ON APRIL 19, I wrote a piece entitled “I CAN’T support that kind of campaign, or a party that would allow a leadership team to okay that kind of campaigning.”
In it, I concluded by station….
Unless something major happens, to turn things around in what and who the BC Liberals are, then I will indeed go to the polling station on election day. I will, however, mark a big X through the ballot to show my displeasure with such poor options (at least in political parties) presented to us.
Sadly … it will be a first for me, but I see no other choice given the current crazy world of B.C. politics.
Since then I have had a raging argument going on in my head about what to do.
Vote for Todd Stone and the Liberals because they are the least bad option?
Vote NDP because I want to show my displeasure with the BC Liberals?
Vote Green (NOPE) … that wasn’t going to happen!
How about Beat Klossner from the Communist Party as a HUGE protest at having to vote in an election that won’t change anything about how government in B.C. functions (or doesn’t except with top-down directives that MLAs must fall in line on or bear the brunt of displeasure at the hands of Christy Clark)?
NO … that’s an even more definite “Wasn’t going to happen.”
During this past week I had decided to vote for Nancy Bepple. Nancy seems sincere in truly wanting to help the people of the Kamloops area — and her fight to improve the health care system is one that no one would be able to find fault in.
Problem is … John Horgan, in his most recent trip last week to Kamloops, flat out said he would do everything in his power to stop the Kinder Morgan pipeline.
I asked Nancy four questions last week; regrettably I did not get a response (I know — candidates are busy and don’t have time to respond). Having grown up in a small town Interior community, this one particular question was important to me however … and I think it would be to many thousands of residents from the Interior, and Northern B.C.:
Raw law exports excluded from the discussion, what efforts would an NDP government put in place to end sawmill closures in REAL small town rural BC. With hospitals, schools, and government services being pulled out in recent years, less and less is holding people in place. Now with logging (and related) jobs also disappearing, what’s left for people except to pull up stakes, and make a bad situation even worse for those remaining in these small communities?
I don’t believe the NDP do have a real plan for the Interior and Northern B.C., and the fact that Horgan has spent very little time in these areas (during the campaign) shows it. That also shows in the fact that he has come down strong against the Kinder Morgan pipeline twinning, a project that would benefit people greatly in these areas.
Okay, so back to the BC Liberals.
While I like Todd Stone, I also have to consider the leadership of the BC Liberals — and that starts and ends with Christy Clark. There is a litany of reasons why Christy Clark’s leadership is an issue for me … and it has been for many others as well. Here’s just a small fraction of concerns expressed by news media people, and bloggers:
• “Top 9 Scandals of Christy Clark“, from the Huffington Post
• The Globe and Mail had a story, “Has Premier Christy Clark had her enough’s enough scandal?”
• “Christy Clark’s World of Alternative Facts“, from the Tyee
• From Global News there was, “Christy Clark is most disliked party leader running in BC election”
• The Press Progress has, “41 of the sketchiest things that happened during Christy Clark’s time as Premier of B.C.”
• And from one of my favorite bloggers, Laila Yuile, we have, “50 shades of wrong round deux: Clark government again shows why they’ve lost moral authority to govern”
All of that aside, there was one straw for me, however, that broke the camel’s back — and it occurred during the televised debate. Ms. Clark had this question posed to her by the night’s moderator Jennifer Burke; she asked Clark how she would repair broken trust with the electorate.
With that sickeningly sweet smile, that never left her face during the entire 90 minutes, she said that people were more concerned about jobs.
She was saying we … you and me … were (should be) more concerned about having a job than with honesty in government.
Let me ask you this question.
Is a government plagued by scandals … having the most disliked leader … that does ‘sketchy’ things … that has lost ‘moral authority to govern’ … not one we should be worried or concerned about?
She — the current premier of B.C. — deflected a legitimate question by answering … jobs matter more than governing with honesty, compassion, and forthrightness.
That answer alone should infuriate each and every voter … at least all but the most kool-aid drinking individuals who believe the so-called free-enterprise, big-tent, party can do no wrong.
So I’m back to what I said on April 19. Tomorrow, May 9, I’ll be placing a big “X” through my entire ballot.
I’ve been told it won’t make any difference because no one will know. Well that’s not true because you know what I plan to do tomorrow. Each and every one of you reading this.
Just over 50 per cent of British Columbians voted in the 2013 election … and that’s disgusting. Disgusting, but somewhat understandable given the choices we have. Regardless, you are obligated by the sacrifices of those from our past, to cast a ballot.
I don’t care who you vote for … or how you cast your ballot … just get out and vote.
Alan Forseth is a Kamloops resident and former member of the Reform Party of Canada, the B.C. Reform Party and the B.C. Conservative Party. His blog is My Thoughts on Politics and More.