Our own Premier, Christy Clark, has actually given her own government a vote of No Confidence in explaining why she is refusing to call the Legislature back into session for a fall sitting. If the Premier and leader of the majority government isn't responsible for carrying out the mandate and creating the culture of the Legislature then who the hell is?
I can only surmise that this was one of those unscripted moments where her media wranglers were notably absent and she went off the speaking points that had been carefully prepared for her. They must have some sort of code word for this by now.
Now, going into an election year, I suppose it will be helpful for the voters of Victoria to be fully aware that their Premier and the "leader" of the BC Liberals does not consider them to be "real people." I'm not exactly sure what she would consider them to be, but the dehumanization of the population of an entire city is pretty clear in spite of what spin they're now trying to put on her very honest and sincere comments.
Some relevant facts:
- The BC legislature only sat for 48 days last year.
- The legislature recessed on Thursday, May 31, 2012 almost four months ago.
- A fall session of the BC legislature was scheduled to be in operation for only 28 days in October and November 2012.
- The BC Liberal government apparently plans to cut spending by $241 million this year and $398 million next year to meet budget targets.
- It will be almost 9 months between sittings of the Legislature under Clark's leadership.
- A provincial election is scheduled for May 14, 2013.
Here are some choice excerpts:
Hutchinson first reported her comments at the end of the summer, but they surfaced again this week in the context of Clark’s decision not to hold a fall session of the Legislature.
She told him: “When the House rises at the end of [May], you’re never going to find me in Victoria.
“I try never to go over there. Because it’s sick. It’s a sick culture. All they can think about is government and there are no real people in Victoria, and you get captured by this inside-the-beltway debate, and it’s really unhealthy.”