Barnett happy election will be in 2013

Premier Christy Clark ended months of speculation Thursday, announcing she will wait until the scheduled date of May 2013 to face the voters in a general election.

Premier Christy Clark ended months of speculation Thursday, announcing she will wait until the scheduled date of May 2013 to face the voters in a general election.

Since winning the B.C. Liberal leadership in February, Clark has questioned whether she has a sufficient mandate to govern until the election date specified in provincial law. She reversed that position in interviews with selected Vancouver media outlets last week.

Clark denied that the defeat of the harmonized sales tax or party polling changed her mind. In various interviews, she emphasized the instability of the world economy and the lack of a public appetite for another election this year.

Cariboo Chilcotin MLA Donna Barnett is pleased that Clark has decided to pull back from an election.

“I think it’s a great decision,” she said. “People are tired of elections. I’ve had people come to me and say they are tired of elections, tired of referendums, they are tired of it all. I think when people get frustrated and tired you are going to create more apathy.”

Barnett says now the government can focus on the economy and job creation.

Cariboo North MLA Bob Simpson expects to get back to the legislature in October for a fall session. He says the premier now needs to think about bringing  forward an agenda  and legislation for that session. Simpson, an advocate for fixed election dates, has suggested changing B.C.’s election date to the fall — Oct. 2012, for example — which would not interfere with the government’s annual bringing down of its budget. In a June interview Simpson had reflected that judging by the lack of decorum in the legislature it might be good to go to the polls.

“You have two new leaders in the Liberals and the New Democrats. They are at each others throats and the debate in the house is not productive, it’s all politics all the time.”

Charlie Wyse, who is the confirmed NDP candidate for the Cariboo Chilcotin riding for the next election, says he will continue to stand as the NDP candidate until the election is called.

“I will remain the candidate over this period of time. I’ve been nominated in response to Ms. Clark’s indecisiveness. For me, for the next period of time, I will continue to be available to people in the community. I will be making myself available around the constituency. I will be continuing to find out more about the issues that are effecting people in the Cariboo Chilcotin,” Wyse said.

As for whether Clark would change her mind, as she’s entitled to do by the legislation, Barnett doesn’t think so.

“I believe what she’s told us and I have no reason not to believe it. I think she’s listening to the people.”

— With files from Tom Fletcher

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

A nurse performs a test on a patient at a drive-in COVID-19 clinic in Montreal, on Wednesday, October 21, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
36 new cases of COVID-19, one death in Interior Health

The number of active cases in the region is at 366

The City of Williams Lake is asking for public feedback on whether it should explore the opportunity to host a Greater Metro Hockey League team in Williams Lake. (Angie Mindus photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
Williams Lake GMHL expansion questions, concerns, to be discussed later this month

If approved, the team would begin play in the fall of 2021

Cariboo Memorial Hospital emergency doctor Sarah Dressler comes off a night shift on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
Our Hometown: The doctor is in the house

Cariboo Memorial Hospital emergency doctor Sarah Dressler was born and raised in Williams Lake

B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix and provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry head for the B.C. legislature press theatre to give a daily update on the COVID-19 pandemic, April 6, 2020. (B.C. government)
B.C. nears 300,000 COVID-19 vaccinations, essential workers next

564 new cases, four deaths, no new outbreaks Thursday

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Kelowna General Hospital (File photo)
Second death reported in Kelowna General Hospital COVID-19 outbreak

A total of seven cases have been identified at the hospital: six patients and one staff

Municipal Affairs Minister Josie Osborne speaks in the B.C. legislature, March 4, 2021. (Hansard TV)
B.C. Liberals, NDP sing in harmony on local election reforms

Bill regulates paid canvassers, allows people in condo buildings

(National Emergency Management Agency)
No tsunami risk to B.C. from powerful New Zealand earthquake: officials

An 8.1 magnitude earthquake shook the north of New Zealand Thursday morning

(AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File)
Pandemic stress, isolation key factors as to why Canadians turned to cannabis, alcohol

Study found that isolation played key role in Canadians’ substance use

(File photo)
Kamloops Mountie bitten while arresting woman

The assault on March 1 is the latest in a string of incidents that have left local officers injured

Grand Forks’ Gary Smith stands in front of his Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster float. Photo: Submitted
Grand Forks’ Flying Spaghetti Monster leader still boiling over driver’s licence photo

Gary Smith, head of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster of B.C., said he has since spoken to lawyers

Most Read