Talking to your elected officials can be quite tiresome, frustrating, and irritating. They tend to use catch all phrases, to smooth your ruffled feathers, while sitting there, showing that you are just wasting their time. AND THAT IS ASSUMING YOU CAN GET AN APPOINTMENT TO TALK TO THEM IN THE FIRST PLACE.
MLA ROB FLEMING [NDP]is very different, which was a pleasant surprise for David and myself, as we met with him for 45 minutes. [ so what you say? well how about that we aren’t even voters in his riding? ]
I frankly didn’t expect much from the meeting, and yet, instead of having no expectations, I came away with my faith restored in Politics. There still are some who care, who have ideals, but more importantly, have values and ethics. I also learned a few pertinent facts.
For instances, that the HST implemented by the Campbell Liberals, at the pressure of the Harper Conservatives, is not the same HST agreement that Ontario got with Ottawa.
In addition, if WE voted for a new government, that wanted to REPEAL THE HST AFTER IMPLEMENTATION, it would cost the people of British Columbia about ONE POINT SIX BILLION DOLLARS.
So why isn’t Carol James pointing that out? [ too busy calling Campbell a Liar, I guess. ]
I also learned that the NDP supports a private panel, to oversee Senior Care, that would be similar to what is in place for Kids today. A panel SEPERATE from Government, that could accept and investigate and handle complaints about Government Services, Agencies, and/or Outsourced Services for Seniors.
What it boils down to, is that the Media are NOT properly reporting the news, but instead are too busy trying to sway the public, to their way of thinking. Like the Times Colonist telling us the PST was 6% and that business would LOWER PRICES if they didn’t have to pay PST. [ by the way, it has been in effect for a week or so, and prices haven’t gone down one single penny. In fact, GAS went up. ]
Whether or not the Media reports the news accurately or not, it is still up to the Politicians in Opposition to get their message out. Big Rallies are nice, make for good sound bites, good ways to get news coverage, but they quickly fade out. They simply don’t have a lasting impact on the voters, and perhaps it is time for these CANDIDATES to go back to their roots.
WALK AMONG US & TALK TO US.
That is what works, and it isn’t hard to do. Select a few blocks at a time, go around and invite us for coffee at some venue, like a church or school auditorium, or hell, even a coffee shop where we can sit and talk face to face with you. Do that over time, within your RIDING and you know, it will make an impact. It will be memorable, and no matter what your leader does, or says, it can still get you elected.
Show us, the people, what you are about, talk to us about what the policies are, and what they mean to us, as individuals, not numbers. DO THAT and you know, there won’t be sudden drops in polls just because some addled egomaniac racist [Stephen Harper] had his face plastered all across the news media for some meaningless conference [G20].