Face the facts

Editor:

Re: Brian Durrell’s letter to the editor, Thursday. Sept. 15 Tribune.

Editor:

Re: Brian Durrell’s letter to the editor, Thursday. Sept. 15 Tribune.

Brian, you must face facts and reality before shooting from the hip!

The present B.C. Liberal government is on the right track regarding the management of B.C. taxpayer dollars.

Elected government in 2001, the B.C. Liberals inherited a “have-not” province from the former NDP government.

In 2002, after being government for a year, the B.C. Liberals once again made B.C. a “have” province. Both Manitoba and Nova Scotia have NDP provincial governments, and in the fiscal year 2011-2012, the Ottawa federal government will give Manitoba $1.6 billion dollars and $1.1 billion dollars to Nova Scotia for being “have-not” provinces.

These payments are called equalization payments. As B.C. is a “have” province, B.C. receives little in the way of equalization payments from the federal government. Manitoba and Nova Scotia require this “have not” money to cover for payments to education, health care, welfare, etc.

In summary, why ever think of changing the guard when B.C. is well managed?

Joe Sawchuk

Duncan

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