Oct. 18, 2020

The Fickle Finger of Fate points back at NDP

UPDATED – Finger pointing has always been a big part of election campaigns, and this one is no different. For three years the BC Liberals kept hammering at John Horgan. Virtually every utterance from the party found a way to include a negative jab at Horgan.

The NDP were quiet on that tactic, until the election was called. Now it’s a merciless attack on Liberal leader Andrew Wilkinson to the point they were telling him which candidates were acceptable to remain in the race for the Liberals.

There were three instances where the NDP disagreed with the political stance of Liberal candidates. One of those espoused what many would consider far-out views on birth control while the others had in the past opposed rainbow sidewalks. It was more of a morality lecture.

There was high indignation from the NDP – Wilkinson must remove those candidates, as they were unacceptable according to NDP standards. Why should the NDP demand their removal? One would think it would be advantageous to have them remain on the ballot so the voters could make that determination.

As was the case on the TV show “Laugh-in”, the fickle finger of fate has a habit of biting back. When you point fingers, you should keep in mind that three of your own fingers are pointing right back at you. Therefore it was rather rich that Horgan would be in the crosshairs over one of his own candidates, veteran Nathan Cullen, who derided and belittled a First Nations candidate in a northern riding. 

The NDP rejected the nomination bid of an Indigenous woman in favor of Cullen, contrary to party policy which required that a woman or other minority representative be the next candidate. 

With only a few days left in the campaign, would it be too much to expect both parties to focus on what they can do for the people of this province rather than throwing darts at each other? Recent polls show the NDP has the backing of about half of decided voters, the Liberals have around one-third support and the Greens just over 10 per cent. 

Going out on a limb, it looks very much like an NDP majority – somewhere around NDP 54, Liberal 31, Green 2 with a little wiggle room between the two leading parties. And when the dust settles – we’ve been told that could be more than two weeks until we know the final result – we are likely to have the same three MLAs in the mid-Island.

Also, see Vaughn Palmer's comments.