What Now? Post Election Thoughts


Cash for Access is what it’s all about.

Did you see the mood at BCLiberal HQ on election night as late results rolled in painting Surrey and Burnaby Orange? Did you see Andrew Wilkinson, ashen faced?

Yes, Vaughn Palmer nailed it.. Christy Clark lost on Tuesday night. The high contrast between celebrations at NDP and Green Venues and the quiet shock and murmured conversations at the Liberal venue said it all… And Vaughn mused about what was in the thoughts of the attendees. “I paid $10,000 a plate for this?”.

Did you see Press Secretary Stephen Smart putting out the absurd line that because Clark had supported no brainer popular moves on high heels in the workplace… that somehow translated into common ground with the Greens and room for cooperation on far larger issues (hello..Kinder Morgan, LNG, Campaign Reform, )?

A story: back before the official campaign began, Clark’s cabal was hosting a cash for access private dinner in the Okanagan.. Some of us want to know who is at these things. We want to know what is tacitly or overtly promised. One reporter tried to get pictures, but failed as the diners were driven to the event in a blacked out van. I don’t think rubber chicken was on the menu.

Think about our press. Without Kathy Tomlinson of the Globe and Mail we wouldn’t know the slightest about shadow flips in Real Estate. Further, there would be no federal RCMP investigation into lobbyist donations. Kathy is recently from Toronto and works paid from there.

Now think about the blacked out van and imagine Trudeau, or Harper, or Notley inside it driving with a half dozen cash rich donors to a secret location. The story was ignored here. What would the press do on any other stage?

Well… whatever chaos ensues from recounts and absentee ballots. That is over.  Horgan and Weaver will find a way to end it.

We have an unstable government of some sort for the next year or more and we don’t know how it will configure, but ending Pay to Play starts now.

To Mr. Horgan and Dr Weaver… great campaigns… Dr Weaver accomplished the end of the vote-split argument.. The Green vote thought about it, stuck with their choice and grew..

John Horgan identified who was primarily disenchanted with a government that had shifted costs from the wealthy to the average. He identified the swing seats where home ownership for the kids is beyond a pipe dream now. He worked them, and broke the grip of those who paid  $10K for dinner because they expected the BCLiberals to deliver exactly the high quality dinner you expect on a gravy train.

Note: My last post was sharply critical of Weaver flirting with the Liberals.. I no longer believe he has any option given his caucus and the Green Base but to work with Horgan… I continue to find some of the things he said disturbing, but events……

5 thoughts on “What Now? Post Election Thoughts”

  1. “And Vaughn mused about what was in the thoughts of the attendees. “I paid $10,000 a plate for this?”.”

    I missed that Palmer piece — but it’s a great comment.

    This year, I spent about 20 hours supporting the NDP campaign in Chilliwack and got free pizza and a couple of beers at the end of it, despite a losing cause against the local BC Lib incumbent.

    As I left the campaign office, Tuesday night, I felt heartened at the province-wide outcome. We now stand a very real chance of eradicating the province’s politics of Big Money. Once that is done, the head of the BC Liberal snake will be forever separated from the bags of cash it feeds on. The playing field will be tipped in favour of democracy.

    I can wait a few weeks or months for that.

    1. Yes, I can wait.. Interesting to speculate how big a role media played getting the issue in the minds at a few ballot boxes.
      Blogs don’t influence many, much as we’d like to think we do.. Globe, NYT, CKNW even, those spaces did just enough..
      And Integrity BC / Dermod Travis did such a relentless job in media and social media..

      Cash for Access should have been a big election issue …Polls suggested it might have been on the list , but far down the list.
      Who knows? Clean it up Fix the systemic problem, and get better governance..

  2. I truly believe Andrew Weaver is meeting with Christy’s spin department to come up with the right sales job to his loyal supporters that voted for him because of his policies on Site C, Kinder Morgan, BC Hydro etc.
    Andrew Weaver will be like no other politician, even worse now that he’s won his second term and that media is splashing his picture & name all over the place and calling him the deal breaker. His head is swelling right now and he will bite at the best deal. Only the multi million dollar Liberal spin machine can deliver that. Andrew Weaver will slap all his supporters in the face after he is convinced by the biggest mythomaniac in BC political history.
    He will be convinced that his supporters will forget his current decisions in due time and the spin machine will point to Christy as an example ( LNG ).
    All I can say at this point is, if this is the outcome I will engage as many as I can to make sure he never returns to politics. Once a liar….. always a liar ( Christy Clark is a great example ).

  3. Merv says, “Blogs don’t influence many, much as we’d like to think we do.”

    I’ll agree on that. During this campaign, I was amazed/shocked at how many volunteers in Chilliwack — even candidates — didn’t know about Norm Farrell’s blog… didn’t know of Laila Yuile and only vaguely recalled Harvey Oberfeld from his professional career. All three have what I thought were widely-read blogs — and Laila and Norm have had radio air time as well.

    BC’s poli-bloggers are providing a great, no-cost service for British Columbians… but who is listening? Tens of thousands, surely — but likely not hundreds of thousands.

    Shutting up isn’t the answer, though.

    I thank you for sharing your voice and this space, Merv.

    1. Thanks Barry.. Watch for a post soon on the need for new voices to take up the cause, and why. The next four years will not be the same as the last four. The demographics who are under-represented will shift. I have often argued the need to share widely the blogs who tell a truth in a fact based way which runs against “obvious” mainstream thought.

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