The BC Liberal Party has selected Christy Clark as its next leader. This means that, once the formality of Gordon Campbell resigning is over, she will be the next premier of British Columbia. She will be the second woman to be premier.
Since Clark does not have a seat in the legislature, it’s possible that a new general election is imminent. If that takes place, the HST referendum due to take place this September would likely be moved up to coincide. A less likely possibility is that some backbencher in a safe seat will resign to let her run; she would likely win the resulting by–election. That would be the first time since 1981 that the governing party has won a by–election here.
As for the leadership vote itself, I’m glad it was not Kevin Falcon who won. Clark is a life–long federal liberal. Supporting your own side is only part of getting your political preferences enacted; you also have to support middle–of–the–roaders in your opponents. Clark should be one such middle–of–the–roader, despite being a partisan pit bull that grinds opponents to dust.
The BC Liberals will likely get a boost in the polls. Clark remains popular with the public at large. New leaders always get a honeymoon period in the polls. I just hope that she waits until the NDP has selected a new leader before she calls an election; dropping the writs earlier would be blatantly opportunistic.
A few more factoids guaranteed to set the blood of any wingnut readers boiling. The BC NDP is a nominally socialist party, even though it is far more moderate than the federal party. At the same time, Clark is a divorced single mom. She will soon become the most powerful person in British Columbia. The NDP and the Liberals are the only parties with a realistic chance of winning seats. Who should the wingnut vote for, the “socialists” or the woman heading a non–nuclear family? Either way, the sky still refuses to fall. Indeed, the only thing that’s fallen recently is a bunch of fluffy white stuff.
Outside it is starting to stick. It is steady and definitely not a flurry, but it is not very deep or anything.
It snowed here during the dark morning of January 1, and then again today. It finally stopped flurrying.
- Shoveling your walk is a full-time job;
- Your dream of a white Christmas comes through several times over;
- Someone goes cross-country skiing down your street;
- 30mm of rain causes a possible flood danger;
- You spend 2 hours driving your bumper car home, when it wasn’t a bumper car when you bought it.
Those are all things I’ve seen. Although I stayed home this whole time, there have been lots of car accidents since the snow started, that song was on too many times, I saw a cross-country skier ten minutes ago, 25mm of rain is routine here, but not with the snow plugging a lot of drains, and I’ve shoveled the sidewalk several times. Yes, I’ve got too much snow (by the standards of this area).
At least it’s Boxing Day and I don’t have to go anywhere.
Sometime this morning, it stopped snowing. I estimate that it’s nearly 20cm deep. Spent the morning shoveling a path through the driveway and sidewalk and putting salt at the paths. I also helped two cars and an SUV get moving out of the snow piled up at our cul-de-sac. Honestly, if you’re in a deep snow area, please stay home if at all possible. The roads are dangerous here and in much of North America. One bad place was Michigan, where there was a huge pile-up on Interstate 94.
Here in BC it’s pretty much been a deep freeze the 14th. We just had our third snowfall, and it’s still coming down outside my window. Last night, the low at Vancouver International was -15.2C, the lowest low since January 29, 1969. And it’s only today that is the first day of winter!
This cold snap is expected to continue, albeit slightly warmer. More snow is coming and a white Christmas is expected. It could well be the first day to have a country-wide white Christmas 1971. While Canada is sometimes stereotyped to be nothing but a “few acres of snow”, the current weather makes it seem more like a lot of hectares of snow.
Now excuse me while I get another sweater and drink some hot chocolate.