The Campbell administration's recent throne speech has been variously described by the provincial commentariat as being as reversal of the premier's past "smaller government" commitments, representative of his "current visionary and activist frame of mind" or an indication government will be focusing "on the role of the individual." But, in our opinion, it's yet another example of how Gordon Campbell lacks any kind of strong ideological underpinning for his actions.
That's why "with the explosion of new programs announced this week" The Vancouver Sun's editorial board finds it "hard to see where Campbell's real priorities lie." Because, while the premier is a great policy connoisseur, his thoughts about the role government should play in society seem to be less cultivated - endorsing, for example, the principle of subsidiarity in one breathe, while making decisions which contradict that principle in the next.
And, until that changes, his administration will continue to suffer from an apparent case of political "attention deficit disorder" - developing programs for the province in the absence of a larger vision of the world.