EDITORIAL – Despite silliness, F-bombs, Question Period serves a purpose

An editorial by Mel Rothenburger.

QUESTION PERIOD in the B.C. Legislature is a favourite target of indignation among the masses. We like to shake our heads sadly at the frequent silliness of the debate that takes place there, and our lawmakers certainly provided ample fodder this week.

During a debate on the doctor shortage, Liberals hammered the NDP government with loaded questions of the “When will you stop beating your dog?” variety.

Abbotsford South MLA Bruce Banman, for example, demanded to know, “Why, Mr. Premier, have you abandoned people to hours-long wait times to get the medical attention they deserve?”

It’s more than a little doubtful Banman expected Premier John Horgan to respond with, “Well, the reason I’ve abandoned people is…..”


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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