Open Letter To Christy Clark
Dear Madam Premier:

I have read, with disbelief and horror, a statement attributed to you in an article in the Globe and Mail of today’s date.

Do you not think that the disabled residents of this province have suffered enough? How could you possibly suggest, let alone think, that an increase in income support be funded through economic growth associated with liquefied natural gas and trade with Asia. Talk about using a “big hammer” to try to “ram” a very questionable project through!

Since when are increases in support for some of the most vulnerable of this province linked to such a project? It sounds as though what you are saying, your government as well, is basically a “take it or leave it” situation. Shame! Shame! Shame!

I have been disabled for 7 years; I lived as an able-bodied person for 65 years. I can not begin to tell you the differences that I see and have experienced, one life to the other. And then to have you say that people with disabilities might only realize an increase in income support if YOUR LNG projects and trade with Asia come to fruition! UNBELIEVABLE!

I really think that you, as leader of the government of British Columbia, should apologize to the disabled of this province for having made such a statement. It is my firm belief that the disabled should be the FIRST to receive an increase in income support before all others. It should not be tied to any “hairy fairy” projects; it should be paid immediately!

Thank you for your time Madam Premier. I look forward to a full retraction of your statement or a clarification and an apology.


Basil D. Stevens
Abbotsford, BC

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