Plain Rhetoric

By: Bill McQuarrie

On climate change, why take the chance deniers are right?

May 2, 2017 - 5:00am Updated: May 2, 2017 - 6:35am

KAMLOOPS — Not too long ago, I got into a discussion with someone who was still unable to accept the concept of climate change.  

He was willing, although somewhat reluctantly, to agree that our climate has been “a bit different lately,” but unwilling to agree those changes were the result of human activity.

Real questions behind BC's rosy job numbers

April 25, 2017 - 5:00am

KAMLOOPS — Jobs, jobs, jobs. It is a phrase we hear dozens of times as the provincial election kicks into high gear.

Premier Clark claims that since 2011 the province is leading the nation when it comes to job growth, with 191,500 new jobs in BC. But are the numbers true?

Well, the truth of the matter is yes, Ms. Clark is statistically accurate and her figures are backed up by both Statistics Canada and BC Stats.  

Real investment in health, education would pay off over the long term

April 18, 2017 - 8:00am

KAMLOOPS — Suppose, just for a moment, that BC decided to hire and pay a salary to doctors willing to locate to communities outside of the Lower Mainland. For sake of argument, let’s say we committed to pay 200 doctors, $150,000 a year to set up practice in the Interior.  Add in another 25 per cent for benefits and the total annual cost to we, the taxpayer, would be $37,500,000 a year.

Apart from health, education is another vital part of our community as it creates future wealth by training the next generation of workers.  

Question and investigate before casting your provincial ballot

April 11, 2017 - 5:00am

KAMLOOPS — Quite often, after writing a column about the foibles of a particular political party (more often than not the BC Liberals simply because they provide a wealth of column-worthy material) I see a comment that goes something like…

‘I agree they are not the best and have their faults but given the alternative, I’ll hold my nose and vote for those Liberals.’  

Or another favourite, ‘Look what they (being the NDP) did the last time they were government!  We can’t afford that again.’

'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.