Yesterday, I noticed a small gem in Rod Smelser’s informative twitter stream:
“BC Govt Communications & Public Engagement has budget of $26M for spin, Environmental Assessment Office, $9M. Sierra Club: B.C. Budget Risks Water, Environment“
Of course, Liberals spend much more on self promotion by tapping the budgets of individual ministries. Recent by-elections demonstrated that Christy Clark’s large staff is politically hyperactive. Add $10 million a year in party spending courtesy of people like these: 8 BC Liberal donors = $1.3 million in 2011.
Pouring cash into partisan messaging and calling in favours from corporate media’s corruptible segment has not worked for Christy Clark. Now, a strategy cooked up by Premier Photo Op’s latest braintrust is put into play. It sends out wild-eyed troops to yell from centre stage. Instead of governing, they’re behaving like undisciplined 3-year olds, throwing tantrums and speaking self centred nonsense.
Invective from people like Krueger, Bloy and Bennett has become the government’s idea of political debate. That might please Liberal beneficiaries and supporters like Phil Hochstein of ICBA. However, those are people immovably committed to Liberal Party principles. The chance of Kevin Krueger and his ilk returning former followers to the party is nil. The Clark strategy shows nothing more than empty headed desperation.
Christy Clark and her band of followers can’t figure out why their polling numbers have fallen dramatically despite aggressive promotion. However, Gary Mason of The Globe and Mail explains it with one paragraph in Clark Liberals still tightlipped on $6-million payout:
“Mr. van Dongen asked a completely valid and straightforward question about an issue that continues to rankle British Columbians. To fob it off so dismissively, and to great cheers and encouragement by her Liberal colleagues, I might add, is quite shameful. It certainly demonstrates why this government is in so much trouble with the public.”
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