LETTER: A Christmas card for all B.C. residents

Be of good cheer, have a merry Christmas and Happy New Year…

To the Editor,

Foreign ferries were bought and forest resources squandered,

some medicare & hydro we’ve contracted out and laundered.

We exported raw logs’ jobs and made middle class disappear,

fish farms kill salmon but global warming grows oranges here.

Forests forever have become prime real estate by the sea,

sustained yield is a paved view lot because we’ve cut every tree.

Beetles decimated pine tree but people’s trust we haven’t betrayed,

we won’t be swayed, oil and water pipelines we laid for free trade.

Despite environmental assessment, protesters site C delayed,

to cut greenhouse gas, our dam project will soon be displayed.

Marijuana prohibition was lawyers’ and judges’ career security,

NDP urged to end HST so we’ll legalize pot to recoup that fee.

Hospital hallways are full, the arts and homeless we’d like to aid,

but we’re faxed out because the unemployed, taxes haven’t paid.

Corporate tax was slashed and carbon taxed, can we afford fuel and beer,

property costs and suicides have risen to severe, and injection sites appear,

is hope faint that for migrant farm labour jobs, addicts will volunteer?

Park camping is free and Canada’s unemployed for coast weather steer,

to cut ferry cost, will Pat McGeer a bridge to the Mainland engineer?

Apologetically, our Green minority government, moves slowly

but imagine how much worse it’ll be if BC goes proportionally.

If democracy gave us power of a corporate CEO for the full term,

would enriched majority shareholder voter, our re election confirm?

Some Christmas songs may fail politically correct test, it’s clear,

but be of good cheer, have a merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

R.L. Frankow,

Port Alberni

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