Tuesday, December 31, 2013
The Best in the "Est"
Five New Year's resolutions for politicians
Released by Dermod Travis, Integrity BC
t's that time of year when many of us make resolutions for the new year. Most of them are lofty goals towards self-improvement: quit smoking, lose weight, exercise more often are all among the popular ones.
So in the spirit
of the season, here are five ideas for B.C.'s politicians to
consider as they set their resolutions for 2014.
1. Stop trying to defy gravity
Voters aren't dummies. They can add, subtract, and remember what you said yesterday, the year before, and in the last election.
Families First? Check. Cleanest liquified natural gas in the world? Check. B.C. Ferries is an independent corporation free of government interference? Check.
3. Don't make job creation promises you can't cash
No one likes it when a politician breaks a promise, but there's a big difference when it comes to breaking one on creating jobs.
The unemployed aren't just the numbers British Columbians see in monthly Statistics Canada reports, they're also the faces of those relying upon their partner, father or mother to find a job.
And it hurts even more when the unemployed see many of the new jobs going to temporary foreign workers. With more than 5,300 B.C. businesses holding temporary foreign worker permits, there's the potential for a lot of hurt.
Decent jobs mean a great deal to those who need them. Don't let them down.
4. Don't hold public consultations that are only intended to seek validation for a course already decided upon or keep holding them until you get the answer you want
From service cuts at B.C. Ferries to bike lanes in Kitsilano, there's a perception that sometimes local councils and the provincial government may hold public consultations just to provide political cover for a decision already taken.
Bad idea. It feeds public cynicism.
Public consultations will have more street cred when you approach them with an open mind regarding the outcome rather than simply extending a rubber stamp in the hope the public will take it and acquiesce to a course of action you've already decided upon.
While it may be politically expedient to reduce a 28 per cent hydro rate hike over five years into “only $5 a month more in the first year,” don't.
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