I read with alarm of Langley Cityâ€™s Chamber of Commerce pernicious presence in the community.
Continent-wide, the Chamber of Commerce promotes insidious far right-wing policies that corrupt democracy, victimize consumers, and contribute to the corporatist agenda. Itâ€™s in collusion with â€œthink tanksâ€ that attempt to drive federal policy toward American-style failed policies, like lack of oversight, dismantling regulations that protect the public from dangerous and profitable business practices, cutting government revenues and redistribution of public wealth into the hands of private interests, and stripping power from the electorate and concentrating it in the hands of lobbyists.
When I discover a business or local merchant pays dues to this pernicious entity, I bring my potential purchases to the counter and then inform the business owner that I would have bought those items until I discovered that they belong to the CofC.
I want local businesses to realize that membership in this anti-social, right-wing conspiracy has its costs.
When feeling a little less confrontational, I sometimes leave the unpurchased items on the counter with a business card proclaiming my abhorrence of everything the CofC stands for.
I urge fellow shoppers to inform local businesses that you do not patronize shops that contribute to the Chamber of Commerce.
Holly Guinan, Aldergrove