PETERS – On cancer centre, NDP strings us along like Lucy with the football

Then-Premier John Horgan promises Kamloops a cancer care centre, October 2020 (Image: CFJC Today / James Peters)

AT THIS POINT, the NDP government dangling a cancer care centre over Kamloops has become like a demeaning joke.

It’s the driver hitting the gas just as the passenger is about to open the door. It’s removing the chair just as your buddy sits down. It’s Lucy pulling the football away from Charlie Brown.

To recap, the party promised Kamloops a cancer care centre in the 1990s before giving it to Kelowna.

Since then, a cancer diagnosis for a Kamloops resident has meant becoming very familiar with Highway 97 or the Okanagan Connector.

The NDP ruled the roost in the ’90s and the B.C. Liberals governed for 16 years after that, and we didn’t hear much of anything about cancer care in Kamloops.

Then, in the run-up to the 2020 pandemic election, Premier John Horgan stopped at TRU to promise the cancer care centre would be built in the coming four year term, if B.C. re-elected his New Democrats.


James Peters is the radio anchor at CFJC, coming to Kamloops in 2006. He anchors the afternoon news on B-100 and 98.3 CIFM, and contributes weekly editorials to the CFJC Evening News. He tweets regularly @Jamloops.

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