Thursday, September 23, 2010

You are the weakest link, Vander Zalm

Just a shame we can't say "goodbye." You never seem to leave.

In case you don't know, the game show reference is in fact a reference to former BC Premier Bill Vander Zalm's disposition to game show references, particularly when he's setting up a recall initiative based on the show Survivor, "voting MLAs off the island," due to their support for BC's HST initiative. It's all a bit melodramatic, if you ask me.

This in the face of capitulation on BC Premier Gordon Campbell's part in regards to a referendum on the HST to occur on Sept. 24th, 2011, with a lower threshold than required, and says he will respect the binding resolution on the outcome of the referendum.

Vander Zalm, for those who care to look his name up, is someone who can be considered a bit of an attention-hog and an eccentric, so its no surprise that he's decided to oppose the referendum, court more media attention, and start off a semi-maniacal attempt to recall MLAs.

Good job, anti-HSTers. Oppose democratic referendums that you could and should start organizing for now, in order to waste your time attacking Liberal MLAs through a restrictive recall initiative that gives you less of a chance of being heard than a referendum would!

Maybe its just my poor, compliant Liberal brain, but does the ad hoc coalition of Vander Zalm - a socially conservative SoCred party member - and the Opposition New Democrats, led by the affable Carole James, seem to be nothing more than a marriage, not of convenience, but publicity?


  1. I'm not really sure it's all that simple Volkov. After the entire Paradise Gardens thing that essentially ended VanderZalm and the Socred's reign. Many of the remaining socreds jumped ship and became BC Liberals making it more a right leaning party with corporatist fantasies rather than a real liberal party. They arent even connected to the federal Libs, though that is a good thing.

    After 8 years of Gordon Campbell, I can say I've had enough. We've got too much privatization and have become too comfortable with corporatism. Personally, I would prefer an actual centrist party but unfortunately we get to chose between two parties of extreme.

    Then again 9 years of BC politics has probably hurt my brain greatly.

  2. Oh, I agree, Gene - the BC Liberals are far from a party I'd consider "liberal" in most ways. However, the BC Liberals still have their progressive, pragmatic elements, and that's yet to change even with the influx of SoCred members and their takeover of the party's leadership. The question is whether after Campbell leaves, could those more small-l liberals regain control of the party?

    In the meantime, you're right - BC politics is stuck between two extremes, with the NDP moving farther left than my own province's NDP, which, I may add, is pretty far to the freaking left. If a new centrist party showed up on the scene that actually stood a viable chance, both the BC Liberals and the BC NDP would be left in the dust.