Yesterday, we wondered what issue will drive the election now that former solicitor general John van Dongen's driving record is set to slide off the front pages. The bursting of large water line at the new Vancouver Convention Centre hasn't become a campaign issue - despite New Democrat hopes it would. Nor has the party politicized the growing number of swine flu cases in British Columbia. Which means the campaign trial is turning tinder dry.
The New Democrats don't seem to have succeeded in fanning whatever flames surround Statistics Canada reports on British Columbia's shrinking economy and increasing employment insurance claims (although, truth be told, it doesn't look like they tried too hard).
Nor were they able to get any traction out of criticizing Rich Coleman, who has succeeded Mr. van Dongen as solicitor general. As a result, even the most minor scandal could catch fire and become a headlining story.
This environment presents a substantive risk for both parties. Because, if they're on the receiving end of such a story, we're far enough into the campaign that either of them could get burned at the ballot.