Money now, or money later

The Liberal government has just promised $8 million to upgrade the province’s sketchy forest inventory.

Editor:

The Liberal government has just promised $8 million to upgrade the province’s sketchy forest inventory. Eight million a year for ten years when some inventories are 30 years out of date.

When that same government committed $16.4 million to party advertising using government funds, it was not over 10 years. It was over a matter of several months, right up until the provincial election.

Is it possible that the recipients of that kind of government generosity are expected to be somewhat kind in the stories that will unfold when the election campaign begins?

The MLA for Cariboo-Chilcotin, Donna Barnett, should know how woefully inadequate the inventory funding is over that timeline. After all she has chaired the Cariboo Chilcotin Beetle Action Coalition. She knows that forest management practices need urgent and immediate help.

Same story with some other items in the Christy Clark “Families First” budget. Thirty two million for new childcare spaces under the “early years strategy.” But again, that is over three years.

So it seems that only in government advertising is there any urgency. Other needs can wait for years.

The Liberal government continues to demonstrate its serious failures of management.

John Dressler

Williams Lake

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