18 Jun Stanley Park War on Cars Gets a New Friend
The Vancouver Parks Board closed down the roads in Stanley Park in March 2020 using the excuse that it was necessary to allow social distancing given the worries over coronavirus.
Naturally, there was no science behind such a closure. Studies across the world has shown that it would be nearly impossible for anyone to get coronavirus by walking or cycling past a random individual in the outdoors. Nonetheless, the left-leaning Green party and far-left COPE jumped on the opportunity to pursue their social agenda about attacking people that use vehicles in the Park. Indeed, there is no question that these two political parties are advancing a “war against cars”. The only two Parks Board members that are in favour of keeping open the roadways in Stanley Park are from the NPA, the center/slightly right party of Vancouver.
Dr. Bonnie Henry, who has gained international notoriety about her calm and sensible demeanour when it comes to the coronavirus outbreak, has capitalized on her new found fame with a Facebook fan club, a woman shoe line, plans to have statutes of her, etc. There’s no question she’s done an admirable job in defeating any significant coronavirus outbreak in the Province of British Columbia. However, what we have to remember is this doctor is supposed to be nonpartisan independent and apolitical in charge of British Columbia public health issues.
Unfortunately, Dr. Henry has decided to use her notoriety to advance her own political agenda which is contrary to what any impartial neutral public official should stand for. In the Vancouver Sun paper of June 18, 2020, she came out in favour, politically, of maintaining the war against car agenda for the Stanley Park bolstering the Green Party and COPE. She had the audacity to provide the following comments that have nothing to do with health issues in British Columbia, or science for that matter, and have everything to do with her own political viewpoints. She is quoted as saying:
“Some of the things that have affected us most over the last few months has been that inability to get out and to experience things. So this is a way for more people to be able to use the park safely.”…“And I would be in favour (of the ban on vehicles), personally of keeping it that way.”
Bonnie Henry doesn’t even live in Vancouver and should not be putting your own personal viewpoint into the politics of the city. She should remain neutral, objective and fair in her dealings. For her to start jumping into the fray, on zero scientific data, and supporting elitism (bike riders and walkers) is improper and should result in her being reprimanded by the government. The unfortunate thing is that the NDP government have views in line with the Green Party and COPE so that is not going to happen and people like Dr. Bonnie Henry will use their newfound fame to put forward a political agenda that is highly inappropriate for a neutral public authority.
Dr. Bonnie Henry, if you’re listening, you need to stick to what your job is. You’re doing a great job with the coronavirus but you should not be weighing into the political form and providing your own personal views. That is an abuse of office and power.