This will involve a variety of initiatives supporting a re-branded Liberal Party. Presenters will represent major industrial and resource sectors, province wide business lobby groups and front groups purporting to represent small entrepreneurs, taxpayers and ordinary citizens. Supportive journalists and newspaper chains, radio and TV stations will be encouraged to echo the campaign.
If the present government’s slide in voter approval cannot be turned around by late fall, activists want the Constitution Act amended to defer the next general election. There is no consensus on how to justify the move but it will probably involve an “emergency condition” arising from widespread labour disputes with teachers and other public servants. The argument is that if the “coalition” is headed for certain defeat in 2013, it can’t be further harmed by staying another year in power.
The battle is intended to be no-holds-barred. In my view, a costly spin campaign, financed by large corporations and a tiny minority of wealthy BC citizens, would be contemptuous of democratic principles. I respect the words of Aristotle:
“Democracy is when the indigent, and not the men of property, are the rulers.”
Unfortunately, the people financing the effort to block Adrian Dix from the Premier’s chair would prefer the concept expressed by Winston Churchill:
“The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.”
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