FORSETH – On International Women’s Day, where’s the political role model?

Premier Christy Clark.(BC Govt photo)

TODAY, Wednesday, March 8, is International Women’s Day, and according to the website, International Women’s Day is all about unity, celebration, reflection, advocacy and action — ” we’re asking you to #BeBoldForChange … help forge a better working world….”

Some, however, would have to question how some women are helping to forge a better world.

Never mind the follies and foibles of Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne back east, or even Rachel Notley right next door in Alberta. What kind of role model would most think B.C. Premier Christy Clark is for young women aspiring to consider a role, helping to shape policy and legislation, by becoming elected officials?

Just for interest sake, this morning, I did a Google news search under Christy Clark. Of the top 10 listings, the following four (in order) were definitely negative, a couple severely so. Going further down the list also came up with more and more stories, and features, which did not put the premier in a positive light.

New revelations about Christy Clark’s donors (March 7, 2017)
“Paving and road maintenance companies that donated to the B.C. Liberal party received nearly twice as many contracts from the provincial government on average than companies that did not donate … B.C. Liberals and transportation ministry also deny any wrongdoing and both said they’re committed to transparency…”

The ‘best government money can buy’: How B.C.’s donor system is at odds with most of Canada (Mar 7, 2017)
“… the B.C. Liberals are counting on big money to help bring them a win … Clark has steadfastly defended her province’s political donation system, which has no limit on donation size and permits people who don’t live in BC — and even those who don’t live in Canada — to donate.”

Christy Clark apologizes for hacking allegations (Feb. 11, 2017)
“‘Christy Clark is a diva of deflection. What this (hacking) story is allowing her to do is stop the public discussion of Alex Gervais — a young man in government care committing suicide….’ (said Independent MLA Vicki Huntington). Huntington said the Liberal Party only has itself to blame for the private document being made public.”

Christy Clark’s World of ‘Alternative Facts’ Consider today’s throne speech promises in light of the premier’s past prevarications (Feb 14, 2017)
(Column by Bill Tieleman):  “There are many other recent examples where the premier was ‘a stranger to the truth,’ to be politely parliamentary … Can you believe Christy Clark’s claims? You judge… There’s this ridiculous November Clark nose stretcher. ‘We are finding fentanyl in marijuana,’ Clark told media in November. ‘Vancouver Police did a major seizure. They found cocaine with fentanyl, heroin with fentanyl, methamphetamine with fentanyl and marijuana with fentanyl and so one of my concerns with marijuana has always been that people don’t know what they are getting in their product.’ … The Premier’s Office was left to do damage control, with little success … No fantasy? How about fanciful fabrication? Or complete #FAIL? …”

The International Women’s Day organization asks, “What if the world truly stepped up to take bold action? Will you #BeBoldForChange on International Women’s Day 2017 and beyond by taking groundbreaking action that truly drives the greatest change for women?”

Christy Clark and her B.C. Liberal government talk the talk about taking bold action … their actions, however, certainly don’t match the talk.

That’s it for now … 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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5 Comments on FORSETH – On International Women’s Day, where’s the political role model?

  1. One of our ” local duet” has seen,what I hope,is the writing on the wall, the other one,I guess we,ll see,but I think everyone,Liberals included,we hope, are sick to death of seeing the Honourable member for South Kamloops and his boss on TV and listening to the blather.

  2. “even Rachel Notley right next door”….. many women find Rachel Notley inspirational; she shows leadership and class in the face of hatred, including death threats, that male politicians in Canada rarely have to deal with. Furthermore, you have 364 days a year to take shots at women who “dare” to enter politics (365 in a leap year). I am no fan of Christy Clark, there’s lots to criticize, but IWD is about celebrating women. It’s a shame you chose to celebrate the negative.

    • Alan Forseth // March 8, 2017 at 9:55 PM // Reply

      Sorry Kathy but I, and the vast majority of Albertans, would strongly disagree with your admiration of if Ms Notley.

      As for me celebrating the negative… sadly there is little to celebrate about the Premier, or her government … today, or any day.

      • Kathy K // March 9, 2017 at 2:43 PM //

        I agree with you on your last statement, not your first. My point was there are many, many women in public life who are admirable & worth celebrating and IWD is an opportunity to support and celebrate them.

  3. Don’t always go looking for the negatives Alan…something must be in her to justify the adulation she gets from our local duet…

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