Even while the British Columbia New Democrats are immersed in a love-in and a show-of-solidarity for the soon-to-be new leader of the party, John Horgan, the B.C. Liberals cannot seem to make any headway.
Horgan is going to lead the NDP into the next election, and the gloves will definitely be off.
They seem to have learned from the last provincial election during which Adrian Dix squandered a double-digit lead in the polls and lead the New Democrats to the slaughterhouse.
Horgan promised the left-wing faithful he would fight the B.C. Liberals every step of the way by providing positive alternatives to the government’s policies.
He vowed the alternatives will be costed out, so British Columbians will know what they’re getting into, so they will be able to compare NDP policies to those of the B.C. Liberals.
Meanwhile, Horgan is promising to expose the B.C. Liberals for being a tired, old government that is going through its mandate without any direction – other than pounding the political drum on the promise of the golden goose they call liquefied natural gas.
However, there are a lot issues that need fixing now, but they seem to be taking a back seat to the race for LNG supremacy.
Surprisingly, Premier Christy Clark and her cabinet are not showing much in the way of leadership right now.
Lately, it seems that everything the B.C. Liberals touch blows up in their faces.
They recently cancelled a direct sailing from Port Hardy to Bella Coola – a key tourism link for a circle tour from the Lower Mainland to Vancouver Island to the Discover Coast and through the Chilcotin-Cariboo.
Now, they’re in a fight for their political lives with the businesses and communities along the tour, as well as international tourism operators.
Knowing they were going to get a bad review on earthquake preparedness, the B.C. Liberals recently hired a former cabinet minister to do a province-wide study on earthquakes. That only lasted one day before the deal was killed to stop the uproar in the legislature.
Last week, Environment Minister Mary Polak had to apologize for not consulting First Nations on two recent orders in council that would eliminate the province’s mandatory environmental assessment or public consultation process for major natural gas processing facilities, and ski hills and all season resorts.
Polak rescinded the amendments, which were passed without public consultation, much to the embarrassment of the premier and the rest of cabinet.
Will they never learn?