B.C. Liberal spin cycle goes into overdrive when former leadership candidates walk out the door
A week ago, I was among those who delivered the earth-shattering news that Pat Pimm is seeking reelection in Peace River North.
During his three years as an MLA, Pimm's greatest publicity came when he stepped out of the caucus after being arrested following a "domestic incident". A special prosecutor declined to charge the MLA, but the affair made him damaged goods in the eyes of some constituents.
These days, the B.C. Liberals have been matching every "MLA resigning" story with a tale of some nobody from caucus who's seeking reelection. It's designed to offset the popular impression that everyone is fleeing from Premier Christy Clark because she's become the political equivalent of the Fukushima nuclear meltdown.
Today, the news is how B.C. Liberal heavyweights George Abbott, Mary McNeil, and John Les are about to follow Kevin Falcon out the door.
So what have the B.C. Liberals gone and done?
If you check out the website, you'll see a list of 11 luminaries from the Gordon Campbell era who will be renominated between September 5 and September 11.
We've just learned that little-known MLAs Norm Letnick, John Rustad, and Eric Foster will allegedly be back, along with better-known cabinet ministers like Margaret MacDiarmid, Shirley Bond, and Pat Bell.
“I’m very proud of the work we’re doing under the leadership of Premier Christy Clark.," MacDiarmid said in the party's news release. "We have a renewed, energized team that is looking forward to putting our record on the economy up against the NDP’s record."
Hold back on the guffaws. The election isn't until next May.
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