LETTERS: Surpluses for the sake of surpluses

Editor:

In regards to the new provincial budget, B.C. Finance Minister Carole James stated matters so well: “The past government racked up surpluses simply for the sake of surpluses, while not investing in people.

We will never have a truly prosperous province unless everyone in B.C. can share in that prosperity.”

While official opposition MLAs smugly boast of and promise “balanced” budgets, past and future, they callously omit the human equation, as though very tight finances are of any good to the large portion (if not the majority) of British Columbians who are struggling to make ends meet.

Assuming they even were genuinely balanced and not just creative accounting fudge-it budgets, spouting nonsensical platitudes that simply by being in the black, the budget will leave sufficiently more money in B.C.ers’ pockets in these financially tough times is insensitive, at best.

Meanwhile, the conservative B.C. Liberals’ money-first agenda and policies have already enabled rampant money laundering in the casino and real estate industries, with the latter’s corruption resulting in the current housing crisis.

It seems the only entities that weren’t denied government (i.e. taxpayer) subsidization were those of big business, especially the fossil fuel industry, regardless of the latter’s relatively few permanent full time jobs actually created for B.C.ers.

After three decades of following politics, it still bewilders me how some of these politicians attend weekly religious services in good conscience and sleep well at night.

Frank Sterle Jr.,White Rock

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