Editor, The Times:
I’d like to take this opportunity to wish one and all a belated Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year.
British Columbians received an early Christmas present this year: 61 per cent of voters were in favour of “First Past the Post.”
It’s good to know there is a little bit of sanity left in this province. I’m sure that Horgan and Weaver are very disappointed that their sneaky back-door scheme didn’t work. In a little more than two years, this present so-called government has done more damage to the unity of Canada than what’s been done in the past 50 years, and the stupidity has to stop!
The saddest part of this whole political blunder is that only 43 per cent of the eligible voters even bothered to cast a ballot. The remaining 57 per cent of the eligible voters are obviously totally fed up with BC’s political parties, and that opens the door for a new party to enter BC politics.
For interest, let’s call this new party the “BC Alliance Party.” I want to make it very clear I have absolutely no interest in getting into politics, but I think that a new party with a strong platform would certainly form a majority government.
The platform of the new party would include many changes that could be implemented as soon as it is in power. Some changes would be as follows:
-Privatize ICBC. David Eby’s catch phrase is, “ICBC is a dumpster fire and all the Liberals did was hide it behind the building.” Well, Mr. Eby, let’s remember who built the dumpster. ICBC has been a cash cow for all political parties at the expense of the taxpayers. BC has the highest vehicle insurance rates in Canada. That has to stop.
-Make it a priority to get the pipeline expansion up and running. Getting the product to market is in the best interest of all Canadians.
-Not-for-profit lobby groups will no longer be eligible for government grants, and donations will no longer receive tax deductions. The right to peaceful protest is fine, but don’t expect the taxpayer to pay for it.
-Revamp the health care system. Increase tax dollars for front-line workers and substantially reduce funding for administration.
-Instate Uber. This is not rocket science; this is about safety, not votes.
-Scrap the carbon tax on vehicle fuel and scrap all taxes on home heating fuel. Quit comparing California’s carbon tax with BC’s. If you want to see the real meaning of climate change, just drive from southern California to northern BC.
-Last, but not least, start mending some of the damage to relations between BC, Alberta, and all the other provinces.
John F. Kennedy once said, “Don’t ask what your country can do for you, but ask what you can do for your country.” Go, BC Alliance Party!
The Rambling Man