What a disappointment! NDP Leader Adrian Dix … touted by his supporters as a straight shooter and a breath of fresh air for BC politics … skated around like a tired old pro in front of a hundred thousand voters this week.
He had a chance to let us know what he would do differently in dealing with the latest BC Ferries fiasco … and show us what he is made of … and, apparently, not much … just the same old sound and fury, saying almost nothing. Even worse, his strategists probably gave him a “High Five” afterwards for his “performance”.
I’m referring to Dix’s 6-minute appearance on CKNW’s Bill Good Show Monday at 8:35 a.m. to talk about BC Ferry CEO David Hahn’s lucrative salary and outrageous pension provisions. (You can listen to his whole pathetic offering here… DIX ON GOOD, TUESDAY. Go to NW’s Audio Vault for July 12 at 8 a.m. and then slide the timing bar to 8:35 a.m. … Dix starts at 8:39 and ends, mercifully, at 8:45 a.m.
For political junkies, it is a delight to listen to: another politician skating around, spewing cliches and rhetoric…without much substance. In fact, maybe none. Of course, partisan NDP supporters will gloss over the truth, even deny it … but they should HONESTLY question if this is the type of openness and directness they think voters will buy?
Dix responded to virtually every question …not by answering the question asked … but by trying to deflect attention to Christy Clark’s personal office hiring practices, previous stands on Ferry services, Ferry salaries etc etc ….anything except the questions asked.
Pressed by Good SEVERAL times (wish he’d be as relentless with Clark too!) the NDP Leader kept saying Hahn’s salary and pension and handling of the mess by the ferries board have been “unacceptable” …the matter is out of control at the top … … blah, blah, blah.
But what SPECIFICALLY would he do? “Take action”. What specifically? “People have to be held accountable.” What does that mean? There have to be “consequences”. But what would he do … asked five times. “Take action” Blah. Blah. Blah.
About the only thing Dix said that had any credibility was towards the end:
“You have to set the example if you’re going to lead.”
Amen! Now why doesn’t he do that! Instead of just giving us the same old crud the Liberals have for years.
Or get ready to try out for the Canucks next year …