• Do we really want a B.C. Spring election?
After the disgusting low-down gutter political display from the American presidential election people could be forgiven if they said "no thanks" to having a B.C. election any time soon.
We had a mild taste of the U.S. style of campaigning last year when Stephen Harper was driven from office and replaced by a neophyte who has since been a globe-trotting ambassador of Canadian largesse, with our money, with no idea on how to pay for it. So far we've heard of a carbon dioxide tax and there have been whispers of raising the GST.
As a side note, The Toronto Dominion Bank predicts our country will run larger deficits than had been projected.
Canada is on track to go into the glue to the tune of $34 billion in the current fiscal year, almost $5 billion more than forecast in the March budget. Over the next five years, deficits are tracking $16 billion more than forecast.
But I digress. Around the globe, people have had it with the status quo and are turning against their governments. The British exit from the European Union is a classic example. Political observers had thought it impossible, but the voters through differently.
The same scenario is taking root across Europe where existing governments are not connecting with the electorate.
The U.S. is no different. The first was the Bernie Sanders uprising against the Washington of which, ironically, he is a part.
In the U.S. the buzz words have been there – immigration, jobs, environment, health care and so on. But I haven't heard one solution to any of the problems from either of the main candidates. Unless you count building a border wall. There's been enough mud slinging to build a couple of border walls.
Love Donald Trump or hate him, a large portion of the electorate wants change from the way things have been done. Within the Republican Party, the establishment is trying desperately to cover its rear flank, trying to salvage senate and House seats in the election as the Trump tsunami sweeps across the electoral landscape. A very large segment of voters is remaining in lock step with Trump.
When the dust settles in early November our neighbours to the south will have either a goofy buffoon or a dangerous progressivist zealot leading their country and influencing the very future of civilization.
That is scary.