|The next BC provincial election doesn’t happen for another year and three months, but that hasn’t stopped the two main political parties from sharpening their attacks on one another in the lead-up to the provincial vote.
This week saw Premier Christy Clark and the BC NDP launch new rounds of pointed attacks directed at one another.
Premier Clark criticized the BC NDP for their opposition to the siting of an LNG facility in Northwest BC, calling the Official Opposition the “forces of no” who oppose everything. “There are people who just say no to everything, heaven knows there are plenty of those in British Columbia. But just because it’s hard doesn’t mean you give up. It doesn’t mean you should be a quitter.” Premier Clark said that for the NDP, “It’s just about trying to say no. It’s about fear of change. It’s about a fear of the future.”
The BC NDP countered with an attack of its own – a negative online advertisement highlighting what the NDP is calling “five years of Christy Clark photo-ops and empty promises to B.C. families.” The ad leads off with a photo of Premier Clark’s cancelled “Om the bridge” event, then shifts to health and education underfunding and government scandals, before inviting voters to send Premier Clark a message in a pair of by-elections on February 2. The ad is a marked departure from the 2013 election, when the NDP’s then leader eschewed such negative attacks.
The next BC provincial election is scheduled for May 9, 2017.