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Wednesday, December 08, 2010

British Columbia's
Leadership Follies



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but they invest in their friends,
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There is no question that the political landscape in British Columbia is pretty polarized generally, or at least the rhetoric can be counted on to be so. Like politics elsewhere though the rhetoric often bears no relation to reality. Premier for Life (or so it seemed at the time) W.A.C. Bennett was in charge when I first lived in the province. Actually, the quality of opposition and government was so superior then when the two leaders were Bennett the Greater and Little Davey Barrett. I wasn't a fan of Wacky in those days, as he seemed so Republican, or almost a MacCarthyite, screaming about the "socialist hordes at the gates" as if the Alberta border was the Berlin Wall.

But now that Gordon Campbell has almost finished DESTROYING everything that W.A.C. built, I look back at him with fondness. In actuality he was more like a fifties and sixties version of Hugo Chavez of the north as he nationalized railways, hydroelectric companies, ferries and built infrastructure to access the vast resources of the province as agressively as the Imperial Romans on crack. Actually, looking back, W.A.C. wasn't so far to the right, he was a man of the people and the center, who realized that the things that private enterprise could accomplish should be left to private enterprise, but that some things in a jurisdiction bigger than Washington, Oregon and California combined with challenging terrain and even storm tossed waters separating the regions could prosper only if the state stepped up to do what it could do best or at all.

The (sales)paper of the center of the universe, which actually usually covers B.C. politics better than the local stenographers for the PAB, not a difficult task, have weighed in on the current NDP leadership excitement with BC is back to being an alternative political universe.
After a relatively long hiatus of rare normalcy, politics on the way-out West Coast have drifted back into their familiar roost in the twilight zone.

It’s not every province – none, in fact – that can boast two major political parties shedding their leaders at the same time.

Anarchists of the world, unite and come to beautiful British Columbia. This leadership-free province is yours for the taking.

I would suggest that is is Rod Mickleburgh and others making equally silly statements that are living in the "twilight zone" or smoking curious substances.

It isn't a surprise that the BC LIEberals themselves, the PABlum Brigade of PostMedia, Glow Ball, and CeeTeeVee should be jumping on this current state of flux for the NDP and declare them dead in the water for the next decade, century or forever. After all, they are in mourning, since on Monday they lost their secret weapon - Carole James as leader to beat up yet again, most likely LONG BEFORE May of 2013. Also in the unlikely event the Libs win yet another undeserved mandate with enough lies repeated frequently enough, they would at the least MAYBE actually face some actual, you know, opposition from a rejuvenated NDP with a new leader who is more interested in holding the government accountable, than her own members accountable to her sense of entitlement to be Queen.

What I find puzzling and frankly disgusting is David Shreck and Ian Reid and his flock of Chicken Littles bemoaning the death of democracy as we know it and calling for the heads of Jenny Kwan and the "baked dozen" (already an tiresome term, BTW). After promising to go away and shut up if Jenny and the dissidents won and forced his mommy Carole to step down, now he's acting more like Gordo "GOD" Campbell (the Brett Farve of BC Politics) and continues to bleat "the sky is falling, the sky is falling" and Jenny must resign and the rest of the anti-James Gang shouldn't be re-nominated or re-elected.

Of course Ian wouldn't agree, but the reality is more like Bill Tileman puts it in She Had to Go. I couldn't put it more succinctly, maybe that's why Bill is successful in the communications business.
The B.C. NDP leader's second consecutive loss to B.C. Premier Gordon Campbell was fatal to her political future. But she refused to acknowledge that fact until Monday, more than 18 months later.

Unfortunately, James decided not to consult with her caucus or the party before announcing just weeks after her defeat that she would be leader going into the 2013 election.

That set in motion a series of events leading to crisis after crisis until James could no simply longer continue...../snip

But when Campbell was forced to resign by his own caucus revolt, the reality that an election would likely be held in 2011 under a new BC Liberal premier jolted the NDP awake.


The planned yes/no review of James' leadership at the Nov. 2011 NDP convention was no longer soon enough to deal with lingering doubts that she could win a third election try.


Meanwhile over at Chicken Little's Coop Ian shares wisdom(?) like:
A minority of caucus led by Jenny Kwan took the leader of the party down in a coup for unspecified and undocumented charges. Their coup overrode the party constitution and the overwhelming wishes of its governing body. Their coup overrode the wishes and support of the majority in caucus.

The 13 loudly aired their dirty laundry in public. They followed a thought out plan with the pressure ratched up in public and fed by strategic leaks and prepared statements.

The coup has likely cost the party the next election. The media is already full of comment saying the NDP aren’t up to opposition let alone government. And I’m told the party started hemorrhaging money and members at precisely 11:15 yesterday.


The highlighted parts are important because:

1."the party constitution and the overwhelming wishes of its governing body" represent nothing more than a bunch of lovers of the status quo, which in the new environment with no Gordon Campbell to kick around anymore and an impending election SOON, JUST WEREN'T LIKELY TO CUT IT!

2. As far as the "dirty laundry in public" accusation, it was Carole herself with her over top ejection of Bob Simpson (even though he probably IS really an INDEPENDENT) for mild criticism of a vacuous speech, and the childish attempt at intimidation with the silly yellow scarves that created a public spectacle out of an internal debate.

3. "The coup has likely cost the party the next election." Well with people like Ian, Shreck and Paul Ramsey helping the pro-LIEberal media to reinforce the meme, he may be right - they are certainly trying to make it so.

The other thing is this constant refrain that Jenny Kwan (and for some folks the whole baker's dozen) must resign. Well, I don't recall Jenny or anybody else asking for anything more than either a leadership review (before the next election, which makes fall 2011 TOO LATE) or for Carole to step down AS LEADER! But apparently Jenny and perhaps others, in order to be fair and HEAL the party, need to RESIGN. Well all Jenny has now is her seat in the mostly deserted legislature and in caucus - as far as I know she had no assigned "shadow cabinet" role. Norm MacDonald and Katrine Conroy both resigned their elevated party "mucky-muck" positions - it seems self defeating to ask them all to now to join the growing legion of independents - though for the voters it just might be for the best.

The thing that the pro-LIEberal media ignores and the flock of Chicken Littles forgets is that the so-called governing party, the BC Liberals are also in disarray. Gordon Campbell didn't just wake up one morning and say, "jeez, I'm tired of being premier, I've stolen enough, I wanna just go lie on the beach on Maui and drink my face off and hustle chicks."

No the greedy micromanaging one was facing his own internal dissension, because his minions knew he would cost them their cushy jobs for sure, and although this impending caucus revolt was no secret, it was going to become more and more obvious to the public in spite of the shoveling of the PABlum Brigade. So how come we don't hear "How can whomever is elected the new LIEberal leader TRUST those (some in cabinet even) who brought down the most hated man in BeeCee? Don't forget also that less than two years ago, Gordo the not so Great had not only renewed the support of his caucus, but had won an effing election (though he and his minions did have to lie their faces off to do it - but that is just business as usual for this crew).

So now we are looking at the BC Libs as interchangeable Campbell clones of both sexes prepare to do battle for the soiled chair in which Gordo has sat for 17 years. We have Christy, the female Campbell with enough baggage to fill 18 BC Rail CN boxcars. Then there is Ding Dong "if you keep your mouth shut here's six million dollars" DeJong and Mr. BrownShirt hisself (oh wait, it's the Chinese dictators that he would like to emulate) Kevie "BirdBrain" Falcon. George Abbott seems to be the only one amongst them with the slightest chance to be re-habilitated into a non-sociopathic human being with a sense of ethics and/or compassion.

I was gonna add a section about the "outsider" (what a joke!), Christy Clark, who announced today, but I'll leave her and her 18 (and multiplying) boxcars of stuff that writes itself for another day. Within minutes of her actual announcement this morning - that she was officially running to be Premier (not MLA, just premier or nuthin' for this excuse for a gal)- some goofy pundit on the radio, maybe a member of Chicken Little's flock, declared the election run and won by Christy (exact words "It's all over now) now that she was in. I guess I won't bother to vote then, since its already over - by the way, she is mayor of Vancouver right now, isn't she? I never get down that way these days! Oh wait a minute, that's right, she never even won the NOMINATION!

8 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kootkoot, I'm begining to like your blog more each time I log on to it because it is to the point. You hit the nail right on the head with this one. I wish the NDP would go back to their roots of the Dave Barrett times, now there was a outspoken man that stuck to his principles and I doubt any politician today would stand a chance in debate with him on any subject concerning BC issues. I would also like to say that the likes of Shreck amd Reid should just shut up because they seem to sound like Gordon's Minions the more they open their cake holes

Wednesday, December 8, 2010 at 3:39:00 PM PST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Another good post Koot.
Let's not forget that the NDP have been pretty negligent about informing the public on issues and platform etc. Maybe I am slow or something, but I have seen "diddly squat" in the MSM - or blogs for that matter. All we have been reading about is the internal squabbling and ego's of different MLA's.

I have to say that I think Bob Simpson is better off on his own as an independent and can concentrate on doing what he was elected to do - represent the constituents in Victoria.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/british-columbia/ousted-bc-mla-tears-up-ndp-membership-card/article1830535/

Hope this link is Ok with you. He does have some sensible things to say - more than one gets from Cluck Cluck or any of the BC Liberal Circus - and for that matter at present, the BC NDP as well.

Good article - thanks

JW

Wednesday, December 8, 2010 at 5:42:00 PM PST  
Blogger Gary E said...

Great Piece again Koot

I was just thinking of the other what's her name. I called her a red herring the other day. Now with cluck cluck they have two red herrings. Not one of them has anything concrete to offer. All I see is they might revisit the minimum wage. Or they might move up the HST referendum. These fools still don't get it. Put things back the way they were prior to July 2009 or face recall. And for my MLA either quit or face the music.

When you get a chance Koot have a look at the timeline for Campbells visit to Bilderberg, then his televised BS and then his (maybe) quitting. Seems to me all those dots are connected more than any other.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010 at 6:27:00 PM PST  
Anonymous rashid1891 said...

There is no question that the political landscape in British Columbia is pretty polarized generally, or at least the rhetoric can be counted on to be so. Like politics elsewhere though the rhetoric often bears no relation to reality.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010 at 9:41:00 PM PST  
Anonymous terrence said...

I am not holding my breath waiting for Ian Reid to fulfil the “ultimatum” he posted on his web site, “My ultimatum to Kwan and the others is this: if you win I’m out. And I’m not alone.”. Then leave the NDP, Ian; Jenny Kwan “won”.

I do not think Ian Reid has the integrity, honesty, and courage to fulfil his “ultimatum”. Kwan and company “won” (as did the NDP and the people of BC). So why has Ian not left the NDP?

If Ian had any integrity he would immediately announce that he has withdrawn from the NDP. But, again, I am not holding my breath. Ian Reid’s “ultimatum” was an empty, meaningless dump of twaddle.

Thursday, December 9, 2010 at 12:06:00 PM PST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am not holding my breath waiting for Ian Reid to fulfil the "ultimatum” he posted on his web site, “My ultimatum to Kwan and the others is this: if you win I’m out. And I’m not alone.” Then leave the NDP, Ian; Jenny Kwan “won”.

I do not think Ian Reid has the integrity, honesty, and courage to fulfil his "ultimatum”. Kwan and company "won" (as did the NDP and the people of BC). So why has Ian not left the NDP?

If Ian had any integrity he would immediately announce that he has withdrawn from the NDP. But, again, I am not holding my breath. Ian Reid’s "ultimatum” was an empty, meaningless dump of twaddle.

terrence

Thursday, December 9, 2010 at 2:47:00 PM PST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A quick look at the link below shows about three of the so-called Lie-beral Leadership wannabe's are/were involved with the crooked and corrupt BC Rail Sale.

Kinda makes you wonder what the Pinocchio Crime Family hasn't got it's dirty paws in - don't it !

http://www.courts.gov.bc.ca/jdb-txt/SC/09/09/2009BCSC0907.htm

Thanks

Friday, December 10, 2010 at 8:52:00 AM PST  
Anonymous BC Mary said...

There's a halfway interesting column in the December 10 edition of Vancouver Sun.

Vaughn Palmer, that intrepid investigative journalist, seems to think it was a last bad idea for Gordo to try setting up the Ministry of Natural Resource Operations without some sort of plan, or advice, or oversight. And with secrecy imposed from the premier's office.

Well, well, well ...
.

Friday, December 10, 2010 at 10:09:00 AM PST  

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