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EDITORIAL – Time for a whole new political movement in the B.C. Interior

Andrew Wilkinson. (Image: Facebook)

An ArmchairMayor.ca editorial by Mel Rothenburger.

THE BC LIBERALS have picked a Kamloops boy as their new leader, but not the one many were expecting.

Andrew Wilkinson once attended John Peterson secondary school before he moved onto other places, but he’s a Lower Mainlander now. And about as status quo as you can get within the BC Liberals.

So now what? He heads up an opposition party divided by a fractious leadership campaign, struggling with an identity crisis, and challenged by issues like the ICBC “dumpster fire.”

Meanwhile, we have an NDP government feuding bitterly with another NDP government just across the border in Alberta, and a Green Party rump that seems more focused on fighting with its NDP partners than with the Liberals.

In short, politics in B.C. is a mess. There was another time when it was like this. Back in 1952, a Liberal-Conservative coalition was falling apart and the ‘socialist hordes’ — the CCF — were at the gates.

But along came Social Credit, led by a maverick Conservative by the name of W.A.C. Bennett who offered a fresh start.

Wilkinson, on the other hand, says B.C. needs to get back to the values of Christy Clark and Gordon Campbell — I think not.

Isn’t it about time to give up on the status quo, time to challenge the Coast as the province’s power hub?

Time once again, in other words, for the rise of a whole new political movement in B.C., but one centred right here in the B.C. Interior, one that puts the Interior first?

I mean a genuine grass roots moderate movement with no baggage, one with a practical and achievable vision that can reflect the true aspirations of those of us beyond Hope.

Time for someone with youth, courage and charisma, new enough to be unfettered by the past, who can inspire. Someone schooled in governance but outside the political establishment, who can lead a dozen or so new MLAs to Victoria and stand up for the heartland.

Who? I don’t know. Crazy idea? Maybe — unless we want more of what we’ve been getting.

Mel Rothenburger’s Armchair Mayor editorials appear twice daily Mondays through Thursdays on CFJC- TV. His Armchair Mayor column is published Saturdays on ArmchairMayor.ca and CFJC Today. Contact him at mrothenburger@armchairmayor.ca.

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About Mel Rothenburger (5864 Articles)
ArmchairMayor.ca is a forum about Kamloops and the world. It has more than one million views. Mel Rothenburger is the former Editor of The Daily News in Kamloops, B.C. (retiring in 2012), and past mayor of Kamloops (1999-2005). At ArmchairMayor.ca he is the publisher, editor, news editor, city editor, reporter, webmaster, and just about anything else you can think of. He is grateful for the contributions of several local columnists. This blog doesn't require a subscription but gratefully accepts donations to help defray costs.

3 Comments on EDITORIAL – Time for a whole new political movement in the B.C. Interior

  1. To address Pierre’s comment – Canada has dropped over the past 25 years from #1 to #10 on the Human Development Index. All the countries who have passed us use proportional voting at the federal level. Coincidence? Or maybe it’s that giving everyone in society a seat at the policy negotiating table means that more points of view are considered and policies worked out that deliver the greatest good for the greatest number. If we want to return to international leadership, we’ve got to stop fighting one another and start treating each other as equally worthy of respect and consideration.

    And, re: Mel’s proposal for a new political movement in the Interior – proportional voting could help that happen because it makes it easier for new ideas and contenders to gain representation without the new movement’s supporters having to risk seeing candidates they are most opposed to get elected because of vote splitting. All in all, proportional voting could provide an opportunity for a much more mature response to changes in policy directions of particular parties by providing a more effective mechanism for checking any shifts they might make that are deleterious to particular regions of the province.

  2. And they certainly can’t hear them when they fall.
    We are in our present because of where we came from and what we did in the past. Make no mistakes “No one is without baggage,”The only problem is that without continuity from what has resulted from our actions of the past youth will not see it or understand the impacts of NEW THOUGHT” Not all new cars run as we would wish them to.
    Fresh thought s and minds ?? Unequivocally YES ! but they must be tempered with wisdom of past actions and goals for a sustainable future.

  3. “Time for someone with youth, courage and charisma, new enough to be unfettered by the past, who can inspire. Someone schooled in governance but outside the political establishment, who can lead a dozen or so new MLAs to Victoria and stand up for the heartland.“
    That’s not a crazy idea…that is a fantasy.
    However another fantasy is in the works of becoming a reality. The fantasy of Proportional Representation. Don’t get me wrong, I really like the idea in principle but in reality, call me a pestiferous, negative, opinionated nagger all you want, it ain’t going to really make for a radical betterment of the status of humans on this planet nor for the status of the planet supporting the humans.
    People can’t see the forest for the trees…nor, as I found out, can they see the trees!

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