Interview with premier provides few new insights

Metchosin reader draws focus to basic necessities over debt repayment

Re: Clark on climate, clawbacks, credit cards (B.C. Views, Dec. 10)

Well, it was time for my annual revisit of Black Press legislative reporter Tom Fletcher’s B.C. Views column to see if anything was new since last year, and it was a bit like switching to a boring TV show during the commercials; nothing much had changed.

As per usual, Fletcher lobbed a couple of Nerf balls at the premier and made sure they included a few openings to complain about the NDP.

What was most revealing, however, were a couple of responses made by Christy Clark.

When Fletcher stated, in regard to the anticipated $400-million surplus for this year, “Of course the opposition is interested in welfare rates and in particular ending child support claw backs,” Ms. Clark came back with her usual sage wisdom. She said, “Like any family that’s been through tough times, the first thing you need to do, when you get back to finding a job and making an income again, is to pay off your credit cards.” She then stated, “It’s typical, the NDP want us to spend the money before we have it.”

While I’m a big fan of reducing personal debt, the first thing that comes to mind to do with job income is not paying off credit cards, but instead providing proper shelter and food for one’s family.

Considering how B.C. continues to have the highest child poverty rates in Canada (one child out of five), and a bungled social welfare, medical and educational system, the fact that the B.C. Liberals both find that acceptable and think that it “can wait” until the “credit cards” are paid off, shows indeed that nothing much has changed, nor should we expect it to as long as they remain our government.

Tune in next year for more of the same.

Arthur Entlich

Metchosin

Just Posted

Driver convicted in death of Const. Sarah Beckett granted partial parole

Kenneth Jacob Fenton will be able to attend an alcohol abuse treatment, nearly three years after fatal crash in Langford

Husband of slain RCMP officer ‘disgusted and disheartened’ by parole board

Killer of Const. Sarah Beckett allowed limited day parole for alcohol treatment

Toronto Arrows players take aim at youth rugby clinic

Juan de Fuca team offers get acquainted clinics

Braves host 2019 Prospects Game, Sunday at Pearkes

- This story was updated to correct the date of the Prospects… Continue reading

‘Blue Monday’ isn’t real, but depression can be

CMHA encourages people to prioritize their mental health

UPDATE: B.C. legislature managers accused of excessive travel, personal expense claims

Clerk Craig James, security chief Gary Lenz call allegations ‘completely false’

B.C. man fined $10,000 after leaving moose to suffer before death

Surrey man was convicted last week on three Wildlife Act charges

Anti-pipeline group wants NEB to consider impact of emissions, climate change

Stand.earth filed NEB motion asking to apply same standard to the project as it did with Energy East pipeline

B.C. man charged in 2014 snake venom death of toddler

Henry Thomas was taking care of the North Vancouver girl the day before she died

B.C.’s largest public-sector union wants inquiry into money laundering, drugs

Union officials say Premier John Horgan and Attorney General David Eby have not ruled out the possibility of a public inquiry

Teen in confrontation with Native American: I didn’t provoke

Nick Sandmann of Covington Catholic High School said he was trying to defuse the situation

Suspect allegedly armed with handgun robs Island gas station

Incident occurred Sunday night in Nanaimo

MARS seeing influx of sick, injured eagles from north part of Vancouver Island

Factors for increase in eagle cases can be anything from lead poisoning to vehicle strikes

Kamala Harris opens U.S. presidential bid in challenge to Trump

The 54-year old portrayed herself as a fighter for justice, decency and equality in a video distributed by her campaign

Most Read