Promised land is near

Oh yeah, heard it all now.

The NDP government has found the pathway to the promised land — it’s through addressing cellphone billing and ticket scalpers. These are some of the topics covered in the government’s throne speech. How did we all miss it?

It was ticket scalpers and cellphone billing all along and we poor plebeians just could not see the big picture.

I mean it has nothing to do (not mentioned) with paying your way, reducing the debt, which has risen over a billion dollars this past year to $66 billion according to the public accounts, or lowering illiteracy rates (not mentioned).

For example, 45% of British Columbians were having difficulty at daily tasks in part because of literacy deficiency and 54% because in part because of numeracy deficiency according to a 2012 OECD study.

And there was nothing about medical wait times, was there? Not a pretty picture. I had to give up waiting for shoulder examination and go elsewhere. You know a year is a long time. And I know others who waited more than a year for a critical examination and had to go elsewhere. That’s why the emergency departments in our hospitals are so busy.

How come in 2017, 66% of knee replacements are done in the required time in Newfoundland and Labrador and only 43% in B.C. according to the Institute of Health Information? Hip replacements, 84% in Newfoundland and Labrador versus 62% in British Columbia.

Ah, but your missing the whole point. In B.C. the outcry has to do with cellphones charges and ticket scalpers. That’s how you reach nirvana here on the ‘left’ coast.

Brian Peckford


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