Expert advises new B.C. premier to ‘stay focused’
John Horgan has been British Columbia’s premier for less than a day and already the requests are flooding in, as various groups compete to get their respective wishlists into the new government.
Glen Hansman, head of the B.C. Teachers’ Federation, offered his congratulations to the new government Wednesday as he highlighted a shortfall in promised funding needed to hire teachers and organize classes mere weeks before the academic year is scheduled to start.
“We’re going to have to be patient. Miracles aren’t going to happen overnight,” Hansman said. “But I’m hopeful that over the summer the incoming government will be able to provide a bit more money to school districts.”
Hansman’s request was far from the only one vying for the government’s attention, as news releases and congratulatory notes came from more than a dozen advocacy groups, environmental organizations and industry associations.
But longtime political observer Norman Ruff said Wednesday that Horgan would do well to avoid any distractions outside of the wildfire crisis until he can reconvene the legislature and secure money to keep the government running for the remainder of the year.
“It’s going to take a while for them to get around to all the expectations that they’ve raised. I would counsel them to stay focused,” said Ruff, a retired political scientist at the University of Victoria.
“Then, come the spring, really pull out all the stops to show that they are capable of governing.”