Editor, The Times:
So, Premier Christy Clark has counted her seats and realized her election platform was a mistake — or, rather, a series of mistakes, easily dismissed.
The irony is delightful, to say the least. Most readers will remember her “honest mistake” when she was education minister and arbitrarily scrapped an agreement on public-school funding.
As premier, she defended the move and, later, claimed the court’s judgment to be “an opportunity to invest in education.”
Her realization about that one, as we all know, came with a considerable nudge, nudge, wink, wink from the Supreme Court of Canada. Unfortunately for B.C. taxpayers, Clark’s little error in judgment cost us more than $2.4 million in lawyers’ fees.
Those dollars could have been put into schools. And the B.C. Liberal Party was topping up her salary by an additional $50,000 a year.
Now, weeks after publicly and repeatedly dismissing the NDP’s platform as being far too expensive and valueless, she has seen the light. Let us hope the public recognizes Clark’s vision problem as a question of values, not affordability or optics.
She obviously missed something important in the sandbox, as her hypocrisy is absolutely monumental.