Friday April 18, 2014





Political parties must create opportunity — not outcomes

Two excellent letters and a front page headline in Jan. 29’s Daily News make clear our need for a new political party.

(New Approach Needed to Deal With Idle No More, Government Advertising Infuriating Waste and Big Universities Told To Settle Down). The first letter would change Idle No More to Enough is Enough and the second letter laments the waste of hard-earned tax dollars on “frivolous, meaningless and patronizing ads.”

Lastly, Kevin Krueger makes the point that our province and country would be better served by spending millions of taxpayers’ dollars on trades rather than on university educations.

We need a political party that recognizes that the primary purpose of government is to provide a rule of law that equalizes (as far as possible) opportunities rather than outcomes.

Outcomes are the moral responsibility of individuals who have been provided with equal opportunities (as nearly as that is possible).

We need a political party that recognizes the primary problem that it needs to deal with is the selfish self-interest of the people involved in the political process.

We need a political party that is more concerned about doing what is needed by the electorate than with doing what the noisiest self-indulgent group in our society wants them to do, because they think that is most likely to get them elected.

We need a political party that is so concerned about doing what is needed that it would prefer to remain out of office than to do what it knows to be wrong.

We need a political party that recognizes that the public has the right to choose its leaders even if they are wrong.

We need a political party that recognizes that it needs to be forthright with the public in explaining its policies and not to attempt to appeal to the least knowledgeable of voters by duping them about their intentions.

We need a political party that recognizes that the strength of our province and country rests on the individuals outside the political process and that those in government can do no more than to enable those individuals to perform effectively.

We need a political party that recognizes that they are in office to serve the interests of the public not themselves.

None of our present political parties meets these needs.

RICHARD HOLMES

Kamloops





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