LETTERS: Political subsidies


I’m concerned about the way government consumes our tax dollars.


I’m concerned about the way government consumes our tax dollars.

They take donations from big business and buy expensive TV ads to trick the voter.

It then rewards business with grants – again, bribes.

Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training (JTST) provides funding to the Immigrant Employment Council of BC (IECBC). Up to $200,000 to companies that will hire foreign cheap labour over Canadian workers.

One company stood out. How many others are on the bribery merry-go-round?

Since 2005, XYZ Industries (not its real name) donated approximately $150,000 in political contributions to the provincial Liberal party.

XYZ Industries received up to a $100,000 grant from the provincial Liberals for hiring immigrant labour 2012-13.

At what point do we call it conflict of interest? Or even bribery?

Most of these grants went to chambers of commerce and were thus laundered in anonymity. But it is still a case of the revolving door – taxpayers give money to government; government forwards some to business; and business gives some back to government as political donations – the perfect recipe for plutocracy.

The only one being cheated is the taxpayer.

My query: How much money is flowing back and forth between business and our provincial government at the expense of the taxpayer?

R.K. Grace, Surrey



Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Former Cloverdale church elder pleads guilty to sexual assault

Brian Batke, 73, entered guilty plea Feb. 14

Trial for White Rock fentanyl charge rescheduled for August

Navjot Cheema charged following May 2018 cocaine, fentanyl seizure

Free pads, tampons now available in Surrey school washrooms

Menstrual products previously given out to students upon request

Surrey student selected as Loran Award recipient

Award is valued at $100K over four years of undergraduate studies

Pipeline dispute: Tories put no-confidence motion on House of Commons agenda

Conservatives say they have no confidence in the Trudeau government to end the rail blockades

B.C.’s soda drink tax will help kids lose weight, improve health, says doctor

Dr. Tom Warshawski says studies show sugary drinks contribute to obesity

A&W employees in Ladysmith get all-inclusive vacation for 10 years of service

Kelly Frenchy, Katherine Aleck, and Muriel Jack are headed on all-expenses-paid vacations

B.C. mom’s complaint about ‘R word’ in children’s ministry email sparks review

In 2020, the ‘R’ word shouldn’t be used, Sue Robins says

B.C., federal ministers plead for meeting Wet’suwet’en dissidents

Scott Fraser, Carolyn Bennett says they can be in Smithers Thursday

UPDATE: TransLink gets injunction ahead of pipeline, Indigenous rights protest

The protest rally is in opposition to the Coastal GasLink and Trans Mountain pipeline projects

Province shows no interest in proposed highway between Alberta and B.C.

Province says it will instead focus on expanding the Kicking Horse Canyon to four lanes

Mysterious bang booms over Sumas Mountain once again

Police unsure of source, quarry companies say, ‘not us’

First case of COVID-19 in B.C. has fully recovered, health officer says

Three other cases are symptom-free and expected to test negative soon

Most Read

l -->