Our View: Shine goes off the OBC

Editorial

Does disgraced ex-Premier Gordon Campbell deserve the Order of British Columbia?

Well apparently some think so and a whole bunch of others don’t think so. There is a petition floating around on the internet against Campbell receiving the OBC.

The Order of British Columbia is certainly a badge of honour for recipients for years of commitment to the broader community. People who have previously been awarded the OBC have advocated for change, organized non-profit organizations, served their communities without asking for recognition and actually made a positive difference in people’s lives.

Honestly can we say this about Gordon Campbell? Sure he helped bring the Olympics here, but under his rule he cut social services, strong-armed unions and allowed scandal to rock the Liberal boat. Think BC Rail. Think DUI. Think lying about the HST. Think back.

Does any politician deserve such distinction, especially when he left office in less than happy circumstances and caused a sigh of relief when he vacated the premier’s chair?

To give Gordon Campbell this civilian honour makes it appear to be a political honour instead. Politicians can and often do some good but when a cloud of controversy and suspicion follows them they are not deserving of an award that honours current or former British Columbia residents for conspicuous achievements in any field. There are so many truly worthy people who deserve this honour more than a politician with a cloud over his head. Let’s not take the shine off this prestigious medal.

Just Posted

First council candidate is missing

RCMP asks that anyone with information contact them immediately

Junior A hockey coming to Sooke

Exhibition game helps the Rotary Club to help community youth

Life-Altering experience

Six weeks that served to change their view of the world

Busy summer has Oak Bay High on track for big year

Principal talks capstones, curriculum and back-to-school

Camosun mechanical engineering project solve real-world problems

Showcase included projects that confound conventional wisdom, garner industry interest

VIDEO: Gender transition of Victoria’s ‘Penny Girl’ detailed in short documentary

Frankie Edroff’s transition and perseverance highlighted in film

Sooke’s Old-Fashioned Country Picnic set for Saturday

The free event combines music, kids activities, food and fun

Dog attacked by river otters, Penticton owner says

Marie Fletcher says her dog was pulled underwater by four river otters in the Penticton Channel

Wife charged in husband’s death in Sechelt

Karin Fischer has been charged with second-degree murder in the death of her husband, Max

B.C. Hydro applies for rare cut in electricity rates next year

Province wrote off $1.1 billion debt to help reverse rate increase

Retired Vancouver Island teacher ‘Set for Life’ after $675K lottery win

Patrick Shannon plans to buy new sails for his sailboat

New police force in Surrey must avoid VPD, RCMP errors made in Pickton case: Oppal

Boots are scheduled to be on the ground by spring 2021

Man at centre of dropped HIV-disclosure case sues province and 10 cops

Brian Carlisle of Abbotsford says Mission RCMP defamed him and were ‘negligent’ in their investigation

Most Read