EDITORIAL: NDP provides tired, old rhetoric

The diatribe issued by the party and critic David Eby is full of nothing but political posturing.

It’s great that the provincial NDP has taken notice of Vernon.

No sooner had the media reported on Liberal MLA Eric Foster’s presentation to Vernon council about homelessness and the NDP issued a blistering attack.

What will it take to convince Eric Foster and Christy Clark to do everything they can to address this crisis? How many more Vernon tent cities?” said David Eby, the NDP’s housing critic, in a press release.

“Eric Foster said his government could do more, but it refuses to. That’s simply not acceptable.”

Obviously the Liberal response to the homeless crisis in B.C. communities is flawed. Tent cities continue to pop up while the provision of affordable housing lags. Access to addiction and mental health services can be challenging.

So the NDP, as B.C.’s official opposition, is within its rights to speak out against the government.

However, the diatribe issued by the party and Eby is full of nothing but political posturing. There are absolutely no suggestions as to how the homeless situation should be tackled in Vernon or elsewhere in the province.

It’s media releases like this that makes many voters cynical about the political system.

In a few short months, British Columbians will head off to the polls to elect a new government.

The NDP want the job, but hopefully by May, they actually bring some concrete plans and solutions to the stable instead of tired, old rhetoric.


Just Posted

Vernon Vipers acquire WHL veteran

Dawson Holt joins Snakes from Regina Pats; helped Vancouver Giants reach league final a year ago

Flashback photobooth captures support for Enderby Museum

Fundraiser limited to just four Saturdays – Oct. 19 and 26 and Nov. 2 and 9 – with limited spaces available

Extra week added to Sagmoen trial

Pre-trial conference Tuesday sees trial proper date pushed back to Dec. 2

Vernon Bantam Vipers blank Penticton

Austin Seibel gets shutout and special teams play key role in Vernon’s 3-0 home-ice win

Okanagan Symphony Orchestra celebrates 60 years with three local shows

The OCO will perform in Kelowna, Penticton and Vernon this October

VIDEO: #MeToo leader launches new hashtag to mobilize U.S. voters

Tarana Burke hopes to prompt moderators to ask about sexual violence at next debate

B.C. boosts legal aid funding in new payment contract

‘Duty counsel’ service restored in some communities, David Eby says

Okanagan man killed in head-on collision on Highway 1 near Salmon Arm

Police say 21-year-old died at scene after pickup truck collided with transport trailer

Rugby Canada helps recovery efforts in Japan after typhoon cancels final match

Canadian players wanted to “give back in whatever small way they could”

Cheating husband sues mistress for gifted ring after wife learns about affair

The husband gave his mistress $1,000 to buy herself a ring in December 2017

British couple vacationing in Vancouver detained in US after ‘accidentally’ crossing border

Parents travelling with three-month-old reportedly being held in Pennsylvania

After losing two baby boys, B.C. parents hope to cut through the taboo of infant death

Oct. 15 is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day in B.C.

Alberta to join B.C.’s class-action lawsuit against opioid manufacturers, distributors

B.C. government claims opioids were falsely marketed as less addictive than other pain meds

Okanagan restaurant adds Canadian top 50 accolade to their menu

Old Vines Restaurant in West Kelowna was named a top restaurant for a date in 2019

Most Read