Paean to premier

Dear editor,

Looking back on 2013, our glorious premier deserves much praise.

Not only did she lead the Liberals to a comeback election win, but she filled Liberal party coffers with corporate cash while also leading the province (once again) to a No. 1 ranking in child poverty.

Quite an accomplishment for Ms. Families First! Where does she find the time?

Nearly one in five kids below the poverty line. Maybe it’ll be one in four next year. Considering the Liberals’ complete indifference to this issue for the past 12 years, it’s quite possible!

I suppose I could go on and on signing the praises of our B.C. Liberals. However, as a lowly peon, I would rather offer this classic ditty as a paean to our fearless premier. It was originally penned over 30 years ago by the Campbells (et al.) to honour another paragon of the “free” market.


“From the land of shadows

Comes a dreadful sight

Lady with the marble smile

Spirit of the night


See the scourge of innocence

Swinging in her hand

Hear the silent suffering

That echoes through the land


From the tombs of ignorance

Of hate and greed and lies

Through the smoke of sacrifice

Watch her figure rise


Twinging in her shadow

The sick, the poor, the old

Basking in her radiance

Men of blood and gold


In her bloody footsteps

Speculators prance

Men of dreams are praying

For that second chance


Round her vacant features

Gilded serpents dance

Her tree of evil knowledge

Sprouts a special branch.”

Happy New Year to one and all!

A. Sanders,


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