I’m sure there are some readers who’ve been questioning Premier Christy Clark’s intellect for a while. Sure, she’s glib. And she’s demonstrated remarkable political street smarts to rise to such a lofty position in our province.
But when it comes to wrapping her mind around complicated issues—such as addressing historical wrongs meted out to aboriginal people or dealing with sky-high pharmaceutical costs—she doesn’t exactly inspire confidence. And she’s proven herself to be remarkably inept in responding to climate change.
The B.C. Liberals’ answer to these obvious shortcomings has been to turn Clark into a champion of the economy.
That’s all she talked about during the leaders’ debate and at every campaign stop.
Unfortunately for Clark, most British Columbians care about far more than just the rise in the gross domestic product or the latest employment numbers from Statistics Canada. (They haven’t been good for the governing party.)
Voters are keenly interested in health care, education, fairness for aboriginal people, a better environment, housing, and honest government.
In sharp contrast to Clark, NDP Leader Adrian Dix is talking about these topics on the campaign trail and his party has addressed them in the platform.
Some might not like what Dix and the NDP are saying, but at least these subjects merit their attention.
Clark, on the other hand, has brought a laserlike focus on the economy—and she and the fools managing her campaign actually think this is all that voters want to hear.
This reflects a small-minded and dim view of the electorate.
Meanwhile, there's a Vancouver commuter paper out today with a front-page ad of Clark featuring more idiocy from the B.C. Liberal campaign.
Under the headline "Comeback Kid", the paid message cites an Ipsos Reid poll showing that 44 percent of respondents thought that Clark sounded most like a premier during the recent televised debate. She was well ahead of the others.
The same poll revealed, however, that 35 percent of respondents thought Dix won the debate. This compared to just 30 percent for Clark.
More than a quarter of the Ipsos Reid respondents felt that Clark had lost, compared to just 11 percent who thought Dix was the loser.
The "Comeback Kid" ad is yet another example of the B.C. Liberals treating voters like they're all a bunch of dolts.
Is it any wonder that Clark and her friends are so far behind in the polls?