BC LIBERALS (AKA Liberal dominated conservatives) ... FEDERAL LIBERALS (Tax and spend Trudeau style) ... FEDERAL LIBERALS (who are more like the BC NDP) running to be BC LIBERALS ... FEDERAL CONSERVATIVES running to be BC LIBERALS ...
|Former BC Liberal MLA, and cabinet minister, Terry Lake|
My recent wonderings over past couple of weeks, about Federal Conservatives supporting provincial Liberals ... and federal Liberals supporting provincial Liberals ... would lead someone from another province to truly scratch their heads in wonderment. And yes, ask, "What's in a name?".
Seeking comment from others, another individual, experienced in the twisting turns of BC politics (let’s call him Bill), provided me with this comment:
“The federal Liberals are smart to nominate candidates that have previous elected experience for a variety of reasons. I wouldn't fault them for doing this at all, especially those outgoing BC Liberals looking for greener (redder?) pastures”.
They continued. “Christy Clark was a lifetime (federal) Liberal, and I was generally surprised to see a lot of members of the Conservative Party of Canada support her. But it can also be attributed to the fact that she is a cunning lifetime politician and generally knew the right thing to say to the right people.”
On the Saturday evening of their recent AGM, BC Liberal Party leader Andrew Wilkinson stood up and announced a new brand identity for the party. No more, “Today’s BC Liberals” ... it was being replaced with “BC Liberals – Opportunity for all of BC.”
And now back to my expert (and that’s my description of this individual) in the twists and turns of BC politics....
“The situation for the BC Liberals, as I see it internally, is that their existing message has been rejected by enough of the public to let the NDP take power again -- and they haven't changed their message. In general, the economic climate needs to get worse and people need to feel pain, and also start to receive contempt from the government before votes will change.”
Still, there is hope, and a light on the horizon. With the obvious choice of BC Liberal MLA’s to seek a new life as a Federal Liberal MP (as I have shown) ... and the latest of these perhaps being former BC Liberal MLA and cabinet Minister Terry Lake, the 'so-called' big tent BC Liberal party is going to start showing fraying in the fabric.
“The situation for the BC Liberals, is that their existing message has been rejected by enough of the public to let the NDP take power, and they haven't changed their message. In general, the economic climate needs to get worse people need to feel pain, and also start to receive contempt from the government before votes will change.”
|Andrew Weaver (L) and John Horgan (R)|
Personally, I don’t believe the BC Liberals have yet been in purgatory for long enough, and I do not believe voters will give them that victory.
“You lose one per cent of support on one issue, another two per cent on a second issue, point five per cent on a third issue, and so on. On five or six issues, you could lose about seven to eight per cent of the support which is a big deal in an election.”.
That indeed could be a big deal for all ... BC Liberal ... BC Green Party ... and BC NDP. It also, leaves an opportunity, as I stated, the BC Conservatives.