"You cannot make fiscal policy on the back of an envelope. It's just not responsible." That was one of provincial Liberal leadership candidate Christy Clark's key messages during a recently posted Web video on fiscal responsibility. That statement is an echo of her campaign launch, where she promised, "Just as I'm not going to announce an HST policy formed on the back of an envelope, nor will I do the same with the major challenges facing BC." But Ms. Clark isn't the only one to have used such messaging. The following are some examples.
"It's just like any other policy where the Premier is probably sitting down for a cup of coffee somewhere, and he realizes, 'Gee, I better do something,' and on the back of an envelope he decides to put a few notes together, gives it to his ministers and says: 'Go make a policy.' Then they come back with a policy. It's supposed to be a major policy."
- Fraser-Nicola MLA Harry Lali, March 25, 2010
"Did the Premier, did this government, anticipate that it was going to compensate local governments for the gas tax? It said again and again, 'No, no, no,' but as he gets into trouble with it, he goes to the UBCM. On the back of an envelope, just like the announcement on the Coquihalla, he thinks of it. He announces it, and then he expects to come in here and do a fix for him. He won't even put it on the next year's budget. He'll put it into this supplementary budget."
- Columbia River-Revelstoke MLA Norm Macdonald, February 19, 2009
"The NDP's favourite sound bite last week was that Premier Gordon Campbell's economic stimulus program was sketched out on the back of an envelope."
- Black Press legislative bureau chief Tom Fletcher, December 1, 2008
"What it tells me is that the government has failed in this area, that the government has no plan in this area, that the government was making this up as it went along, that the minister and the Premier wrote out this plan on October 4 on the back of an envelope..."
- Vancouver-Kingsway MLA Adrian Dix, November 2, 2005