Conservatives have made a virtue out of the free market, praising the value of competition both inside and outside government. But that virtue appears to be a sin in partisan politics, with Tories such as Stockwell Day and Jay Hill doomsaying that a resurgent provincial Conservative party could split the right-wing vote in British Columbia, allowing the New Democrats to win government.
In other words, Messrs. Day and Hill are concerned that party will pose a threat to the Liberals' right-wing vote monopoly in this province. It's a monopoly that allowed the Campbell administration and will allow the Clark administration to take their supporters for granted because those supporters have no one else to support. That's something the Conservatives could change - unless, the Liberals take steps to actually listen to those who put them into office.