COLLINS – NDP already starting the political chess game

Health Minister Adrian Dix.

ONE OF THE reasons I’ve never run for political office is the constant behind-the-scenes dagger throwing that goes on and the manipulation that takes place in the offices of government.

When, during almost every election of any sort, someone asks me to consider running, I’ve by and large said “no.” I understand that this backstabbing, maneuvering and political gamesmanship is also prevalent in virtually every business in the country, but at least I have a choice not to work there if I don’t want.

I always hope when a new government comes to power, that things might change. But again, the NDP has been most predictable about things. They’ve already manipulated some of their promises, delayed others, and play the political games like everyone before them.


Doug Collins is the Director of News, Information and Television Operations at CFJC-TV. Doug has been on the air in Kamloops since 1970. He was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Radio-Television News Directors Association of Canada in 2008.

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4 Comments on COLLINS – NDP already starting the political chess game

  1. In chess if the queen leaves the board, its game over, in politics its let the games begin ! The Follys Bizarre were staged in West Kelowna this year .

  2. Lawrence Beaton // September 23, 2017 at 10:13 AM // Reply

    All part of the political game that is played in British Columbia. Once again, we had promises of a new type of government, we got it, Same old, same old. game and then politicians wonder why the public do not vote in large part.

  3. What are you talking about Doug? How is “health care” in Vancouver any different than “health care” in Kamloops?
    Besides a doctor would certainly be a reasonable choice to work in “health care” rather than a convenience political appointee.

  4. E M Helen McLean // September 23, 2017 at 9:27 AM // Reply

    With reference to Doug’s column I recall that when the previous NDP government was voted into power many years back the existing elected
    Volunteer Board of Overlander Hospital
    was removed in favour of their own appointees who then received some recompense . It seems this is part of the political game.

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