Letters: NDP lights keep getting dimmer

Mr. Clovechok is the regional director of the BC Liberal Party's zone 2, which covers four ridings in the Kootenays.

Dear Editor,

Douglas Horton wrote “desperation is like stealing from the Mafia: you stand a good chance of attracting the wrong attention,” and judging from Norm Macdonald’s latest rant on BC Hydro, wrong is just what he has attracted.

It is painfully obvious that he has still not accepted the message British Columbians sent to the NDP in the May election; we did not buy what they were selling and they got their hats handed to them at the polls.

Yet Mr. Macdonald continues to publish his party-generated propaganda with his desperate dialogue about Smart Meters and energy production. His latest attempts to tell informed people that smart meters are some kind of conspiracy is ridiculous. What he should be telling people is that almost every progressive nation on earth is developing a smart grid, which allows the utility to determine outages where they happen, no matter how geographically isolated — a benefit for those of us who live rural areas. A smart grid reduces transmission load loss and prevents theft of electricity, both of which are driving up rates. BC Hydro’s Smart Meter installations continue along with a plan that will result in cost recovery, taking pressure off rates and putting more money back into the pockets of British Columbians.

Mr. Macdonald’s power generation rhetoric demonstrates that he does not have the understanding that any newly generated power is going to cost more than any power generated by the assets built by WAC Bennett in the 1960s. The NDP have always disliked independent power producers because it is “private” and they keep arguing that it is more expensive. Any power generated with newly-constructed assets is going to cost more than power from BC’s heritage assets. Bottom line, folks: the NDP just do not understand the economic principles associated with building a strong economy for B.C.

Our hydro rates continue to be the third lowest in North America and compared to other provinces like Ontario where rates continue to skyrocket. B.C. is doing very well.

As far as the BC Hydro file goes, Mr. Macdonald has swung the bat twice and missed the ball both times and while we are waiting for his third “pitch” we issue him a challenge: stop your partisan party-driven tirade and tell us what you are personally doing in the riding. Tell us about the files you are working on and the documented successes that you have accomplished helping the people who live here. Tell us how you are earning your salary and not to worry, we like short stories!

Doug Clovechok

Fairmont Hot Springs


Mr. Macdonald responds:

What do failed BC Liberal candidates do after the polls have closed and the results have been announced? Let me tell you about my experience in the 2009 and 2013 elections.

In 2009, I ran against Mark McKee, the highly respected, long-serving, former Mayor of Revelstoke. Mr. McKee and I, prior to the election, worked closely on a number of files.

During the election campaign, we both fought hard, but respectfully, to win. And when the ballots were counted, the people of Columbia River – Revelstoke chose to continue to have me represent them in the Legislature.

In 2013, I ran against Doug Clovechok, a man who has never been elected to serve at any level of government.

Mr. Clovechok had no previous experience with either winning, or losing, elections in this area.

In 2009, Mr. McKee accepted the decision of the people with dignity and grace. And although Mr. McKee no longer holds elected office in Revelstoke, he has continued his service to the community in many other ways.

This is my experience with defeated candidates throughout my years as a Councillor, Mayor and MLA: those who are committed to democracy

accept the election outcome and get back to serving their community in some other capacity. But Mr.

Clovechok is taking a different path. It begs the question: why?

Is he simply a sore loser who doesn’t care what the voters decided? Or has he, like so many other failed BC Liberal candidates from the 2013 election, been hired by the BC Liberals? Is it his new job to constantly regurgitate the BC Liberal message box?

My job as the elected representative for Columbia River – Revelstoke is to listen to what you tell me, articulate your concerns, and hold this government to account. And that is exactly what I will continue to do.

Norm Macdonald

Columbia River – Revelstoke MLA