This weeks column for 24Hrs Vancouver: Find the party that is accountable for its actions.
This week’s topic:
What is the most important factor voters should consider at the polls?
When Kathryn’s submission arrived in my email, it was clear that while we come from different positions on the political spectrum, she felt the same responsibility as I did. I was impressed with her thoughtful commentary. It’s both a privilege and a tremendous responsibility to share our opinions in a publication read by so many people the day before a provincial election.
With no lack of rhetoric and fear-mongering tossed back and forth between political opponents and supporters alike during this campaign, it can be confusing to determine what is fact or fiction. For me, it comes down to two factors when I vote: trust and accountability.
A wise man once said that you should never believe someone who is in love, drunk or running for politics – pretty good advice when you look at past platform promises of the BC Liberals. The difference between what they promised, and what was actually delivered, is stark. They said the HST wasn’t on the radar before the last election, but that wasn’t actually true. Current leader Christy Clark has been called out in the media many times on misleading and inaccurate statements she’s made over and over in her campaign.
And when you look at the NDP, they campaigned against the carbon tax in the last election, while this time they support it. Dix said he was not going to take a stand on Kinder Morgan, using the principle of waiting for the process to play out. Then he took a stand during his campaign, pleasing many, but confusing others. Things like this do raise questions for many voters…
Read the rest of this weeks column at http://vancouver.24hrs.ca/2013/05/12/find-the-party-that-is-accountable-for-its-actions