It’s time for NDP to ‘let Jumbo fly’

The NDP never seems to know what they are doing and unfortunately they usually have the courage to do it.

The NDP never seems to know what they are doing and unfortunately they usually have the courage to do it.

Remember the BC Ferries? Fast Cats and Skeena Cellulose… it took courage for the NDP to risk hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars on those debacles. Clearly private enterprise should be left to private enterprise. With the NDP they always think they know better.

NDP leader Adrian Dix, NDP MLA Norm Macdonald and the rest of the NDP offer no vision of what will sustain B.C.’s tax revenues. All around B.C. signs of economic turmoil are abundant — yet the NDP opposes project after project.

Locals know the reason the NDP opposes the Jumbo Glacier Resort proposal is due to their reliance on the political machine of the radical environmentalists; it has NOTHING to do with environmental or First Nations’ concerns.

Jumbo enjoys strong support, despite the campaign of intimidation and misinformation.

Jumbo Valley is the most heavily exploited valley in the Kootenays. If a resort cannot be built in Jumbo Valley then it would mean nothing should ever be built on Crown land again.

The NDP is ignoring the views of the local Shuswap First Nation who support the proposal; they ignore the whippings the locals inflict on them every election; they ignore the RDEK who voted in favour of the proposal; they ignore the 90 per cent of local businesses in support; they ignore science.

“For years, (environmental) activists behaved as if they’d cornered the market on wisdom, truth and certainty, and they demonized anyone who dared to disagree. They got a fabulous free ride from politicians and the media, who parroted their claims like Sunday-school children reciting Scripture. No interest group in modern times has been so free from skepticism, scrutiny or simple accountability as the environmental establishment,” wrote Margaret Wente, for The Globe and Mail.

Justice is long overdue for a project that succeeded through 20 years of reviews. The NDP would kill it for dishonest reasons. Leadership is desperately needed. If it is the right thing to do — then do the right thing. It’s time, finally, to Let Jumbo Fly.

Ian McKenzie

Regina, SK

(Formerly of Panorama)