Shirley Bond’s Marie Antoinette Complex

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shirleybond The heat wave continues-imagine being loaded on an Air Canada flight and then sitting on the tarmac in the heat for an hour – yup it was me!

Shirley Bond should keep using Twitter so we can see a better sense of her lack of empathy and perspective. Former Minister of Education and Deputy Premier, now Transportation Minister Bond, you’d think, would get some training in how not to offend the poorest 95% of British Columbians with her tweets…and how to update her Twitter profile to recognize her demotion in the cabinet shuffle.

Since her government refuses to choose to fund health care properly, BC’s health authorities are $360m in the hole. I personally know people who will suffer physical and mental trauma because of this. Many of us do.

Choosing to not fund education will mean hundreds of teacher layoffs and thousands of classes over the legal class size limit: a law the neoLiberals themselves enacted.

I’ve sat in hot planes on tarmacs. But I’m not responsible for massively increasing the misery of hundreds of thousands of British Columbians. So she gets no sympathy from me.

And while she doesn’t say “let us all eat cake,” the reverse is “weep for my suffering despite all of yours that I have caused.”

Give me a break.

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Stephen Elliott-Buckley

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2 thoughts on “Shirley Bond’s Marie Antoinette Complex”

  1. Just a little nagging point: Shirley Bond is no longer either Minister of Education or Deputy Premier. She is Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure. The new ed min is Margaret MacDiarmid. Dep. Premier is Colin Hansen. But I don’t dispute her Antoinette complex in any of the roles she’s had.

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