Finley Peter Dunne is credited with the words above. I have a feeling this direction will be in the minds of more than a few politicos a year or so from now.
That’s because Monday night, John Horgan entered the race to lead the BC New Democratic Party. I’ve exchanged views with John on a number of occasions and remain impressed with his broad knowledge of public issues and, perhaps more importantly, his indignation about unprincipled and incompetent management of public affairs in British Columbia.
John is not dogmatic; he knows that politics, practiced well, is the art of the possible. Thus, he believes that varied interests of a modern economy and social order can be harmonized. I suspect the economy will be job one but it will be managed with regard for more than the immediate moment. Horgan will improve democratic functions in BC, starting in the Legislature where citizen’s representatives are largely ignored and underused.
John’s reluctance to commit to a leadership race before now was understandable. He’s been sitting as an MLA for almost nine years and worked in administrative support positions before winning election. With almost four years before the next election, successful leadership means a time commitment of at least eight, perhaps 12 years. Being at the stage of life that is usually most productive, I suspect John wanted to gain absolute certainty about the right course.
Monday’s announcement probably has little to do with other candidates committed or considering. Instead, it is all about one man deciding he’s truly ready to commence more meaningful work. It’s my opinion that John Horgan has the knowledge, judgment and fortitude to succeed. He will afflict interests that have become extravagantly comfortable.
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