Just in case you thought politics in B.C. were boring
When a number of Federal Conservative MP’s from B.C. announced they would not be seeking re-election in the advent of a new election being called, it caused quite a lot of speculation as to whether any of them were considering the vacancy for the upstart B.C. conservative party leadership vacancy. Well it looks like the tides have turned with the recent announcement that John Cummins, former federal MP for Delta-Richmond East, has declared his candidacy for the leadership of the B.C.Conservatives. This party has been threatening to make a re-emergence on the provincial political scene, which will only spell trouble for Christy Clark and her co-alition of Federal Conservatives and Liberals under the umbrella of the B.C. Liberal party.
In speaking with a number of supporters and reporters Cummins said that the two dominant parties in the province, the B.C. Liberals and the B.C. NDP have abandoned British Columbians. Hammering the B.C. Liberals for the carbon tax, the harmonized sales tax and the increase to minimum wage, he certainly has the ammunition to challenge these policies from a further right perspective.
With Clark soaring from a phenomenal rise in the polls since assuming the leadership of the B.C. Liberals from the politically damaged Gordon Campbell, this latest news could very well spell the end of the Liberals’ reign over our province.
Calling Clark a carbon copy of Gordon Campbell the stage is set to see the tenuous coalition that has always been necessary to keep the NDP from power in B.C. start to fracture.
All but admitting that his move could usher in a new era for the NDP in B.C., Cummins seems confident that a new party is needed and depending on how well they can organize, the resurgent Conservatives could very well be the undoing of the B.C. Liberals. At the very least the NDP will benefit from having their election machine oiled and tested during the Federal election we have just entered. Clark on the other hand will have to face a party that will also be involved in the Federal Election; unfortunately her members will be locked in what is turning into a vicious battle, one that even she with all of her charisma may not be able to put back together.