Failures and reversals of John Horgan’s government mount.
The NDP promise to apply UNDRIP is proving as hollow as acknowledgments NDP members make when meeting upon unceded indigenous territory in British Columbia.
While a police invasion, complete with snipers and choppers, arrested or detained journalists and forcibly removed indigenous people who might interfere with commercial activities by and for foreign owned corporations, section 10 of UNDRIP was quickly discarded. It reads:
Indigenous peoples shall not be forcibly removed from their lands or territories. No relocation shall take place without the free, prior and informed consent of the indigenous peoples concerned and after agreement on just and fair compensation and, where possible, with the option of return.
This is not the only example of the NDP promising one agenda and following another.
Opposition NDP promised major initiatives for energy efficiency, clean renewables and reform at BC Hydro. Instead BC Liberal policies continue.
Opposition NDP promised to be guided by science in managing fossil fuel production. Instead tax incentives and subsidies to the gas industry were accelerated. Former Green leader Andrew Weaver rightly called it “a generational sellout“. In other words, BC Liberal policies continue.
Opposition NDP promised to increase transparency, strengthen conflict of interest regulations, ensure government’s duty to document and reform freedom of information rules. Instead, BC Liberal policies continue.
Opposition NDP promised a more respectful style in dealing with school teachers and said they would resolve the years of inadequate support for public education. Instead, BC Liberal negotiating tactics and policies continue.
Opposition NDP promised annual grants to needy renters. Instead, they decided that millions of dollars accrued from special real estate taxes looked better in general revenue for distribution elsewhere.
Numerous new policies have been successfully initiated but government by BC Liberals had grown so bad that improvements were uncomplicated and easily achieved.
Modest progress in secondary areas is insufficient to counter failures in the essential subjects. One of my disappointments is the failure of NDP party members to demand more of their leadership.
This may be a one term government that achieves little of lasting distinction.
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