Most New Democrats know that B.C. has had the worst child-poverty rate in Canada for five straight years.
Many New Democrats are also aware that Premier Gordon Campbell's government has treated single mothers abysmally, and that the premier has blown nearly $900 million of public funds on an unnecessary convention centre expansion.
So here's a skill-testing question: why is Vancouver mayor Gregor Robertson, a former NDP MLA, lavishing praise on the premier just before a provincial election? (All the gory details are in Vaughn Palmer's column this morning in the Vancouver Sun.)
a) Robertson wants NDP Leader Carole James to lose the provincial election so he will have a chance to become NDP leader and catapult into the premier's office when Campbell retires following the 2010 Games.
b) Robertson has a secret agenda to be recruited to run for the federal Liberals in Vancouver Centre after veteran MP Hedy Fry retires. And this is a good time to curry favour with the business community and show some nonpartisan chops by praising the premier.
c) Robertson is a success whore, like other mayors who preceded him. Robertson perceives that the premier is a successful person because Campbell wins elections, notwithstanding how the premier has failed so miserably to serve poor kids in this province.
d) The premier has been giving Robertson tips on how to be mayor, and Robertson is too dumb to realize he's being used by a man obsessed with the idea of opening the 2010 Games in Vancouver.
e) The premier has proven that sucking up to a senior level of government brings in more booty to the treasury, and Robertson is emulating this approach.
f) none of the above.
(I must give full credit to former COPE councillor Anne Roberts, who demonstrated in a previous post that skill-testing questions are wonderful mechanisms to convey a blogger's outrage.)