Who in the B.C. Liberal caucus is best suited to win back female voters?
It’s a foregone conclusion that the B.C. Liberals will lose the next provincial election.
The only remaining question is how badly they’ll get slaughtered.
With Christy Clark at the helm, the party has suffered a devastating drop in female support.
The latest Ipsos Reid poll, conducted on behalf of Global TV and BC1, shows that the NDP has a 19 percent lead among decided voters. There's a whopping 29 percent gap among females.
Clearly, a large number of women dislike Clark. We can speculate about the reasons, but in the end, it doesn’t really matter for B.C. Liberal MLAs who are staring unemployment in the face.
The only option left is for them is to find a leader as soon as possible who is the diametric opposite of Clark.
In other words, they'll need someone who’s not perceived by lots of women as a phony. And someone who’s not seen by some to lack the intellectual gravitas for the job. And someone whose primary political asset is not a charismatic personality.
The B.C. Liberals also need someone who can hold their base in the Lower Mainland and the Fraser Valley as they face inevitable obliteration on Vancouver Island and across the B.C. Interior and the north.
At this point, the B.C. Liberals' best option is probably Social Development Minister Moira Stilwell, who represents Vancouver-Langara.
The radiologist and nuclear-medicine specialist may be a bit boring, but she's full of substance and well-educated. She's far better suited than Clark to win the respect of educated suburban and urban female voters, even if some might oppose her call for more discussion on private health care.
Keep in mind that it's highly unlikely that Stilwell would win the election for the B.C. Liberals. But under her leadership, the party would survive to fight another day.
That’s a far less likely outcome should Clark retain control of the reins of power.
In fact, with Clark as leader, Stilwell will probably lose her seat to the NDP’s George Chow.