Nanaimo-Lantzville

B.C Conservative

Joe Schmoe


BC New Democrat
Silly Willy


B.C. United

Kevin Guy


Green Party of B.C.

Paul Masterson

Nanaimo

Gabriola Island

B.C Conservative

Joe Schmoe


BC New Democrat
Sheila Malcolmson


B.C. United

Kevin Guy


Green Party of B.C.

Paul Masterson

Ladysmith-Oceanside

B.C Conservative

Joe Schmoe


BC New Democrat
Silly Willy


B.C. United

Kevin Guy


Green Party of B.C.

Paul Masterson


July 15, 2024

Election campaign must be
about things that matter


The name-calling and labelling have begun. Political parties need to recognize that for every “far-right extremist” they see on the election campaign they are a mirror of “far-left extremists.” Denigrating anyone serves no purpose other than to divide people.


A lot of the problems facing our province are neither left wing or right wing, they are political problems and a lack of will or ability to solve them. Our messed up health care system is not a left or right problem. Closed emergency rooms in rural areas have nothing to do with ideology but with the inability of those in charge to solve the problem.


Already obvious in the first campaign TV commercials is the outright lies they tell without having to look you in the eye.


Money is the root of most problems, but elected officials try to please all of the people all of the time. They need to set priorities and scale back vote-buying handouts to special interests.


Many of our problems today are the same as the ones we had years ago under the B.C. Liberals. They still exist and neither party has been able to solve the them.


The closest any issue comes to ideology is the homelessness many British Columbians are suffering under. Premier David Eby refuses to accept institutionalization of people with mental health problems, but he’s not the first. Decades ago successive Liberal and NDP governments decided that the mentally ill should be “integrated” into the community.


They closed facilities like Riverview, and similar programs, thus creating today’s problems – integrating the mentally ill onto our sidewalks and parks has done that.


It doesn’t really matter whether they are government-approved for recreational use or bought off the street drug dealer. There’s an inescapable fact, and that is if you do drugs you die.


Housing affordability lies partially at all levels of government, federal, provincial and the municipal. Over-regulations has jacked up the cost of housing with ever-rising development cost charges which in reality are taxes. Then there’ the Liberal/NDP property transfer tax which adds to the cost of buying a property.

So don’t let the politicians on the campaign trail fool you into thinking it’s all the “other” party’s fault. They are all to blame.


I could go on about the long list of issues, but they all have the same bottom line. Each party is shouting from the roof tops about how terrible the other parties are, in in many instances exaggerating or outright lying.


All of them fail to focus on what they will do for us, likely because they don’t have the answers themselves. And when they don’t have the answers they resort to name calling, and that doesn’t solve anything.

Our world is spinning

out of control

Every now and then the moon aligns with the stars to throw our planet out of whack making you question the sanity of everyone everywhere.

 

DESPITE A HOUSING CRISIS, our regional district has decided it’s a good time to update regulations affecting people living in recreation vehicles. If the updates go into force a lot of people living in RVs in the central Island will have no more than six months at a time before they have to move. What then, pull up stakes and spend a fortune on moving to another RV park for another six months? These are not pop-up tents, they are motor homes with full facilities, connected to services in commercial settings. They are part of the housing picture.

 

ALSO THIS WEEK WE LEARNED that three B.C. communities that had been promised the moon after massive flooding in November 2021 got nothing but the finger from Ottawa. Abbotsford, Merritt and Princeton spent a lot of money on studies and reports to satisfy Ottawa bureaucrats only to be told their 500-page application back up wasn’t sufficient.

 

That comes after Prime Minister Trudeau visited the area during the disaster he hugged one mayor and promised “we’ve got your back.” Justin did not tell him what that really meant. As one of the mayors wondered aloud, if it had been along the St. Lawrence, in Ontario and/or Quebec, would it have been a different story?” These communities are getting it in the back alright.

 

Now some people are floating a proposal to flood Sumas Prairie permanently to return it to a lake that existed 100 years ago. The proponents say it’s no big deal, only $1 billion to buy the farmland and flood the area which is one of our largest food-producing areas.

 

HERE’S AN INVESTMENT idea for someone wanting to make a few quick bucks. Sell something every vehicle should have – metre sticks – to help drivers determine their distances. New regulations went into effect this week to keep vehicles at least one metre from pedestrians, cyclists, wheelchairs, etc. The concept makes good sense, but how can a driver determine what distance 39 inches is while zipping along at 30 km/h? Thankfully the regulation includes “at least” in determining how far, so to be safe, keep your distance. Now if we can just get cyclists to observe the rules of the road.

 

EVERYTHING ELSE CONSIDERED, the October provincial election is sure to be a lively affair as the political ground undergoes massive shifts. More B.C. United/Liberals are abandoning ship and going to the Conservatives hoping to gain enough strength in a few months to even imagine toppling the NDP government.

 

What was wishful thinking in some quarters not too long ago is getting the attention of Premier David Eby who is refocusing his political darts at John Rustad’s Conservatives instead of the fading United. BCU has more money and more organization than the Conservatives, but if the current trend continues who knows what can happen? When a building crumbles, a firm foundation doesn’t do much good other than a rebuilding from the ground up.

 

AND WHILE WE’RE THINKING ELECTION, now would be a good time to start keeping track of all the promises we’re going to get from the government and those would hope to form government. We should sort them into specific categories that would determine their value, how many are good for the province and how many are political frills. While we’re at it, we could also tick off whether promises are serious . . . or just vote bait that will never see the light of day.

 

Everyone will promise, cross their hearts, that they will solve the drug crisis and the homeless problem and crime that goes with it. What we need to hear is what, when, where, how and how much along with a firm timeline.

 

Our medical system remains in shambles, with lots of room for new ideas and promises. With those we also need specifics. How many of them will be realistic and how many of them will be pie in the sky? It’s easy to promise a new hospital here or an emergency room there with no timeline. And who will promise to rehire the heath care workers still fired because they would not take vaccines? That comes in the shadow of U.S. Congressional hearings which put great question on the way the whole COVID scheme was handled, including masks, vaccines and the major shutdown.

 

Will any party do something to restore private property rights which have been decimated by the present government? Your home is not your home any more.

 

Those are good starting points, it will be tough to find others to classify as top priorities. Beware of the frills that look good, cost a lot of money, but don’t really amount to much.


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Malcolmson nominated

in Nanaimo-Gabriola

Sheila Malcolmson has been nominated BC NDP candidate in Nanaimo-Gabriola Island. She will seek her third term in the Legislature. Prior to her provincial term Sheila was the member of Parliament for Nanaimo-Ladysmith and Chair of the Islands Trust Council. Her latest assignment has been as Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction. She took swipes at BCU leader Kevin Falcon and Conservative leader John Rustad saying they would roll back NDP progress.

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