Response to Bennett

In Mr. Bennett's response to the Steelworkers' letter of November 15 he offered a remarkably irrelevant and speculative observation.

In Mr. Bennett’s response to the Steelworkers’  letter of November 15 he offered a remarkably irrelevant and speculative observation.

‘Only the NDP would start training for new mines that do not exist’, he wrote.

Speculation like this has little or no significance in a rational political discussion but since it is at least interesting to speculate, then perhaps others should have the opportunity to do so.

For example, although in the same letter Mr. Bennett claims to support, ‘ Unions and union reps [who] play an important role in the employee-employer relationship’,  his right-wing, free market bias might lead EK constituents to speculate that he is in fact, like many others of his political stripe, no supporter of the labour movement.

It might also lead them to further speculate that, in the Elk Valley, he keeps this aspect of his political philosophy well hidden.

Mr. Bennett could therefore strike a blow for transparency and accountability by telling his constituents whether or not he supported or voted for the Gordon Campbell 2001-2002 anti – labour legislation which gutted or tore up legally binding contracts negotiated by, for example, the Hospital Employees’  and the BC Ferries and Marine Workers’ Unions.

Such actions were condemned by the United Nations, the International Labour Organisation and, in 2007, were judged by the Supreme Court of Canada to have violated the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Mr Bennett might also tell his constituents whether or not he would still vote on labour legislation the same way he did back in Gordon’s glory days.

This would certainly help to avoid any further speculation.

 

JC Vallance

Fernie

Just Posted

Gay minister challenges preconceptions

Andrea Brennan serves Fernie at pivotal time in church’s history

Documentary reveals Fernie’s role in WWI internment operations

That Never Happened to screen on 100th anniversary of Morrissey internment camp closure

Environmental monitoring meeting in Elkford tonight

Meeting to focus on environmental monitoring programs at Teck coal mines in the Elk Valley

VIDEO: This is what buying legal pot in B.C. looks like

Take a look inside B.C.’s first and only legal pot shop located in Kamloops

Elkford councillor Joe Zarowny remembered

The District of Elkford today announced the passing of long time councillor,… Continue reading

Mellow opening to B.C.’s only legal pot shop

About five people lined up early for the opening of the BC Cannabis Store in Kamloops.

Meet the City of Fernie candidates

Voters in Fernie will vote for one Mayor, six Councillors and one School Board Trustee on October 20

Meet the District of Sparwood candidates

Voters in Sparwood will vote for one Mayor and six Councillors on October 20

Meet the District of Elkford candidates

The Elkford Chamber of Commerce will host an All Candidates Forum on October 4

Money Monitor: Should you switch to a fixed-rate mortgage?

BMO’s Omar Abouzaher outlines the pros and cons of both types of mortgages

Earth still moving in Old Fort, B.C., but not above homes: geologists

Transportation Ministry crews are ready to start work on the Old Fort road

Around the BCHL: Youth trumps experience for Chilliwack and Salmon Arm

Around the BCHL is a look at goings-on in the BCHL and the junior A world.

Proportional representation grows government, B.C. study finds

Spending, deficits higher in countries where voting system used

Foster care is ‘superhighway to homelessness,’ youth advocate tells Nelson audience

Katherine McParland grew up in foster care and lived on the streets

Most Read