As we approach the beginning of a new year, we don’t know for certain what 2017 will bring but for British Columbians, we do know it will bring us to the polls.
The governing BC Liberals are currently the longest serving government in the country, now in their 16th year of power.
Political dynasties often end poorly, as they did for the Alberta PCs and the Manitoba NDP who both lost power in spectacular fashion but I’m not convinced such a defeat is coming for Premier Christy Clark and her BC Liberals just yet.
Watch as I explain why and look at some of the opportunities and challenges for each party ahead of next year’s election.
All in all, this election will come down to two key factors:
Premier Clark is a tremendous campaigner and will earn points for her ability on the stump compared to her opponents though an opinion poll released at the end of November had BC Liberals essentially in a dead heat with the BC NDP.
But I still think unless the BC NDP start getting serious about supporting resource development and the high paying jobs that go with them, they’ll struggle to exceed the 40-42% barrier they’ve hovered around in the past three elections.