January 02, 2017

BC’s political parties face opportunities and challenges ahead of 2017 election

Rebel Staff

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:

Affordability in the Vancouver area and job opportunities across the province.

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.

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commented 2017-01-04 15:24:08 -0500
I hope so Andy.
commented 2017-01-04 04:34:21 -0500
Jack… The BC Liberals have months to wake up to reality and after January 20th everything is going to be brought into sharp focus rather quickly… Such as go/no go decisions on several LNG projects… Just stay tuned….
commented 2017-01-03 18:34:54 -0500
The BC Liberals are socially liberal, buy into the carbon scam, and nonsense about the natives owning the land. Don’t like them one bit. I will vote my conscience and not out of fear.
commented 2017-01-03 04:34:33 -0500
Quit being such a smartass “Anonymous”… It’s 1;30 a. m. Pacific Time… Are you working at this hour or just tokin’ up again?…
commented 2017-01-03 03:46:51 -0500
It is a Monday, and all we get is this one new video?
commented 2017-01-03 03:07:52 -0500
I believe the present polls are being spun by the same “couldn’t shoot straight gang” as they were going into the US election… Being a resource based economy, B.C. will be strongly affected, and inspired, what happens in the US after January the 20th… A booming economy south of the border will rather quickly “focus” the minds of B.C. voters as to which path they really want to follow… And Alberta next door, is a daily reminder of the NDP years in B.C. in the 90s…
commented 2017-01-03 00:43:46 -0500
Lynn….thanks for the chp link. The greater win should be ones concience being at peace knowing you voted pleasing God. Liberal and NDP “Party Policy” supports the slaughter of God’s unborn children, sodomy, immorality, etc. Conservatives have followed onto the same path. ???
commented 2017-01-02 23:01:01 -0500
What Art said.
commented 2017-01-02 21:47:47 -0500
Memo to BCers: DON’T SPLIT THE RIGHT! The provincial Conservative party is completely irrelevant. If we want to keep the socialist hordes at bay (and I remember the 70s as well as the 90s – disastrous) then we have to put the Liberals back in power. Better the devil you know!
commented 2017-01-02 18:08:44 -0500
Memo to Clark: I’m a conservative who will likely hold my nose (and lunch) and vote for you to keep out the NDP (like all the principled marxists who held their nose and voted in zoolander to kick Harper out). DON’T PISS ME OFF. If you go all leftard, progressive, politically correct on me you can kiss my vote goodbye. Stick to money issues and otherwise put a sock in it.
commented 2017-01-02 16:58:13 -0500
@ Lloyd Nolan ,

B.C voted for the B.C Liberals heck even the Conservative Government was telling B.C’ers to vote for The BC Liberals !! B.C has a very, very weak Conservative Party and if 1/4 or more of the Conservatives then B.C would be run by the NDP..As that is how the NDP got in before in B.C ..The Conservative party and the Liberal party were cross party hopping giving the lead to the far left NDP…..

Furthermore,You are wrong….

B.C for the Federal Elections voted Conservative , except this past one where they even the interior of BC fell in love with Trudeau !!!

So, before this past election like the rest of Canada whom fell in love with boy wonder, BC’s Fraser Valley was Conservative.. Mission, Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Langley, pockets of Vancouver West Vancouver, North Vancouver, Squamish voted

Conservative…Funny Prince George votes left all the time they were for the left as usual they get all the smell from the pulp mills effecting their brains !!!
commented 2017-01-02 15:14:41 -0500
Kelvin check out chpbc.ca
commented 2017-01-02 14:31:45 -0500
Unfortunately, all of our political parties are nearly full of betrayers, as we just witnessed in the US with the GOP. God has His finger on the “Pause” button with Mr. Trump standing in the gap, and like Jonah warning that Great city, Nineveh to repent, the people did just that, and were spared. Unless someone reveals themselves, steps up to the plate, and promises to address the important issues as abortion, same sex marriage, immoral sex education in our schools, we are doomed. We have no “Trump” card to play here in Canada, but hopefully soon, it might be dealt out.
commented 2017-01-02 13:31:41 -0500
It would be good if BC went Conservative this election, but that is not very likely since BC is so very left leaning. If there is a change in government, then it will probably be NDP, unfortunately.
commented 2017-01-02 12:13:07 -0500
The people taking those polls , are concentrating on Vancouver and leftard Fraser valley, the people that will tip the vote in favor of CLARKE are watching what’s going on in Alberta
commented 2017-01-02 12:05:05 -0500
The NDP is the party of Public Sector Unions, Envirofascism and marxist University Professors, they are void of any intellect and work against private sector Business & workers including Unions . . . they can not point to ONE NDP success story in Canada in the last 30 years.
They destroyed BC in the 90s, are destroying Alberta today . . .
Find their Constitution on line and read it . . . it reads like 19th century Karl Marx !
Remember . . . BC is the only province in Canada that is NOT FAILING today . . . uninformed voters could change that in May.
commented 2017-01-02 10:46:26 -0500
If the N.D.P. win they would screw things up just they all ways do B.C. ers have you forgotten the 90 s???