Dear Editor,

Imagine my dismay when, as reported by Robert Shaw in the June 5 Times Colonist, Jane Sterk, Leader of the B.C. Green Party, seemingly endorsed Christy Clarke’s government by saying “her party won’t run a candidate because the premier deserves to be in the legislature.”

This goes against all of the principles of the Green Party, as it is an endorsement not just for Christy, but for fracking in B.C.; for building the Site C Power Project and for a number of new pipelines. In fact, she has chosen, by her statement, to back a government that has historically proven to be environmentally unfriendly time and time again.

For this reason, I would ask that Jane step down as leader, turn over the reins to someone else while trying her best to recant this disastrously mistaken endorsement.

After all, a premier is only truly a premier when elected. Christy could be forced to step down as leader of the Liberal party should she lose the upcoming by-election. We need to insure that the Liberals do indeed answer to the people of this province, and not just the party.

Therefore, I would ask the Green Party to fully support NDP candidate Carole Gordon in the Westside-Kelowna riding. As a school teacher, Carole may be a good choice for Education Critic for the opposition. The people of the Westside-Kelowna riding should give her a chance to be the representative they need, one who is actually from the riding; a representative who knows and cares about the issues more than about just winning a seat in any old riding.

Alan MacKinnon

Nanaimo, B.C