Plain Rhetoric

By: Bill McQuarrie

'Wild west' approach to donations may sink BC Liberals

March 14, 2017 - 5:00am

KAMLOOPS — Last Thursday, Deputy Premier Rich Coleman, speaking on Liberal Party campaign finances boasted, “As far as I’m concerned, we haven’t changed anything, we’re not about to change anything.” The following day, Elections BC announced they have turned their investigation of BC Liberal Party fundraising practices over to the RCMP

The writ hasn't dropped, but silly season is well underway

March 7, 2017 - 5:00am

KAMLOOPS — Okay everyone, I take a short break from this column, leave you alone with the province for just a few weeks and what do you do while I’m not looking? You let the pre-election silly season start without me is what you do.  

It’s that special time of the year when MLAs, who have ignored us for four years, try to buy their way back into our hearts and minds with broad smiles and big promises.

Dear America

January 31, 2017 - 5:00am

KAMLOOPS — Dear America:

Do you remember, as I do, how we use to see each other on a regular basis? We had such great times and always left knowing it wouldn’t be long before we saw each other again.

But I’ve noticed a change. We don’t see each other that often anymore and the last few times we met, it was different, almost awkward. Nothing obvious to begin with but I started sensing it wasn’t the same. Normally so positive and ready to set the world on fire with your unbridled enthusiasm and can-do attitude, you began to look at yourself and others differently.

Should BC start selling its fresh water?

January 24, 2017 - 5:00am

KAMLOOPS — With all this post-Trump inauguration talk of NAFTA and America’s return to a 1930’s style of isolationism, I’m wondering if we are missing something.  Something, if you will pardon the pun, that trumps our oil, pipelines, natural gas, forestry and yes, even copper and gold.

It represents undreamed of national wealth yet holds the potential for unimaginable controversy and conflict.  It is an economic resource and we own close to 20% of the world’s supply.  And unlike oil and gas, it is impossible for humans and most of the planet to survive without it.

Do people care that the government is gouging them?

January 17, 2017 - 5:00am Updated: January 20, 2017 - 12:28pm

KAMLOOPS — In a recent column on the provincial government’s not so transparent tax system, there was a comment from a reader that drew my attention. He asked, “Who is listening? Do people really care?”

In general, I believe governments have operated on the principle that voters pretty much don’t listen, don’t remember and don’t care. What other explanation can be given for government’s blatant disregard of their taxpayers' interests while happily taking care of their own self-interests?