Thursday, January 27, 2011

Christy Clark speaking at Parkgate February 1st

Christy will be in North Vancouver to meet members of the community and answer any questions you might have on her vision for the Province of British Columbia.

In 1996, she was elected to the British Columbia legislature where she distinguished herself as a passionate champion for families. This commitment continued when the Liberals formed government in 2001 and she was appointed Minister of Education and Deputy Premier.

Christy took a break from politics in 2005 to spend more time with her family. She quickly established herself as a columnist with the Vancouver Province newspaper and commentator on CTV Newsnet. In 2007, she began the “Christy Clark Show” on CKNW radio.

Date/Time: 7pm Tuesday February 1st

Location: Mary Hunter Hall, Parkgate Community Centre, 3625 Banff Court, North Vancouver


Anonymous said...

Politically Christie is a "liberal". Should she become leader (premier) I predict the "conservative" sector of the BC Liberal party will defect enmasse.

Watch for Falcon, his supporters, plus some from Abbot's camp to pull up stakes.

Good news to swell the BC Conservatives and, through the split, the NDP.

Interesting for a susequent election. NDP minority? A Liberal/Conservative coalition? How about a Liberal/NDP coalition? Hmmmm....

John Sharpe said...

John Sharpe said...
I think any candidate who declares the need for a new Statutory holiday between New Years and Easter because other Provinces do is simply looking to sound good and 'buy' votes. And I don't 'buy' that this is "all about families." This expense falls on the backs of businesses. Don't think I'd be to happy if I were a business owner who was also an employer

Anonymous said...

Right now, the governing party is a coalition between federal liberals and conservaties. Falcon is a federal Conservative so if he wins, the same argument can be made about the "liberals" defecting en masse. Frankly, I don't see it as a problem - they know which side their bread is buttered on.

John, many business owners have already gone on record as not being opposed to another holiday. They get a day off too, remember, and I think it may help cut down on absenteeism. In the overall scheme of things, it's small potatoes.

There are far more serious implications to whoever becomes leader of the Liberal Party - they have to be able to attract voters in numbers strong enough to keep themselves in power. I will bet the ranch that Farnworth will become NDP leader and he is a nice, almost middle of the road NDPer. If the Liberals make the wrong choice, as in a bobblehead like Abbott, I predict that voters will swing to the NDP in droves, and then we're in for another four years of mismanagement, NDP-style.

John Sharpe said...

My point basically was it's an appealing way of buying votes.

Sorry I don't like the BC Liberal record; Basi-Virk, BC Rail, HST, etc., etc.

I think we can do better.

I think the people of B.C. deserve better.

Anonymous said...

Beg to differ with Anon.

Doubt that the old guard Socreds/Reformer/Cons business friendly types will sit still for long in a lefty-liberal free holiday Christy party. owners...not opposed to another holiday...???? Is that why Falcon has more than 70 endorsements from the business community?

BC Cons and NDP licking their chops.

Anonymous said...

So John, are you coming out of the closet and declaring yourself as supporting the NDP, because that's the only other choice in BC.

I might add it's because of the Liberals' track record of late that some people want Christy Clark because she wasn't a part of the dirt of which you speak.

And of course there are some people who would like to see aother right of centre party, but I think we'll be waiting a few years before anything like that is a truly viable alternative. Until then we have chocolate and vanilla, no caramel!

Anonymous said...

Selling BC rail and implementing HST are two positive moves made by government.

Anonymous said...

History may agree with you, but for now, the people feel betrayed and they tend to act rather oddly at election time by taking their anger out on the incumbent party. (Ask Glen Clark!) That's why I think the sitting MLAs will have a tough time if any one of them becomes the new Liberal leader. We often have short memories as voters, but some bad smells linger and linger...

Anonymous said...

Umm Glen Clark did nothing but run this province into the ground. Many corporate head offices left BC for Alberta taking many good paying jobs with them. NDP's idea of job creation is by increasing the size of government, public sector jobs, or resurrecting a ship building industry that shot itself in the foot years ago. A job platform one might say that allows one to collect welfare with dignity...

Lyle Craver said...

As an employer and a federal Conservative I was all set to vote for Christy until she made her comment about a new stat holiday.

I may yet but am definitely in the undecided catagory at this point - though I posted the promo as I think North Shore people should hear Clark in person.

I do think it's time for an increase in the minimum wage though it would have little effect on me since none of my weekday staff make minimum wage.

The Liberals set a record for 'worst introduction of a major policy' with the HST but equally certainly the HST is an economically sound tax that has helped the movie and mining sectors. It has not done anything positive for my business.

Had Campbell been in less of a hurry and taken the time to do the kind of public consultation they had in Ontario the implementation would have been much smoother.

I'm undecided between Abbott and Clark and hope that means a senior cabinet post for De Jong who I have the utmost of respect for but cannot imagine him defeating the NDP in an election.

I have a difficult time taking any other candidate seriously.

John Sharpe said...

Anon 10:19 PM,

It's very difficult to trust any of the political parties.

Definitely hard to trust the BC Liberals.

I'd like to see more independant MLAs be elected. I find voting at civic level satisfying because you only have to vote for one or two not all. Again, the 'none of the above' concept comes to mind.

Call me an altruist but,having long tired of the vote split argument, I belieive in voting for who you want to be elected.

Maybe that would be the "caramel".

Lyle Craver said...

I was there last night and she spoke well with few variations on her stump speech that she's given on talk shows.

After her speech there was a short Q&A session which didn't contain any soft pitches but nothing extraordinarily rough either.

Her main 'zinger' was that while she supported Gordon Campbell's Carbon Tax and would not reduce it she would not commit to raising it as scheduled on July 1, 2011.

I would have liked to ask her her thoughts on the proposal to change from the one member one vote principle which the provincial convention votes on in 2 weeks before the leadership vote but there wasn't time. I hate that proposal with a passion but it's a compromise that is probably necessary to avoid a party split though I think the whole idea is entirely unreasonable.

Don Bell and Jane Thornthwaite were there and it was good to see Jennifer Anderson again (she didn't say much but spent most of her time at the table selling party memberships)

Anonymous said...

I hear it was a standing room only crowd. Why on earth would Jane have showed up? Scoping out the competition?

Lyle Craver said...

From Jane's perspective she's a sitting MLA during a leadership campaign for her party.

At some point there will be a provincial election and she will want the help of her leader - which may well be Christy Clark.

Obviously Christy knows who Jane and the other North Shore MLAs are supporting - but why would an MLA risk alienating a potential leader?

I'd have been far more surprised had she stayed away!

Anonymous said...

If they are afraid of alienating potential leaders, then why do the MLAs endorse a particular candidate at all. It seems to me that this is putting a huge target on their backs if their chosen one doesn't make it. I haven't analyzed it, but have all the sitting MLAs endorsed one candidate or another?

Lyle Craver said...

Excellent question - I've not done an actual count but most of the MLAs have declared for one candidate or another.

I'm sure it's tallied somewhere online - can anyone provide a link?