Cummins Out of Left Field
“It’s a shame, really. Protecting and creating jobs shouldn’t be a partisan issue,” says Mary Polak, MLA for Langley and Minister of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation.
Mr. Cummins must not have been paying attention to what British Columbians think, including the people in Delta-Richmond East he used to represent. For example, his old constituents will benefit from a $50 million Provincial investment into the project connecting Deltaport to Canada’s rail network – which will add 600 to 800 new jobs.
If he’d care to hear from some real British Columbians, here’s a small sample:
“These types of tax credits can be the difference between small business owners taking on new staff and training them up, and not taking on new hires.” – Shachi Kurl, Director of provincial affairs for the Canadian Federation of Independent Business, B.C. and Yukon
“[The University of Victoria is] very pleased.” - Reeta Tremblay, vice-president academic at University of Victoria
“…I taught here for 18 years at TRU and I've seen the value of having international students. It's a great value for the community, an economic driver to be sure…” – Tom Friedman, NDP Candidate
“This investment by the Government of British Columbia will have a major economic impact in Prince Rupert – and far beyond its shores.” - Don Krusel, president and CEO with Port of Prince Rupert
“There are plenty more if he’s interested in doing some homework. They weren’t hard to find for anyone who’s heard of Google,” says Polak.
Not paying attention is bad enough. But for Mr. Cummins to pronounce judgment before hearing all the details demonstrates he had long since made up his mind.
“Most people would wait to hear the full details of the plan before condemning it. John seems like the kind of guy who walks out halfway through the movie, and then writes a bad review,” says Polak.