As I sat hunched over my computer this morning, weaving my way through two separate stories that have suddenly become rather stunning examples of government malfeasance, I could not help but think about the current stream of candidates for both the Liberals and the NDP. And the quote above this post. It is true for the people of BC that in each party, the best thing about all the candidates is that only one of them can win.
So before I go back to these stories – which are taking a bit more time because lawyers are involved and therefore a certain diligence must be undertaken – let’s talk about the Liberal and NDP candidates right now.
To be honest, one wonders how the NDP are going to convince everyone that they are suddenly working together and moving forward when one candidate flaunts the rules and another threatens to sue over the resulting decision, which is kind of questionable if you ask me.
I’ve received a lot of emails from people asking why I haven’t covered much or who I would like to see as leader and I am going to address both of those queries. To be honest, between bouts of flu and investigating two very large stories,time is scarce. I would rather devote my time to finding the truth than talking about who promised what.
On the second question of who do I want to see as leader, well, that is a tough one.
If I were to advise a liberal on who to vote for leader of their party, I would say look for another party. Failing that, I think George Abbott would do the least harm to the province overall. Can’t say for sure,but his strategy has been good so far, staying low and letting Falcon and Christy promise themselves into holes so freaking large they can’t possibly climb out. Falcon has done well establishing himself as a mini-Campbell, down to the mannerisms and manner of speech – I’ve always found you can tell a lot about a person by studying their behavior. And by the way, is it just me or why the heck does Christy constantly wear that robins egg blue shirt with a darker suit? Seriously, go back and look at photos of her over the years, and you see the same damn shirt and suit in at least 400 different pics. I’m assuming some image consultant told her once the combination implied power, safety and consistency….
You see? I don’t take her seriously as a politician, I just can’t. It’s like she’s playing politics, she’s practiced the moves, the facial expressions, the gestures and rhetoric, but it still comes across like a little girl playing dress up in the mirror. Except the person looking back this time wants to suddenly play premier.
The NDP is still, in as much disarray as they apparently still are,by far the lesser of the two evils. But I will share my honest thoughts with you, and they are not mine alone. As an observer, I find it remarkable that for as much as Caroles head was called for on a plate – and I too still strongly feel that she lost the people she dreamed to lead, resignation was inevitable – the so-called front-runners are nonetheless, all strong Carole supporters.
This leads me to wonder, for those people looking for change, demanding change in a direction away from Carole and the elite within the NDP, how much ‘change’ will the party actually see with Dix,Horgan or Farnworth, all of whom are considered part of her inner circle? Think about that for a moment.
To be sure, Horgan even publicly blasted the 13 dissidents for their actions, yet claims he can heal and unify the rift. This while he has also said he plans to continue Carole’s work to modernize the party. Sources tell me that Horgan is a favorite of party president Moe Sihota, but again, my fear is that with a candidate who was very much in Carole’s inner circle, how much change in the NDP’s direction can we realistically expect? As much as he says British Columbians are tired of rhetoric, his site is full of it, with very little to offer in actual policy to people who may be stopping by. I have read some of his correspondence to fellow bloggers that have been published,and I stand by my words because of his position, relationships and history within the party, and because some of the responses are very carefully worded. Just as any politicians would be in the same situation – a wise politician that is.
Dix came on strong, and seems to attract controversy as much as black jackets collect white lint. As suspected, the press have rolled out the errors of bygone eras with the zest of hyenas on a carcass, but I think in the end none of it will have much impact on his candidacy. With Dix, you either know how he is and like it, or you don’t. And if that doesn’t mean a thing to you than I suggest you do some research and start asking some questions.
Mike Farnworth is where I see the membership headed based on talking to readers and people in my contacts. His support appears to be strong in the party.
From my view, I am quite disappointed the dissidents did not put forth a candidate that might symbolize some of the much-needed true change that is deeply warranted within the party. Had that occurred, this might be a very different leadership race. Guy Gentner for example, has been belting out the hits on a variety of issues from his riding in Delta, for years. Frequent press coverage because this is a man who is out there, all the time, fighting for his community and the people who live there. And I know Guy isn’t afraid to take on the big guys, as do all his constituents.
I’ve been doing some asking around on Harry Lali and Nick Simons, and both seem to be well-loved and respected in their communities. Dana Larson, I have heard the same, that the fellow is both very smart and very astute. Haven’t had the pleasure of meeting any of them but to everything there is a season, but I do find it a bit disheartening to see potentially good candidates seemingly go by the wayside for whatever reason -lack of press attention( well Harry had some yesterday,not sure it was good for his campaign or not) location, funds….
One thing that is glaringly absent in each candidates leadership platform was recently pointed out by Gordon Wilson,and should give each of you something to think about:
We should press every Liberal and NDP candidate to commit to the tabling a budget or counter measure, passing interim supply and calling an election within ninety days.
If we can actually get a commitment to hold an election based on the outcomes of a substantive policy debate on the critical social and economic issues facing British Columbians, then perhaps the selection process that is currently underway to choose our Premier and Leader of the Official Opposition will have a bigger meaning than simply voting the best cheerleader to the top of the heap.
It has been said that in this leadership race there are only two questions that have mattered: Will the candidate call for a public inquiry into BC Rail, and will they rescind the HST?
My view is that if those are the only two concerns you have for a new leader of a political party that may or may not run this province for years to come, you are going to have a hell of a surprise coming after the next election. Yes, those are two very important issues for many British Columbians, but by far, those issues must not be the only consideration for selecting a potential new premier. This province is in a hell of a financial mess, with more to come than anyone might count on right now. We should all know by now, that many politicians will do anything they can to get to where they want to be, and that is the bottom line.
Personally, after 10 years of hell from Campbell, and variety of disappointments from the NDP, I am looking for a hell of a lot more than bleated promises and vague policies from both parties.