In your editorial (Are We Now B.C.’s Funding Capital?, The Daily News, Oct. 26), you suggest that Kamloops may be well served by two opposition MLAs in the wake of what you label an NDP “shoo-in” next May.
I find your logic somewhat hard to follow. Kamloops has traditionally been a bellwether riding, as you point out. However, one of the reasons for this bellwether status is not just that Kamloops voters reflect the majority provincial voting trends, but that Kamloops residents want to elect government MLAs who can deliver more effectively what’s needed for our community.
You characterize the two B.C. Liberal candidates as possibly “good fighters in an opposition.” However, shouldn’t you be supporting the best possible representation in the legislature for our region? In fact, right after the May 2009 provincial election, your editorial board called on then-Premier Gordon Campbell to appoint both Kamloops MLAs to cabinet, arguing that Kamloops deserves to have our MLAs elevated to cabinet. Campbell subsequently did exactly as you recommended.
Now, three years later, you’re making what I think is a seriously flawed argument: that the residents of Kamloops-South Thompson and Kamloops-North Thompson should be content with representatives on the opposition side of the legislature. Doesn’t make sense to me.