I DON’T KNOW ABOUT YOU, however it sure seems like the provincial government news department is working overtime this week, churning out release after release … with many (at least in my personal opinion) blatantly partisan.
Before noon today (Sept. 19) the count was already at six releases, and the day is only half over. A week ago, Saturday (Sept. 12) there were only four releases, and the week before that, (Saturday, Sept. 5), there were none.
You can be sure that the sheer volume of what is being sent out, is to do little more than paint a rosy picture of John Horgan’s NDP government, all with wordsmithing taken to a new level of proficiency.
All of that, in my opinion, in preparation for a possible early election call. Here are just a few example … all from the past couple of days:
- We know our recovery won’t happen overnight, but by focusing on people and taking care of each other, we will ensure there are better days ahead for all of us …
- The Highway 1 McKenzie Interchange project is now substantially complete — traffic congestion at this intersection had long been a source of frustration … (government got to announce the project was being planned, was about to get underway, was now underway, it’s now ‘substantially complete’, and once completed, they’ll be able to announce that as well with much fanfare during a ribbon cutting ceremony)
- Our economic recovery will be stronger as a result of the investment we are all making to reduce emissions and build a better, cleaner B.C. for everyone …
- Years of inaction on the housing crisis by the previous government meant people had been left behind, even people with middle incomes, like teachers, nurses and small business owners, who have struggled to find an affordable place to call home … (Hmmmmm … I wonder what BC Liberal critic for Municipal Affairs and Housing, Todd Stone, would think of that?)
- These new spaces are helping parents return to work, go back to school or pursue other opportunities to help support their families. These new spaces are part of the fastest creation of child care spaces in B.C.’s history …
- People can participate in fun, virtual and in-person community-based literacy programs, thanks to a $500,000 provincial government investment in the (Raise-A-Reader) campaign … (government spending, in my opinion, should be through the education ministry – not through photo ops where they can get a gold star for donating OUR money to their hand chosen charities)
- I know people want traffic congestion relief at the George Massey Tunnel without having to pay unfair tolls. Today’s announcement shows our government is taking action on much-needed improvements … (did you notice how they snuck in a subliminal seed that someone — the BC Liberals perhaps — might impose a toll on this LONG OVER DUE project, if that party were back holding the reins of government)
Then, of course. there have also been multiple re-announcements of projects already well underway, already completed, or yet to even get started — a good example is the secondary school for Valleyview in Kamloops (their time).
Sadly, and not just for this current NDP government of Premier John Horgan, what should be information sources for the people of B.C., is instead used for highly partisan purposes.
And while calls for this to end have been made for a very long time, there really hasn’t been any change. Regrettably, I don’t see that ending any time soon.
What do you think about this? I’d love to hear what you have to say.
Alan Forseth is a Kamloops resident and former member of the Reform Party of Canada and the B.C. Reform Party, and a past and current member of the BC Conservative Party. His blog is My Thoughts on Politics and More.