Abbott claims Clark being backed by "NDP insiders"

Earlier, we reported on an email in which provincial Liberal leadership candidate Christy Clark's campaign blasted competitor George Abbott for attacking Ms. Clark. Mr. Abbott has since stepped up those attacks in an interview with The Globe and Mail. But the trigger for Ms. Clark's counter-offensive appears to have been a letter dated February 4 and sent to Liberal members. In that letter, Mr. Abbott accused Ms. Clark of "committing to fund Bill Vander Zalm's anti-HST group" during the upcoming referendum on the harmonized sales tax, being "supported by NDP insiders who see her as the easiest opponent to beat to bring the NDP back to power in 2013" and not understanding "rural BC." The following is a complete copy of its text, which was obtained by Public Eye.

February 4, 2011

Dear,

On February 26, each BC Liberal Party member will be asked to choose between two visions of the future. Do we choose a candidate who will:

Scrap your lawful right to have a vote on the HST and turn the decision back over to politicians?

Plunge our government into an early election, and ignore the law around set election dates, just to avoid running in by-election?

Struggle to reunite the Party with virtually no support from BC Liberal MLAs?

This is what we will get with Christy Clark.

Or do we choose a Premier who will:

Unite the regional and political coalition of our Party?

Bring people back into the decision of government, like the HST?

Decisively lead the BC Liberal Party to victory in 2013 with strong and dedicated support from the BC Liberal MLA team?

This is the vision we can achieve together if we elect a George Abbott government on February 26.

Which vision would you choose?

A George Abbott government believes that real solutions come through bringing the public directly into decisions that affect their quality of life.

BC Liberal party members are demanding more say in the decisions that impact their families, like the HST.

That's why on Day One of my campaign I committed to move the HST referendum up to no later than June 24, 2011 and to use that cost-free opportunity to ask the people of British Columbia questions about other things that matter to them - such as whether or not to further increase the Carbon Tax after July 2012.

Christy Clark tried to take the HST referendum away from people and give it to politicians to vote on. After public backlash, she flip-flopped and reversed that position but only after committing to fund Bill Vander Zalm's anti-HST group.

Which vision would you choose?

A George Abbott government believes in a "no surprises" approach to decision-making.

BC Liberal party members want transparency and accountability from their government. They want to know how government decisions are made and why.

That's why I've committed to engage an independent third party to examine and report back on the legal settlement in the BC Rail court case to ensure similar settlements in the future are fair and protect the taxpayer. I've also committed to open up government by rewriting our Conflict of Interest rules, more disclosure of government information and more transparent budgeting.

Christy Clark would rather ignore the law and spring an early election on British Columbians just to avoid the risk of running in a by-election.

Which vision would you choose?

A George Abbott government takes a Team Approach to solving problems.

BC Liberal Party members want a strong caucus and cabinet of dedicated BC Liberal MLAs who are directly engaged in decision-making, united in purpose, and focused on leading our economy and our communities into a successful future as a team.

I have an outstanding and growing team of current and former BC Liberal MLAs as well as former candidates who are endorsing me to become the next leader because they are ready and willing to work with me to embrace this opportunity.

Christy Clark has only one member of the current BC Liberal MLA team supporting her. But she is supported by NDP insiders who see her as the easiest opponent to beat to bring the NDP back to power in 2013.

Which vision would you choose?

A George Abbott government recognizes that our future prosperity depends on the people and natural resources of our region.

BC Liberal Party members want a leader who understands the challenges faced by our foresters, our miners, our farmers and all other workers who support their families through the land in rural B.C.

As a former farmer and business owner, regional district director, and local college instructor born, raised and educated in rural British Columbia, I understand that it is only through partnership and trust between these workers and government that we can count on our natural resources legacy to thrive and support future generations.

Christy Clark does not know rural B.C.

Which vision would you choose?

So what can you do to help?

Simply put, I need your support on February 26 when the BC Liberal Party holds the vote for our next leader and Premier.

You can vote either on-line or by phone. Remember that you must be a member in good standing as of February 4 to cast a vote in the leadership race.

Together, we can take a stand for the people of this province who want a new way of doing government.

Together, we can make British Columbia the envy of the world.

The voice is clear. The choice is simple.

Thank you,

George Abbott

George

PS - I encourage you to learn more about how to get involved, make a small financial contribution, or learn about my vision for British Columbia by going to www.georgeabbottforbc.com.

7 Comments

I think the tone of this rag is why exactly Pamela Martin & a few other good fellas have decided to go Don Cherry on him.

This is disgusting... Christy Clark backed by NDP insiders? Uh huh and George Abbott has the poll #s to get the folks behind him? Which polls because if Kevin Falcon had them, I might back him (and his wingwomen).

"ignore the law around set election dates, just to avoid running in by-election?" Yeah, but Geoff Plant went to the Globe and Mail to decry a democratic deficit the current duel leadership campaigns have created.

"why on Day One of my campaign I committed to move the HST referendum up to no later than June 24, 2011 and to use that cost-free opportunity to ask the people of British Columbia questions about other things that matter to them - such as whether or not to further increase the Carbon Tax after July 2012." So I guess George Abbott wants to be a Premier Tim Eyman and wreak havoc upon the Province... oh and possibly nullify real, free market environmental policy to shift taxation onto CO2!

Some may (and do) not appreciate the gloves-off approach of late, but just remember this: When George Abbott was aware of a membership flaw in Christy Clark's campaign he let it leak to Rob Ford's people who then decided to wreak havoc and let slip the catapults of mudslinging...

Oh the liberal leadership race...what a gong show it has become.

Reading comprehension would help. "She is supported by NDP insiders who see her as the easiest opponent" i.e. NDP insiders want her to win, not she has NDP insiders working for her.

The Globe and Mail quoted Adrian Dix as saying he would like to run against Christy Clark. I think he qualifies as an insider. I agree with what Wade said but also think the letter is misleading, probably deliberately so.

Wade, I made the same point you did. Abbott doesn't have the poll #s to win a general, much less a steamed electorate in 2013 wanting a vote sooner who didn't thanks to Abbott putting caucus not community first. His involvement w/ Rob Ford's far-right, mean campaign staff will give the BCNDP much more ammo than they will know what to do with.

Kevin Falcon can win a general, but only when people get to know him the way the BCNDP won't... as a bicyclist, a bookworm, a big man with a big heart who earns the retention of powerful women (e.g. Stephanie Cadieux, Mary Polak & Alise Mills) around him... versus a BCNDP team that "likes" infighting, kicking each other out of caucus and has no policy.

Christy Clark can just rise above this blubber and win cleanly, clearly :-).

George's latest diatribe reflects just how ethically bankrupt the BC Liberals are. No new ideas, no trust, no credibility. If the BC Liberal candidates act like this now just think how badly they will treat us if they win the next election.

Richard, George is not supported by most BCLibs. If you followed the five other candidates you'd hear many new ideas.

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