Vot­ers need true al­ter­na­tive to NDP

Times Colonist - - Comment -

Re: “NDP and Greens should join forces,” let­ter, April 9.

In 2009, Ca­role James and the NDP ran a cam­paign on killing the car­bon tax, some­thing that seem­ingly un­der­mined their en­vi­ron­men­tal val­ues.

Fast for­ward to this elec­tion, in which John Hor­gan and the NDP are run­ning a cam­paign that ap­pears to in­clude strong pro­tec­tion for our en­vi­ron­ment. Many praise them for their op­po­si­tion to the Kinder Mor­gan pipe­line. But what peo­ple don’t see is their se­cret sup­port for frack­ing and liq­ue­fied nat­u­ral gas, and their love af­fair with th­ese cor­po­ra­tions.

In Novem­ber 2016, Hor­gan joined Clark in sup­port­ing the Wood­fi­bre LNG project in Squamish. Mov­ing for­ward with any LNG project is a ter­ri­ble idea for our econ­omy, not to men­tion the en­vi­ron­ment. So why would the NDP sup­port this? Could it be that they re­ceived more than $7,000 from Wood­fi­bre LNG in 2015?

When a po­lit­i­cal party ac­cepts money from the same or­ga­ni­za­tions it sup­ports po­lit­i­cally, it raises se­ri­ous ques­tions about who is re­ally call­ing the shots.

Through B.C.’s re­cent elec­tions, the NDP has be­come power-hun­gry and even con­tra­dicted its own val­ues to try to gain gov­ern­ment. This time around, it has held this frame.

If you’re some­one who cares about our democ­racy and en­vi­ron­ment, the B.C. NDP is not your party. And with the Greens’ strict stance on LNG, frack­ing and cor­po­rate do­na­tions, they are not the party to join the NDP.

Af­ter decades of the same fail­ure in B.C. pol­i­tics, it might just be time to seek out a true al­ter­na­tive. Ned Tay­lor Stu­dent, Reynolds Sec­ondary

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