It would seem that, after Christy Clark promised a open and accountable government, she has opted to stick with the Gordon Campbell game plan of governing from dark, secret rooms with unelected CEOs with vested interests, once again ensuring that all the opposition, most of the Liberal caucus, and of course the public is excluded from the decision-making process.
It's the same chosen-few power elites who hatched the BC Rail scam, HST, the bankrupting of BC Hydro, NERT, EPIC, and all the other privatization at any cost that we have witnessed over the last decade.
Campbell broke many of his own laws, such as running a deficit budget and not having a spring and fall session of the legislature, racking up a record 253 days without our supposed democracy in session.
So now Christy Clark is going to outdo even her mentor in the subjugation of B.C.'s democratic system and its citizens. So much for open and accountable government.
Canada traditionally has a parliamentary democracy, and one of the supposed safeguards of that system is a Lieutenant Governor. It would be in this province's best interests for the Honourable Steven L. Point to use his powers to dissolve this sham of a government and call an election as soon as possible.
The reasons are many:
Christy Clark does not have a mandate to lead this government from the people of B.C. or, it would seem, from the members of the BC Liberal caucus.
Christy Clark and the BC Liberals do not have a mandate to complete Gordon Campbell's privatize-at-any-cost agenda.
Christy Clark and the BC Liberals definitely do not have a mandate to carry on a dictatorship in B.C., as they have for the last decade, with the people's business conducted in secret, with un-elected individuals with vested interests. Our democracy from here on has to be conducted in the legislature, in the full light of day, with all duly elected parties present, with all the questions, ideas, compromises, and finally consensus - or what Clark apparently sees as sick, but the rest of us recognize as democracy.
B.C. cannot afford to function one more day without its traditional democratic system intact, and the practice of ostracizing members of their caucus or the opposition has to stop. Not only is the practice disrespectful and undemocratic, but it disenfranchises all the people that particular MLA represents.
The citizens of BC demand a proper election now, and have a proper accounting to see how much trouble this province is really in, without all the sleazy Enron-style accounting practices they have been using to hide their mismanagement and incompetence.
We know Christy Clark does not like Victoria, but until the capital is moved to Vancouver or Spuzzum, that is where the government does its busines,s and anyone unable to deal with that fact has no business running for provincial politics, let alone for premier.
If the Lieutenant Governor can not do the job we all believe he has the power to do, then it is imperative that the people of B.C. find that fact out. We most desperately need an election and, consequently, a new, effective government that works for the people of B.C. instead of the chosen few, and as importantly, B.C. needs a workable recall system so that voters have a mechanism to make sure this travesty will never happen again.
Wayne Clark, Maple Ridge