Why are Liberal MLAs rushing to embrace Clark?

Divisive, superficial and inconsistent - that was how some provincial Liberals privately described Christy Clark in the lead-up to last month's party leadership vote. But during the premier-designate's first caucus meeting, it was all hugs and laughter according to reporters who covered the event. What are British Columbians to make of this? What are British Columbians to make of a party whose members foretold ruination if Ms. Clark's leadership bid was successful only to have Liberal MLAs embrace her as the province's premier-designate.

Are they doing so for the good of the party? Are they doing so for the good of the province? Or are some of them just doing so for the good of themselves - being desperate to remain in government and win the favour of Ms. Clark, the former CKNW talk show host who was able to take over the Liberals with the backing of just a single caucus member.

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I would pick (D), all of the above. What would you do if you were in the position of one of those MLAs, Sean?

You're not seriously confused when Liberals act like Liberals are you Sean?

Sean, being one of the very few defenders of the BCLibs in the comment thread, I'll take your questions.

#1. Are they doing so for the good of the party?
Yes. Party unity is important to stop the BCNDP who now have declared 1984-esque priacy on Internet privacy as well as business. I hope that Christy gets "it" that great BCLibs like the Honourable Mary Polak & the Honourable Kevin Falcon need to be kept Honourable & she can't expect policy extracts from the Liberal Party of Canada to go over well w/ a certain Honourable Kevin Falcon. I hope she keeps her promise to renew the BCLibs and drops the writ in a September to Remember with a stronger party.

#2. Are they doing so for the good of the province?
I'm sure the MLAs got the memo that anything BCLiberal is better than the BCNDP, even if Premier Christy Clark puts the small-l liberal in BCLiberal. Some of the statements BCLib MLAs & campaigns made were just hoopla and they know it.

#3. Or are some of them just doing so for the good of themselves - being desperate to remain in government and win the favour of Ms. Clark?
I highly doubt that. She also got the endorsement of people like me who wanted a different tone and more inclusion of caucus for a change to win in 2011! There are also reports John Rustad of Team Abbott and Mary Polak of Team Falcon made Christy choice #2, so I really wouldn't worry about MLAs selling their souls to party unity for party unity is their soul...

Today just 400 Americans have more wealth than half of all Americans combined. If Christy lets Falcon and his ideology have his way that will be the future here in BC too.

It was all a display of unity for the media and good for a chuckle. It happens whenever the media is allowed in to see what happens at a caucus meeting. Even the most disgruntled will rise for a standing ovation just to avoid standing out as a dissenter. Imagine the repercussions if a few of them decided to display their objections and what that would mean for their careers. It is all about superficial political self-interest and has nothing to do with any noble objectives.

The liberal MLA's, every single one, believe they are better than any other individual in that role. Even better than another liberal. It has nothing to do with some divine inspiration that they are better than the NDP. They believe they have no equal ..anywhere, within any party, even the liberal party. That will be their downfall.

I say give her a chance to fail, I do not see the NDP offering anything that I want to vote for!

Hal:

"The liberal MLA's, every single one, believe they are better than any other individual in that role. Even better than another liberal. It has nothing to do with some divine inspiration that they are better than the NDP. They believe they have no equal ..anywhere, within any party, even the liberal party. That will be their downfall."


I'm curious about where you obtained this special, almost-magical insight into the motivations of every single Liberal MLA. Care to share?

Perhaps some of them are "rushing to embrace Clark" in the hope that they will be included in her cabinet, with a higher salary and pension.

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