(UPDATED) Christy Clark’s Feet of Clay: The Falcon Resignation’s REAL STORY, and the Ones to Come…
I apologize., off the top–in advance, for the brevity of this post.
I am in a remote part of BC for 24 hours and email plus internet are sparse, at best, so I’m trying to get this in while working on other matters.
Kevin Falcon got tired of Christy undermining his Ministry. No? Pay attention, please.
A few months prior to the St. Paul’s announcement/debacle (helmed by Christy and her de facto Deputy Premier, Mike deJong) Christy called Kevin in for a chat.
She apparently told him that he would be responsible for the resurgeance of Conservative fortunes in the Liberal party. In other words, he would be the point man to bring the Tory faithful back to the fold.
Falcon leered at her. But agreed to do so–a deal that included sharing the Beans and Jeans event, plus other Tory-friendly announcements, but, in return, he would receive FINAL ascent on every fiscal plan of financial commitment in government–an unprecedented power grab by a Finance Minster–but a necessary one, considering the child in the Premier’s chair.
As one Falcon insder describes it: “He knew she was crazy about spending money from SFU days. Christy will spend any amount to get herself elected–and she doesn’t care who she uses to do it. She doesn’t care if it bankrupts the treasury, so he took advantage of her weakness, it’s as simple as that, Alex. Kevin genuinely wanted to make sure she was reigned in.”
So, Clark called in her Chief of Gaffe, Ken Boessenfool (that’s not a typo) and the deal was done.
Thereafter, Clark ignored Falcon and went on a spending spree. All sorts of announcements, small and large, capped by the St. Paul’s nightmare annoucement, that Falcon found out about, after the fact.
He was particularly annoyed that deJong–a major asshat, knew the details before him–it was truly the last straw for Falcon.
So, Kevin Falcon timed it properly and you have the annoucement today–which I told you about months ago.
For tomorrow, I can confirm George Abbott is gone, as is Mary McNeil and John Les.
My darlings, Clark is in deep trouble. She’s got no one left and many of those back benchers that aren’t stupid enough to believe her bullshit, are getting very antsy again. Her performance is a train wreck and prominent BC Liberal backers are trying to find her a soft landing, if she’ll take it.
Problem being, according to a major BC Liberal backer of Gordon Campbell’s: “Alex, take it from me, she will have to be pushed in a way that spares her massive ego, as she’s clawed her nails into the desk and won’t leave without a good push. I’m astounded that she made such a mess of things considering my support of her, but the goal is to get rid of her and Cummins at the same time, and I don’t care if you print this. We are in big trouble under the NDP.”
So…stay tuned for about a dozen MLAs to announce they are running. This is the deflection effort for the major losses of Abbott and Falcon.
Clark is in real trouble, make no mistake. Ideally, these guys could have waited, but her obstreperous nature and general incompetence had them often left speechless–and with little choice. Of course, you may hear the same kind, supportive words from Abbott as you did from Falcon, but it’s all fluff. Neither wants to be a Michael Heseltine.
Mind you, it’s all too late for any that.
They’re not rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic–they’re choosing spades, with which to dig the grave more quickly.
Stay tuned, I’ll have more as it’s available.
As predicted George Abbott, Mary McNeil and John Les have let the Premier know that they will not be running on her team in the next election.
This is no surprise. What is surprising, is that they mistimed the announcement of upcoming nominations of 11 MLAs. How stupid are these people? They should have let the resignations out first and then tried to deflect it with the “wonderful” folks that are staying.
To bail water out of the full-to-the-rails hull.
Another point: Below is Vaughn Palmer’s rendition of the Falcon resignation.
A good piece, however, he pays light tribute to Falcon’s otherwise meddlesomeness in the Telus stadium-naming debacle.
It was all Falcon–with the Premier so withdrawn, she didn’t even know about what you’re now going to read. Falcon provided the govt and Telus a several point memo, that the govt has acknowledged exists. That memo was essentially Falcon telling Telus to locate a corner in a round room. It was the deal killer. When an appeal was made to the Premier, so aloof and absent-minded was her response that it ruined the deal on the spot. She didn’t know the file and let Falcon run with it, to the detriment of the province and the taxpayer.
They are equally to blame. Vaughn spoke to the same insider I did, but paid that angle passing service. Why? Hard to say, but it’s fact.
Some time through the long weekend, I’ll bring you more inside intel about Christy collapsing house.
A well-earned predicament.