Hodgepodge by Charlie Hodge – Pick the Name to Blame

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The B.C. version of Pick the Name to Blame is now complete and it is (not shockingly) the same name as before. However  this time the blame (and potential glory)  for almost everything that happens within the province during the next four years will be solely focused on John and his cohorts.

Congratulations are due to Premier Horgan and the NDP for an impressive if not predictable election win. Some suggest Horgan rolled the proverbial political dice with his early election call, but the end result rolled his way.

I was never sure his strategy, if indeed he had one, for the early call. It may have been John saw an opportunity while  riding his wave of popularity – due to his firm yet astute guidance of the province through the nasty, deadly epidemic we are trying to live with. Striking while the iron was hot.  Regardless the reason – it worked.

Horgan deserves full credit for  his return as Premier. In the midst of COVID decimating the nation Horgan maintained a calm but firm decorum  attempting to balance the needs of the province and residents while reacting to the demands, suggestions and/or insults by media,  other premiers, Trump, health officers, and our federal government.

There is little doubt his steadfast nature will be called into need often during his new reign. COVID 19 is far from done – posing huge social and economical challenges.

Two clear spinoff impacts of the election include the resignation of Andrew Wilkinson as provincial Liberal leader and the rise in awareness and respect for Green leader Sonia Furstenau . It will be interesting to note how the two parties fair over the next few years while providing watchdog status – and how strong they are when the next battle lines are drawn. With an apparent strong leader at the helm the Green party have a solid chance to make radical steps up the popularity ladder in B.C.

Meanwhile Horgan must soldier through the many challenges B.C. and Canada face in the immediate future and long term.

With the B.C. election in the bag many eyes and ears will be focusing  on the much nastier and perhaps even more significant election south of our border. The results of the U.S. election will undoubtedly have tremendous impact on Canada and the rest of the world.

Like many others I have deep concerns Trump will continue to lie and deny his way back into the oval office.  He is now telling Americans the pandemic is “pretty much over” while promising vaccines for all by December – while the actual case numbers are exploding and no confirmed anti-virus yet exists.

Regardless of the true voter decision there is also reason to be concerned with the response to those results. Trump has already indicated he will not leave quietly should he lose the election. Sadly it seems the general populace of the United States have polarized dramatically once again – leading to even more potential disruption, anger, and perhaps violence following the election.

These are dark times which I hope  somehow begin to improve and not spiral further into disarray.

What the U.S. and the world really needs following next week’s election is for the two ‘leaders’ of the two key parties involved to show true leadership. A respectful and calming  acceptance of the election outcome will have huge ramifications.

I am anxious for the day to be done and hopefully a change to the better result.

Canadians have good reason to be concerned.

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Charlie Hodge is a best-selling author, writer, a current Kelowna City Councillor, and a Director on the Regional District of the Central Okanagan Board. He spent more than 25 years as a full-time newspaper journalist and has a diverse background in public relations, promotions, personal coaching, and strategic planning. A former managing editor, assistant editor, sports editor, entertainment editor, journalist, and photographer, Hodge also co-hosted a variety of radio talk shows and still writes a regular weekly newspaper column titled Hodge Podge, which he has crafted now for 41 years. His biography on Howie Meeker, titled Golly Gee It’s Me is a Canadian bestseller and his second book, Stop It There, Back It Up – 50 Years of the NHL garnered lots of attention from media and hockey fans alike. Charlie is currently working on a third hockey book, as well as a contracted historical/fiction novel. His creative promotional skills and strategic planning have been utilized for many years in the Canadian music industry, provincial, national, and international environmental fields, and municipal, provincial, and federal politics. Charlie is a skilled facilitator, a dynamic motivational speaker, and effective personal coach. His hobbies include gardening, canoeing, playing pool, and writing music. Charlie shares his Okanagan home with wife Teresa and five spoiled cats.

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