The gov’t bleeding has got to stop

Voters in B.C. need to vote to reduce operation costs, says Saanich resident.

To the Editor,

Re: B.C. back in black, deep in debt (B.C. Views, July 24).

Tom Fletcher’s column on B.C.’s operating budget and debt touches on a balance that must be examined.

Some capital investments are made to reduce operating cost – some of the new building costs at Royal Jubilee Hospital does that, for example. Some improve reliability – the earthquake resistant fire hall in View Royal for example.

Some add capacity – sometimes to meet demand, sometimes “just because.” In your household there is a limit based on income. Similarly in business, borrowing has to be paid back – companies often get into financial trouble from debt, such as the dysfunctional Pacific Western Airlines culture in its expanded life as Canadian Airlines.

Politicians do pay some attention because credit rating agency evaluations increase cost of borrowing. Occasionally one reforms, as the profligate Bob Rae did in Ontario.

Provincial politicians tend to be profligate in spending, including on grandiose projects – Ontario being a current example of huge projects and mis-managed deals that will burden Ontario taxpayers for decades. (And the rest of us, because of the federal government’s crazy system of transfer payments that rescue the foolish.)

Governments must cut activities. The B.C. government has not addressed barriers to employment created by its quotas in agriculture and transportation, for example. It continues to spend on handouts to moochers, including companies that won’t invest in their own capability by training employees. And on public relations, as if most voters believe much of it.

Voters in B.C. have an opportunity to reduce operational spending by insisting on cutting activities such as interference with honest people’s attempt to build and earn, endless reports, and fancy flower beds. I advocate the savings be put into the reason for government – protecting individuals against initiation of force, which at the municipal level is by policing.

Keith Sketchley,

Saanich

Just Posted

Alberni university zeroes in on disability and poverty

BY MIKE YOUDS SPECIAL TO THE NEWS The road to poverty can… Continue reading

Celebrate cycling in Port Alberni during Bike to Work and School Week

Numerous ‘celebration stations’ are planned for May 28 to June 2

Ahousaht welcomes massive Surfrider Canada conference to Meares Island near Tofino

“It was the first time we’ve all come together.”

Alberni RCMP kept busy with 170 calls over May long weekend

Detachment answers calls from fatal vehicle crash to man with a gun, trailer thefts

Alberni pub owner kicks off new event for car lovers

Car enthusiast Helen Poon debuts Cars and Coffee on May 27

Vancouver Island girl scores with winning song for BC Summer Games

‘Colours’ is a perfect theme for 2018 BC Summer Games

B.C. pipeline goes ahead despite scrapped Pacific Northwest LNG

NEB approves amendment for $1.4-billion natural gas North Montney Mainline Project

Update: Wildfire northwest of Kamloops jumps from 60 to 800 hectares

Ground crews and aircraft are responding to an estimated 50 hectare wildfire approximately 55 kilometers northwest of Kamloops, near the Deadman Vidette Road.

Feds limit chinook fishery to help killer whale recovery

Chinook is main food source for only 76 southern residents killer whales left

B.C. mom who died just before daughter’s wedding wanted family to be happy: twin

Ann Wittenberg was pulled into the ocean while on a surf board in Tofino last weekend

Courtenay-Alberni MP calls for lifeguards at popular surf spot near Tofino

The Pacific Rim National Park Reserve is defending its decision to cancel the surf guard program.

Harvey Weinstein to surrender in sex misconduct probe: officials

Would be first criminal charge against Weinstein since scores of women came forward

Fuel truck crash closes B.C. highway, sends two to hospital

The Trans-Canada Highway on Vancouver Island is expected to be closed until Thursday evening

Media are not an arm of the police, Vice lawyer tells Supreme Court hearing

Ben Makuch challenges Ontario Court of Appeal ruling that he must give materials for stories to RCMP

Most Read