Rod’s Mickleburgh’s B.C. NOTEBOOK in the Globe and Mail, After his one bright insight, Bloy gets left in the dark:
After nine years languishing on the government’s dusty backbenches, the former Boy Scout leder had the remarkable wisdom – alone among the 46 or so members of the B.C. Liberal caucus – to realize that talk-show host Christy Clark was the best person in all B.C. to replace boss Gordon Campbell.
With that demonstrated depth of sagacity, Ms. Clark can be forgiven for thinking that her lone caucus supporter had the smarts to manage a cabinet post as well.
Alas, matters did not go swimmingly. On Day 1 of his appointment, Mr. Bloy told reporters he would have more to say about his social development portfolio once he “got a handle” on it. He never did…
A fun piece taking well directed shots at deserving targets. I wonder why MSM writers covering Victoria let the Bloy story go untouched for so long. It was well known to anyone with an ear to the ground that the Minister was over his head and sinking deeper with each passing week. To people in his department, he was a source of amusement and embarrassment. Why was that not written about before Premier Clark finally admitted her mistake and demoted him?
I wonder how many more incompetents are shielded by writers and broadcasters too polite to relate the entire stories behind elected officials. Maybe its also time for journalists to call out their own press gallery colleagues who let cronyism and financial conflicts interfere with honest reporting.