Bill Tieleman says it would be "fun" to run against Christy Clark in Vancouver-Point Grey
Political commentator and consultant Bill Tieleman says he hasn't ruled out running for the NDP against Premier-designate Christy Clark if she seeks a seat in Vancouver-Point Grey.
Tieleman, a columnist for 24 hours and former NDP government director of communications, has lived in Vancouver-Point Grey since 1995. During the first year of his life, he also lived in the constituency on York Street.
"I have not made any decision whatsoever to run for the NDP in this riding or any other riding, and I've never run before," Tieleman told the Georgia Straight by phone. "However, it would be a lot of fun to run against Christy Clark—and put to her on a regular basis in the campaign the questions about the Basi-Virk/B.C. legislature raid that remain unanswered."
Today (February 28), Premier Gordon Campbell told reporters that he is prepared to resign his seat in Vancouver-Point Grey to enable Clark to run in a by-election.
After she won the B.C. Liberal leadership on February 26, Clark raised the possibility of seeking a seat in Campbell's constituency.
Tieleman said that he also thinks it would be "fun" to ask questions about all sorts of government policies that don't put families first. In particular, he cited the B.C. Liberal government posting the worst child-poverty record in Canada for seven straight years.
"She didn't propose any poverty action plan to relieve poverty," Tieleman said of Clark. "She just says meaningless things like 'families first' when we've had a government, of which she will now lead, whose members have consistently done families last."
Earlier today, former Vancouver-Point Grey NDP candidate Mel Lehan told the Straight that he's not sure he wants to run for a third time. Lehan lost to Campbell in 2005 and 2009.
Tieleman, a long-time New Democrat, was one of the leaders of the Fight HST campaign, which gathered enough signatures to force a provincewide referendum.
Clark has indicated that she favours holding a referendum on June 24 on the future of the HST.
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