Surrey-Tynehead VP explains why he quit the B.C. Liberals
Here's a blog post that's adding to the chaos surrounding the premiership of Christy Clark.
Entitled "Why I Quit the BC Liberals", former Surrey-Tynehead constituency executive vice president James Plett lays out the gory details.
Plett declares he is distressed by "the pattern of arrogance, deceit, and downright unethical behaviour of the BC Liberal Party". Here's more of what's on his blog.
The most recent scandal — “ethnicgate” — is one of the most appalling things I have read about this party doing. Government staffers, who are required to be non-partisan, put together a document explaining how the BC Liberal government could take advantage of horribly racist crimes in order to get a jump in the ethnic vote. The document talked about leveraging an apology for the Chinese Head Tax and the Komagatu Maru incident, to name two. This document was circulated among some of the highest levels of provincial government.
What makes it so repugnant is that the government misused taxpayer dollars to put together a document explaining how the government could misuse taxpayer dollars further and to offer apologies for absolutely horrible things all for a bump in the polls. Not to actually apologize for the events, but with the end goal of winning popularity points.
Today, the B.C. Liberal cabinet will hold an emergency meeting in Vancouver amid reports that some in the caucus want Premier Christy Clark to resign.
Normally, revolts against party leaders start at the riding executive level before MLAs and cabinet ministers start speaking out.
It's conceivable that Plett's outburst is the first major volley in an escalating series of moves to get Clark to step aside before the scheduled May 14 provincial election.
One clue is his comment that B.C. Liberal Dave Hayer is "the best MLA" in the province. Plett also praises Amrik Virk, a member of the RCMP, who has been nominated to run for the B.C. Liberals in Surrey-Tynehead.
It's not out of the question that a new interim leader (Mike de Jong?) could be appointed. Then legislation could be passed to change the election date. A leadership race could be held. And lots of B.C. Liberal MLAs could look forward to continue receiving paycheques for a few more months before they're finally bounced out of office.