It's time for a change in the politics of British Columbia. For 12 years now, we've heard nothing but the vast right wing noise machine telling us of the evils of the NDP, and that we must elect Liberals to prevent the destruction of civilization itself. That dog thankfully does not hunt anymore, crucified as the Liberals are on their decade of economic mismanagement and unprecedented human suffering created through the utter lack of empathy of Campbell, Clark and their caucus.
In the aftermath of this decade of broken contracts and the hollowing out of the middle class, British Columbians need a strong, visionary government that can restore the prosperity we've lost. For New Democrats and progressives, this is not the time for caution. Now is the time for a bold vision that makes a clear choice; more of the same under the government that led us to the dismal place we are now, or a truly progressive government that will alleviate the social ills that the Liberals let fester.
The issues before us are great, but not insurmountable. More than just being issues of public policy, the greatest concerns facing British Columbia have an unmistakeable human suffering element that should make them impossible to ignore. As fellow New Democrats, let's come up with a vision that people can and will truly rally around, instead of resting on the laurels of not being the Liberals.
Trevor Ritchie, Burnaby