A woman who used to work at CBC complains to her friends that the public broadcaster is like a cheating boyfriend.
She claims it tells lies to her about employment prospects. It makes grand promises, which it fails to deliver. And in the end, she severed the relationship after feeling used and broken-hearted.
There are some parallels for environmentally minded voters who are both attracted to and repelled by the NDP.
On the one hand, NDP Leader Carole James promises to create a provincial Agricultural Land Commission. That sounds like a good way to prevent farmland from being removed from the Agricultural Land Reserve.
But then, the NDP opposes a carbon tax and supports a new Port Mann Bridge, which will probably cost more than $3 billion.
The NDP says it's for lower transit fares. But it doesn't oppose dubious megaprojects like the Canada Line and the Millennium Line, which guarantee higher transit fares. It doesn't seem to have a clue about what constitutes effective transportation policy.
One gets the impression that James and her two right-wing suburban lieutenants, Mike Farnworth and Bruce Ralston, really don't understand the seriousness of climate change.
Just when you're about to give up on the NDP, it announces that it will phase out open-net fish farming and save B.C.'s wild salmon stocks. Yes, the NDP is like a cheating boyfriend for environmentally minded voters. Lots of words and sometimes, but not always, a lot of substance.
The question in this provincial election is if environmentally minded voters will give the NDP another chance because it could be the only hope for throwing Gordon Campbell and the B.C. Liberals out of office.
Or will they finally say enough of this nonsense and find themselves a new, kind of geeky partner, the Green party, with a bunch of candidates who can rattle off the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. They can also explain what's going to happen if it increases.
The new potential partner might not have the charisma of the old, cheating boyfriend. It remains to be seen if that will undermine its appeal on election day.