Martyn Brown: What are your top questions that Keith Baldrey will never ask the B.C. Liberal leadership candidates?

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      Tomorrow night (January 23), British Columbia’s reigning dean of broadcast political reporters, Keith Baldrey, will be moderating yet another B.C. Liberal leadership debate.

      It will be aired from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Global’s BC1, live from Vancouver. Bet you can’t wait.

      Hell, who needs Entertainment Tonight, Wheel of Fortune, Jeopardy!, The Big Bang Theory, or Ellen’s Game of Games when they could watch the Liberals’ twisted take on all those shows in one equally irrelevant tribute to the society we pretend we aren’t.

      If you are interested in torturing yourself to see what is likely in store, check out the November 19 leadership debate from Nanaimo posted here on You Tube.

      It was moderated by Baldrey’s good pal and former Global TV colleague, Jas Johal, who now officially carries the torch for that network’s political “partners in mime” as the B.C. Liberal MLA for Richmond-Queensborough.

      Like Global, Johal is supposedly staying neutral in the Liberal leadership race that will conclude on February 3.

      If you have been following the sleepy contest, you already know that none of the candidates, apart from good old “Uncle Sam” Sullivan, are offering much in the way of substance about their policy proposals or their professed “visions” for British Columbia.

      Serious questions and answers are decidedly off the table.

      Though if the format for past debates is any guide, Baldrey will at least try to ask some questions posed by party members, as the candidates also ask each other puff-ball questions that avoid the real issues.

      Rest assured, that won’t stop those attending the event from wildly cheering each time their hoped-for winner opens his or her mouth, especially Michael Lee’s young acolytes and admirers.

      The fact that BC1 even sees fit to air this snooze fest likely speaks volumes about who and how many have not been routinely tuning into that channel.

      Like the Liberal leadership race itself, it lies somewhere out there in the ether, on its own band and channel that is so easily ignored, overlooked, or willfully bypassed.

      Time to spice it up, I suggest, with a bit of humour and pertinent content that might at least be worthy of viewers’ attention. You can help in that regard, dear readers.

      Here, then, are my top 12 tongue-in-cheek questions that I am confident Keith Baldrey will never ask the six Liberal leadership candidates, two questions for each contender.

      I invite you to add to the list in the comments section below or through social media.

      My top 12 questions that Baldrey won’t ask:

      12. to Mike de Jong: You have proudly campaigned on not offering any policy proposals whatsoever. Is that a program in your pocket, or are you just glad to see me? I mean, who wouldn’t be, right?

      11. to Sam Sullivan: So, you want to bring back the HST under a new name. Are you actually running for the leadership or did Michael Lee put you up to that?

      10. to Dianne Watts: Which is more real, your heartfelt commitment to the B.C. Liberal party, your abiding love for the federal Conservative party caucus you abandoned, or your exquisite fingernails?

      9. to Todd Stone: On the legalization of weed, are you, like, a rolling Stone? If so, what is your idea of a “grow your own” party?

      8. to Michael Lee: By all accounts, you have earned much support from the Christian right, including from anti-abortion group Right Now. Do you believe that God’s plan was to create the GreeNDP government, and under what circumstances might you abort the leadership race that purports to be pro-choice?

      7. to Andrew Wilkinson: Why don’t you just quit this contest and run for Mayor of Vancouver before Michael or Sam throws their hat in that ring?

      6. to Dianne Watts: What did you ever do to so piss off Rich Coleman that he would support Mike de Jong, or was making that happen always part of your strategic plan to ensure you win the party leadership?

      5. to Mike de Jong: Which cabinet-meeting free delicacy keeps best at room temperature for later consumption, in your personal experience? And have you calculated what you saved yourself and taxpayers during the past decade by preventing that food from going to waste?

      4. to Andrew Wilkinson: If you’re so smart, why are you doing something so dumb as aligning with de Jong and Coleman, helping Watts make her case for the leadership? Was it really some secret pact between you and Stone to send your votes to him?

      3. to Sam Sullivan: Do you still consider Christy Clark “God” and, if so, are you still praying to her to help you get elected?

      2. to Michael Lee: Some politicos regard your most prominent campaign guru as the anti-Christ. Do you concur? And can you please tell Mark Marissen’s minions to scream and cheer for me instead of you, given all I’ve done for you in promoting your campaign?

      1. to Todd Stone: If you win the leadership, it will be because of the weighted voting process that accords proportional representation to all 87 riding associations, regardless of their size or membership. As leader, will you also demand proportional representation for all 87 ridings to fight the GreeNDP’s plan for proportional representation?

      Martyn Brown was former B.C. premier Gordon Campbell’s long-serving chief of staff, the top strategic adviser to three provincial party leaders, and a former deputy minister of tourism, trade, and investment. He also served as the B.C. Liberals' public campaign director in 2001, 2005, and 2009, and in addition to his other extensive campaign experience, he was the principal author of four election platforms. Contact him via email at