PR won’t make politi­cians hon­est

The Prince George Citizen - - Opinion -

Does any­one be­lieve any­thing will change after the vote is counted? Whether we still have FPTP or PR doesn’t make a lot of dif­fer­ence. We are still go­ing to get bro­ken prom­ises and out­right lies from those who get elected.

It just seems that ev­ery elec­tion is a game of “bait and switch.”

Ev­ery time these peo­ple open their mouths should be con­sid­ered a con­trac­tual prom­ise from which there is no re­ver­sal. Un­til they can be held ac­count­able, there is no faith in what is promised. To give these peo­ple the ti­tle of “hon­or­able” is push­ing the lim­its of cred­i­bil­ity.

You can lis­ten to them talk for five min­utes and they say noth­ing of substance. It’s all dou­ble­s­peak and psy­chob­a­b­ble. It’s a rare oc­cur­rence when an in­di­vid­ual in govern­ment stands and speaks and stands by his/her state­ment.

No won­der there is such a low turnout to vote, no one be­lieves in what is said.

We are treated like pawns and made to pay for some boon­dog­gle that never makes any sense in the first place. Gov­ern­ments should not be al­lowed to fi­nance their projects on the backs of our grand­chil­dren.

If the money is not in the bank, we can’t af­ford it. Cost over­runs should be the re­spon­si­bil­ity of the en­tity who took on the job, not govern­ment. As an in­di­vid­ual, if I tried that I would be sued and charged with fraud.

If pri­vate in­ter­est wants some­thing, let them build it them­selves. Quit throw­ing in tax­payer dol­lars in the name of em­ploy­ing peo­ple be­cause that re­ally doesn’t hap­pen to any great ex­tent. Does any­one re­ally be­lieve we will see any fi­nan­cial gain from Site C or from the Trans Moun­tain pipe­line? I am not say­ing it is a good thing or bad thing, it’s just not in­fra­struc­ture for our ben­e­fit as a pop­u­la­tion after its com­ple­tion. And yes, they should be taxed heartily for op­er­at­ing on the land, I’m taxed heartily on my mea­gre piece of ground.

After all, if you don’t speak up, you will be con­sid­ered a peas­ant. Ge­orge Getty Prince Ge­orge

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