Letter: What happened to the B.C. Conservative Party?

It’s time for the BC Conservative Party to get its act together and present an alternative to the current government in 2017.

To the editor:

With the mounting scandals facing the provincial government these days, one has to wonder what ever happened to the BC Conservative Party. The last time their Leader, Dan Brooks, issued a press release it was to congratulate Justin Trudeau on his election victory.

We haven’t heard word one about any issues that an opposition party should be taking issue with like the deletion of emails by government officials or the fact that our most vulnerable resource, children in care, are committing suicide while being kept in hotel rooms unbeknownst to government.

With just two years until the next provincial election the only parties that appear in the media are the Liberals and the NDP. Hence the question.

During the last election the BC Conservative Party started out at 23 per cent—a viable alternative to the BC Liberals and the NDP. By the time the election was over the party had slid to just over four per cent as a result of internal fighting. Today one has to question whether the BCCP can even achieve four per cent.

Since the new leader has been elected the membership has declined and constituency associations have collapsed. What have the board and leader done? Well, they developed a new constitution that has created more dissent within the membership. They have not had a review of the party policies and they don’t oppose anything that the governing Liberals have done since being elected.

The BC Conservative Party is mired in debt and the leader is facing a lawsuit that threatens to put the party even further in debt.

We all know what the NDP has done to B.C. in the past and we are scared to death of what will happen if they get back in.

The province needs a realistic and viable alternative to the BC Liberals and at this point it looks like there isn’t one available. It’s time for the BC Conservative Party to get its act together and present an alternative to the current government in 2017.

Doug Machan, Kelowna