Premier Clark performing financial sleight-of-hand

Reader wonders where the money is coming from for provincial announcements

So Christy Clark decided to loosen the public purse strings and open the cheque book just over a half year before the election; pure coincidence?

I doubt it. There are questions we should be asking the Liberals and ourselves before we decide to vote for them. One is regarding the 10-year, $650-million capital spending plan. Why would she assume she and the Liberals will win the next three elections? Seems arrogant to me.

The spending announcement involves federal funds yet to be negotiated. What if the federal government does not “anti in” as much as the B.C. Liberals anticipate, or give anything at all?

It would be like if someone said they are going to buy you a brand new car or buy you a house, but they need to win Lotto 6/49. It would be a bit foolish to get your hopes up. It’s kind of like the naked man or woman offering you their shirt: beware.

Another question is where did they pinch pennies to come up with this money? I know a couple of places they didn’t pinch pennies; their own lunches on our dime or pay raises. Top-brass civil service at the legislature that got an average 10 per cent pay raise while they tell the teachers any raises negotiated must be net-zero.

They did not pinch pennies on the performance bonuses of civil servants making $75,000 to $250,000 a year. At that rate they should be expected to perform and the bonus should be that they keep their job.

Andre Mollon

Langford

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