I think everyone would agree that it is imperative that BC grows economically. With a population that is growing and aging, the demand on government for health, education, infrastructure etc. is enormous, and just sitting still or going backward is not an option. But the problem is, for a province with tremendous resources and access to trade routes (via ports and railways), we are becoming dangerously NIMBY.
Oil pipelines, new mines, natural gas hydraulic fracturing, natural gas power plants, dams, coal ports, logging, wind farms, tidal power generators, the list is endless. All of these initiatives have strong opposition and it is becoming fashionable to join the ranks of the “No Way” crowd. But it simply isn’t an option.
It used to be that the business community would back a right wing party and labour would back the left. But that landscape has changed. Adrian Dix sees a huge potential in the “green” crowd, so he is wooing them with promises of green. But what about the trade unions and construction workers and loggers and miners who would benefit from these projects? The NDP still have the public service unions, the ones that make a very nice living off of our taxes, with benefits and pensions most people can only dream of, and of course those positions are in no jeopardy (a tax hike will take care of that). So they take care of this new “elite” class of people, promise the poor some money and tell the environmentalists what they want to hear.
Now, the Green party at least tells you straight up what they are all about. And thankfully they will never form government, but at least we know exactly where they stand.
The BC Liberals, while pretty careless at the money trough recently, at least have a track record of fostering economic growth.
The Conservatives would probably be best suited to guide the province out of debt, but they have about as much chance as the Greens.
If we elect and NDP government, are they going to;
a) Turn against their green supporters and participate in economic growth, or
b) Turn us into Greece.
Someone has to pay, who will it be?