Last week, was the week politics in British Columbia changed - or did it? On Wednesday, Gordon Campbell announced he would be stepping down as provincial Liberal leader, bringing to an end a reign that will have lasted ten years. As a political reporter, he's the only premier I've ever known. And to some of my journalism students at the University of Victoria, he may be the only premier they remember - being ten at the time he came to power. So I wonder what provincial politics will be like when he leaves the West Annex.
There are those who hope for a kinder administration. There are those who hope for a gentler administration. And those hopes may come to pass - under the Liberals' next leader or whoever wins government in 2013.
But remember his successor will inherit the same system of government that suppress independent public thought and speech at the legislature. The same system of government that affords the premier near dictatorial powers. The same system of government that compels elected officials to put the interests of their party ahead of their constituents or even their own conscience - all in the service of ensuring peace, order and what we call good government.
So was last week the week politics in British Columbia changed...or should we be prepared for more of the same in the future?