Were working women truly behind Christy Clark last year or did Mike McDonald just make this up?
As I ate a snack this afternoon, I perused a 14-month-old profile of Premier Christy Clark, which appeared in Vancouver magazine.
Naturally, writer Frances Bula interviewed Mike McDonald, who was then Clark's chief of staff.
Back then, he believed that Clark would broaden the B.C. Liberals' appeal. "The most partisan types resist her, but she's got a lot of small-L liberals and small-C conservatives," McDonald told Bula. "And I think working women of her generation are really strong behind her."
McDonald is now the B.C. Liberal campaign director.
In the last Ipsos Reid poll, the NDP had opened up a 19-point lead over the B.C. Liberals.
The NDP's lead among women was much larger: 56 percent to 24 percent.
The last Forum Research poll suggested that if an election were held, the NDP would win 78 of 87 seats.
Among women, Forum Research reported that only 24 percent approved of the job Clark was doing as premier, whereas 63 percent disapproved.
In light of these numbers, it's worth reviewing what McDonald told Bula last year about Clark: "And I think working women of her generation are really strong behind her."
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