ROTHENBURGER: Thoughts for a long weekend – museums, Charles and what’s in a name

Prince Charles delivering Throne Speech to British Parliament.

SOME SCATTERED THOUGHTS for a long weekend.

A couple of kids were walking past the Royal B.C. Museum in Victoria the other day. One girl was about 12, the other about 14.

“Yeah, it’s going to be a billion dollars,” said one.

“I wish I had a billion dollars,” said the other, “because then I could afford a house.”

Peter Milobar told that story this week. The Kamloops-North Thompson MLA happened to be walking in front of the girls at the time and couldn’t help but overhear them.

The conversation nicely sums up what the whole province is talking about these days. I was part of a group that toured the new patient care tower at RIH this week and it was impossible not to point out that it cost roughly half what it would to build John Horgan’s new museum.

If the NDP government had held a weekend strategy session on how best to piss off voters and hand newly anointed BC Liberal leader Kevin Falcon a golden egg, they couldn’t have done better than this.


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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