EDITORIAL: Victoria in repetition mode

Questions arise over provincial government making the same announcement again

The B.C. Liberal government has been taking heat for wasting $15 million of your tax dollars on a variety of ads that amount to  pre-election boasting.

You’ve seen them. They serve only to proclaim all the wonderful things that the B.C. Liberals have done.

They are partisan and wasteful and offer fodder for debate on just how much real good that $15 million could have done in various areas of the province.

In Kamloops recently, there was another PR spin that should make taxpayers take note of yet more waste of their precious dollars. Education Minister Don McRae, Jobs Minister Pat Bell and Environment Minister Terry Lake were at NorKam Secondary to announce exactly what was announced and reported by the media Oct. 4.

That would be Victoria’s decision to fund $6.3 million of the $7.4-million trades and technology centre at the school.

The re-announcement offered nothing new, save for a hazy timeline concerning construction, which only adds fuel to the argument by many that this government is in full election-campaign mode, doing a poor job at masking public-relations propaganda as real news.

The NorKam press conference was simply a chance for politicians to engage in silly photo-ops with tools as they tried to milk more ink from a stale announcement.

We know how much the blatant ad-propaganda campaign is costing us.

We wonder how many tax dollars it cost to arrange to have the education and jobs ministers travel with his ample staff to Kamloops to announce something that was announced quite fully nearly a quarter-year ago.

— Kamloops This Week


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