OUR VIEW: B.C. Throne Speech heavy on vote buying
You could hardly be faulted for viewing Tuesday’s B.C. government Throne Speech through glasses that are not at all rosy coloured.
We are, after all, only 83 days away from a general election.
So, there’s that.
Yay, gang, we hear from our somewhat long-in-the-tooth Liberal government. Guess what? There’s a $2.2-billion surplus in this year’s budget.
Also, guess what? We’re going to give money back to you right?
After all, as you can read in the Throne Speech itself, “That money belongs to you” and “your government is now in a position to pay you back.”
No details were proffered, however, on how you, the taxpayer, will be paid back.
Tax cut shell games? Chickens in pots? Huge tax credits for people who donate to political parties? Who knows?
The obvious conclusion one can arrive at is this: If the government is hoarding a $2.2-billion surplus, then the government must have collected at least $2.2 billion more in taxes than it should have.
Any way you look at it, the trap has been set for cash-strapped voters looking for financial relief any way they can get it.
Some say money can buy anything. In this case, it’s clear that your government wants to use your money to try to buy your vote on May 9.