If Premier Christy Clark calls an election this fall, she'll be taking a big risk. But it wouldn't be the first time in her long political career that she's thrown the dice. In 2004, shortly after being named the minister of children and family development, Ms. Clark decided to quit provincial politics even though she would have likely won re-election as the MLA for Port Moody-Westwood. That could have been the end of her public life. But, in 2005, she made an outsider bid to become the Non-Partisan Association's mayoral candidate.
Ms. Clark was defeated by Sam Sullivan. But it didn't turn out to be a loss for the future premier because, two years later, she won an afternoon time slot on CKNW - being paid more money as a talk show host than she had ever been paid in politics.
Three years later, though, she took a leave from that job and potentially risked her future in broadcasting making an outsider bid to succeed Gordon Campbell as leader of the BC Liberal Party. What would have happened if that bid hadn't succeeded? We'll never know because Ms. Clark is now in the premier's office.
So will she throw the dice again by calling an early election? Well, I don't know for sure. But I certainly wouldn't bet against it given Ms. Clark's record of risk taking.