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REPORTING · 26th August 2011
Merv Ritchie
During a media presentation this afternoon Premier Christy Clark was repeatedly asked if she would rule out a Fall election. She performed political speak, avoiding direct answers at every turn. When cornered by the last questioner, after the previous two and more, asked the same question she ended with;

“I will absolutely answer that question for you but not this afternoon. Thank you very much everybody.”

One media representative referred to the presentation made by the Finance Minister who spoke earlier. Minister Falcon had stated elections causes instability.

Clark replied in electioneering style attacking the NDP stating ‘Adrian Dix is instability’ calling him the architect of the financial policies of the 1990’s.

“What the Finance Minister said, to put it in context, was elections cause instability, whenever they are called,” stated Clark, “An election, sooner, later, in between, would cause instability for the financial market. That’s always what happens. And I think we need to ask ourselves in British Columbia why does it cause particular instability in this province when an election is called. The answer to that is the alternative we face, which would be tremendously destabilizing for our economy.

“Adrian Dix is the man who is the architect of the economic policies of the 1990’s. That’s the alternative that we will face whenever an election is called. And that alternative is what causes the instability in the markets.”

Dix responded to this in a follow up media presentation when we asked him about her attack on him.

“I understand it was a bad day for the Premier, and so she thought she would give me a new title, that of architect, I’ve been promoted to Architect. The reality is that we had two percent growth under [the Liberals], three percent growth under the NDP, two point eight percent growth under the Bill Bennett Social Credit government. And if you go right back to the Pattullo administration [BC’s 22 Premier, 1933 to 1941] you’ll require that to find a government that has done as poorly on the government, on their own terms, as this one has.

“So, I just think people are focused on what will happen now, I mean I understand Christy Clark is constantly politicking but what I want to do is present a plan that makes sense for people in 2011 and I think that when people hear her do stuff like that on a day when her government has been repudiated by this massive vote of the public I think that they think that that’s just a little bit of politics as usual.”

Dix pointed out more than 150,000 people voted yes over those who voted no.

When Christy Clark was asked directly, “will you rule out a Fall election?” she spoke about the fixed election date and spoke about her plans as the Liberal Leader and job creation.

“You’re not ruling it out” she was challenged again, and again, “Why not just rule that out?”

And then in an obscure comment that revealed just exactly how serious Clark and the Liberals may be in considering holding a Fall election she stated, “I am going to be focused on the creation of jobs until May 2013, if that’s when the election is held. And until the day before the election is held, I’m going to be focused on that whenever it’s held. So this question, this idea, this dichotomy, that you draw between whether or not you can govern and not know when the election is at the same time I think is wrong.”

These statements would leave any listener with clear questions as to the premiers’ election intentions.

Clark continued with the obfuscation, “We’re going to be focused on job creation.”

The media all piped up;

“Why won’t you rule it out”,

“We’ve all asked the same question and you won’t answer it.”

“Election speculation started with you.” stated one media person referring to her own statements during her run for the leadership of the Liberal party.

“You raised it in the first place.” stated another.

It was obvious Clark had been looking at the numbers of the HST vote results closely, constituency by constituency, even though she stated she hadn’t considered it closely.

The first question she faced was worded similar to this, ‘Coming off of a defeat like this, could you and your party actually win an election this fall?’

Clark responded, “I don’t know that the two results are connected, I mean I don’t see a great correlation between the communities where the HST turned out to be more unpopular and the Ridings that have historically been held by free enterprise parties, so I think there are a whole lot of different interesting things at play in the way people voted. I’ve certainly met a lot of BC Liberal supporters […] who also didn’t support the HST.”

And it is true; the results of the HST vote will take much time to comb through. Much like Donny van Dyk, however, who ran for the Liberals last Provincial election in the Skeena electoral area, Clark has a very poor grasp on politics. Ridings are a Federal government boundary term. In provincial elections, the electoral areas are called Constituencies.

Well maybe it is because..
Comment by Helmut Giesbrecht on 31st August 2011
...the BC Government no longer has the confidence of the people. There were 56%, after they spent about $7 million dollars trying to convince us that they knew best, who said no thanks! That is not 50:50. The $20 million might be worth it to teach lying governments a lesson. Or does that only work when it is parties you don't agree with?

" ...not a referendum on the Government?" you state. Where have you been. Even Van der Zalm didn't say that. If the Property tax is the HST equal then why don't you launch an initiative to have it repealed just like Bill did?

Yes "We, as a province have been duped..." but duped by an arrogant government not one single "Dutchman" to use your word. And what is this? you have something against Dutchman? What has the fact that he is of Dutch origin have to do with his exercise of the democratic process? And, what is it with his tan?

All your rant does is show you are a sore loser and just as before lacking any substance to all the fear mongering now being promoted by the losers camp.

Democracy has been served. Live with it.

so steve to re cap....
Comment by ed on 28th August 2011
First paragragh - referendum was a waste of money. The result was a essentially a split decision .
Second paragraph -Vanderzalm is bad. vanderzalm does deals behind our backs.
Third paragraph-the vote was (almost) 50/50
Fourth paragraph- Vanderzalm is bad. Vanderzalm makes bad tanning choices. People who don't like gordon ,Christy and the gang are looney.
Comment by Steve Smyth on 27th August 2011
why the h*ll do we need another election right now? are we that anxious to spend another 30 or 40 million dollars after we just splashed 20 million up the wall on what was essentially a split decision?

I thought both sides in this were very clear that this was not a referendum on the Government? wait...what? the Zalm wouldnt lie to us would he? Not the same Zalm who introduced the hated Property Transfer Tax in the middle of the night with no notice or consultation? Not the same one who though it was good Government to swap bags of cash in a parking garage?
noooooo, he wouldnt lie, would he?

In case you havent noticed, the vote was almost 50/50 with the staunchest NDP ridings voting heavily against the HST, even tho the party made supposed great pains to state it wasnt a political issue.

We, as a province have been duped , and duped by an arrogant Dutchman with a fake tan in a project to celebrate his ever present ego. And what we have done with this action is cement BC's reputation as an unstable, unreliable Looney Land throughout the investment and business world. I hope that the damage can be minimized as the world heads into economic turmoil the likes we have not seen in our lives. Now is the time for consistent economic policy, regardless of who leads the Province, not social experiments, vindictive elections or settling grudges.

Call it Christy!
Comment by Maureen on 27th August 2011
How about that fall election? Give it a go Christy
Don't forget
Comment by Apocalypse Now on 27th August 2011
Steve Wilson ,previous Haisla Chief just got a nice cushy well paying job with the company in charge of installing the new BC Hydro smart meters for not throwing any obstacles of the power sales agrement between Alcan and the liberal govt.
Christy Clark and the Sham Artists;
Comment by blocky bear on 27th August 2011
are not a rock n roll band. In looking a the constituencies voting in favourt of keeping the HST it is easy to identify the tonier neighbourhoods around the province. For argument`s sake let us say these represent 15% of the populace, then consider the poor and destitute as representing 15%, then the rest at 70%. The top fifteen benefit via their corporate holdings. The bottom get HST rebates, more dollars than the former PST system. If you are a member of these two groups which system would you endorse? The toppers where able to sway some of middle group with their folksy stickman ads, spending millions of everyones money. The throw it out gang still won. However these people are not changing their spots anytime soon. This is just the beginning.The opposition must be vigilant. The opposition being the 70% ers and not limited to the NDP supporters, anyone that considers themselves to be anti-sleeze. I would hope for an earlier rather than later election. If C.C. and the shams can string it out we will in actuality be paying the HST to the end of the legislated term. The best we can hope for is A.D. and the dissenters can embarass the government to the point that they resign. I for one am not forgetting the B.C. rail scandal, and I can smell Christy Clark`s perfume somewhere in there. And now, before they go they intend to assign the rest of our power utility to the masters.I would like to address the Islanders, those that voted for this group; how are you liking your ferry system these days? Oh, you can afford sold some of your gold shares before the price dropped. I suppose it was bound to that Ghadafi`s stash is up for grabs.Well this concludes my rant today; before I go I would like to point out that I never once referred to our government as Liberals. I think of the as a group of toadies sycophants,sleezebags. d.b.
Cornered Liberals
Comment by Jobber on 26th August 2011
Donnie Van Dyke did OK as a loser of his election attempt...he ended up as administrator of a local government and sits on the NWCC board now...a nice fellow but no experience to be in these positions! Herb Pond also got the NWCC board for his failure...people are fighting over liberal nominations!