Province falls short on social responsibility

Soon we in British Columbia will have another opportunity to rid ourselves of ‘Harper in a skirt,’ what some wickedly call our premier.

To the Editor,

How refreshing it was last fall to have a hopeful new government and to see the end of the Stephen Harper reign of oppression. Soon we in British Columbia will have another opportunity to rid ourselves of ‘Harper in a skirt,’ what some wickedly call our premier.

Why do I want Premier Christy Clark gone? When she got the job, she promised “families first.” Yet, we in B.C. have the highest child poverty rate in the country, according to the B.C. Child and Youth Advocacy Group.

People on social assistance have struggled to feed their families on the same pathetic sum that they received in 2007. No raise in pay for them.

Clark brags about balanced budgets. We are incurring a staggering debt in the lost potential of those children who haven’t enough to eat. A hungry child is a little person who can’t develop his or her potential either mentally or physically. She or he will suffer a lifelong disadvantage and may even become someone unable to contribute at all.

A wise and caring premier would recognize that our people are our richest resource. It is they who deserve development through adequate housing, food, security, health, and education.

Arlene FekeNanaimo

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