July 31, 2017

Christy Clark resigns: Is Horgan’s worst nightmare waiting in wings to lead BC Liberals?

Christopher WilsonRebel Commentator

Christy Clark announced her upcoming resignation as BC Liberal leader and as an MLA. While some had speculated and hoped this would be the case after the NDP/Green government came to power, others believed she would stay on to fight in opposition given the possibility of a snap election.

Her resignation leaves the province and supporters of the BC Liberal coalition of federal conservatives but blue and federal liberals who are all aligned against the NDP, uncertain of the future of the party.

The current incarnation of the party has only had three leaders since they officially severed ties with the Liberal Party of Canada back in 1987.

Gordon Wilson lead the party out of the wilderness in 1991 when the Social Credit dynasty collapsed but it wasn't until Gordon Campbell took the reigns of the party that the BC Liberals really emerged as the second choice to the NDP after the Socreds were completely shut out in the 1996 election.

By resigning Clark has handed Premier Horgan at least a two year term if not longer.

Love her or hate her, the province was familiar with Christy Clark. Yes, she was polarizing sure, but so are the NDP.

In the event that the NDP mess up early or get off to a rocky start, British Columbians might have returned the BC Liberals and Clark to power in a snap election scenario.

But now by the time a new leader is chosen and the public has an opportunity to get to know them, we may be in an an election with a totally unprepared BC Liberal Party headed by an underexposed BC Liberal Leader.

So, who will run?

Speculation abounds but watch as I explain my suggestion of former Mayor of Surrey and current Conservative MP for South Surrey-White Rock, Diane Watts.

While there’s some risk for her in doing this, Watts told the Globe and Mail over the weekend that she’s been receiving lots of calls and emails about the race and that she hasn’t made any decisions one way or another.

Let's keep those emails and phone calls heading her way to let her know BC needs her. She would be John Horgan’s worst nightmare.

Comments
You must be logged in to comment. Click here to log in.
commented 2017-08-01 12:54:09 -0400
The political power rests in the cities, 55% in Metro Vancouver and another 10% in the Capital Regional District. FVRD and Central Okanagan another 10% and generally similar to the bigger cities in their opinion; perhaps more socially conservative but still environmental activists.

I agree, Alberta should cut the red tape that stands in the way of business. Christie did well in deregulating things like riparian regulations or her quiet hostility to the ALR.
commented 2017-08-01 01:20:21 -0400
Andrew Stephenson having worked pipeline in BC , i can tell you Alberta is far stricter when it comes to environmental regulations and the enviro rep can shut down your job for the smallest things in Alberta. Last time i was in BC we were cutting into flowing creeks , which would get you in tons of trouble here in Alberta.
commented 2017-08-01 01:16:12 -0400
Andrew Stephenson last time i worked in BC the papers only had disdain for the carbon tax. Go outside the cities and the view is very different.
commented 2017-08-01 00:49:03 -0400
“Billy Howard commented 4 hours ago
You’re right about Watts. She seems to be of the early Campbell ilk, and centrist enough to pull out a big majority. She’s also well known enough to win a snap election if called by Horgan.
I think a great leadership campaign strategy for her (or another candidate) is to join Saskatchewan and Alberta (after Notley’s gone) in opposition to carbon taxes and create a made-in-BC/western Canada approach to pollution standards, like we’ve always had. Creating a wedge issue like that will clearly define where BCers want to go: down the path of destructive green socialism like Alberta and Ontario, or free-enterprise, equality, and prosperity (with respect for the environment) like Saskatchewan and USA. And hopefully throw in some western values like equality and freedom (disappearing fast in Trudeauland). " "

BC will pick “green socialism” in that case. Very different from Alberta, or Sask. which will likely be rid of Wall by then.

By the way, BC’s carbon tax is Gordon Campbell’s doing, so if Watts is his ilk, it’s unlikely to go anywhere. It’s been in place for close to a decade, its political wedge potential was spent years ago. Incidentally, BC’s support of carbon taxes is higher than anywhere else in Canada, despite having had one for years…
commented 2017-08-01 00:18:32 -0400
Don’t even know what to say. Now we are really up the creek without a paddle.
commented 2017-07-31 21:34:49 -0400
WILSON ! very intresting
Will be watching
commented 2017-07-31 21:30:57 -0400
Dianne Watts isn’t the savior that Christopher thinks she is. When she was Mayor of Surrey, there was a snow fall and she ordered the City Workers to clean her driveway first because she was important.

Give it 6 months or a year, and the NDP will have things so screwed up, that hopefully Christy Clark will start a Conservative Party. Likely half of the Liberals will come over to her. Christy was a Conservative open line radio hostess in the Vancouver area, and is still popular, as she ran BC better than any Province in Canada.
She is still young enough to make decisions on her time line.
commented 2017-07-31 21:05:34 -0400
You’re right about Watts. She seems to be of the early Campbell ilk, and centrist enough to pull out a big majority. She’s also well known enough to win a snap election if called by Horgan.
I think a great leadership campaign strategy for her (or another candidate) is to join Saskatchewan and Alberta (after Notley’s gone) in opposition to carbon taxes and create a made-in-BC/western Canada approach to pollution standards, like we’ve always had. Creating a wedge issue like that will clearly define where BCers want to go: down the path of destructive green socialism like Alberta and Ontario, or free-enterprise, equality, and prosperity (with respect for the environment) like Saskatchewan and USA. And hopefully throw in some western values like equality and freedom (disappearing fast in Trudeauland).
commented 2017-07-31 20:53:50 -0400
Christy Clark’s resignation is very disappointing. It almost guarantees at least a two year reign of the NDP-Green coalition. I was hoping for a Fall non-confidence vote.