Premier’s promises ring hollow

Since becoming premier, Ms. Clark has maintained a position of “families first” from a distance. Very little evidence has been shown to have benefitted families as promised. It seems to be a hurry up and wait scenario.

Since becoming premier, Ms. Clark has maintained a position of “families first” from a distance. Very little evidence has been shown to have benefitted families as promised. It seems to be a hurry up and wait scenario.

Finally, on Sept. 20, her conspicuous silence was broken with what she made sound like a monumental announcement regarding job creation in the province. It was hyped to the point of being the greatest innovation since sliced bread.

Anyone with any sort of understanding as to how things work in this province under this Liberal regime should see that her announcement of job creation is as hollow as a swamp reed.

Mr. Campbell also waxed eloquently on the job creation that would take place as a result of the now dodo-bird HST. Ms. Clark is taking a page from Campbell’s book in promising job creation — but, somewhere in the future. It seems that déjà vu is the order of the day and that Ms. Clark is nothing more than Gordon Campbell in a skirt.

Clearly, it would take resources to implement a job creation program. It would also require administrative staff, office space and management staff — all of which cost money. The money in question is money that we, as a province, don’t have according to political pundits. Not only are there other world economies in dire straits, but also B.C. is facing some economic hardship. Hmm, I wonder why? Don’t suppose the Olympic funding had anything to do with the current economic tide, do you?

Mr. Falcon’s cries of woe that the HST is no longer and that it put a large burden on the economics of B.C. have been heard around the province on several occasions.

It begs the question be asked as to what happened to all of the supposed dollars collected since the inception of the HST in July 2010. The figure of $850 million has been proffered. Since the vestiges of the HST will be felt until 2014, how much more “revenue neutral” money will be collected?

In light of the current economic global climate, I find it difficult to believe that Ms. Clark’s job creation program will come to fruition now or in the near future. Once again, more rhetoric that has little or no substance to it. Oh well, nothing new, I guess, considering the source.

Ron Barillaro

 

Penticton