THE BEAUTY beauty of having Google Alerts set in place, for things relating B.C. Politics, is that I will often times get notices on stories that I may not otherwise have come across.
Such was the case Saturday morning, as I received a notification regarding an editorial in the Victoria Times Colonist entitled, “BC Liberals Face New Reality.”
In it, the writer of the editorial stated, “Most voters can say where the NDP and Greens stand on raising the minimum wage, increasing income assistance, subsidizing child care or strengthening public education. These are all key planks of a centre-left platform.”
No problem there — most would agree with that — however, I would also add they are NOT keen on raising the hackles of their base by approving industrial, resource, and similar projects. Not with their support firmly settled in the large metro area of the lower mainland … and on Vancouver Island … the younger, greener, anti-traditional job creation projects people.
Green-lighting those kinds of projects will have their supporters screaming the NDP have abandoned their principles. Strange really, because those job creators had previously been the traditional power base for the NDP.
Setting that aside, let’s get back to the BC Liberal Party, and where they go now that Christy Clark has quit as both leader of the party and as the MLA for Kelowna-Westside residents.
Again going back the editorial, it states that for the BC Liberals:
The challenge lies in shifting some longstanding mindsets. The Liberals must find ways to make a more activist program acceptable to their base.
It should not, in principle, be hard to support strengthening the social safety net. The case for investing in education and skill training is likewise easy to make. And who disagrees with the need for more affordable housing, or the urgency of combating homelessness and drug abuse?
The difficulty lies in reconciling these projects with a party philosophy grounded in personal responsibility and small government. No simple matter.
Darn right that’s going to be a difficulty for them! For the BC Liberals, it has always been difficult to understand what they stood for — other than the fact the weren’t the NDP … and they were the only way to keep the demon socialists out of power.
They have tacked both left, and right, although mostly left. And pinning them down on anything is pretty much near impossible.
Who CAN however, potentially fit in smoothly with what the writer is suggesting? In my opinion, it could be the BC Conservative Party.
I have long stated I believe small “c” conservatives are of a mindset that the resources of taxpayers MUST BE used wisely … and that TRUE balanced budgets are essential to good government.
And why is that? Because it then means they can then also be socially responsible!
IF the economy is running well across the board, and businesses are making good money, there should be no problem with well thought out and planned increases to the minimum wage.
The safety net for those truly in need, should be a given for a society with a sense of what is right, and what is wrong.
To ensure the economy runs well, not just with people for the next generation of new technology — but also the resource based economy — WHO IN THEIR RIGHT MIND would argue with investing in education throughout grade schools, high schools, universities, technology, and trade schools?
The solutions in this editorial piece could, and should, be an easy fit for the BC Conservative Party to stand up and proudly claim as their own.
They are neither right or left wing. Instead, they are simply common sense … and that more than anything else is what BC needs!
Job Creation — Fiscal Responsibility — and a Social Conscience. All things which can, and should, be an easier fit for the BC Conservative Party, than with any other.
BC Liberals, waffling both left and right, will always have a hard time understanding the simplicity of a straight forward idea. Which is why they swing left, then right, and then left again, depending on which way the wind blows.
What say you? Your thoughts?
In Kamloops … I’m Alan Forseth.
Alan Forseth is a Kamloops resident and former member of the Reform Party of Canada and the B.C. Reform Party, and a past and current member of the BC Conservative Party. His blog is My Thoughts on Politics and More.