

Did the Olympics help me or my family? No, I can’t see where they did. Several specific cities and towns did benefit from this event. It’s just expected that the rest of us chip in and pay for their personal gains.

Our new premier, Christy Clark, has stated that families are “my first concern” as premier. Can we afford to believe her?

Not a chance.

B.C. doesn’t have the money to pay back the federal government, and we can’t afford to chop the HST to 10 per cent immediately. Premier Clark needs that revenue, and “maybe” Premier Clark won’t be able to lower the HST “at all.” Ever! Otherwise she would drop it immediately.

All the Liberal ads on the radio and TV promoting the HST, and gaining your vote—what has that cost the taxpayers?

God, I pray a third political party can be formed in B.C. One that can promote a strong political platform, that is supported by decent candidates that are willing to listen and follow the will of the majority in their ridings. That would be unprecedented in many, many years now. A third party would keep everyone politically honest.

Today, voters are polarized with people voting for the Liberals because they are anti-NDP and the Liberals were the best of two “evils.” Other’s abstain voting for either.

We need another choice.

David W. Kuhn,

West Kelowna


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