Pack of wolves

Like the HST fiasco, we've been slipped the mickey again with health centre

Ron Cantelon appears from nowhere along with VIHA CEO Howard Waldner and announces something so important to our community that it can’t be communicated in a timely manner so that all citizens can attend.

Three-and-a-half hours before the sudden ground breaking, other proponents of this type of project are advised of a ceremony, but cannot attend because they have commitments.

Shameful behaviour, but not terribly surprising. They need as many “attaboys” as they can get right now.

Beware citizens. The wolf that brought you BC Rail, torn up contracts and 15 per cent salary cuts, the HST, the run of rivers giveaway, the crown land giveaways — well that wolf is still in sheep’s clothing. Only this time it’s disguised as a ewe, not a ram but its name is still Corporate Big Business.

Don’t be fooled again — remember the service cuts, the attacks on women’s and seniors’ programs, the shameful recognition as the province with the highest child poverty rates.

It is my personal opinion this sudden ground breaking is a diversion from bigger problems elsewhere or it is an attempt to buy your vote. If this announcement was required so suddenly, and details are yet to emerge, was the project properly tendered and will the company be able to complete it in 365 days — starting now?

Indeed, this is not what the community asked for. There should have been much more public consultation and input.

Like the HST fiasco, we’ve been slipped a mickey again. Are we collectively intelligent enough to recognize this and more importantly, will we remember the track record of this pro-corporate pack of wolves come election time?

Dana McComber

 

Nanoose Bay