The observer in the Westender has some advice for those willing to buy the Golden Goose being dangled in front of BC voters...
Hot on the heels of last week's Speech from the Throne comes the 2005 provincial budget, a remarkable spend-and-cut-taxes affair which, among other things, promises (say it with us now) increased health spending, a focus on education and a record-setting 1.7-billion dollar debt payment.
It would seem, if Observer has read the double-speak correctly, that the same government that slashed social programs, raised medicare premiums and closed hospitals, is in a downright warm and fuzzy mood: nearly every social group that has felt the sting of cuts in the past four years was thrown a bone.
Far be it from us to doubt the noble intentions of the Liberal government, but Observer would like to take this opportunity to remind everyone that this 'golden' goose won't likely pass until after the May vote, and that this particular budget is, at this point, little more than empty electioneering. Compared to that, those 'B.C. is the best place on earth' ads don't seem so offensive.