We are now days away from the NDP and the Green ‘not a coalition’ wresting control of the destiny of BC from the unprincipled and poorly led Liberals. The ascension of the NDP and Greens marks the start of a decline of BC into an economic and social vortex – from which little good is expected to emerge.
In Part 1 of this essay, we provided reasons why the ‘not a coalition’ between the NDP and the Greens cannot last much beyond a year, possibly a little longer. Then, the divergent views and agendas will finally be exposed and the support of the Greens will wither and die on the vine. Horgan will make the same trip as Clark and announce that the NDP no longer has the confidence of the house. A short term election looms.
In Part 2, we discussed the very real and undeniable reasons why the BC Conservative Party will not provide a viable alternative for small ‘c’ conservative voters in the foreseeable future. The unprincipled deceit (and conceit) of the BC Liberals will not be forgotten – including the legacy of destroyed incriminating documents, ‘pay for access’ nepotism and the inexcusable total abandonment of the core principles and values of the BC Liberal Party as evidenced by the failed Throne Speech of June, 2017.
So, where does that leave the BC voter who wishes to ensure that BC is not turned into an economic wasteland with little hope for sustainable economic growth and sustainability?
BC voters who rightly see themselves as the ‘investors’ in our province need to find a legislative model alternative that restores some faith in a failing system and with it, the restoration of accountability and transparency in government.
A further ‘splintering into factions’ will not solve the problem. More political parties ‘breaking off’ existing parties just dilutes the talent pool (already spread pitifully thin, in the minds of many).
Let’s address political facts that traditional politicians rarely discuss or debate.
- Politicians are elected to represent the voters who elected them – not to represent the narrow, ideological special interests of their respective party.
- Politicians are stewards of BC’s wealth and resources, not the owners of those assets. Politicians have a fiduciary trust to protect, preserve and wisely invest those resources – for the benefit of BC residents and future generations.
- Politicians ‘owe you’ truth and transparency. Not optional. Demand it.
- Politicians do not create jobs or a healthy economy. However, unreasonable, stifling controls and regulations can throttle back the BC economy into a complete financial tailspin. History proves it.
- Politicians do not have a free pass to do whatever they want until the next election. Expect, no, demand regular discussion and debate forums with elected representatives.
- Politicians have an obligation, a fiduciary duty, to break the cycle of spending (and borrowing) beyond a reasonable tax base (for us, the tax burden). We can no longer allow politicians to ‘buy our support’ using our own money. We can no longer push unsustainable debt obligations on future generations.
- Politicians are only as good as our taxpayer ability to enforce accountability and oversight. It is up to each of us to demand much more from our elected representatives – and to force them out of office when they do not meet our expectations and requirements.
What is required is public engagement and public outrage. We have collectively become complacent and acquiescent. It’s time to wake up – all of us.
- We need to consider what we personally want for our families, our communities and our selves.
- We need to debate and discuss our collective wants and needs and to identify where the current political model is failing – and failing badly.
- We need to tell our prospective politicians what we have determined as important, prioritized as to need and affordability.
- We need to create a ‘contract’, real, legitimate, legal and enforceable – outlining our rights and remedies, including forced resignations, if politicians do not meet a reasonable, minimum level of compliance and commitment to the needs and fiduciary responsibilities based on quantifiable benchmark criteria.
- We need to ‘take it to the politicians’ instead of the politicians ‘giving it (poor decisions, financial debacles, special interest nepotism) to us’.
- We need to start a ‘party’ of concerned voters, committed to political education, political awareness and political accountability.
There are resources already available to help us in this challenge Integrity BC is one such resource – and there are others. Generation Screwed is another resource.
Politics is no longer about whether you are ‘left’ or ‘right’, ‘green’ or ‘industrial’, ‘socially conscious’ or ‘libertarian’.
Politics is about whether you are being served by those who have pledged to serve you – and to consult with you as necessary. What you (the collective ‘we’) deem necessary – not what the politician or his/her political party considers necessary. That was the basis of democracy and that is the fundamental truth to which we must return.
We need politicians to do a much better job – which means that we have to do a much better job of qualifying and supervising those politicians.
Time is short until the inevitable next provincial election.
We need to create a political movement that enforces a contractual obligation between politicians and those they represent. The existing model of ‘zero accountability’ between election dates is fatally flawed.
The current process of electing a politician because of a few, self-serving preferences and ideals is fatally flawed.
The current process of electing a politician to ‘willfully waste’ our tax dollars and to ‘mortgage the future’ of generations to come is fatally flawed.
There has to be a day of reckoning.
Let today be the start of a new vision for accountable governance.
Who should you (we) elect?
MLA’s who will commit contractually to accountability and transparency – above the interests and policies of their party caucus and dogma.
Let us start a discussion as ‘investors’ in BC and choose the best stewards and trustees of our collective resources – and our collective future.
There are those who say that only a traditional ‘party model’ can succeed.
Says who? Maybe it’s time concerned and credible minds start thinking ‘outside the box’.
Try some ideas out on advocatebc.com. If you have a good idea, others will listen.