A hollow victory

Loss of the HST is going to cost British Columbians

Whereas the recent HST referendum passed with a resounding majority why do I persist in questioning success of this democratic process?

When the mile-wide smile of the failed political optimist is more convincing than the sober  revelation of the facts by the tax expert,  it is time to consider what may lie ahead for British Columbia residents politically and electorally.

Our democratic leadership is elected by a diverse electorate. Historically leadership is reviewed and renewed via an election at the timing whim of the reigning elected leader, in spite of recent statute.

All the representatives from among us are now facing one more obstacle to providing good government in a timely fashion: successful petitioners who risk but nil except taxpayers’ money.

After having debated and enacted legislative issues via our traditional democratic ways, this further legislatively enabled tailoring questions the value of our whole process of parliamentary representation as it is now ingrained into our society.

Sound legislation was passed by a majority of the serving elected who, when called by a  few of the affected, whom have no personal responsibilities nor accountability on the issue, then failed to defend their prior best judgment, yet claimed their recompense in full.

One lesson to be learned from this exercise of developing and arrogantly enacting their most efficient tax policy collectively is; how and where do taxpayers  find 85 sagacious, electable minds within B.C.’s borders, of which a minimum of 43 must form a consensus to legislate democratically on all  provincial issues political?

Martin Schotte

 

Parksville

 

 

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