LETTER: Another holiday, yikes!
Another public holiday for B.C.? Yikes, where will it all end? We already have too many holidays that cost the economy far too much. Your editorial (Give us all a break, South Delta Leader June 1, 2012) takes issue with MLAs Huntington, Simpson and Van Dongen and their non-support of a February holiday. You support your claim with a spurious question "Was it supposed to?" in response to Simpson's suggestion that such a holiday will not "create a single new job." No, I suppose the new holiday was not "supposed to create" new jobs, but it certainly will add mightily to the cost of doing business for small business owners whose profit margins are on the thin edge currently.
Here's my challenge—real not imaginary—to you: Put up $300-500,000 of your own money, create a small business, pay the facility lease or monthly rent, equip the business with the necessary wherewithal, fight with stupidity that passes for municipal, provincial and federal government regulations that do more to curtail profitability than anything else, interview and hire suitable employees, pay the various municipal, provincial and federal taxes/licences, etc. then open to the public and hope that the good citizens of your community will support your business sufficiently that in about five years, you will begin to realize a return on your hefty investment all the while working 12-15 hours per day, each day of the year except the real holidays such as Christmas, Easter and New Years, and then say that "British Columbians need a break."
Your arguments for another holiday are superfluous and ought not to have been considered in light of the tight economic situation that today is the thin edge of the economic disaster that struck Greece recently with its mostly insane holidays, short working hours, extensive paid vacations and all other perks associated with socialism. This is what your suggestion might lead to; thank goodness there are three MLAs in BC who have their heads screwed on correctly and face forward when they walk forward. We need more such as those honest politicians.