The cost of a snap election

Yesterday, speaking with reporters in Victoria, provincial Liberal leadership candidate Christy Clark suggested she might call a snap election if she becomes premier. But Ms. Clark could run into some significant opposition from her own caucus depending on the timing of that election call. The reason: legislators must serve for six years to be eligible for their pension plan. So anyone elected in 2005 and defeated in a snap election that was called before May 17 wouldn't qualify for that plan. Fancy that!

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That would be great, why do they deserve a pension when they have done abosulety nothing and lied to british columbians, Ida Chong for example does not deserve one penny in pension.

I really think the election will be called in the fall of 2011. Here's why:

#1. David Shreck pointed out on his website the time Elections BC would need to spin up last night.

#2. Christy Clark may want to kill the HST in the legislature first.

#3. The BCNDP are in the midst of choosing a new leader and to make them run on a temp leader is something only people too cute by half would do. @BCLobbyist is warning against it, @GracieStyle was first for it.

#4. A budget will be needed, as well as a new Throne Speech. New Premiers like those kind of toys... oops, things.

#5. The MCFD Minister - hopefully one Mary Rose Polak on probation - will have to QB some serious legislation. "Government is working on such things as an overhaul of the Family Relations Act and wrongful death legislation" (SOURCE).

Well said Sean!

A wise organizational guru once said that leadership means "eating last". However, the reverse seems to be true in BC politics with MLAs voting themselves large increases in salary and a platinum plated pension that has the taxpayer contributing $4 for every dollar contributed by the MLA. History tells us that BC MLAs can be counted to "eat first" so first term MLAs will put up fierce resistance to a new Liberal leader calling a snap election.

I really don't care for the crapfest on MLAs here in the comments. Many MLAs have to put their professional lives on hold to serve - like Kevin Falcon the developer, Lana Popham a farmer, Rich Coleman a RCMP cop, Nick Simons a public sector exec & professor, Shame Simpson who's been a bit of a journeyman and of course the Hon. Mary Polak who rose from child poverty to being a maid team campaign & Molly Maid to COO of a polling firm... sorry, but these people deserve some financial security & some dignity for serving. Being a MLA is full time + overtime job if done right.

Oh and Ken... quit crapping on MLA Ida Chong. She does a fine job for the riding, that's why they reelect her and why so many stand with her and Christy Clark against the recall by the far-right w/ BCNDP covert aid.

It's interesting that, especially given the fact that Ms. Clark (as reported by Andrew MacLeod in The Tyee) ducked a scheduled sit-down with reporters after the BC Rail warrant story broke and then uttered the snap election comment on the fly during a streeter, that more folks aren't seriously considering the possibility that this was nothing more than a little bit of deflector spin flung into the madding crowd.

I mean, clearly, from that perspective, the snappy, shiny, spinning object worked.

Specifically, the only reporter I heard/saw/read who mentioned both the snap election stuff and the BC Rail issue in the same piece yesterday was Jeff Davies of CBC Radio.

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Pointing out the "hog wallowing" of MLAs does not constitute crapping on MLAs. Expecting $4 from the taxpayer for every dollar of MLA contribution hardly constitutes self sacrifice on the part of MLAs who supported this legislation.

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