LETTER: Former candidate takes aim over Site C decision

Controversial decision draws criticism

For Christmas, 2017, British Columbia received an early gift from Premier Horgan and our own West Kootenay MLA, Michelle Mungall. The “Site Stupid” dam or C on the Peace River was theirs to dam or not.

A perfectly timed political Christmas announcement on December 13th. Plenty of time for the dizzy debt laden populace to forget the most expensive political giving or taking future generations, current B.C. tax payers, Treaty Eight First Nation and hydro customers will ever receive.

The Nelson Star photo with the headline ” Tough day for Mungall ” had most feeling sorry for Mungall. She posed pretty angry, sad or smug for this photo, it is difficult to discern. In this case Horgan and his team knew Mungall was the one politician who could make this announcement and likely be re-elected as she has the West Kootenay media in her pocket, along with teachers and other unions.

I ran in the last provincial election as an Independent to highlight the lack of value-added jobs with the vast amount of raw logs that are trucked out of the north end of Kootenay/Duncan lake and also to bring attention to the mistake that is a third dam on the Peace River.

During the campaign it became apparent there would be no political debate between the candidates. The main political forum at the Prestige gave no opportunity for candidates to debate each other on important issues.

The “Site Stupid” dam was brought up and Mungall was over the top about how she and her NDP would stop the damming if they won the election. Well, friends and neighbours, she is a political woman that is schooled in the art or science of politics and it would seem she will be able to continue the BC Liberal way toward privatizing our public Hydro utility.

I had hoped to design a T-shirt “Recall Mungall.” However, a successful recall is not likely, as the BC Greens seem to be weak-kneed about dropping the hammer on the NDP government.

Tom Prior


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