Plain Rhetoric

By: Bill McQuarrie

A tale of two provinces

March 13, 2018 - 5:00am

ALBERTA PREMIER RACHEL NOTLEY is again acting like the churlish premier she has become as she shifts from attacking B.C.’s wine industry to threatening all B.C. residents with the spectre of limited or no fuel for the province.  

Thoughts, prayers and pixie dust

March 6, 2018 - 5:01am

IF THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS or even pixie dust were real and viable solutions to the problems we face, then the world would be a far better place.

There would have been no Auschwitz, no Killing Fields, no cancer, no hurricanes that destroy property and people, no pain and no suffering. But thoughts and prayers are about as effective as pixie dust when it comes to resolving the ills of mankind, especially when it comes to the Americans and their obsession with guns.

Chamber should take a closer look before condemning provincial budget

February 27, 2018 - 5:00am

KAMLOOPS — The Kamloops Chamber of Commerce decried the new BC budget of last week with an eye popping, over the top comment suggesting, “...businesses of all sizes — from dry cleaners to family logging companies — are facing the cumulative effect of crippling tax increases that will challenge their ability to invest and grow."

Are any politicians at any level working for the public?

February 20, 2018 - 5:00am

KAMLOOPS — Am I being an irrational cynic when I say that with few exceptions, I can’t think of a politician, at any level of government, that I trust or know with certainty they truly are working on our behalf?

It’s not an uncommon feeling and may in fact be more the norm than the exception these days and that bothers me. As one reader put it to me a week or two ago, “When did the ideals born of a campaign disappear and when did they start forgetting that they work for us?”

Bemused and Befuddled

February 13, 2018 - 6:28am Updated: February 13, 2018 - 8:48am

KAMLOOPS — Politicians!  There are weeks when the only thing you can do is give your head a shake and wonder in bemused befuddlement, if we have indeed entered the Twilight Zone of local politics.  Here’s what I mean:

Back on January 23, during a meeting of City Council, you may recall that Mayor Christian was blunt and testy in his refusal to vote in favour of Councillor Caver’s motion to have staff look at and review all options for snow removal.  

Testy days at City Hall

January 30, 2018 - 8:10am

KAMLOOPS — Things got a bit testy at City Hall last Tuesday when Councillor Cavers introduced his motion asking staff to review and have a look at best practices when it came to snow removal.


What appeared to be a straightforward and good idea, turned into suggestions from the Mayor’s Chair that is was tantamount to accusing staff of not working hard enough or not being on top of their game.


More Father Knows Best

January 23, 2018 - 5:01am Updated: January 23, 2018 - 9:34am

KAMLOOPS — Last week’s column on the perils of pot and how Father Knows Best, drew a number of responses but one in particular caught my eye. In this case, the reader felt City Hall was doing what the electorate wanted when he stated, “Jeez, maybe its (sic) because they were elected to do what there (sic) doing.”  

When it comes to city business bylaws, father knows best

January 16, 2018 - 5:00am Updated: January 16, 2018 - 6:47am

KAMLOOPS — Have you ever wondered if our local government is stuck in the late 1950s sitcom world of Father Knows Best? A world more familiar to their parents and grandparents and a make believe world where city hall would certainly feel comfortable imposing morality bylaws such as the recent cannabis business licensing affair.