The Liberal Party of British Columbia, Canada's westernmost province, may be falling apart at the seams. The latest issue for the party, and biggest, is a 17-page internal manifesto on wooing ethnic voters that sought to politicize the civil service.
While B.C's premier, Christy Clark, claims to have known nothing about the year-old manifesto her deputy chief of staff, Kim Haakstad, resigned Friday over her part in the scandal, which included proposing the using of tax-payer funded resources. The national Canadian newspaper, the Globe and Mail, reported that Ms. Haakstad was "forced" to resign.
Liberal Party falling in B.C. polls
The Liberal Party already sits 15 points behind the NDP and leader Adrian Dix in the most recent polls ahead of a mandated May 14 election. It was the NDP who released the documents to the public last week; it is unclear how the party came to be in possession of the manifesto, originally created and circulated by Haakstad on her personal email.
Clark did not attend the B.C. Legislature's question period on Thursday but had an apology read out. Members of her own government have condemned the manifesto and the direction the party seems headed and an emergency caucus meeting has been called in Vancouver for today, March 3.
Clark, 47, has been premier since March of 2011 but was not elected into the position but won a Liberal Party leadership vote when former-premier Gordon Campbell resigned due to increasing condemnation over his implementation of the Harmonized Sales Tax (HST). This is not her first connection to scandal, with conflict of interest and corruption allegations concerning the sale of B.C. Rail continuing to swirl around her.
There is the possibility, it's been reported, Clark may step down before the election.
Note: following the Sunday meeting, Clarke issued an apology to the public and vowed to take her party into the upcoming election.
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