Sending a message
John van Dongen, the brand-new Conservative MLA from Abbotsford-South, did not use political double-speak when giving his reasons for leaving the B.C. Liberal Party. He pointed his finger of recrimination directly at Christy Clark for her incompetent attempt to play the role of a provincial premier.
Meanwhile Kevin Falcon and George Abbott are now musing aloud about not running in the next election. But both are being calculatingly careful not to offend any Clark supporters.
Their sudden disenchantment with politics seems opportunistic. Not long ago they were running for the leadership of the B.C. Liberal Party. Unfortunately for them (and the party), they ended up second and third respectively behind Clark.
Both Falcon and Abbott are using political double-speak to send the same message to the Liberal back room powerbrokers: Get rid of Clark and I’ll stay, because I want to be the next premier of British Columbia.
Lloyd Atkins, Vernon