Letters to The Sun, October 19, 2021: The government’s job is to help the forest industry adapt

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Re: Horgan calls on celebrities to back call to save ancient forest with hard cash

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Prime Minister John Horgan’s rejection of celebrities who support the fight to save BC’s primary forests shows that his promise to protect these forests will never be adequately fulfilled. Vaughn Palmer reveals that Horgan’s mindset is much closer to loggers than to defenders of the forest.

For logging corporations and their employees, trees are just money. Cut them up and the food will soon be on your table; of course, there will be much more food on the table for the Jones brothers and other Teal Jones executives. Horgan wants celebrities and the Canadian taxpayer to put up the cash to pay for the transition that is his government’s responsibility. In Alberta, Rachel Notley’s NDP government introduced policies in 2016 to shut down coal-fired power plants at an estimated cost of $ 1.36 billion. The plan included funding for transition workers affected by the closures. Notley acted decisively and it was done without any financial contribution from William Shatner or other celebrities concerned about global warming. Horgan’s words will be comforting to his forestry constituents on the Langford-Juan de Fuca promenade, but they will be condemned by future generations of British Colombians who look back on his legacy of supporting the forestry industry’s efforts to cut down most of it. the remaining ancient forests. as possible. Horgan has no problem financing an RCMP operation in Fairy Creek that is costing tens of millions of dollars, but when it comes to protecting old-growth forests, he wants someone else to pay for it.

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Horgan is understandably supportive of loggers in his community, but as Prime Minister he also has a responsibility to the scientists, environmentalists, activists, and all citizens who are fighting hard to protect the last of these precious ecosystems. The British Columbia forest industry must adapt to the reality of the climate emergency, and the NDP’s job is to create the plans and policy to help them navigate this transition.

Rob Miller, Calgary


Re: concerns about proportional representation

The author of the letter ignores the fact that a Single Transferable Vote (STV) mainly benefits centrist parties, such as the Liberal Party. Not surprisingly, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau reneged on his promise of electoral reform when it was clear that STV would not be the change he hoped for. As for the deception that a genuinely proportional system would allow extremist parties to gain power or undue influence, two of the most successful European countries using public relations, Germany and Sweden, have cut-off points of five percent and four percent. respectively. If BC did the same, probably none of the “more than 26 registered political parties” mentioned would reach the legislature, much less power.

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At the federal level, parties whose national support is significant but sparsely distributed across the country, such as the Greens and the NDP, would get their true share of seats, based on the popular vote, while the regionally-based BQ, which won 33 seats with only 7.6 percent of the popular vote, it would fall to fourth place.

No electoral system is a panacea, but at least proportional representation seeks to redress the blatant injustice of the current “first beyond the mail” system, according to which many have to vote strategically or waste their vote. Furthermore, because they generally result in coalitions, much more stable than minority governments, since common policies have been worked out in advance, public relations-based governments inevitably represent more than 50 percent of voters.

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Christopher Levenson, Vancouver

Re: Contractor Lays Off Three-quarters of Workers at Billion-Dollar North Shore Sewage Plant

Metro Vancouver allegedly “fired” the North Vancouver sewer plant contractor because “Acciona has underperformed and has consistently failed to meet its contractual obligations, which include delivering the project on time and on budget.” They were two and a half years late and millions of dollars over budget.

It seems to me that what is missing here is oversight responsibility on behalf of Metro Vancouver. Why didn’t he “say goodbye” to Acconia years ago if they were as bad as Metro now suggests? Something stinks in here, and I don’t think it’s the sewage.

Chris McKee, Vancouver


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