Skip to main content

“I am a Canadian, free to speak without fear, free to worship in my own way, free to stand for what I think right, free to oppose what I believe wrong, or free to choose those who shall govern my country. This heritage of freedom I pledge to uphold for myself and all mankind.” ~~ John G. Diefenbaker

THOMPSON: We need more disruption in politics … as opposed to more entrenchment

BC Liberal Leader
Andrew Wilkinson

Dear BC Liberals who opposed Pro-Rep,

The first two times the majority wanted to change, and change is needed. Your assessment that the current system challenges fair regional representation is correct. However, the choice of the Andrew Wilkinson and the BC Liberals to oppose the process, made it a partisan issue -- that choice was errant.

When you opposed Proportional Representation (ProRep) you joined ranks with Bill Tieleman, and other NDP supporters, who wanted it opposed also.

Now, as in the past, a large swath of the population is without representation - the artisan class, farmers, small business people, gig economy people etc ... all have their interests subordinated to the mass of the trio - big government, big business and big labour. We are destined, for now, to the established pattern of politics in BC – furthermore, this outcome has given the NDP what they actually wanted.

I do share your assessment of the execution of the process, so poor one could deduce the loss was intentional - on the NDP's part. If you believe all people need representation in government, you will lament the absence of reform, and the poor execution on the part of the government.

This was a blow to the 1/3 of the population that is presently being taxed without representation, which leaves the grayness of the status quo is here to greet us.

We need more disruption in politics … as opposed to more entrenchment, which sees a hideous outcome to a hideous process.

Neil Edward Thompson lives in Kamloops, British Columbia, and is President at Inverine Consultancy.  He studied at Thompson Rivers University - TRU World


Popular posts from this blog

It seems the call for blood donors is being responded to, however ... “This effort is a marathon, not a sprint” says Canadian Blood Services

A week and a half ago I wrote the commentary ... “ While the national inventory is currently strong, an increase in blood donor cancellations is a warning sign of potential challenges to maintaining a health inventory of blood ” It was written as a result of talk about a potential blood shortage that would occur if people stopped donating due to the COVID-19 virus. It seems the call to Canadians was responded to, however, as I was told this afternoon ... “ T his effort is a marathon, not a sprint ”. As it now stands now, donors are able to attend clinics which are held in Vancouver (2), Victoria, Surrey, and in Kelowna, so I asked if there any plans to re-establish traveling clinics to others communities - for example in Kamloops, Prince George, Prince Rupert, Revelstoke or Cranbrook, and perhaps further north at perhaps Ft. St. John? According to Communications Lead Regional Public Affairs Specialist Marcelo Dominguez, Canadian Blood Services is still on

FEDLSTED -- Rules will have to relax-- the question is how and when

The media has created a fervour over the mathematical models that allegedly help governments predict the future of Coronavirus infections in the general population. Mathematical modelling has limited use and value. We need to understand is that the data available on Coronavirus (COVID-19) infections in Canada is far too small for statistical reliability. The data available for the whole world is useless due to variables in how nations responded to Coronavirus infections. There is no commonality in steps taken to combat virus spread and no similarity in the age demographics of world nations, so the numbers you see on the daily tracking of world infections are not useful in developing a model of infection rates that can be relied on. Mathematical models of the future spread of Coronavirus are better than nothing, but not a whole lot better.  Mathematical models must include assumptions on virus spreads, and various factors involved. As they are used in projections, a small erro

WUN FEATHER -- can we just put those two names to bed for a while? You can call me an ‘Indian’ and I won't mind. And let's not call the farmers and ranchers ‘Settlers’ anymore

Hey there # TeamCanada !   I can't take it any more! Well, I guess I can, but I don't want to. I want to talk about the names we call each other. My very best friends, and all my Elderly Aunts and Uncles call me an Indian. I have walked into the most magnificent dining hall at the Air Liquide Head office, Quai D'orsay in Paris, France, surrounded by the worlds top producing Cryogenics team, and Patrick Jozon, the President of Air Liquide, has seen me enter the room, and yelled: " Bonjour! There is Warren! He is my Indian friend from Canada! He and I chased Beavers together in Northern BC!" And over 400 people turned to look at me and then they all smiled, and nodded. To most European people, an Indian is an absolute ICON!   The ultimate symbol of North America. They love us. And then, one time I had just gotten married and took vacation days off to take my new wife to meet my Grandmother; I was so proud. But as soon a


Show more