Evan Solomon pens an open letter to Christy Clark
The only man with his own national radio and national television show on the public broadcaster has chastised B.C.'s premier for her antidemocratic ways.
Evan Solomon, host of CBC Radio's The House and CBC TV's Power & Politics, wrote an open letter condemning Christy Clark for cancelling the fall sitting of the legislature.
"Now, I realize that you're extremely busy these days," Solmon wrote. "Three of your top ministers recently announced they're leaving your government—that's not fun. And then there's that massive provincial deficit."
While acknowledging that the premier is busy, he asked if she "might want to squeeze a little democracy" into her schedule, given that the legislature only sat for 48 days last year.
"Is it really too much for citizens to want their leaders to focus on key issues and reaching out—whatever that means—while being held accountable in their own legislature?" Solomon wrote. "Am I quibbling here to think that's your job?"
Solomon ended his letter by proposing that the premier sit down and talk with him about the major issues she's dealing with.
Good luck, Evan. The premier has never granted an interview to the Georgia Straight since she entered the B.C. Liberal leadership race in 2010, even though thousands of copies of this paper are distributed every week in her Vancouver–Point Grey constituency. We don't expect that situation to change before the next election.
Nor do we expect that she'll talk to you, even though Vancouver–Point Grey may have CBC Radio's highest per-capita listenership of any provincial constituency in the region.
The reality is that Clark appears to be more interested in talking to residents of Williams Lake or business people in Hong Kong than to the people who elected her to the legislature.
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