Why the secrecy?

When the NDP comes to town, everyone is invited to share their views

Last week, The News reported on the appearance of the opposition agriculture critic, Lana Popham, at a policy forum organized by NDP candidate Barry Avis in a Qualicum Beach community hall.

Each of them spoke about the importance of supporting agriculture in the Parksville-Qualicum Beach area.

More importantly, the public was invited and Popham and Avis listened to comments and answered questions from farmers, consumers and taxpayers of all political stripes.

This week, The News reported on the anticipated visit to a Parksville resort by former and current ministers of agriculture, Cantelon and McRae, along with four other cabinet ministers.

We don’t know who they will be listening to because their meet and greet was by invitation only.

This follows a cancelled public forum and a secret sod-turning for the new $15 million Parksville doctor’s clinic. It would certainly be nice if the Liberals would come out of hiding and answer questions in public.

Paul Kyba


Qualicum Beach