Premier Christy Clark takes a pass on the Pride parade
Yesterday, I wrote a post about the politicians I saw in the 2011 Vancouver Pride parade.
One of the commenters pointed out that she didn't see a single B.C. Liberal MLA, and then declared, "Shame on them."
I never saw any of them, either, even though Vancouver has six B.C. Liberal MLAs—Christy Clark, Colin Hansen, Moira Stilwell, Margaret MacDiarmid, Mary McNeil, and Kash Heed.
As a broadcaster, Clark made a name for herself as an opponent of bullying, urging people to wear pink on Anti-Bullying Day. She wore pink herself when she climbed aboard the CKNW Radio float in 2009.
This year's Pride parade offered her an opportunity as premier to reinforce that message. I'm left wondering why she didn't show up, given that she represents Vancouver-Point Grey. The MP for that area and her former cabinet colleague, Joyce Murray, marched in the parade.
Did Clark not want to alienate the religious right, which is being wooed by the B.C. Conservatives? Was she afraid of being booed by the crowd? Was she ill? Or just taking the day off with her kid?
Maybe it was a combination of all of the above. Or perhaps Clark and some of those other B.C. Liberal MLAs did march in the parade, and I just missed them. That's a slim possibility, given that this event lasted for hours.
But I find it interesting that when Toronto mayor Rob Ford took a pass on the annual Pride march in his city, it became a major news story in Ontario. In comparison, Clark appears to have gotten off relatively unscathed.