The provincial Liberals have always insisted government should live within its means. But it seems the Campbell administration believes that principle should only apply to the fiscal side of its ledger - not the political side. Since introducing the harmonized sales tax, the Liberals have been spending political capital they just don't have by continuing to make confrontational rather than consensus-based decisions - preferring to bully their critics rather than broker compromises. The government's recent handling of its disputes with the children and youth representative and the Vancouver school board are just two examples of that tendency. But such decisions are just pushing the Liberals deeper into a political deficit - an approach they'll have to change if they want to win the next election.
June 27, 2010