Better uses for cash spent on rail inquiry

NANAIMO – Inquiries cost millions of dollars and rarely leave a clear understanding of what happened.

To the Editor,

The news today states the NDP promises a public inquiry into B.C. Rail.

These inquiries cost several million dollars in lawyers’ fees and court time yet rarely give us a clear understanding of what actually happened.

The cost is put off as a “drop in the bucket.” It is time to ask ourselves what is a drop in the bucket.

Would $3 million be a drop in the bucket to the Nanaimo school district? Would it be a drop in the bucket to Nanaimo Regional General Hospital?

Would it be a drop in the bucket to local sport clubs and artists? How about Loaves and Fishes Community Food Bank or local charities? Would $3 million provide better care for our elderly?

It’s time to change our outlook on a drop in the bucket and put these drops to real use and not to line the pockets of our lawyers and tie up our courts.

My vote on a provincial scale is a drop in the bucket, but perhaps if I voted for the hardest working MLA that puts our Nanaimo community first, regardless of party affiliation, would my vote still be a drop in the bucket?

Go to the polls and vote. Vote local and get the best for the wage we all pay our representative in Victoria.

W.K. Jepson

Nanaimo