B.C. government isn’t in the giving spirit

Just maybe the premier has been in Northern B.C. putting B.C. Liberal Party elves to work on loading up a huge LNG-powered sleigh.

To the Editor,

The fall session of B.C.’s legislature closed in late November, with NDP leader John Horgan condemning Premier Christy Clark’s abysmal attendance record of being present for only eight of 24 sittings. Clark immediately fired back that she was busy elsewhere.

However, she made sure to attend the final day of the legislative session, coinciding with lighting up Christmas decorations; there is no way that she would miss such a photo-op.

Just maybe the premier has been spending her absentee days in Northern B.C. at a franchise of Santa’s workshop putting B.C. Liberal Party elves to work on loading up a huge LNG-powered sleigh. Imagine the political brownie points for a Christmas Eve trip by Christy Claus to dole out gifts to the province’s many underprivileged children. B.C. has the highest child poverty rate in Canada, yet Clark’s government persists in the clawback of child support from a single parent on temporary or disability assistance, equal to payments received from their child’s absent parent. This mean-spirited policy ensures that the child remains in poverty; come to think of it, when that LNG sleigh makes its way through the starry Christmas Eve night, maybe that red-suited lady at the controls should really be addressed as Christy Claws.

Bernie SmithParksville

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