Green influence needs to be felt

B.C. has voted for a minority government with the Green Party holding the balance of power

Re: Political partnership could stir up B.C., Opinion, May 16.

Regardless of the recounts, the people of B.C. have voted for a minority government with the Green Party holding the balance of power. We can only hope a first order of business will be Premier Christy Clark’s promise to levy a $70-per-tonne carbon tax on coal (and presumably the even more toxic bitumen), transiting our province. While John Horgan might allow his donors to help her forget that promise, we may see Andrew Weaver remind her, perhaps with legislation to that effect?

Provinces polluting their air and water have no right to dump that pollution on or even transport it through our lands and waters. California, Oregon and Washington have banned these poisons. It’s time we did the same.

Jim Erkiletian, Nanaimo

Re: Political partnership could stir up B.C., Opinion, May 16.

I don’t understand why all this deliberation over a coalition government is so debatable. How could anyone think that two parties so far apart in their thinking and their moral and ethical standards, could ever make a good mixture?

It should be obvious that the biggest threat to mankind is pollution. The Green party is 100 per cent in favour of ridding our planet of pollution, while the B.C. Liberals are doing their utmost to perpetuate the use of pollutants.

The track record of the B.C. Liberals has proven to me that too many of their intentions have not been honourable. On the other hand, the intentions of the NDP and the Green party to get rid of pollution and develop a good clean energy source, is the only safe way to go if mankind wishes to survive and not choke to death in his own filth.

We have a golden opportunity to break away from a system that only benefits the very wealthy; a system that Christy Clark describes as a democracy. Let’s give the NDPs and the Greens the opportunity to show us what a real democracy is. A party that allows the rich to live high off the backs of the middle class and the working poor is not a democracy.

John A. Martin, Nanaimo