When politicians do not want to answer specific questions, they are taught to change the subject. Mike De Jong in particular wants the subjects to stay away, far away, from examinations of his personal job performance. It is amazing to me that he dares to run for leadership during a time that the Attorney General’s office is accused of obstructing justice in at least three high profile cases: Basi/Virk, Frank Paul and Paul Boyd. Additionally, de Jong has established roadblocks preventing efforts to improve police accountability. He may be a nice guy but he is thoroughly incompetent and unfit for leadership or any high office.
We’ll see more ducking and evasion in the next weeks because Liberal leadership candidates prefer to talk about non-issues. Teen voting is one of those which is why the other candidates quickly jumped on board.
If Mike de Jong wants to do something “different” than others competing for leadership, he could address:
- ethics and honesty in government,
- restoration of the pledge to improve police oversight and accountability,
- de-politicizing offices of Attorney General and Criminal Justice Branch,
- reducing the cost of court access,
- raising the minimum wage,
- reducing income disparity or arresting its upward acceleration,
- attacking conditions that result in childhood poverty,
- drug use and gang wars from criminal distribution of drugs,
- ineffective police policies protecting families from domestic violence,
- serial murder on the ‘Highway of Tears’,
- homelessness or
- any other problems plaguing British Columbia?
Does he consider real issues? No, he proposes that 16 year olds be allowed the vote.