Why A Petition Is A Waste Of Time
I should not have to write this article. The fact that I need to point this stuff out to you means that we have already lost the battle! I am talking about this recent initiative to have citizens sign a petition! Today, I woke up to find an email asking me to sign the petition. I find this annoying.
What is a petition, really? In the example here, people are asked to put their names on the line to request that the government install a cement divider on the highway between Drought Hill and Summerland. Do you see what's wrong with this?
The ACT of asking for something like this inherently implies that the receiver of the question has a choice! That they have the power to say “yes” or “no.” The government does not have this choice. The fact that citizens in this province don't understand this is the biggest part of the problem! We ARE the government. We elected a few talking heads to do the paperwork and carry on business in the province on our behalf. It is universally assumed that these elected officials will do the right thing. But as we have learned all too often, they rarely will. Elected representatives are only motivated by political power, quid pro quo, and getting re-elected.
In the case of this cement divider that citizens want, I have already given you all of the ammo you need to force the politicians to do what we want. In another article, some time ago, I cited the incident on the Malahat highway over on Vancouver Island. They had a similar issue to us, where a woman and her child were badly injured under similar conditions. The woman successfully sued the ministry of highways for damages, despite the accident being partially her fault.
Not only did the court hold the ministry of highways accountable, but also it held the executives running the Ministry of Highways accountable. The last thing you should do is sign a petition. In doing so, you are transferring your power to those officials.
You need to get a lawyer and start a suit against the Ministry of Highways. Make it a class action suit if you have enough accidents on the highway. You tell your MLA that you want a cement divider and that if he neglects to push for it, then you replace him, as incompetent. You already have the legal precedent for the divider. If the Ministry has to face losing multiple millions of dollars in the lawsuit, I'm pretty sure they'll cough up the divider pretty damned fast.
Next, you need to start a dialog with Dan Ashton. He apparently doesn't realize that YOU are his boss. He suffers the illusion that Victoria is his boss, and he's acting accordingly. You need to straighten him out on this matter, or, you just keep living your lives like some medieval surf in the Principality of Dan Ashton.
For those interested, here is a link to the Supreme Court of BC where you can search the judgment database and find all the precedents you need in any given situation.
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