British Columbians will soon be heading to the polls to elect a provincial government, and it is looking increasingly likely that the NDP will not only win, but win big. The Christy Clark experiment has been a disaster, paving the way for Dippers to form government. There is an opportunity for the BC Conservatives to make significant gains and put elected members in the legislature, but their chances of actually winning the election are slim.
We have seen a number of high profile federal Tories like Preston
Manning and Stockwell Day foolishly endorse Christy, which has
not helped the provincial Tories gain the support of the many people who vote
Conservative federally in BC. Now we are about to pay the price. They did not
recognize that the BC Liberal brand is mortally wounded, and that a new
alternative is needed.
It has been a long time since I lived under NDP government, not since Bob Rae's
Ontario when I was still in elementary school. Does anyone out there have any
advice or words of wisdom that could help nervous British Columbians prepare
themselves for NDP rule? Should I be stocking up on bottled water and
non-perishable food items? Perhaps it would be useful to watch a few episodes
of that show Doomsday Preppers for ideas. Should I be building an arc in my
backyard? I would consider moving to Alberta, but it looks like Allison Redford
is well on her way to driving that car off a fiscal cliff. That would be a fun poll question "what is the best way to prepare yourself for NDP government?"
I voted for
the BC Liberals in the last election because the Conservatives did not a run a
candidate in my riding. I did not feel good doing so (having strong opposition
to the carbon tax), but it was either that or vote Green or NDP. When Christy
Clark ran for Premier, I wrote several blog posts opposing her candidacy (having
always disliked her on the radio). I promoted the ABC campaign (anybody but Christy), but alas my warnings went unnoticed, and she was elected Liberal leader with help from fans of her radio show who suddenly signed up for Lib membership.
So be it. Let us all brace for NDP government. It is virtually guaranteed at this point. I wrote a preview of the 2013 BC General Election nearly one year ago. Christy's Liberals have gone from bad to worse over that time.