Politics worth watching
The following editorial is from the Edmonton Journal. It’s provincial election time in British Columbia, which at the very least promises unequalled entertainment value compared with drabber, more predictable, tilts across the land.
Although Premier Gordon Campbell’s Liberals lead every poll presaging the May 12 vote, the margin in the latest Angus Reid survey sinks to two per cent among those who declare themselves “absolutely certain” to cast ballots, while the New Democrats led by Carole James claim a far superior electionday organization.
In fact, neither major party leader is particularly popular, while hopefuls in Green and Conservative ranks will be lucky to win any seats at all. And yet it wouldn’t be B.C. politics if there weren’t a surprise pitch or two from the mound. One side started with a promise to improve energy efficiency, reduce the carbon footprint of schools and improve greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution in the north and interior. The key promise of the other is to summarily end the carbon shift that increases taxes on things that damage the environment while reducing income taxes.
Well, there’s nothing unusual about that saw-off, is there? Except that it’s the NDP that is pushing to kill the carbon shift and incurring the wrath of environmentalists, while it was the more conservative Liberals who instituted it and continue to defend the program.
So far, the local punditocracy has pronounced the coming campaign as duller than a slate spring sky over Coal Harbour. For the rest of us, who haven’t seen a bloom in months or anything beyond election results as foregone conclusions, that seems a bit like rubbing it in.