. . . and off the mark


Re: Tom Fletcher’s column of Jan. 3 (‘Silent spring looms for NDP in the province’):

Fletcher’s synopsis of B.C. politics is, as usual, skewed by his own ideological slant.

The opposition has been hard at work, questioning the direction this government is taking on health care in this province.

We need innovation in our public system, not the fear-mongering of Finance Minister Carole Taylor.

Why do these issues not stick to Taylor? Could our right-wing media be part of the reason? For some reason, Fletcher feels that raising the issue of the treatment seniors have faced in the light of government cutbacks and broken promises is exploitive. This is not a newsworthy issue?

As for homelessness, the results of the latest Greater Vancouver Regional District homelessness report confirm the number of homeless people in the Lower Mainland has doubled while the B.C. Liberals have been in power. This is at a time when the government has enjoyed a huge increase in royalties in the energy sector.

The New Democrats have plenty of “innovative ideas” to help deal with these pressing social issues. What the people of B.C. don’t have is the calibre of journalists to get these issues out there.

Janet Allen


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