Thursday, April 27, 2017 

 

Politics

A Boring Item

All-Candidates meeting hosted by CHC a sleeper

Staff/Voice photo

 

t's election time in BC so grab the popcorn and get ready for the dog and pony show.

 

Once again we find ourselves in the roiling cauldron of "campaigns". Forget the thundering speeches. All we've heard so far from local hopefuls are murmurs and flowery rhetoric.

 

Is it time to fumigate Victoria? Has the Christy Clark government disenfranchised enough voters in order to shimmy the NDP into power?

In Chilliwack, neither the Liberals or the NDP candidates tried to punch holes in each other's speeches on issues. For both it was just a bad day at the nickel slots.

Somehow the audience let themselves be blindfolded and stuck in earplugs as candidates avoided local issues relying heavily on their party lines instead.

It's been said that all politicians do is find new ways to tax. Candidates demonstrated Tuesday how well their party would spend tax dollars and how much candy floss they'd be giving out on election day.

Tuesday certainly wasn't grand theatre. Billed by Chilliwack Healthier Communities as "A Conversation with the Candidates". Truth be told it was just a stumping ground for those who weren't aware of the policies of both the NDP and the Liberals. And there was applause? For what?

The limp meeting that marked the halfway point in the campaigns was certainly not indicative of the pitched battle that's been waged in people's e-mail boxes over the last year.

All the e-mail war has done is to discombobulate the average voter who'll  stand at the ballot boxes flummoxed and confused as who to vote for. How many spent time watching the mundane meetings in the Legislature?

It's been said the province isn’t "running on all cylinders and could be doing a hell of a lot better then they’re doing." Mainstream presstitutes are to blame for most of the election turmoil by feeding people regurgitated news. Barf bags of lies.

So far, the NDP is floundering and all over the map. The Liberals think that bestowing untold millions of dollars on communities is going to make constituents fall over each other to vote for them.

Affordable housing is one of the hot-button issues in this election with both main parties promising how they'll do something about it, yet all we've seen is foot-dragging.

Housing is needed now.

The Liberals say they're dealing with the situation by throwing billions into projects that might be finished in a year or two. Americans don't mess around. If this was the US, the same projects would be done in two months not two years and everyone who wanted it would have it, not just a few hand-picked people who won the housing lottery.

NDP's MacAhonic said her party wanted to revive Colony Farm (Riverview) for people with mental health problems. But she didn't mention that as soon as they're admitted, they lose all their rights and could be subjected to things like electroshock therapy and weird anti-psychotic drugs and there'd be nothing the patient could do about it. Talk about victimizing the victim.

It has to be noted that MacAhonic didn't bother to answer any of The Voice's questions three weeks ago. Saying there were many and that she would try to muddle her way through them. This from someone with a Master's Degree.

Candidates were given a sheet of questions with ample time to write out their responses. The federal Liberals gave me Stephan Dion for over an hour and there was no reviewing of questions beforehand. He banged off the answers. Later, the federal Liberal party president remarked how it was the best interview he'd ever seen, but "don't let that get to your head," he said. I think he meant Dion. Only in Chilliwack.

On drugs, Green Party's Wayne Froese said arrests and enforcement won't make the problem go away but fell short on saying his what his party would do about it.

 

There was nothing about the lack of doctors and reducing the pressures on medical resources with harm reduction programs like treatment on-demand, methadone exemptions, opioid therapy etc.

How about cutting the heads of drug dealers off? That would be the end of that with Olympic speed.

Can politicians be leaders? According to them they are. The term "power" clearly has gotten to their heads and they need to recalibrate that thinking.

Steve Jobs was a leader and spoke to throngs of people in Vancouver in 1993, with some travelling from all over the province, myself included, to hear him speak in a hall on Robson Straus. He defined leadership.

If the Liberals were out and the NDP kings, nothing would change. The government will still be run. Win or lose, look for more empty policies and promises. Will the losers sit there licking their wounds and frothing at the mouth, or will they get something done instead of sitting around arguing over nonpartisan issues?

In light of that, the best thing constituents can do in this election is vote for the person, not the party. Who will I vote for? Not the ones who stiffed The Voice over the last four years, even for lousy photo ops. One thing's for sure, I'll be holding my nose at the ballot box.

 


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