June 18, 2016

The curious timing of Premier Clark’s sexual assault story: Why come forward now?

David MenziesMission Specialist

If someone fired a gun at me and the bullet missed, could I then claim I was a murder victim?

It sounds ridiculous but consider what British Columbia Premier Christy Clark claimed recently, that once upon a time, she was the victim of sexual assault.

Sexual assault is certainly horrific, and the Globe & Mail headline pertaining to a story about Clark’s ordeal read:

“Bearing witness to unspeakable truths”

That sounds serious but, as always, the devil is in the details.

Watch as I explain the whole story including what may be the unspoken reason that she’s telling the story now, which may or may not have something to do with low approval ratings and an election on the horizon.

Generating public sympathy for political gain? I’d like to think that’s not the case but unfortunately, I’m afraid I’m just way too cynical these days not to believe otherwise.

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commented 2016-06-19 01:09:15 -0400
Christie is not the greatest Premier BC has ever had, however she is light-years ahead of the alternatives. I have to give her credit for not giving up on the LNG Industry. Look at her opposition to this possible Golden Goose ! The NDP, the enviro-nuts, Indians, Trudeau and his weak Environment Minister.
BC is definitely short of good leaders; the Conservatives can’t even say they have a Party here.
commented 2016-06-18 19:57:32 -0400
Poor Christie, she was launched into the position of premier in BC, when the despot that was the premier quit because he could not stand the heat he brought on himself. Then poor Christie got reelected because the NDP asshole made an about face on the pipeline issue – besides no one wanted the NDP back in power in BC. So you can say that poor Christie has been the BC premier by default – not for her policies or for anything she did.
I personally voted conservative , hoping against all odds that at least they might have got enough votes to be a good opposition. But alas I was wrong.
But back to poor Christie, she is now desperate and floundering around trying to get the Filipino vote, and the time proven sympathy vote to stay in power.
There will be more drama as the election gets close.
However, who in the hell do we vote for? Not the NDP, and the conservatives are not a viable party in BC, so that leaves poor Christie. makes me sick, but what choice do I/we have?
commented 2016-06-18 19:16:40 -0400
During the last provincial elections in BC this women was claiming to be ‘a filipina at heart’. NO not a Canadian but a ‘filipina’.

Watch her claiming to be a ‘filipina’ at heart:

How could you trust a person to lead your province whose heart doesn’t belongs to the very country (or part of that country) he/she is going to represent. She’s as bad as turdo jr.
commented 2016-06-18 18:52:04 -0400
She can’t keep her mouth shut today and having known her growing up I can’t say she could keep her mouth shut back then either… she was a radio talks how host for years and that was at the time ever celebrity was either telling this type of story or coming out of the closet. If true I’m very sorry she lived through the experience…. but just saying….it’s a timely tale
commented 2016-06-18 18:05:17 -0400
Act or potential act, I’m sure both are a terrifying experience. Reason would say this could have been a lot worse, having far greater long-term damage. It is not my intention to take away from the exploitation of any person by any other, I strongly advocate people who exploit others should have some time in a penal colony.

Too many people, especially a number of politicians played the victim or sympathy card. I have to agree with David, I believe this to be a cheap trick to create sympathy. If the people of British Columbia take this into their considerations in the upcoming election, instead of trying to eliminate feelings and make a rational decision as to what’s best, they deserve what they get.
commented 2016-06-18 17:06:08 -0400
I’m just glad no sexual assault took place, but perhaps her fear after that incident reemerges when she feels attacked in different ways. There is also the possibility there was an actual sexual assault that she can’t admit to herself or others. Regardless, it’s not something that should be used to garner sympathy votes, that’s just desperate.
commented 2016-06-18 15:25:02 -0400
David: You are dead on. Christie Blatchford, well-known journalist and book author, wrote a column in “The National Post” recently, expressing your exact same pessimism….Clark is trying to garner sympathy points before the next election in view of her dismal lack of popularity in the polls.
commented 2016-06-18 14:31:42 -0400
If this is what Clark has to do to get re-elected, she has really found the bottom of the barrel.

But considering that the choice in BC is either the Liberals or the NDP, why would Clark even stoop so low as to make this claim?
commented 2016-06-18 13:53:01 -0400
Yes you may be on to something David!
The Liberals’ seemed to have developed a knack for this system of trying to attract voter sympathy aside from what they are offering in their bills of legislation?
Look at the National anthem manipulation? A majority of Canadians’ didn’t want our piece of heritage changed but out of Liberal sympathy the Liberals’ with their majority shoved it down our throat anyway!
commented 2016-06-18 12:57:42 -0400
I was almost in a head-on collision yesterday. I was driving down the highway and there was this car coming in the other direction. We must have missed each other by no more than four or five feet. Boy, was that ever scary!
commented 2016-06-18 11:51:55 -0400
Mr. Menzies, as usual, is so right on. (I would love to call lie detector test here). Sexual assault in any form is atrocious and should be met with severe penalties and corrections. What throws me off in this whole story is why a 13 year old girl, supposedly from a great family???, would not let her parents know of this supposed incident. The big question is…Why Now? We all know politicians and their ability to fabricate things to their benefit. Logic would dictate that with an upcoming election for the BC Liberals it’s time to pull out the big guns for CC.
If this story is true, (hopefully it isn’t), I would suggest that Mr. Menzies is more than correct.
commented 2016-06-18 11:30:05 -0400
Compare Christie’s claim to what’s happening to Christian girls in Muslim regions. No comparison at all, and it is disgusting that she is trying to generate sympathy in this way. It makes a mockery of those of us who really were sexually assaulted, but never went to the authorities, because we didn’t want to be disowned by our families, and we didn’t want our dirty laundry exposed to the world, by way of devious defence lawyers!
commented 2016-06-18 10:25:56 -0400
I for one do not believe her story one iota.
commented 2016-06-18 10:23:51 -0400
She may be suffering the same affliction Mr. Harper was of too much too long. I hope she will realize the time to move on and allow fresh blood to lead before we suffer in BC from any backlash voters may feel as the door hits her in the tush on the way out.
commented 2016-06-18 10:16:47 -0400
Claiming an “almost sexual assault” for possible sympathy sake is disgusting, if indeed she did say it for that reason, but I still hope her approval rating goes up because the alternative next election would almost certainly be the NDP, not the Conservatives. Alberta is better off (though not by too much) with Christie Clarke as Premiere than with the NDP.
commented 2016-06-18 10:00:41 -0400
I agree David. The timing of this story is just wrong. If Christie is having problems dealing with this issue making it public now is the wrong thing to do in my opinion. She could have discreetly went to a therapist to help her deal with the mental aspects. Legally, is there anything she can do? I doubt it as this happened at least 30 years ago. Garnering sympathy for a future election is a definite possibility. Christie would have been smarter to write a book after she leaves government and this story alone would have helped sales and garnered sympathy from her supporters and opponents.
commented 2016-06-18 09:48:51 -0400
Lame, she’s not winning any sympathy here. You want a story I got a story, a few actually, but since there was no actual ‘sexual act’ I never considered myself a victim of ‘sexual assault’. I also never felt ashamed to come forward.

Christie, I hope you have more under your sleeve than that to garner enough votes to stay in power. My list of complaints with Christie is long, but in BC there is no choice but Christie. She better find a sound way to stay in power if the NDP get into BC right now we are sunk. Quite frankly Christie I don’t care about your story. Everybody has at least one. What to do about it? Be ready. Be aware.