Democracy: a device that ensures we shall be governed no better than we deserve. George Bernard Shaw
The one known about BC’s provincial election October 24, 2020 is that voters will shortly thereafter be disavowing any responsibility for the government they elected because ‘they lied to us.’
Of course Dr. Henry is not calling for making the wearing of masks mandatory, no government would ever take an action that would incur such a strong negative reaction among voters during an election campaign.
Although if humans were in action the intelligent, thinking species they proclaim themselves to be in word it would be unnecessary to make it mandatory. Because wearing masks and gloves and practicing social distancing are intelligent, thinking ways to behave.
Indeed, if our behaviours in response to COVID-19 had been intelligent and thinking, we could have minimized the negative economic and financial costs and consequences of COVID-19.
I spoke to a friend about John Horgan and the NDP calling an election a year early in an attempt to purloin the election by running in the political vacuum created by COVID-19 and before the negative effects, costs and consequences for the government and citizens of British Columbia from COVID-19 come home to roost.
I was surprised when he felt the reasons motivating John Horgan and the NDP in calling an early election for October 24, 2020 were not as important as having a government in place with a mandate to deal with those negative effects, costs and consequences from COVID-19, before they begin to come home to roost.
Mr. Horgan’s attempt to sell “We can either delay that decision and create uncertainty and instability over the next 12 months … or we can do what I believe is always the right thing and ask British Columbians what they think.” as rationalization and justification for calling a provincial election one year earlier than scheduled foundered on the fact that calling an election for October 24, 2020 was clearly and indisputably an attempt to shanghai a majority government not through good governance but by having their actions and governance obscured by COVID-19.
The enormous benefit to the ability of the NDP to win a majority government in an election held now and the numerous disadvantages and barriers to the NDP ability to win a majority government if the election is held a year from now as scheduled (October 2021) are so obvious that even political doublespeak cannot misdirect or mislead voters from the reality October 24, 2020 best serves the interests of John Horgan and the NDP.