EDITORIAL – Whither goes Kamloops with Opposition reps in Victoria?

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An editorial by Mel Rothenburger.

IT’S ALL OVER but the final counting.

It will be a couple of weeks until the mail-in ballots are counted but it won’t matter much. Ridings like Kamloops-North Thompson and Fraser-Nicola are close but not close enough to change after the mail-ins are counted, since all polling stations and voting methods typically follow the same trends.

There are lots of ridings with only a thousand-vote difference between first and second but only a handful where the margin is around a hundred.

As a result, a couple of ridings might flip but John Horgan’s cynical election call has worked out for him. He’s a hero right now within his party, a tactical genius.

Andrew Wilkinson, on the other hand, will likely be tendering his resignation as BC Liberal leader in the next short while.

Where does this leave our local ridings, represented by Liberals Todd Stone and Peter Milobar for the next four years in the face of a comfortable NDP majority and a premier who can now do pretty much any darn thing he wants now that he has a majority?

What about all those Liberal promises for our area? Funding for Car 40. More investment in the Trans Canada Highway east of Kamloops. Capital funding for elementary school construction. Improvements to seniors’ health care. Will we still get a new cancer treatment centre?

Milobar and Stone — and congratulations to them — can continue to advocate for these things, of course, but Horgan can ignore them if he wishes. A positive in the NDP victory is that I’m not sure how the Liberals would have handled the Ajax file.

And here’s something to watch for. When Wilkinson steps down, will Stone step up? Having the BC Liberal leader in Kamloops could give us back a little of the clout lost by having non-government MLAs.

Mel Rothenburger is a former mayor of Kamloops and a retired newspaper editor. He is a regular contributor to CFJC Today, publishes the opinion website, and is a director on the Thompson-Nicola Regional District board. He can be reached at

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4 Comments on EDITORIAL – Whither goes Kamloops with Opposition reps in Victoria?

  1. Tony Brumell // October 26, 2020 at 10:48 AM // Reply

    Are you guys kidding ? PARTY UBER ALIS. That’s all that matters today. No politician will jump ship just to do the right thing. Horgan himself has lied about so many environmental issues it’s impossible to believe he would jeopardise his POWER just to honour his past comittments on environmental and first nations issues. He almost drove me into the non voter list but I did vote(not for him ) To think I spent 30 years working for federal and provincial NDP and now I am so disenfranchised that I jumped ship just to do the right thing for the environment.

  2. An interesting scenario would have been for Mr. M. to wave an orange flag for this election and Ms. H. to wave a blue one. It would have been for the good of our riding and the chances to see a cancer treatment centre being built here.
    That would have meant setting aside some ego and going with Spock’s logic: the needs of the many outweigh the needs of a few.

    We have what we have. There is a majority government in Victoria which will hold high a large orange banner for the next 4 years. Here in town we have two fellows who will be holding much smaller blue banners, attempting to get the attention of those who will make the decision for our promised cancer treatment centre.

    • Since very many forms of cancer are caused by bad lifestyle choices both at the personal level (diet, lack of exercise, smoking, drugs, etc) and related to environmental pollution (toxin found on food and polluted air for example) I would wish a strong governmental intervention in preventative measures. With the NDP in power hopefully we will see at lest some improvement in these areas which would be totally swept into a corner by the blue flag holders.

  3. Hopefully you will spearhead a campaign to convert the land holding minerals currently belonging to KGHM into a provincial park. And by the way, the local Car 40 program could’ve been easily expanded with better oversight over municipal expenditures. You need to expand the circle of people you regularly have coffee with. Get a hold of a few civil works local contractors and ask them, over coffe, what they think of the City of Kamloops procurement policies.

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