LETTER: Vote decision a no-brainer

Dear Editor:

Sometimes a decision is difficult, while in other instances it is a “no brainer.”

Liberal incumbent, Dan Ashton states that he should get my vote based on his track record.

The underfunding of education orchestrated by the Liberals over the last 15 years has forced most school boards to cut services for kids and to close schools.

Last May, while the Okanagan-Skaha School board was preparing to close three schools, Ashton was on CBC Radio.

He was asked about education funding shortfalls and responded by stating that “most school boards were dealing with it”. That was May 2.

On May 31, after massive outcries from the Penticton and Summerland communities, Ashton was “pleased to announce” funding to save two of the doomed schools.

Ashton was nowhere to be seen during the arduous process of consultations and public meetings regarding the proposed closures.

The “Rural Schools” funding that Dan miraculously pulled from the Clark government’s coffers is only temporary.

This means the likelihood of further school closures in our area is high.

Ashton sits on the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services. This committee has recommended year after year that K-12 Education funding be increased. Dan agreed with the recommendations of his committee.

Funding was not increased, despite the now retired slogan of “More Funding Than Ever.”

Funding to public education will finally see an increase, thanks to the Supreme Court of Canada.

This government’s track record includes tax-payer funded lawyers to stop adequate funding for schools.

A quick search for “Special Prosecutor” and the B.C. Liberals should disgust you.

You might be shocked at the number of times this has occurred since the last election. This government’s track record has the “Quick Wins” scandal, the “B.C. Rail” scandal, the “Health Firings” scandal, the “Pay For Access” scandal, the “Triple Delete” scandal and, let’s not forget they took bus passes away from B.C. citizens with disabilities while spending $500 a day for Christy’s photographer and half a million flying around on her private jet.

The campaign promises the B.C. Liberals and Ashton ran on included a “Debt Free B.C.” That has not happened.

According to the government’s own report, debt has increased since the last election and the Liberal’s fiscal plan states it will continue to increase every year of their reign.

Another promise was to pay down both B.C. Ferries and B.C. Hydro debt and obligations. Both those corporations are in worse financial shape.

Remember the LNG promise? No progress there either unless you consider the shell game of plopping our tax dollars in an account and calling it the “LNG Prosperity Fund.”

If Dan wants me to base my decision on this track record, it’s a “no brainer.”

Kevin Epp

Penticton

Just Posted

Legion bell prank hits sour note

Anger erupts after Summerland Legion member removes bell from Peachland Legion

Safe winter driving urged

Police have answered accident calls following snowfalls

Kelowna Parkinson’s SuperWalk team donates to local shelter

Good Vibrations donated $300 to Inn from the Cold

Kelowna’s Apple Triathlon coming back in 2018

And it will be the Canadian national triathon championship next year and in 2019

Police recommend measures to deter thieves

Mailbox in Summerland has been broken into recently

B.C. wine industry fights for interprovincial trade in Supreme Court

Gerard Comeau likely never thought he would end up in the Supreme… Continue reading

Vehicle with dog inside stolen from Oliver gas station

A black Honda CRV was stolen from the Oliver Chevron early Sunday morning

Team Canada loses 5-2 over the Czech Republic at World Junior A Challenge

Vees’ Tychonick drops in one of Team Canada West’s pair of goals

Site C decision coming Monday

Premier John Horgan to announce fate of dam project at B.C. legislature

California couple name daughter after Revelstoke

Revy Elle Atashroo was born on Nov. 27. Her name honours the town her parents loved exploring.

VIDEO: Vancouver Whitecaps acquire star striker Kei Kamara

Kamara has 103 goals and 39 assists in 298 appearances over 11 Major League Soccer seasons

Smartphone pedometers underestimate steps, but valuable health tool: study

UBC researchers found the iPhone underestimated steps by 21.5 per cent

VIDEO: ‘Last Jedi’ premiere kicks off with droids, Daisy Ridley

Latests Star Wars film premiered in style ahead of Dec. 15 theatre debut

Most Read