Jumbo Glacier opinion piece gives one-sided view

Tom Fletcher has not discussed the Supreme Court decision on B.C.’s teachers

Editor, The Times:

Never let it be said that Tom Fletcher never disappoints in his ongoing twisting and obfuscation when it comes to anything referring to the NDP.

His latest gem is the editorial that gives great detail about the loss in the Supreme Court to the Jumbo Glacier proponents and the rejection of First Nation arguments regarding that territory.

He attempts to make the claim that certain NDP MLAs and others who were supporters of that First Nations opposition as somehow being another terrible example of, well, we’re not sure what.

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I only take issue with this as the column was almost a full page, and yet if my memory serves me correctly there was another very important Supreme Court decision recently that makes this one pale in comparison, namely the decision on the dispute between the teachers of B.C. and the province.

Why the comparison? The Jumbo Glacier decision was a decision that had been reserved since December of 2016. The decision, while important to some, was a decision that will allow the Jumbo Glacier project to proceed. That is if it ever proceeds. One might correctly question whether B.C. needs another high end ski resort.

The teacher’s decision was, as most admit, a landmark ruling. The Supreme Court of Canada, which usually reserves decisions in important cases, handed down a decision within two hours, severely chastising the Province of B.C., and ordering the province to move on, and quickly. In the words of a Liberal supporter, “the province just had its ass handed to it.”

The sad thing is that it was us, the taxpayer, who had its ass handed to us.

In spite of previous decisions, Premier Christy Clark pushed on in the courts and we ultimately lost as taxpayers. It was easy for Clark to forge ahead; she was always playing with house money, namely our tax dollars.

What is truly sad here is that Fletcher, in a never ending attempt to sully the NDP, no matter how specious his research and comments are, keeps on keeping on, disguised as some kind of reporter.

There was barely a word of that SCOC decision from him, if at all. Would that be because the SCOC took the Liberals to task and was embarrassing to Premier Clark?

If his political bent is that way that’s fine, but to call himself a reporter as well really stretches the imagination.

If I weren’t a cynic I’d guess that his tacit support for our dearly departed premier had something to do with the fact that Black Press has donated close to $9,000 to the BC Liberal Party. Would it, Tom? Nah, of course not.

Larry Borsa

Clearwater, B.C.

Editor’s Note: According to Elections BC, Black Press has, in fact, donated $10,539 to the BC Liberal party since 2006.

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