Commentary

We need strict limits on individual donations to political parties so wealthy people do not have an advantage.
by Canadian Centre... on May 29 2017 - 1:09pm

While British Columbians were divided over which of the main parties to support in the provincial election, most seem to agree on one thing: the need to get big money out of our politics.

But it’s not enough to stop cash donations by corporations and unions.

Any ban must be comprehensive, meaning no contributions of property and services, prohibiting loans or guaranteeing loans, and banning institutional contributions to party leadership and constituency nomination races.

Letters to the Editor

Letter: Vote to uphold election promise

Letter: Vote to uphold election promise

To The Editor:

Open letter to Liberal Members of Parliament

May 31st is a very important day for me. I will be watching closely to see how you vote on electoral reform. 

Two years ago, Trudeau eloquently announced "We are committed to ensuring that 2015 will be the last federal election conducted under the first-past-the-post voting system" and "we will make every vote count". Then he betrayed us, and he betrayed you, when he abandoned it on February 1st. 

Letter: BC’s Future – Forward or Backward?

Letter: BC’s Future – Forward or Backward?

To The Editor:

The election “results” are not yet final, but  there is a lot to learn from the process. Strong Liberal support in the past has weakened. “Green” has expanded substantially. Not a lot of change with the NDP, but significant.    Issues of housing affordability;  infrastructure – hospitals, schools; climate change and fossil fuel use, First Nations rights, jobs and the economy were clearly answered by electors and the  “new government”, whoever that turns out to be.

Letter: Let's put an end to strategic voting

Letter: Let's put an end to strategic voting
To The Editor:
 
A strategy to end strategic voting:
 
The political landscape in British Columbia has been plagued by polarized politics for as long as anyone can remember.
 
Many voters find themselves voting to block something they despise and/or wasting their vote all together. The way out of this mess is to reform our voting system so that our votes are accurately represented (proportional representation).
 

LETTER: Taking a Longer Term Perspective of the BC Elections

LETTER: Taking a Longer Term Perspective of the BC Elections

Dear Editor:

As we head to the polls on May 9, a question we should be considering is what type of world we want to leave for our children and grandchildren.

Are we are doomed to go over the climate cliff – facing a world with ever increasing extreme weather, mudslides, catastrophic wildfires, and sea level rise? Or should we just not think about it because it is too overwhelming?

Letter: Must voice my opinion

Letter: Must voice my opinion

To the Editor:

Letter: Voter not happy with choices

Letter: Voter not happy with choices

To The Editor:

When I contemplate the choices we have in  the upcoming provincial election, I must admit I get depressed. I think we need a new category on the voting ballot entitled None of the Above.

The Liberals can be characterized as sneaky taxers with a conceited attitude. They are also given to flip and smart alec sophistry instead of candid, direct answers on issues. They obviously suffer from the corruption of power.

Letter: Voting in support of our children and grandchildren

Letter: Voting in support of our children and grandchildren

To The Editor:

This is the NDP's election to lose provincially.

Letter: Enthusiastically, wholeheartedly voting Green

Letter: Enthusiastically, wholeheartedly voting Green

To The Editor:

After much personal reflection and consideration, I will be supporting Kim Charlesworth and the Green Party of British Columbia in the provincial election on May, 9th.  I do so enthusiastically and wholeheartedly. 

Let me explain why.  

Letter: Generous community support makes difference for Nelson Snowboarder

Letter: Generous community support makes difference for Nelson Snowboarder

To The Editor:

Finn and I are writing to thank you, our donors, once again for your generous support for our GoFundMe effort.  Special thanks especially to our sponsors Ripping Giraffe Boardshop and Retallack Resort Catskiing as well as BC Snowboard, who really came through for us.

We'd like to give you a final update on the success that you helped create.

LETTER: Canadian Federation of Students replies to Selkirk students

LETTER: Canadian Federation of Students replies to Selkirk students


Selkirk Students Deserve Fair, Transparent and Democratic Referendum

(On April 5) the Castlegar Source published a letter to the editor containing  misinformation about Selkirk College students' membership in the Canadian  Federation of Students. The letter leaves out some critical information that Selkirk students need to hear. (To read the letter, click here).

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