The feeling of entitlement begins for MLAs the moment they start receiving their $108,000 annual salary. By way of comparison, the average annual employment income in B.C., in 2015, was about $55,000.
Our politicians would be more sensitive and engaged with the high cost of housing and stagnant wage growth if they felt the pain too.
The latest scandal in the legislature should result in MLA remuneration being reduced to the average annual employment income in B.C.
In the future, if MLAs want a salary increase, then they have to get it by boosting the average income of their constituents. A rising tide raises all boats, eh?
Derek Wilson, Port Moody
I have no idea how all of the allegations about the officers of the legislature will play out, but why has no one asked about Speaker Darryl Plecas hiring his best bud for a government job?
Surely this is what he is railing against.
Doug Payne, Vancouver
What about citizens’ rights?
A B.C. Supreme Court ruling recently threw out a case where the police found 27,500 fentanyl pills because “police were too quick to rely on the detection dog’s ‘ambiguous behaviour.’ ”
I was always under the obviously incorrect impression that we possess rights to the extent that they don’t impinge on other people’s rights.
I can’t imagine the frustration our police experience in dealing with our inept lawmakers. Surely there is a middle ground between the instant justice being meted out in the Philippines and the insanity and devastation caused by letting known felons off scot-free.
Were his pills returned to him?
Bob King, Richmond
Crown should appeal
I can’t conceive of how the rights of accused drug- dealer Sandor Rigo could have been violated. The unnamed RCMP officer should be awarded a certificate of merit for his diligence and consideration during the investigation that resulted in the seizure of the 27,500 fentanyl pills destined to ruin the lives — and perhaps kill — users.
It appears, according to our judges, that the rights of drug dealers exceeds the harms that their illegal behaviour inflicts. If Justice Michael Brundrett was correct in his interpretation of the law, then we desperately need to change the law.
I hope that this case will be referred to a higher court to correct the injustice that has occurred in acquitting Rigo on a supposed Charter violation.
Terry Peel, Surrey
We should stand up to U.S.
It’s hard to see why Canada would want to get involved in the arrest of Meng Wanzhou.
The U.S. has arbitrarily imposed sanctions on Iran — both to satisfy its allies and to further its strategic interests in the region — and to their credit, Russia, China and the European Union have refused to abide by those sanctions. In fact, the EU has asked its member states to not only disregard threats from Washington, but also to increase business with and within Iran.
Despite sharing extradition treaties with the U.S., these nations have refused to be cowed by Trump’s ultimatum, “Anyone doing business with Iran will not be doing business with the U.S.”
Why does Canada lack the courage and good sense to do likewise? Canadians need to remind themselves that it isn’t in the best security interests of the Middle East — nor of the world — to isolate Iran, and that while America may have a right to sanction other nations, other nations have an equal right to refuse to obey.
Mike Ward, Duncan
Free parking at hospitals not possible
The unacknowledged problem by those who dislike parking fees at hospitals is that many or even most health facilities are located in areas with a high degree of pressure on parking, especially in the Lower Mainland.
Vancouver General and St. Paul’s hospitals are in areas with major traffic and parking pressure for all drivers, not just those arriving for treatment or visiting patients.
You can’t give hospital patients and their visitors free or even cheap parking. It wouldn’t be used only by them and the effect would be to worsen the availability of parking at hospital lots.
Elaine Bougie Gilligan, Vancouver
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