The Town Council in the Vancouver Island community of Ladysmith wants residents to pool their carbon tax rebate cheques together to purchase a trolley bus system. This page commends Mayor Rob Hutchins for good intentions, but the B.C. Liberals' belief that Climate Change can be successfully addressed through the whims of individuals and the markets is paving a Hell of a road for future generations. It looks like protecting the Environment is moving to a User Pay model because Gordon Campbell wants to keep what's left of government revenues for such 'green' initiatives as The Gateway Project, Raw Log Exports, and Offshore Oil Drilling.
Why do we elect Members of the Legislative Assembly? What's the primary function of government? Is it bribing the public and buying elections, or is it...I dunno...GOVERNING?! If this page wanted the Libertarian gutlessness of the Province cutting me a cheque and telling me to figure something out on my own, I could have just moved back to Alberta. Victoria could have simply provided funding for public transit in Ladysmith, instead of expecting the locals to pony up their allowances for some public-private partnershipwreck of a bus system.