Caucus retirements leave Christy Clark looking like a doomed premier
I keep expecting that Premier Christy Clark will have at least one good week.
Nobody, not even former premiers Bill Vander Zalm or Glen Clark, has been buried by as many bad weeks in a row as Clark has endured.
She got off to a decent start after winning the B.C. Liberal leadership, raising the minimum wage and not losing a by-election in Vancouver-Point Grey.
But since then, it's been mostly horrible news, including the ongoing fiasco at Community Living B.C., the chronic ridership problems at B.C. Ferries, and an economy that refuses to catch steam.
The Northern Gateway Pipeline proposal isn't helping Clark's prospects, given that she continues to sit on the fence as public opposition grows.
Then there are those rotten polls. Another one this week from Angus Reid showed that NDP Leader Adrian Dix is gaining momentum as the B.C. Liberals sputter.
There's a growing list of MLAs who won't seek reelection. This week, it was Murray Coell and Dave Hayer who threw in the towel.
Earlier, it was Kash Heed, Kevin Krueger, Harry Bloy, Barry Penner, and Iain Black. And John van Dongen left the caucus.
Hayer was one of Finance Minister Kevin Falcon's most enthusiastic supporters in the B.C. Liberal leadership race. It's hard to imagine that Hayer would have made his announcement without first consulting Falcon, a fellow Surrey MLA.
The retirements indicate that caucus members are voting with their feet on Clark's leadership.
She can stick it out until the inevitable slaughter in the 2013 election. Or the B.C. Liberals can pull the plug this fall and form a new party with a new name.
Of course, that would require a leadership contest, which would provide Clark with a graceful way out.
The alternative is to watch more B.C. Liberal MLAs leave the floundering party over the summer and fall, further humiliating Clark and ensuring her political demise by spring.
Vander Zalm and Glen Clark eventually quit, albeit too late to save their parties. The way things are going with the B.C. Liberals, we're likely going to see history repeat itself.
It's almost enough to make me feel a tiny bit sorry for the premier.
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