In an act of abject debasement, British Columbia premier, Crispy Clark, has thrown her entire, Liberal (in name only) Party under a very large bus. Her "hail Mary" throne speech incorporated so much of the opposition parties platforms that the Liberal Party faithful were stunned by Clark's panicked leap to the Left.
So it’s no wonder that conservatives like ex-BC Liberal finance minister Kevin Falcon were too shocked to even respond to the throne speech.
“I’m still trying to deal with the magnitude of the shifts,” Falcon said Friday.
Others were deeply concerned last week that the party’s fragile coalition will split completely as it bizarrely takes positions left of the NDP and Greens.
Retired energy minister Bill Bennett admitted, “I think there’s likely to be some real angst today on the part of business and fiscal conservatives.”
And former mines minister Blair Lekstrom said he was surprised and questioned if the throne speech promises were affordable.
“I’m not sure that’s the case,” said Lekstrom, adding he expected public cynicism.
Cynicism is an understatement.
The only thing missing is Christy with a big moustache, glasses and a cigar. It was, after all, Groucho Marx who is credited with the line, "These are my principles. If you don't like them ...well, I have others."
Do we believe Clark? Is this simply a stunt to be discarded as easily as Justin abandoned his promises? At the first opportunity the NDP/Green coalition will vote non-confidence. If they then form a government and propose bills along the lines being discussed the Clark will be able to argue that the Liberals had offered same but the NDP/Greens had voted against them, that the NDP/Greens won't work together for the benefit of all BCers. Yes, it's cynical but the potential is there.
Toby, please, why would we believe Clark? She has the political acumen of a streetwalker, a non-stop, 24/7, 365 campaigner. It's all she knows. It's all she's ever been.
Mound, that's exactly what I'm getting at.
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