Andrew Weaver has bit of a Napoleonic streak , and would love to be a Cabinet Minister with an extension of the media love and policy clout he’s currently enjoying.
There are lots of advantages to this agreement/arrangement between Greens and BC(neo)Libs.
Premier Clark knows that without Green support, Kevin Falcon or James Moore will have her job quicker’n you can say “Leadership review.” She has to get Greens on side or she’s done, as Premier and party leader.
She’ll sell the farm to hold onto power – she’s in a very weak bargaining position.
And what do the Greens want from her.?
Party Status? I’m sure Premier Clark has “already giffen ze order…” This can’t even count as a demand.
Big money out of politics? That’s easy if you have a huge war chest left over and corporations and unions can easily turn big corporate donations and much smaller union donations into myriad “personal ” donations – no biggy.
Proportional representation? Gee, that assures a three party system in B.C., with two progressive party’s splitting the “hell no , not Christy” vote. Done deal.
Kinder Morgan? Environmentalists will likely stop Kinder Morgan anyway -if she can just stall a bit, this could be done.
Premier Clark can get the Green’s “big three” demands in the bag without any financial budget effect and with little fuss.
So Mr. Weaver can easily extort his big three; big money out of politics ,a promise of a “re- look” at pipelines,and a referendum on proportional representation. Premier Clark gets off cheaply – the deal is done.
But more important,and the real motivator for Mr Weaver’s BC(neo)Lib sellout, will be the fawning street cred he’ll get as a “negotiator.” Just think…
” Mr. Weaver got more out of Premier Clark than the NDP could in 20 years – all because he’s reasonable and not combative and ill tempered like the NDP’s John Horgan.
“Weaver Catches More Political Flies with Honey…”
The script reads beautifully – the media will report on it daily for months and the “Weaver’s a brilliant negotiator” narrative will join, perhaps even supplant , “fast ferries” and “the 90’s” as the go to anti NDP mantra in B.C’s right wing election lexicon.
Both BC(neo)Libs and Greens will be able to point to what’s possible if one collaborates on issues rather than just saying no all the time, like the NDP does.
If ( when) this happens, Weaver will have cynically chosen personal and party ambition over his progressive agenda,not one plank of which matches the BC(neo)Lib agenda, the first plank of which is to “control spending.”
But we likely won’t notice this and it won’t be reported on.
What remains to be seen is whether the sixty percent BC(neo)Lib rejectors, in BC will buy this Macbeth -like move by Mr. Weaver or choke on the photographs of Premier Clark welcoming him into the fold.
Personally ,I’m preparing a friend to perform the Heimlich maneuver on me when I see the smiling pair of them shaking hands collaboratively..
My apologies for the use of the term “BC(neo)Lib. I can’t bring myself to call our provincial government party “Liberal”, as I feel they would have to lurch to the political left to even be considered “conservative”.
I used “Socred” for a while but many, quite correctly, pointed out that there are no longer Socreds out there and that I shouldn’t tempt fate by ever mentioning the organization again. Hence, I settled on B.C.(neo)Lib. as a more accurate description of the party.
Should you be so inclined, I urge you to use the term too – liberally.
I hope you’re wrong, Jim, considering the actual good the NDP and Greens could do together.
Site C was a biggie for the Greens and a half-biggie for the NDP. Unlike the pipeline, nothing will stall Site C without a Green/NDP intervention — not even the fact that the optics are horrible. I read yesterday that California produced half of its power from solar, recently. There would be no market for Site C power, yet we would get stuck with the bill.
I really hope I’m wrong too ,Barry.
I’m so amazed that Greens are more angry with the NDP than with Christy Clark.
Also, I don’t trust Weaver. I know he had to tiptoe between NDP and BC(neo)Libs in order to get some of Christy’s voters,but he enjoyed it a bit too much, wants to keep it going.
He’s a private school supporter so he has little concern about the 16 years of abuse public school teachers took, a pogrom that would in itself disqualify support for BC(neo)Libs by any other progressive leader/party.
He’s feeling so much love right now from the media and he’s got a cabinet position in the bag if he wants it. He can be seen as the great collaborator… never mind, I’m now just re-writing the post.
I love the Green platform – it’s an NDP platform. I hate the tolls and road pricing plank, and the “school choice” /private school funding plank, but other than that, it’s a very good platform.
To be more accurate: “On March 11, the State of California (one of BC Hydro’s largest customers in the past) met nearly half of its electricity demands through solar energy alone. The other half of California’s electricity typically comes from the use of natural gas.”
Aren’t the other two putative Green MLAs actually NDP supporters?
If so, what is stopping the NDP from poaching them?
Andrew Weaver I think – He’s John Lennon and the other two are Ringo and George…