Mr. Mason, of the Globe, wrote a piece on the state of play in Clarkland earlier this week that went pretty much every which way but loose.
This paragraph caught my admittedly jaundiced eye:
...Once a climate-action leader, the B.C. government has become an
embarrassing slacker, with no chance of reaching its short-, mid- or
long-term emission-reduction targets. The Liberals continue to live off
the reputation of a carbon tax courageously brought in by former premier
Gordon Campbell 10 years ago. The current iteration of his party has
shown no such proclivity for that level of political gumption...
I'm pretty sure that Mr. Mason thinks that this policy/not policy change* is a Clarklandian liability unlike, say, the fact that Ms. Clark is also treating everybody all the citizens of this province who aren't a potential pay-to-play grift targets like the fellaheen, which is something obvious in the extreme that Mr. Mason failed to seriously discuss in his column.
But, then again, what if this policy/not policy change* is actually a cynical, politically expedient election strate(r)gy cooked up by the ever present backroom wizards running Ms. Clark's never ending campaign.
I mean, think about it, what political faction do they need to give just enough buoyancy to ensure a split in the progressive vote that would ensure a victory even if they were to sink down into the high thirties?
Which is all fine and good (or bad, depending on your perspective), as far as it goes.
But what if Mr. Weaver's Liberal-Lite Brigade actually starts be viewed that way by the so-called 'reasonable' folks in that faux big tent that GordCo Inc. built?
*Regarding that original 'courageous' policy brought in by Mr. Campbell, does anyone who has truly been paying attention not think that that, too, was actually election campaign expediency at its finest that was rolled out in the wake of that spring of 2009 plane ride over IPP rape-of-river plane ride that upset the Club members stomachs so much?
And the return of Mr. Emerson?....Really???!!!....I mean it's like Vichy all over again....And/or the last days of Mr. Harper and Mr. Carson's disco....Gosh...Is it possible we're getting ready to give away all our remaining first growth forest to Beijing while simultaneously shoveling tree farm licenses to paid-in-full developers out the back door?