Armchair Mayor

By: Mel Rothenburger

Mel Rothenburger is the former Editor of The Daily News in Kamloops, B.C. (retiring in 2012), and past mayor of Kamloops (1999-2005). He continued to write columns for The Daily News until it ceased publication Jan. 11, 2014, and did regular commentary for CBC Radio.

Like father like son, standing up to the American bully

June 11, 2018 - 5:25am Updated: June 11, 2018 - 11:21am

KAMLOOPS — IT WOULD BE so easy to blame Justin Trudeau for the blow-up of the G7 economic conference, to say it’s all his fault that everything fell apart after Donald Trump jumped on an airplane to Singapore.

But only Trump is to blame for his latest temper tantrum. The man is a braggart, a liar, a narcissist and a bully.

Have B.C. Greens really made any difference?

June 4, 2018 - 6:51am Updated: June 4, 2018 - 11:29am

KAMLOOPS — It’s been a year since the NDP and Greens teamed up to take power away from the BC Liberals and, to hear the Greens tell it, the past 12 months have been nothing short of fabulous.

The party held its annual convention in Kamloops over the weekend with what appears to be much confidence about building momentum.

Diversity of opinions is good but let’s ponder the past year and ask ourselves an important question — have the Greens really made any difference to the politics of the province?

McLeod’s private member’s bill on medical pot was common sense

June 1, 2018 - 5:39am

KAMLOOPS — A private member’s bill sponsored by Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo MP Cathy McLeod went down in flames Wednesday but she has the satisfaction of raising a reasonable point.

McLeod’s Bill C-330, which she introduced last December, would have amended the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act to create regulations giving landlords more control over what goes on in their properties with respect to such drugs.

Multiple-choice ballot will sink proportional representation

May 31, 2018 - 4:55am Updated: May 31, 2018 - 10:22am

KAMLOOPS — Let’s see if we can boil down the plan for a referendum on electoral-system changes in B.C., shall we?

Notice, by the way, I use the neutral term “electoral-system change” rather than the loaded “electoral reform” as favoured by the government. To reform something means to improve it, and it’s by no means certain that anything will be improved by this referendum.