Blast from the past

Rita Johnston said today she'd be "inclined" to take out a provincial Conservative membership "if they can pull it together." Speaking exclusively with Public Eye, the former Socred premier said she hopes that happens "otherwise we should try to find a tea party because I think the Liberals are in big do-do and I could never vote for the NDP. So I'm hoping there's going to be an alternative."

During our interview, Ms. Johnston did credit Premier Gordon Campbell for his hard work during the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games. "A weaker person wouldn't have been able to keep up the pace he kept up to help promote this province. And he was sure in there. He's not lazy."

But, that being said, "There's so many things that Gordon has done wrong...I don't see how he can recover from all these screw-ups. And this one - whether or not the (harmonized sales tax) is good or not - the way he did it was just so deceitful. People don't forgot those kind of things."

Nor was she particularly complimentary toward her own provincial representative - Liberal Eric Foster. "We've got a MLA up here - who I don't believe I have ever met - but his attitude is one of absolute arrogance, like I know better. There's more signatures on (the anti-HST petition) in the Vernon area than people who voted for the man...That seems to be the attitude of some of them - it's arrogance."

By contrast, Ms. Johnston said "there was nothing deceitful" about what Bill Bennett did when he was premier. "People either liked what he did or didn't like. They could never accuse him of lying about anything."

"I guess because I'm so disgusted with the Liberals it won't take much for a centre party to get organized for me to support them," she stated, later adding the voters would "just have to wait to see" whether someone with "as much energy as (former premier) Bill Vander Zalm" steps forward to lead the Conservatives.

"I certainly don't. But somebody is going to have as much energy as he's had to try to pull either another party or the Conservatives forward and show there is some responsible people out there that are prepared to work and get it going."

9 Comments

1) Rita, we've never met but you're arrogant. So arrogant I came out of hibernation all cranky.

2) I have three words to cure BC's ills: "WHAT. PRICE. POLAK?" Seriously. The inspiration is HERE. Yes, Mary Polak is the Lioness of BC Liberty. Yeah, that one, the anti-socialist, the maverick, the one who would piss off the haters and embolden the liberators.

3) If it weren't for the Gyratin' Gord and Rockette Polak, there'd be BCNDP running the place, trashing the Olympics, raising taxes even more, governing incoherently under weak leadership, etcetera. I think most people want the BCLibs to reinvent themselves the same way the US Democrats did under Clinton, the same way the Conservative Canadian movement did under Harper, the same way Tony Blair did UK Labour, and the same way the UK Conservatives did under Churchill, Thatcher & Cameron being the BCNDP won't. Perhaps... Mary Rose Polak of Langley, time to pull a Julia Gillard and challenge Gordon Campbell from the caucus. WHAT PRICE POLAK?!?

4) If there is no price, then WHAT PRICE HOLMAN?!?

Back to hibernation.

Rita Johnston in the provincial conservatives? Might as well bring back The Zalm and his Zalmoids, Mary Polack included.

Polack is no Lioness of Liberty and never has been. The NDP began the Olympic Dream and they would have kept it going, although without some of the excessive fizz that Gordo wanted.

Sure as hell would not vote for the BC Conservatives if Rita Johnston and her Trailer Park Boys get into it.

BC would be better off with 4 years of the NDP until real conservatives (middle of the road and not the religious types) sort out the mess.

But the "religious types" are the real conservatives. Gordo and company have only used them for his convenience.

"But the "religious types" are the real conservatives. Gordo and company have only used them for his convenience."

If Gordo have used the Conserative Religious types such as Mark Polak, then the BC Liberal government and party are in far worse shape than anyone can imagine, and most of us can imagine alot.


Josef, seems to me that your Precious Princess Polak supported the whole HST thing along with the rest of the trained seals. So she's bound to be tarred (and hopefully, feathered) by the same brush as all of Cabinet.

What price Polak? Much, much too high a price, I'd say. She's better off going south, joining like-minded folk and running as Sarah Palin's VP running-mate. And good riddance to her.

All the EX Socreds and Conservatives have used the BC Liberal Party vehicle, and now watch them jump ship and try to burn their old vehicle.

Sorry to disturb your sleep..er hiberation,but who's going to support polak for premier when she can't even manage a ministry or control her deputy minister?

Other than the EIBI foulup that has gotta be real costly for some families, I'd give Mary Polak an A-. With that, B-. With the deficit closing shut somewhat, the door opens for autism reform in 2011, 2012 IF this does NOT become a partisan issue.

MCFD Min Mary's doing okay. The hatemongers - one of whom now calls the BCLibs racists on his/her blog - are going to keep lobbing their snooze-enducing rhetoric that puts most fans of BC and BCLibs to sleep.

Off hot.

"Other than the EIBI foulup that has gotta be real costly for some families, I'd give Mary Polak an A-. With that, B-. With the deficit closing shut somewhat, the door opens for autism reform in 2011, 2012 IF this does NOT become a partisan issue."

Well good luck in your blind loyalty in getting thst to happen. It didn't before and won't again unfortunatly.

ALso have to wonder why these governments spend money on giving out free needles to drug users when diabetics have to buy their own insulin needles.

I'd give Mary Polak a C. (average). She hasn't come up with anything that has rocked the province in a good way with her Ministry and seems to be just an overseer rather than actually moving the Ministry ahead with something new and innovated that would actually help people.

"MCFD Min Mary's doing okay. The hatemongers - one of whom now calls the BCLibs racists on his/her blog - are going to keep lobbing their snooze-enducing rhetoric that puts most fans of BC and BCLibs to sleep."

News for you bud. The fans of BC and especially the BC Liberals are already asleep, many BC Liberals are comatose.

Especially every Cabinet Minister in Gordon's goverment.
Plus a few backbench MLAs, and blind loyal supporters of both.


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