B.C. Liberal trolls skew vote on worst premier

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      Former NDP premier Glen Clark never gets any respect for his political legacy, even though he froze tuition fees and oversaw a growing economy.

      The latest demonstration of this came when the president of the Jim Pattison Group rocketed out front of a Straight online poll asking readers to vote for the worst B.C. premier in the past generation.

      At first, former premier Gordon Campbell was winning in a landslide, capturing well over 40 percent of the votes.

      Premier Christy Clark was safely nestled in third place for a long time.

      But a funny thing has happened over the past 24 hours. A torrent of votes have come in for Glen Clark and Bill Vander Zalm, neither of whom ran for the B.C. Liberals.

      This pushed Campbell down into second place and Christy Clark into fourth place.

      There were more than twice as many votes in this little exercise than in any of the last 16 online Straight polls.

      It's left me wondering why B.C. Liberal trolls are so worried about Campbell coming in first. Does he still have such a strong grip on the party?

      It reminds me of the old days when Campbell would get his third-party endorsers, like then-councillor Philip Owen, to write letters to the editor on his behalf. In politics, some things never change.

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      Barney Fife

      Jul 18, 2012 at 11:28am

      Ever wonder who is still controlling the BC Liberal puppet strings?


      Jul 18, 2012 at 11:48am

      Yes, I thought that was odd. Gee, I didn't think there were enough Liberal trolls still existing in order to skew a poll. I guess I was mistaken. By the way, it should be Campbell, followed very closely by Clark as worst. That would make the most sense. .

      Ray I

      Jul 18, 2012 at 12:06pm

      You just can't accept that Glen Clark is a much hated person? Don't blame invisible trolls of whom you have no knowledge or evidence.


      Jul 18, 2012 at 12:07pm

      Oh I see how the poll works Charlie. If it shows a liberal in the lead it must be accurate, but if it shows a NDP member in the lead it must be because people are manipulating the poll. Just more of your pro NDP b*llsh*t Charlie. The winds of change are blowing.


      Jul 18, 2012 at 12:08pm

      I suspected as much. The demonization of Glen Clark began as soon as he had the temerity to win the 1996 election--an election which Campbell and his allies in the business community and the corporate media had arrogantly assumed would be a coronation for the BC Liberals. A scorched earth policy began from that day. Harcourt had already been hounded from office so why not Clark? Never mind that Clark's misdemeanours pale by comparison to the destructive, self-serving actions of Gordon Campbell, Patrick Kinsella, and the rest of the BC Liberal kleptocracy.

      NDP Trolls

      Jul 18, 2012 at 12:14pm

      Maybe it's because Glen Clark was an idiot.


      Jul 18, 2012 at 12:20pm

      Reminds me of the BC Liberal practice of having staffers like <a href="http://northerninsights.blogspot.ca/2010/05/bob-from-burnaby-youll-be-fi... Virk</a> call in to 'NW to boost the government and lob softball questions at cabinet ministers. I'll bet if you check the IP addresses, Charlie, you'd find a lot of people voting for Glen Clark as worst premier are doing so from their taxpayer-funded computers at the PAB.

      Arthur Vandelay

      Jul 18, 2012 at 12:50pm

      Charlie, do you seriously think that the BC Liberal Party of any of its surrogates give a hoot about what the readers of the Georgia Straight -- on-line blog yet -- think about Gordon Campbell's political legacy??

      Martin Dunphy

      Jul 18, 2012 at 1:16pm


      Harper's Conservatives have admitted that they pay people to do just that.
      Then look at the Liberals' PAB and it's enormous budget.
      Then ask yourself if those poor backwoods relations have anything more important to do with their time.
      Or their lives.

      Arthur Vandelay

      Jul 18, 2012 at 1:35pm

      @Martin - Perhaps a right wing group may seek to influence during an election campaign, but even then, what would be in it for them on such a left-leaning arena like the Georgia Straight? But then to do it a year after a former premier left office to worry about what a tiny group of heavily left-leaning voters might think? That stretches credibility.
      BTW, I keep seeing this PAB acronym … what does that mean? Must be lefty slang for some kind of boogeyman?