An editorial by Mel Rothenburger.
FOR A COUNTRY so committed to democracy, we aren’t real crazy about federal elections.
It’s not that we don’t like voting — though low turnouts sometimes make you wonder — but we don’t like voting any more than we have to.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau might be the only person in Canada who’s happy about his decision to call an election for Sept. 20.
Certainly, here in B.C., the timing couldn’t be worse. The province is on fire and we’re choking in smoke. There are two kinds of British Columbians right now — those who have lost their homes and those who are worried they might.
But Trudeau is focused on other things, namely an opportunity to parlay the COVID-19 pandemic into a majority government.
Mel Rothenburger is a former mayor of Kamloops and a retired newspaper editor. He is a regular contributor to CFJC Today, publishes the ArmchairMayor.ca opinion website, and is a director on the Thompson-Nicola Regional District board. He can be reached at email@example.com.