(UPDATED) The BC Liberal Convention: Christy’s Free-Enterprise Fraud Days
It is remarkable, indeed, how Christy Clark continues to survive in a BC Liberal party that is demoralized and despondent, and in no small part, due to her viral fabrications about what a marvelous job her government has done and the amateur-hour leadership she continues to provide.
You didn’t hear either of those two complaints over the weekend, because the spin was in. And most of the people who would be principled enough to complain (or request that she leave) are long gone from the party.
“We’re united!” claimed the talentless Ms. Clark.
I suppose she had to say that, with almost a half dozen constituencies anxiously waiting (and telling anyone in the party who would listen) to vote against her should a leadership review be available. Oh yes, a leadership review. The one that didn’t happen because everyone is so happy with the premier. Honestly, I’m amazed that this intel doesn’t hit the rest of the media.
Clark is so in over her head, that it cannot be underestimated how far down this merry band of hucksters will descend in the polls prior to the next election. Regardless, be quite prepared for their wipe out.
“We’re going to win the next election, because, this, this was a big step in beating the NDP,” claimed the premier.
Oh no it wasn’t.
1) Volunteers were at an all-time low. Never in the party’s history have they had to pay so many for so little. Even at Gordon Campbell’s lowest they could count on at least a dozen constituency associations calling the party prior to convention and offering specific help. This time, NOT ONE call.
2) Money: Other than those delusional enough to believe there is any hope, the big money is hedging their bets by placing major money with the BC NDP, too. This is devastating to the government. It means that on operational dollars, many of their traditional donors will be matching monies dollar for dollar; Liberal and NDP. I was at the most recent BC NDP fundraising dinner, as a guest, and I can tell you it was just like the Campbell dinners of 1999: all the major players–well, most of them anyway, didn’t hesitate to drop $3,500 – $5,000 cheques on the NDP. The room was packed with 950 strong, to the extent that there was hardly any room for the media. Think about it: there were more active participants at an NDP one-night-only, downtown fundraiser, than there were for the government at a three day convention in one of the most prestigious winter destinations in the world. Tell us again, premier, how well you’re doing?
3) For free enterprise Friday, Phil Hockstein offered several BC Conservative leaders, including constituency presidents, “free rides” to the convention. Who paid for such an extravagance? What else would be offered? Is this how the BC Liberals intend on having us believe that they are confident of a win??? They are so brimming with faith they will be victorious, that one of their top lickspittles is offering rides to constituency presidents of a third party plummeting in the polls. Translation: they’ll need every single vote not to fall below six seats, but will settle on something less than a dozen.
4) Star candidate sightings were few and far between. An interesting footnote remains that the premier’s brother, Bruce Clark–of BC Rail fame (Erik Bonrmann claimed that Clark bribed Dave Basi), is thick in the middle of vetting candidates, particularly in the Lower Mainland. I guess after he chased away Joe Trasolini, this was considered such a huge success story in the BC Liberal book, that he’s back on to add to the pain. Unbelievable. Li’l sis sure knows when to call in the big guns…
5) During the closed session(s), where media were excluded, the kind of fluff offered was equal to that of their leader. The push to seed the decertification of BC TF membership was a beauty, among others. I’m not sure how they’d pull that one off but it wasn’t just one or two making the inbred cousins on the BC Conservative side look sane. One delegate was adorned with a special lapel pin: ‘Fuck the BCTF’. And yet another: “Remember the SOCIALISTS.” Sure you’re going to have a decade’s long labour peace with the teachers, Christy. Sure, you are…
6) The entire convention was so highly scripted, one MLA remarked: “I’ve never been to a worst show in my life. It’s great that Buffalo Bill’s was packed at midnight with all our people–I suppose that’s what conventioneers do, have fun–but at the caucus meeting Thursday night in Squamish, all we got was more cheerleading. It was depressing, frankly, as there was no path to victory presented, no real discussion of how she’s going to pull anything off, just more empty claims. I don’t know how Christy does it. She just lies through her teeth and some people like Shirley (Bond) and others must be so stupid that they actually believe her. Alex, I hate to say it, but you are right. Christy is completely unworthy of that office, and it’s so obvious, only her blind supporters won’t acknowledge it. I think vanDongen had it right, too; with her, we’re doomed. Anyway, the rest of the convention was more of the same. Every one of her defenders was spinning the same bullshit about how we were going to beat Adrian. No, we’re not. It just won’t happen; not under this premier.” As if that wasn’t damning enough, at any open session when the party thought yet another bozo eruption likely, they put out Stock Day or Senator Gerry St. Germain. Where were their MLAs??? Where are their stars???
7) The real numbers were more like 750 attendees over THREE days. Not the 1200 they claim attended and stayed. And that counts MLAs and staff, etc. And this from a party whose eventual “winner” (read: cheater) claims to have signed up over 20,000 members. They couldn’t get 1000 people to show up! Kevin Falcon and Christy Clark alone, claim to have signed up almost 40,000 new members. Well, where were they? At least 2500 of them. Nowhere, and it’s not just because of the staging that there was “peace”, but because half the people who voted BC Liberal in 2009, are now either with the BC Conservatives, BC NDP or will vote with their feet and stay home–such is the unpopularity of this premier; such is the enmity against her and the BC Liberal brand. Is this not the time to have shown your strength? It’s the last convention before the election, and this is all they can muster??? Spin and lies? Buffered by contrived slanders about the opposition and viral scare-mongering?
Never mind her unpopularity with women, Christy Clark is leading her party, to steal a popular theme of the last 24 hours, straight into the eye of the hurricane.
And there is no one that can save them now.
Guess what the number one issue is that Christy has been told she should go into the election with?
I’ll tell you tomorrow.
You’re not going to believe it, but it’s true.
These people MUST be out of their minds to think they’re going to get away with this.