After leaders' debate, Horgan gets my vote


I watched the debate Tuesday night and have to say that I was surprised at the lack of skill that Andrew Wilkinson had when it came to responding to questions.

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The first two questions he was asked went completely unanswered.

He spent most of his time just trying to make the NDP look bad when he should have been trying to bolster the Liberals. Trying to prove to B.C. that his party is the right choice.

This tactic is exactly what I expected and it’s so like the Liberals to pretend that the 16 years previous to this did not result in some of the most damaging government management that has happened in this province.

Pretending that the pillaging of ICBC, BC Hydro and the debacle at BC Rail didn’t happen. Pretending that they hadn’t turned a blind eye to what was happening at the casinos and that they were actually aiding and abetting the activity there. Pretending that they weren’t trying to decimate the education system in B.C. I think that the current pandemic has proven just how important and resourceful our education system is in spite of that damaging activity. Not to mention the affect that the real estate crisis and the fentanyl crisis have had. All under their watch. 

Andrew Wilkinson came across as someone who really doesn’t have the skills to run this province. He very much reminds me of the younger George Bush who always looked like he needed someone to tell him what to say.

Sonia Furstenau did a great job of saying what she wanted to say and getting her points across. It would definitely be in the best interests of the Green Party to not be in an election right now. Another year for her to build herself and her party up while really nailing down a critical platform would serve her well.

John Horgan was by far the most polished of the three. He responded respectfully and with clarity to every question asked. Even when moderator Shachi Kur seemed to think he wasn’t answering the question about racism from a personal perspective he clearly showed he understood and was responding appropriately.

He did make sure he highlighted the damage that was done by the Liberals, but he didn’t dwell on those things. He rather made sure he highlighted the good that the NDP had done. I found it refreshing that he was able to acknowledge that there were things promised that had not been reached but was able to demonstrate where  the work was being done, where they were at currently and that more work needs to be done.

I believe of the three that John Horgan is the best person to lead this province out of this pandemic. Time will tell.

No matter what your choice is, make sure you vote!

Pat Cleave

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