The job interviews have been concluded, and today, it's up to the boss to decide who will represent Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows in running the affairs of British Columbia.
You're the boss. You decide which of the job applicants best meets the specification you have in mind to get the work done to your satisfaction.
Unlike in some other democracies, voting is not a legal responsibility here, just an ethical one. You won't be fined or tossed in jail if you failed to show up at your designated polling place or didn't exercise one of the many other options Elections BC ensured were at your disposal.
But whether or not you voted, your job isn't finished. From here on in, like any good boss, it's your job to ensure that your employee - your MLA - is properly instructed in the work he or she is expected to do on your behalf.
And it's your job to monitor his or her progress in completing his or her contractual obligation - to represent you and your neighbours in the Legislature.
And make no mistake about it: your MLA is your representative in Victoria.
Furthermore (and this is something that seems to get lost in translation within minutes after the polls close), you are your MLA's boss, even if you preferred one of the other applicants for the job. He or she works for all of us. or is supposed to.
That is a message we're hoping will be driven home to the successful applicant, as well. An elected MLA is supposed to represent everyone in his or her riding - not just those whose votes gave him or her the job.
And certainly not just those whose ideas for running the province mesh exactly with the party leader's.
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