In politics, the stars don't come out at night. They come out when they think their party is going to win an election - which is good news for the New Democrats and bad news for the Liberals. While Christy Clark's governing party is hand-wringing over whether incumbent candidates can be challenged for their nominations, Adrian Dix's opposition party looks like it may have some big names on its ticket when British Columbians next go to the polls.
Hospital Employees' Union secretary-business manager Judy Darcy is rumoured to be seeking a New Democrat nomination. Vancouver city councillor Geoff Meggs has been encouraged to put his name forward. And Sierra Club of BC executive director George Heyman is contemplating running for the New Democrats.
These are the party heavy weights who have better things to do than be an opposition MLA. But when there's a chance they could be a government minister, their names show up on nomination ballots. Which means some of the New Democrats best minds likely think Christy Clark's days as premier are numbered.