The following piece was co-written by regular columnist Alan Forseth and Ben Besler. “We were both coming at, thinking about, texting similar thoughts — so it only made sense to piece them together, and present them to you,” says Forseth.
WHAT KIND of insights were there to a recent post? Here’s a sampling:
The right is in ruins. The government is all left wing and in tatters.
Does the right take over the BC Liberals and then change its name?
Does a new party with a name that has no baggage sprout?
What about Kevin Falcon? Too much baggage?
Rick Peterson? Couldn’t even beat Brooks.
Jordan Bateman? Too elitist??
Government will fall apart further, but I don’t think B.C. is ready to deal with it yet. That said, someone better start organizing now to lead above the fray and cast vision while the rest are tied in their own filth.
It sounds like lots of work … yes, there’s lots of work to be done if someone decided to champion the cause, and raise up an army of workers. Of course anyone with a drive to rise up from the ashes, of B.C.’s recent election, needs to keep in mind those who are the disenfranchised groups: Restaurant owners, pub owners, real estate agents (individuals not umbrella associations), hobby farmers, (not large agricultural industry’s), and all the Ma and Pop shops scattered through B.C., just to name a few.
The ever-shrinking people who make up rural B.C. — the ones who work in the resource industries that feed Metro Vancouver jobs.
People that still own a family home, and who want and desire to have one … not those treating a home as a financial resource, to be exploited, by pushing prices higher and higher. So high that average everyday British Columbians are priced right out of the market.
There are so many others out there, but the key is to actually focus on these groups and individuals. The NDP and BC Liberals all pay lip service to the middle class — and the people they call everyday British Columbians — but it truly is little more than lip service.
Now, over to all the fourth-place finishers in the past election. The problem with all these fourth-place parties is that while they all have desire, there is no direction and no expertise … which is why none of them is gaining traction with the people of B.C.
I (that’s me, Alan) love peach pie … in fact, I tell everyone, especially family, that peach pie should be a required item at all family gatherings and special occasions. Regardless of how much I love peach pie, if I cut an extra piece into it, the pie itself won’t become any bigger, it’s still the same size — and sadly there won’t be any more for me to eat.
That is exactly what happens every time a new political party in B.C. is created.
They’ve created new slices in the same pie, however all the other slices are now smaller. Nothing grows any larger — the rest of the pieces simply fracture and get smaller.
Interestingly, someone said to us, “Who in their right mind would give up precious time for an ungrateful job of directing them?”
Someone(s) has to, however, if we are going to break out of our current cycle of choice and options.
Someone(s) needs to pick up the pieces, pull them together because … those who are part of the status quo will not come to terms with the fact that they need to learn to govern to the right, and campaign to the centre.
These are important thoughts because any chance of success for a political party, outside of the BC Liberals, will have to have a wide degree of thoughts and ideas that can be compressed into policy and direction — and they’ll have to do it soon.
With the B.C. Legislature now fractured, as it is, following the May 9 election, we’ll likely be going back to the polls in 12 to 18 months. Policy and direction that has the best chance to appeal to center/ centre-right voters needs to be put together rapidly.
There are definitely people that perhaps would become involved, but many are gun shy after seeing the BC Conservative Party fiasco. Of course there are no guarantees in life, but they (ourselves included) will steer clear of anything that looks, and feels, like an approaching train wreck.
That said, people like these will be crucial — not only for knowledge and experience — but also to give credibility to the party.
That, of course, is just our opinion … and you’re going to hear a lot more of them, from well meaning people, before B.C. holds its next election.
Please be sure to leave a comment below if this post has struck a cord with you … we’d love to hear your thoughts. And, as noted above, this piece was co-written by Kamloops resident Alan Forseth … and Ben Besler from Hope.
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.