An Armchair Mayor editorial by Mel Rothenburger.
A NEW MALADY has swept through British Columbia — it’s called Post-Election Stress Disorder. Those afflicted with it, which includes pretty much everybody, suffer from exhaustion and a general state of confusion.
This is accompanied by indecision and dizziness. It becomes hard to tell the difference between up and down, left and right. Politicians all start sounding like each other.
People with PESD are sometimes known to worry about the future. They’re not sure things will get any better.
Victims awaken in the middle of the night, moaning, “Please make it stop!”
In a desperate attempt to combat this sickness, Lt.-Gov. Judith Guichon decided on Thursday to undertake a total transfusion, bringing in new blood. John Horgan will become premier. Andrew Weaver will be his assistant.
And suddenly, as part of this shift, Kamloops will be represented by two Opposition MLAs.
It remains to be seen, of course, whether this new political medicine will have the desired result. There’s the Speaker issue, and the question of whether the NDP and Greens can actually get along.
In a fascinating sidebar to the situation, a Mainstreet Research poll done for Postmedia News and released on Tuesday morning showed Christy Clark and the Liberals with a dramatic rise in support, while the NDP and Greens have dropped.
But another poll, by Insights West, found that 55 per cent wanted to give the NDP and Greens a shot at governing. Those 55 per cent have gotten their wish.
So Horgan and Weaver will get a chance to now legislate on their own terms a couple of things they’ve just turned down — like party status for the Greens and limits on campaign donations — but Site C and Trans Mountain will be tougher to deal with.
Both of those are going to raise temperatures and have other side effects, such as frustration and anger. And it’s only a matter of time before B.C. voters are hit with another source of anxiety. It’s called Pre-Election Stress Disorder.