EDITORIAL – What this country needs is good, workable recall legislation

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An editorial by Mel Rothenburger.

ALL THIS STUFF about politicians travelling to the tropics over Christmas has a lot of people wondering why something can’t be done about it.

The words were barely out of my mouth a couple of days ago criticizing Jason Kenney for not disciplining several of his caucus members who took off for warmer climes during the holiday, when he did an about turn and lowered the boom.

Several guilty caucus members were demoted, as they were elsewhere, but nobody is actually going to lose their job over it.

I suggested Monday they should, but currently there’s no way of accomplishing that in most Canadian jurisdictions. In my view, the situation with politicians travelling in contravention of policies set for the entire population is tailor made for an effective recall process.


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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