I have a confession to make: I miss reporting on Gordon Campbell. Having covered eight of his ten years in government, I can assuredly say he was a complicated, contradictory and fascinating figure. He came into office advocating for smaller, more open and more accountable government. He even claimed to believe in a papal principle that a central authority should only perform those tasks that can't be performed at a local level.
Yet Mr. Campbell was also a technocrat who centralized power in the premier's office. He led a government that has been, at times, oppressively secretive and unaccountable - holding Howe Street in his thrall while seemingly seeking approval from its power brokers.
By comparison, his successor Christy Clark didn't sweep into office with an extensive network of supporters and connections - built up from years of being in the private sector and local government. Nor has she shown the same fascination with public policy that her predecessor did. And it's more difficult to figure out why she wants to be premier, other than the popular and perhaps incorrect explanation that Ms. Clark was raised to love the game of politics and its trappings.
Perhaps this will change when she has more of an opportunity to put her own mark on government. After all, it's only been just over four months since she was elected Liberal leader. But somehow I think I'll still regret - from a strictly journalistic perspective - that Mr. Campbell wasn't able to finish his third term in government.