Tomorrow, Christy Clark and her cabinet will be sworn-in. Some may see it as Ms. Clark's first opportunity to demonstrate what a government led by her will look like. But I think that opportunity won't really come unless she wins a general election. Until then, Ms. Clark's decision will continue to be fettered by the Campbell administration's baggage and the MLAs who have been carrying it. But an election win could change that.
An election win will likely mean a caucus with MLAs who support her brand of liberalism - not the one manufactured by her predecessor. An election win will mean a mandate from the people - not the insta-members who voted in the Liberal leadership race. An election win will mean an opportunity to speak to British Columbia's political future rather than being forced to address its past.
But Ms. Clark first needs to win that election. Which means tomorrow's swearing-in ceremony will be more about demonstrating whatever powers of political survival she has than whatever powers of governance she may or may not have.