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article imageOp-Ed: BC's new premier Christy Clark begins reconciliation process

By Gibril Koroma     Mar 4, 2011 in Politics
Vancouver - British Columbia's new premier, Christy Clark has started to mend fences, reconcile and reunite with her opponents following the intense BC Liberals leadership race that saw her emerge with the crown.
It was a tough battle to succeed former premier Gordon Campbell and Christy's victory surprised a few people who thought either Kevin Falcon or George Abbot would clinch the coveted title having been close to the seat of power as MLAs and cabinet ministers all these years. Clark quit as Deputy premier five years ago to spend more time with her family. She later became a radio talk show host.
It's kind of dangerous to try to pigeon hole BC politicians into ideological categories but political pundits and commentators do it all the same. Take this, for example: A lot of commentators say Christy Clark is left of centre or outright left wing in the Liberals family while people like Kevin Falcon and George Abbot are considered right of centre or right wing just like their buddy Gordon Campbell.
People who do thes categorizations (which some people think are not accurate) say Christy does not really support the corporate or pro-business agenda pushed by Campbell and his cronies and that she is dedicated to helping low income people and families with children and so on. Some even say she is against the infamous Harmonized Sales Tax (HST).
Other observers, like the opposition NDP's Mike Farnworth and Dawn Black ( the current BC NDP leader) disagree with the above profile of Christy Clark. Farnworth says Christy is really not different from her male BC Liberal colleagues, while Black says Christy does not really care about working class and low income families with kids because her record as a former Education minister shows that she closed 100 schools and almost shut down a school lunch program. Black says Clark has to match her words with action and that it will soon be clear whether she means what she says. Clark repeatedly proclaimed through out the recent leadership race that she will do everything to help BC families.
Meanwhile Clark is busy meeting with MLAs, cabinet ministers and other top Liberals that did not support her during her campaign. She has even welcomed back to the Liberals' fold MLA Blair Lekstrom who quit the party during the HST hullabaloo. Lekstrom says Christy is somebody he could work with, that she laways means what she says.
As the days, weeks and months roll by, the new premier has to think about the general population of British Columbians who did not vote for her to replace Campbell or who are not Liberals supporters while preparing herself to face the 2013 elections. Would she defeat an NDP candidate for the position of premier in 2013 or in a snap election? It remains to be seen.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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