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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Voters weigh merits of candidates, parties

Nanaimo provincial byelection is Jan. 30

To the editor,

How is the B.C. Conservative Party able to rise from the ashes and become a vigorous voice in B.C. politics? The party believes that firstly you should begin by always expecting good things to happen. That being said, their leadership race is well underway and many interesting hopefuls have come forward with the leadership convention in Victoria on April 13.

We all know that a strong leader with keenness and foresight is needed to steer a political ship. A true leader can set goals and have a clear destination in mind. Someone brilliant once said “If you don’t know where you are going any road will get you there.”

Next they need a crew. The Nanaimo byelection provided an opportunity to elect this administration’s first MLA. Justin Greenwood, the party’s deputy interim leader, has, as the saying goes, “more guts than Dick Tracy” to step into the maelstrom of political heavyweights who have become his opponents. Although the political names seem to carry weight, Justin is just a straightforward achiever.

The good folks of Nanaimo may say his election is possible but not probable, but the B.C. political scene is quite volatile and a keen observer might foresee a number of results to be possible.

I believe the B.C. Conservatives see a clear road ahead and are moving in a positive direction. They have had their down time but they love to endorse the words of Henry Ford who said, “Failure is only the opportunity to more intelligently begin again,” and as Abraham Lincoln said, “I will prepare and someday my chance will come.”

Terence Purden, Black Creek

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Voters making up minds in byelection

To the editor,

B.C. Liberal Party candidate Tony Harris sent me a nice letter the other day saying that if elected, he would work for better health-care services including a new ICU, a harbour-to-harbour foot passenger ferry, progress on low-income and supportive housing options including tackling child poverty and expanded post-secondary programs at VIU.

I am a bit puzzled because the previous Liberal government had 16 years to deal with these issues with little to show for it. Why does Harris think that his election is going to make any difference to this dismal effort?

Actions do speak louder than words. Our present government is taking positive action on these files and others.

I will be supporting the candidate and party that delivers positive change, not the one that only offers empty promises.

Deryck Cowling, Nanaimo

POLL: Who are you voting for in the Nanaimo provincial byelection?

To the editor,

Why is Nanaimo’s B.C. Liberal candidate calling for a new ICU – months after the NDP already announced one back in November?

Is this a replay of former Premier Christy Clark’s ill-fated attempt in 2017 to ‘borrow’ the NDP and Green Party platforms?

Norman Abbey, Nanaimo

The views and opinions expressed in this letter to the editor are those of the writer and do not reflect the views of Black Press or the Nanaimo News Bulletin. If you have a different view, we encourage you to write to us or contribute to the discussion below.

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