Opinion

Money for gas conferences, but not for schools

Dear Sir:

I used to believe that then-Resources Canada minister Joe Oliver held an invincible claim to Supreme Hypocrite of Canada for proclaiming that anyone who opposed the Northern Gateway project had to be pocketing money from unscrupulous foreign interests, while those underwriting said project were as Truly Canadian as genuine artificial maple syrup flavouring.

I was wrong; I clearly underestimated the venality of our present provincial administration.

The provincial Liberals say they “can’t possibly squeeze another dime out of the budget for our public school budgets”. But if Premier Pixie needs some props for a photoshoot in Vancouver, suddenly there’s $80,000 dollars in spare change in the coffers to ship 100 students from the North to an industry/regulator schmooz-fest in Vancouver.

Suddenly there’re photos of Queen Chrissy and The Kids splashed all over the papers like guts on an abattoir’s walls.

But public school Special Ed instructors? Librarians? School music programmes? Clearly, the Rest Of Us will need to adjust our pathetically un-patriotic priorities.

John How, Terrace, BC

 

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