Editorial — Where is Dan Brooks on Mount Polley disaster?

MONDAY MORNING EDITORIAL — Dan Brooks is someone you might not know. He’s the leader of the B.C. Conservatives, and his office is in Kamloops.

Dan Brooks.

Dan Brooks.

It’s quite a thing for our city to be home to the official address of a major political party. You might say that the B.C. Conservatives have as much chance of becoming government, or even electing an MLA, in the next election as a snowball at Mount Polley, but you never know.

Anyway, Brooks occasionally churns out a press release about something he has an opinion on, which everybody, as near as can be told, ignores.

Christy Clark and John Horgan get lots of ink and that’s to be expected because they hold elected office. Maybe Brooks should be given a chance. For example, last Wednesday he issued a press release headlined, “Leadership needed in education dispute, Brooks tells Clark.”

In it, Brooks “called on Premier Christy Clark to personally get involved in finding a resolution to the teachers’ strike that threatens the start of the 2014-2015 school year.”

Clark, not surprisingly, has not been in a hurry to heed Brooks’ advice but Brooks’ news release was timely since the teachers and government bargainers were to meet on Friday for the first time in weeks.

Strangely, though, Brooks doesn’t seem to have issued any news releases about the Mount Polley tailings-pond disaster. It happened a week ago today, on B.C. Day no less, and if Dan Brooks made an appearance in Likely to talk to the people affected, or took a fly-over of the disaster zone, there’s no obvious evidence of it.

Do that, Mr. Brooks, demonstrate true leadership on issues and events of provincial importance, and the media will probably start paying attention.


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2 Comments on Editorial — Where is Dan Brooks on Mount Polley disaster?

  1. Waiting until an election is called to state your stance on anything, is like saying that the rest of the time you have no opinion. If Dan Brooks wants us to take him seriously, then he had better start making some noise on the issues, and make sense at the same time.

  2. Sean McGuinness // August 11, 2014 at 8:43 AM // Reply

    Here’s what I would say if I were Dan Brooks. We need a government that will govern.
    We now have a mine disaster and a school strike to deal with both which could have been averted if our government worked.

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