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.

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