B.C. Liberal trolls skew vote on worst premier
Former NDP premier Glen Clark never gets any respect for his political legacy, even though he froze tuition fees and oversaw a growing economy.
The latest demonstration of this came when the president of the Jim Pattison Group rocketed out front of a Straight online poll asking readers to vote for the worst B.C. premier in the past generation.
At first, former premier Gordon Campbell was winning in a landslide, capturing well over 40 percent of the votes.
Premier Christy Clark was safely nestled in third place for a long time.
But a funny thing has happened over the past 24 hours. A torrent of votes have come in for Glen Clark and Bill Vander Zalm, neither of whom ran for the B.C. Liberals.
This pushed Campbell down into second place and Christy Clark into fourth place.
There were more than twice as many votes in this little exercise than in any of the last 16 online Straight polls.
It's left me wondering why B.C. Liberal trolls are so worried about Campbell coming in first. Does he still have such a strong grip on the party?
It reminds me of the old days when Campbell would get his third-party endorsers, like then-councillor Philip Owen, to write letters to the editor on his behalf. In politics, some things never change.
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