Vaughn Palmer is pleased with the BC Liberals. His weekend column in the Sun offered this:
…the Whistler convention struck me as a relatively happy affair. The public sessions — on the convention floor, in workshops, and receptions — were models of respectful discussion and, in several instances, energized. The mood carried over to the corridors and the after-hours receptions I attended as well…
Palmer compares supporters of today’s government to another party that seemed headed for oblivion:
…when the New Democrats wound down their term of office at the end of the 1990s, the party’s annual gatherings became spectacles of division, full of backroom disputes that spilled onto the convention floor…
Palmer is too keen to share the upbeat Liberal message so his analysis misses the real story. He should have been writing that the event was stage managed by the party’s central committee and the clique of loyalists made sure there was no spectacle of division. Not a whit.
This was a rubber stamp conference, designed not to listen to policy concerns of the grass roots but to make sure those members know their role as silenced sycophants. This party had not one person stand up and ask for change. No one said stop the looting of BC Hydro. No one suggested that senior bureaucrats should take their greedy fingers out of taxpayer pockets or that petroleum producers deserved no production incentives and subsidies from the carbon tax paying public. No party members asked why the Basi/Virk trial was halted nor why the Liberal Party has been blocking the Auditor General’s review of bribes paid to halt due process.
Frankly, I’d have been pleased if a few Liberals used the convention to ask why Corky Evan’s words from a dozen years ago are still true. He said the BC Liberals were a “wholly-owned subsidiary of the B.C. Business Council.”
When Corky Evans retired from politics, one news person wrote, “The legislature will be significantly poorer for the absence of Corky Evans.”
Read the 2010 In-Sights article “Some cultures would call us elders, think we’re cool and listen to us”
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