FORSETH – Will a B.C. Only party rise from the rubble of BC Conservatives?



UNTIL EARLY in the week of Oct. 23, a very interesting scenario, in B.C. politics, was being set up.

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Well, it appeared, at least at first glance, that perhaps for the first time in decades, the people of British Columbia might actually have more than two viable parties for which to cast a ballot.

Back in the early 1950s, British Columbians elected members to the Legislative Assembly from the Conservatives, Liberals, Social Credit, Labour and the NDP (1952 / 53). Again, in 1972 and 1975, voters sent MLAs to Victoria from the Conservatives, Liberals, Social Credit and the NDP.

This time around, again at least until early last week when the BC Conservative Party bounced newly re-elected leader Dan Brooks from his post, it appeared that perhaps we might again see members from four parties in the legislature.

And with good reason.

1) The NDP are stubbornly disenfranchising one of their biggest blocks of support — the private sector unions — by being pig-headed in their refusal to support several large industrial projects that will provide tens of thousands of union members with long-term job projects.

2) Andrew Weaver is beating the drum for Green Party support all over metro Vancouver and the Island, and quickly generating new candidates in ridings all over the province. It seems like many of these individuals, and even supporters of the party, are being siphoned away from the NDP due to a lack of consistent vision of environmental policy, and ideas, by the NDP. Likely, and to a smaller extent, supporters are likely being gained from the B.C. Liberals.

3) Small ‘c’ Conservatives have consistently held between 10 to 15 per cent support for the past year now — that despite on-going range wars, and shoot outs, in the party. These supporters are true conservatives that desperately wanted a party to support; and with conservative ideals and principles that met with their beliefs. Regrettably, with the final implosion of the party, those individuals would seem to have nowhere to go when the next election rolls around in May 2017.

4) B.C. Liberals. This is the party that campaigns from the centre-right at election time … and then governs from the centre-left for the next four years. Why? Well that’s an easy one to answer. With no real opposition from the Conservatives, they have been able to pull that vote to them at election time, by saying the right things, and then disappointing those same individuals once they are elected to power. Sad thing is though, small ‘c’ conservatives have no other option.

Further to that is what I will call the “Media Party.”

Why, when the left is splitting the vote, as the greens are doing, and as the NDP go about disenfranchising their private sector union friends, do we hear nothing about vote splits or bad policy ideas from the media?

Further, why is there nothing but sanctimonious squawking, from this same media party, when the right enter the political arena, or when their policies challenge liberal policies in government?

As the Green Party continues to split the left, the ‘split the right’ argument will be considerably diminished; and as there will be only left wing voices left in B.C. politics, the ability for a centre-right party to become a key player in the political landscape, will become more possible.

It will NOT, however, be through the BC Conservative Party.

In the North (Yukon Party), and to the East (Saskatchewan Party), having that right of centre voice has shown it can be done.

It’s too late for 2017, but perhaps out of the rubble of the BC Conservatives, and with a demand to have a true conservative voice, as three parties (Greens, Liberals, and NDP) all crowd the centre-left, will there rise a demand for a B.C. only party with NO affiliations (in name at least) to what’s offered on the national level.

As polls show, there is the demand … only time will tell.

In Kamloops, I’m Alan Forseth.

Alan Forseth is a Kamloops resident and former member of the Reform Party of Canada, the B.C. Reform Party and the B.C. Conservative Party. His blog is My Thoughts on Politics and More.

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3 Comments on FORSETH – Will a B.C. Only party rise from the rubble of BC Conservatives?

  1. Regarding a rebirth of some sort of a small c conservative party in BC how do we go about doing this, I am sick of holding my nose and voting just to be voting but the NDP, which ordinarily I might support has this time (as last time) shot at their own foot and HIT it by coming out so strongly against the pipeline (s).
    They might as well not run a candidate, HOW can we pull this together so that those who don’t want to vote Lib and can’t vote NDP now and want next to nothing to do with being green, for whom can we vote, there are many of us.

  2. Alan Forseth // October 31, 2016 at 3:45 PM // Reply

    Of course I do …but I write about politics because that’s my passion. Others write about cooking, photography, electronics because that’s what they’re interested in … I just happen to have an interest in politics and so that’s what I write on

  3. Dear Allan:
    I am curious…do you have any
    other hobbies?

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