B.C. Liberal leader’s encounter with woman goes viral
MERRITT, B.C. — A brief encounter between Liberal Leader Christy Clark and a woman who said she would never vote for her is continuing to reverberate in British Columbia’s election campaign. The hashtag #iamlinda has become a rallying point on Twitter for people who oppose Clark’s government.
A video posted online last week shows Clark in a North Vancouver market shaking hands with a woman who introduces herself as Linda and says she would never vote for her and begins to explain why. But Clark cuts her off, saying the woman doesn’t have to vote for her because that’s why we live in a democracy, before walking away.
The encounter went viral and has been shared or retweeted thousands of times on social media. Campaigning today in Merritt, Clark said the exchange is the sign of a healthy democracy because people are welcome to confront their elected leaders if they don’t agree with their policies.