Saturday November 20, 2010
Campbell Needs To Exit Now
Dragged kicking and screaming?
Submitted by Rebecca Helps
reen Party of BC calls on all MLAs to stand up to party discipline. "Campbell's decision to quit and stay is paralyzing BC," said Jane Sterk, leader of the Green Party of BC. "Bill Bennett is saying what all BC Liberal MLAs need to say. Campbell needs to leave immediately and the BC Liberal caucus must select an interim leader so Campbell can't continue to dictate government policy.
"Campbell is widely disliked by the BC public. Although he announced he was resigning, his refusal to hand over power leaves everyone feeling that he continues to be in charge and is still controlling the government agenda, not only now but into the future. It is hurting the already damaged BC Liberal brand and it is fueling the seething anger in the electorate.
"Why would the Liberal MLAs not stand in unison to show him the door? Campbell's presence is creating a sense of a government in disarray. The Liberals need to make a choice between continued loyalty to the premier and the ability to set a new direction, and hopefully one more in line with the will of the people of BC, under someone new.
From the decision to implement the HST, to the sequence of mistakes he has made subsequent to the tax coming into effect, to the 15% income tax cut, to yesterday's welcome reversal of those, to the radical restructuring of government ministries; the premier's actions seem erratic and poorly planned.
"The situation is untenable for the people of BC and it is starting to appear desperate on the part of the premier. The Liberal MLAs could take the power away from him to reduce the perception that the government is in chaos, that Campbell wields absolute power and that the cabinet is full of yes men and women.
"British Columbians want Campbell gone now and the BC Liberal caucus should show him the door. Liberal MLAs need to stand up and do what the people of BC expect.
"Both the Liberals and NDPers are demonstrating that party discipline is destroying any semblance of democracy in BC. The people of BC don't want bench warmers who collect their pay and kowtow to party leaders.
"We already face the spectre of the BC Liberal leadership race and the recalls destabilizing government. Campbell needs to do what everyone thought he had done and actually resign and leave immediately," concluded Sterk.
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