I love politics … especially as an observer who enjoys the science of politics.
This week, the Liberals launched their campaign for 2017 … although no one seemed to realize that (especially the media, who are supposed to be “professional” observers and analysts!).
The announcement that the government will proceed with the Site C Hydro project, was largely proclaimed … not by the Minister responsible for BC Hydro Bill Bennett … but by Premier Christy Clark herself.
She LOVES to take credit for all BIG projects that the Liberals believe MOST BC voters will approve: that should have been the hint of what’s really happening.
Jobs! Jobs! Jobs!
Thousands of jobs … not only up north (heartland!) but that the Libs believe WILL be under way, despite all the legal challenges, environmental protestors’ threats and any other obstacles that the $8.8 Billion project will face in the next year or two.
And quite predictably, the NDP has failed to come out in support … reportedly calling for “a review by the B.C. Utilities Commission with BC Hydro submitting an alternative plan to Site C for consideration”. The Greens have opposed the dam outright, calling it “the wrong project at the wrong time”.
Ho hum! The Liberals are probably thankful for that.
Dust off Christy’s hard hat!
Site C will be the 2017 version of the Liberals’ 2013 LNG Billions election strategy.
And remember … it worked!!!
Despite all the criticism, despite all the naysayers, despite all the cynical analysis, despite all the polls … the Liberals were returned to power with a BIGGER majority!
And left the NDP and the Greens in the dust.
Opponents may not like the damn dam; opponents may ridicule it; opponents may be able to come up with all kinds of logical concerns, reasoning and protests against the damn dam … the Liberals clearly don’t believe that will matter.
Those who say don’t build Site C probably aren’t Liberal voters anyway.
First Nations may huff and puff, but the political reality is they don’t wield enough votes to stop the Liberals for being elected if the majority of British Columbians think it will be good for the province, for their jobs and for their communities.
And with job guarantees and financial compensation for any lost territory, the Libs probably think many First Nations members will eventually go along too. Kind of a modern-day shakedown.
What the government is no doubt gambling is that MOST working BC voters … especially the silent majority of young families, in search of good-paying jobs … will come on board and support the Liberals “positive” jobs plan…. once again
Over the “negative” posturings of the NDP and Greens naysayers.
Did someone say “deja vu”?