British Columbia is in the process of setting one record, and in the next few months it may set another. I can’t think of another occasion in Canadian history when a sitting majority government was openly deciding whether it should oust a leader before she even gets a chance to lead her party into an election, or whether to change its name in a bid to stem off the New Democratic Party.
Personally, I find the second option to be the smarter one. Residents of British Columbia are intellectually defective, even more so than most Canadians. By the time we get around to next spring’s election, those who haven’t simply forgotten the changeover happened at all will still be fooled into thinking that the newly renamed party is actually a different party. With the same leader. And the same MLAs. And the same policies. But never mind that. It’s all in the name, right?
Even the other politicians in B.C. are stupid. Today Ken Boessenkool, who’s been sent out to the hinterlands by the federal Conservatives to rescue their “Liberal” ally Christy Clark, phoned up the BC Conservative Party (a sort of Wildrose clone currently tied with the Liberals in the polls) and offered them one heck of a good deal: they could all join the Liberals, accept the Liberal leader as their leader, and in exchange the Liberals would change their name. The power-hungry Conservatives naturally rejected this generous offer.
I’m entirely on board with the Boessenkool Plan, and to that end, I’m asking my readers to contribute names for the new party. The best candidates will of course be forwarded to the appropriate persons for consideration.Tweet