Our View: No substance to Liberals’ turnabout

The change in policy since the election could induce whiplash in voters.

What is the strategy of the B.C. Liberals as they begin their likely death march towards a no confidence vote this week?

Premier Christy Clark will introduce the government’s Throne Speech Thursday. Barring some bizarre turn of events (hey, this is B.C.) her government will be defeated and replaced by NDP leader John Horgan and his trio of Green Party allies.

But before that, Clark seems determined that the party will flip the script and embrace everything they ran against in the last election.

Referendums required for new transit funding by TransLink and the Mayors’ Council? Not so, says the new (temporary) minister.

Banning corporate and union donations to political parties! Capital idea, says the premier who pooh-poohed the idea.

How about finally increasing funding to those on social assistance and disability.

It would be funny, if it wasn’t so insulting. Clark could have made those policy changes at any time in the six years she’s been premier.

The Liberals seem to think they can make the public forget that just a month and a half ago, they were running against all of those policies. In the next few weeks, watch as they castigate the NDP as hypocrites for voting against a Throne Speech packed with NDP and Green policy planks.

All the Liberals are doing is proving that their own promises during the election were entirely tactical – empty words to be abandoned when they failed to serve their purpose. With their about-face, the Liberals suggest they are a party with one value – hang onto power, no matter what the cost.

– M.C.

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