B.C. Conservatives disturb voters of different stripes
The B.C. Conservatives know that they will not win the next election, nor is there anything for them to gain by coming to the rescue of the floundering B.C. Liberals [“ Cummins hunts B.C. Liberals”, April 5-12]. It is to the advantage of the B.C. Conservatives to destroy the B.C. Liberals and become the only alternative to the NDP.
What I found interesting was the reaction by the Independent Contractors and Business Association to the prospect of the NDP forming the next B.C. government. The B.C. Liberal Party has undertaken multibillion-dollar infrastructure projects that primarily benefit its members. A propaganda campaign has been conducted that emphasizes the supposed benefits of these massive public-works projects to the citizens of B.C. They are, in fact, make-work projects for well-paid construction workers.
The members of the ICBA, who are their bosses, also benefit greatly. I fail to see how this corporate-welfare scheme follows the free-enterprise model that [ICBA president] Phil Hochstein wishes to preserve. What the citizens of B.C. really need is a government willing to review these projects and their effect on today’s deficit, and our constantly rising long-term debt at the same time basic government services such as health care and education are being limited or curtailed. Don’t expect the B.C. Liberals to do this because that would result in a reduction in contributions to their reelection campaign by members of the ICBA.
> Terry Bostock / Vancouver
Carlito Pablo’s assertion that the Canadian Reform Conservative Alliance “merged with the Progressive Conservative Party” is akin to saying that France “merged” with Germany in 1940. The destruction of Canada’s founding political party was a pure and simple takeover by a band of USA–style right-wing evangelists who know or care nothing about Canadian conservatism.
> Greg DePaco / New Westminster
Who do the B.C. Conservatives think they’re fooling with their byelection signs in the Port Moody–Coquitlam and Chilliwack-Hope constituencies? These signs are clearly, and shamefully, designed to mimic the appearance of election signs used by the federal Conservative party.
The B.C. Conservative party is not affiliated with the federal Conservative party. The two are completely separate, just as the centre-right B.C. Liberal party is completely separate from the federal Liberal party.
Federal Conservatives have publicly shunned the B.C. Conservative party and want nothing to do with it. All centre-right voters should do the same and not be fooled by a pale imitation trying to pass itself off as the real thing.
> Mike Taylor / Port Moody