Thursday, April 27, 2017
All-Candidates meeting hosted by
CHC a sleeper
election time in BC so grab the popcorn and get ready for the dog
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
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
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
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
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
or will they get something done instead of sitting around arguing over nonpartisan
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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