Based on his recent letter to the editor, (“PST Hike ‘attack’ on democracy: Briese,” Brandon Sun, April 30), the MLA for Agassiz, Stuart Briese, seems confused.
Democracy means that every four years we elect people to make decisions on our behalf. We get to decide whom we elect, but we do not get to decide on the outcome of every issue they consider.
The government also gets to change existing legislation and raises taxes if it considers it necessary and if a majority of MLAs support the change.
Raising taxes takes courage. It is never popular, but sometimes it is necessary.
Mr. Briese, despite his claim to being “Conservative,” must not care about either of the two kinds of fiscal deficits we can leave our children — our provincial/national debt or our infrastructure deficit. He seems to feel we can choose to let our grandchildren worry about the fiscal mess we are creating, or the bridges and roads that are falling apart. I think we should start paying for what we need and use.
Not surprisingly, Mr. Briese would prefer to take the easy way out and chastise others for making the tough decisions. His federal Conservative cousins have added $150 billion to our national debt since taking office by taking the easy way out.
I think our grandchildren would probably like us to be a little less selfish and a little more concerned about the deficits we are leaving them.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition May 3, 2013