EDITORIAL – Politicians shouldn’t be afraid to call each other incompetent

MLA Peter Milobar talks about incompetence during Question Period. (Image: BC Hansard)

An editorial by Mel Rothenburger.

WE CALL GOVERNMENTS many things, but apparently “incompetent” isn’t supposed to be one of them.

The word is a favourite of the BC Liberals right now when talking about the NDP government.

NDP  members are also fond of the incompetence word. In one Question Period exchange, Todd Stone accused the government of incompetence on COVID relief funding, to which Jobs and Economic Recovery Minister Ravi Kahlon fired back that the word describes Stone’s handling of ICBC when the Liberals were in office.

That was followed by what are politely referred to in Hansard as “interjections.” Undeterred, Kahlon doubled down, declaring, “Obviously, his incompetence is a bit of a hard thing for him to deal with.” And then, “Maybe he wants to hear more about his incompetence.”


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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