Mr. Mason, he of the Globe and (No Longer Empire) Mail, has written yet another conventionally obvious column in which he concludes that, for the BC Liberals to lose, folks in in the 'mushy ideological middle' will have to turn their backs on...
"...a government that has boasted arguably the strongest economy in the country over the past four years, unquestionably the best record of fiscal management among the provinces and an enviable job-creation record..."
I would argue that the three conclusions made by Mr. Mason, above, are not fully supported by the available data (as has been repeatedly illustrated by the digging, graph making and writing of Norm Farrell).
Regardless, consider the following...
Does this kind of superficial analysis from the likes of Mr. Mason even matter if most mushy middle folk, regardless their ideology, can't buy a house, or find their own doctor, or get a decent daycare space, or book a teacher's aide when one is required, or get an ambulance when they need one, or even get a campsite if they don't have a spread on one of the Gulf Islands when it's time for summer vacation?
The point is that a generation ago most middling British Columbians could do all of those things and more. And now, well, a great many of them can't.
And what did all those folks receive in return for giving up all those previously available/attainable things?
Why, absolutely nothing except, of course, a massive tax shift in the form user fees up the
In other words, it's 'Heads They Win, Tails We Lose' all over again.
And there's absolutely nothing mushy about the middle of that big money coin I reckon.