On Election Day, the New Democrats want you to think a vote for Prime Minister Paul Martin is a vote for Premier Gordon Campbell and his unpopular provincial government. But what they don't want you to think is that you're voting against Premier Campbell. Confused? Here's the explanation: according to New Democrat strategists, there's an increasing concern within the party that British Columbians will take their frustration with the provincial Liberals out on the federal Liberals and then turn around and re-elect the Campbell administration next year. "Its been my nightmare that they will spill their bile," by voting against Prime Minister Martin instead of the provincial Liberals, says a senior party member. "I'm not a person who can keep a hate-on for a long-time. And I don't expect the public's much different."
June 13, 2004