This IS our province – so why do so many have to leave to make a good life?
The impact of bringing Chinese workers to staff a mine in BC, and the amount of raw logs being sent back to China while mills here remain closed, clearly resonated with many readers across the province, and the result has been a flood of emails from readers old and new. I have to thank Sarbjit again, for sending me the links because clearly he is a man with a deep love for our province, and the people of northern BC.
In that vein, I found a video link from Global News on the facebook page This Province is Ours, ( BC) created by Ingrid Voigt. ( Ingrid also happens to be the leader of the Refederation Party, but this is a non-partisan public page)
The first in a series by Global to examine the issues facing 18 – 35 year olds in BC, this feature by Tanya Beja is a stunning example of why we need to reach down inside us and decide what we believe in.
Do we want our children to have to leave because the lower mainland has become a haven for the wealthy and rich? Do we want our children denied the same basic goals our parents achieved, such as owning a home ( with a yard!), having a vacation once a year, being able to make ends meet at the very least? You can’t pay a large mortgage, or a high rent and eat at the same time. It just doesn’t work.
I am young enough to personally feel the direct impact of this high cost of living, and old enough to have two older children who are heading into this same uncertainty right now. My eldest son is 18, just graduated highschool in June and his hard work ethic turned a summer job into a fulltime job in construction, where he works sometimes 10 and 12 hour days to save for school in a year. I see his tired, dirty face after a hard week, lines and darkness under his eyes. He likes it though, says that it is rewarding to see something tangible at the end of the day for the results of your labour. Good, honest hands-on work reminiscent of his family roots deeply embedded in the construction and foresty industry of this province. but sometimes, I sit alone at night when everyone is in bed and wonder what their lives will be like in 10 years, and what I can do to make a better reality for them so they too, don’t have to leave just to be able to make ends meet, something that is hard to do for all of us these days. While I don’t have all the answers, I do know one thing. For a government that cries Families First every chance it gets, it sure doesn’t seem that way when you watch this news feature. Young families are last in this province and have been for a long time. That doesn’t bode well for this provinces future.