Politics here in B.C. used to be such fun.
When your publisher worked in Ottawa for a man named Mulroney (as an apolitical mercenary writer and researcher), our province was a mystery.
The feds just could not get to grips with the strange mix of basically conservative, urban Social Credit and the mainly rural, but also rather conservative, NDP, along with a dog’s breakfast of fringe – mainly single-issue based – parties. The Greens. The Rhinos. The several species of western separatists.
Vancouver city? Just a fantastic and muddled mire of competing, visionary interests – comprehensible only to folks, like your publisher, who grew up here.
Which brings up the imminent provincial election, which pits the ethical desert of Christie Clarke’s Liberals against the ideological wandering NDP. Who to chose?
Myself? I’ll go with the local representative.
Nicholas Simons is a good constituency man. He has, over the years in lonely Opposition, helped many folks here on the Sunshine Coast address and solve their pressing concerns – often in the face of a recalcitrant and uncaring Liberal régime. When he is not directly available, his staff is/are. For this reason alone, I’ll support his re-election. I may not agree with the NDP platform in its entirety, but I truly think that we as a community are best represented by a man like Nicholas – a guy who shows up when he’s needed.
In days gone by, voting was easier. One voted for the party. It is no longer so simple. Political parties today are collectives of disparate interests. They cluster beneath umbrellas of convenience, and frequently these are uncomfortable relationships.
So you ought, as your publisher will, to vote as locally as you can. The days of the big-party vote, and big-party thinking, are over.