BC’s Lieutenant Governor Steven Point should refuse to accept the legitimacy of Christy Clark’s seizure of the government without an election and without ANY public mandate for either herself as premier or the platform she plans to undemocratically put forward for the province in the Oct. 3 Throne Speech.
But of course, Lieutenant-Governor Steven Point wil not do that. No big surprise: he will show up and try to make it look like democracy is alive and well in British Columbia.
But it is not.
All the pomp and ceremony will not hide the truth: Christy Clark was never endorsed as premier by the people of the province and has no mandate under historical precedents or Parliamentary traditions to act as one and put forward an agenda for a majority-controlled legislature to rubber stamp.
BC’s government has been taken over in a politically-manipulated coup…a government NO ONE has voted for has seized power.
And BC’s Official Opposition should not go along.
On Oct. 3 the Opposition should refuse to sit in on the Throne Speech. Not walk out … that would be rude to the office represented by the L-G, but simply refuse to attend, refuse to enter the chamber and refuse to give the entire illegitimate proceedings any air of respectability.
The Throne Speech is nothing more than pomp and ceremony setting out a government’s “agenda” … the Opposition should not go along and give an un-elected premier any respectability for a platform and agenda that IN NO WAY was approved by the voters.
I believe many. many British Columbians would be happy to see the Opposition taking a stand for democracy and Parliamentary integrity.
Instead, Opposition Leader Adrian Dix and Official Opposition MLA’s should gather OUTSIDE the legislature, with the people, and make the point: British Columbians MUST have a premier who puts herself and a platform and program out for approval by the public in a vote BEFORE taking it to the legislature for consideration, debate and approval.
And it’s just not good enough to say let her rule as an un-elected dictator with an un-endorsed agenda for a couple of years … before the voters have their say.
That is NOT the way democracy works ANYWHERE else in the Western world: and it should NOT be allowed to go ahead here uncontested.
And the Throne Speech is a perfect time for the Opposition to represent the people and make this point.