It is no wonder that the selection of former premier Gordon Campbell, Ken Dobell and David Emerson for the Order of British Columbia (OBC) has caused such a controversy.
The OBC is a great honour. Any kind of politicization of this honour adversely impacts its significance.
No doubt, the three individuals mentioned above have done a lot for this province.
However, some of the controversies surrounding them are still very fresh in people's minds. Perhaps a few years down the line may have been better timing for them.
The OBC is an esteemed honour, which is bestowed on British Columbians who have made exceptional contributions to the betterment of this province.
These are the people who have given so much of themselves in a selfless manner.
Any political glow diminishes its importance. There are a lot of ordinary British Columbians and former politicians who deserve this honour. People like former premiers Dave Barrett and Mike Harcourt come to mind.
Balwant Sanghera, OBC Richmond