British Columbia voters and political parties six degrees of sepa
There are two sayings, “You get what you pay for” and “Pay me now or pay me later” both should apply when the voter hits the polls.
British Columbia, with a population 4.4 million, again it seems is Number 1 in Canada. This time not for our crime and murder rate, revolving door justice, child poverty or homeless population. Unfortunately, British Columbia is now known for its political scandals, political scandals by the present BC government and previous political parties who governed us. All political parties accuse one another of doing us wrong, yet when looking at the big picture it seems all political parties at one time or another share six degrees of separation when it comes to scandals and improprieties, none are free of scandal. Leaving many to wonder, are there any competent and honest politicians anywhere in this province?
Many voters, numbed by scandals are also tired of political pandering, finger pointing and the run around of false promises every provincial political party seem to use as their party platform.
It can certainly be a social quandary when voters are split between the haves and the have not’s, with one expecting more and the other expecting fiscal or the status quo. Who still remembers the 43% raises the current BC premier doled out to his ministers? There is also the one billion dollar Pacific Fast Cat ferry fiasco which brought down the previous government and political party. Two scandals performed by two different governing political parties, when fiscal restraint was needed. Changing leaders of political parties will not ensure the same will not happen again, it has been done to no avail.
Activism in British Columbia seems more like a career aspiration for some, though unpaid, the problem being, who will pay for all this? A balance between social activism and fiscal policy needs to be addressed if British Columbia is to get out of debt. Voter and politician are to blame for this mess, voters insisting and politicians complying, but rarely following through, leaving both dissatisfied.
When a political party hoping to form a new government makes promises, it is a recipe for disaster when many opposition parties never get a look at the previous government’s inbox or books. So ask yourself, would you buy a car or home without inspecting it first and getting a history of it, of course not! So why can a political party sell you goods they have never had a chance to inspect, like the previous governments books?
Ponzi schemes all rely on speculation, opposition parties also speculate on rumour and innuendo of a governing party, but then again, when you vote for a political party on rumour and innuendo or accusations, we certainly deserve what we get. Due diligence is always on the head of the voter.
This act of speculation on the voter and political party is a recipe for disaster, worse are those who vote on impulse instead of their well informed mind, resulting in voter attention deficit disorder of monumental fiscal proportions.
Who can the voter trust when all political parties are painted with the same brush of political scandal?
Here is a list of known political scandals of all British Columbia political parties, British Columbian’s can compare political scandals by all BC political parties governing past and present, then compare other parts of Canada and see why the British Columbia voter with a short memory, can once again see why we are again number one.
Voters in Vancouver and the lower mainland make up the majority of voters in 2006 with a Provincial District of 85 ridings. Vancouver and the lower mainland, clearly the majority, most likely have more input when it comes to the wants and needs of British Columbia.
Comparisons in the census of Vancouver and the lower mainland voter may be the problem of voter inconsistency, compared by some in other areas of the province as Vancouver voter ADHD rollercoaster, refusing to look at the big picture, which is British Columbia.
If British Columbia wants change, they will have to change their voting habits and expectations of reality and know nothing is free, someone has to pay for it and that is you! The money fairy was a hippie fantasy of the 1960s. When it comes to special interest groups, they are just that, special interest, self serving perhaps.
BC voters have to insist on fiscal conservatism if they are to exist as a fiscally responsible province, including paying for every conceivable social program under the sun. The talk of ending homelessness pandered by the political parties is just that, pandering. The more social homes you build, the more homeless will come, from all across Canada and the world, when will it end? It will end when you the taxpayer run out of money and businesses vacate the province in droves. Then what? There will always be consequences to any action.
British Columbians should insist their prospective elected official have some semblance of fiscal knowledge to serve their constituents best. Dairy farmers as Solicitor Generals, or fast food vendors and real estate agents, do not make great Forestry ministers as with this government make no fiscal sense.
All political parties need to stop pandering to special interests and appoint party members as prospective MPPs who have experience in areas that will best serve the voters in their riding.
BC is not comprised exclusively of lawyers, real estate agents, land developers and dairy farmers, so why does this select group always get appointed as MPPs at voting time, and when elected are appointed to positions to represent us?
Should the voter public insist equal occupational representation of their riding, such as carpenters, businessmen, dairy farmers, accountants etc?
When a MPP is elected and considered for a Ministerial portfolio, does it make sense for a dairy farmer previously appointed as Solicitor general? Would not a judge or policeman make a better choice? The recent appointment of a police chief as Solicitor General is a common sense move.
Common sense dictates in the working world a person is hired for a job based on their knowledge performing that job, the same should apply with Ministers. A dairy farmer elected as a MPP could be considered for the agriculture or possibly a parks and lands portfolio as a minimum, certainly as a doctor could be considered for the health portfolio, not fisheries or revenue.
A Minster must understand the issues presented to him, both by the public and those under him, parroting what is presented in front of him to the media or the world, well anyone can do that, even school children or for that matter a parrot.
It is the art of answering the question put to the unprepared which shows intelligence and mettle of the man or woman’s worth.
Perhaps words to live by when the voter starts to insist on the hard questions, to an unprepared electorate put to a political party. Voting with a well informed mind instead of impulse may one day serve and save us all in eliminating or reducing our deficit, you children and your children's children will thank you.
Remember, it is your children who will one day pick your old age home, it would be nice if one is still available.