What do you do when one political party has been in office too long, with crisis a month of repeated incompetence? Why not just build your own party?
It looks like John Cummins's strong will and tenacity to rebuild and resurrect B.C.'s oldest party, the BC Conservatives, is beginning to take shape.
Now the BC Liberals and the BC Conservatives both appear to occupy the centre/right, while the NDP holds steady in the left/ socialist band-wave.
So how can the new party wedge its way in to the big-money parties' space?
For sure, it's a daunting task, tougher than old-style Canadian hockey.
The BC Libs are not down in the polls because women don't like Christy Clark; it's their reputation of corruption. Their pay-for-play politics have all-time record donations, with overflowing party coffers. There is a lineup of big businesses that will donate big time.
The Libs are quite willing to regulate big business from inside their corporate office boardrooms - which is a nicer way of saying: being in bed with them.
Then to stack the deck more against the new BC Conservative party, most of the corporate media is controlled by the Liberals, Canada-wide.
The BC Libs will surely outspend John Cummins.
Then on top of it, John Cummins is proposing to eliminate corporate and union donations to political parties (like the federal system), to stop facilitating a corruption vehicle. Are there enough generous, honest businesses willing to donate who don't expect favours in return? The other contributions will have to come from individuals.
Clearly, Cummins knows you can't rebuild a party with the same dung, different day. They have to keep the discredited Liberal brand apples out of their barrel. So when he redirects some of the chaff back to the Libs, he has been taking some negative press, as if he is losing good people. A scrappy, manipulating blood-sport politics is, for sure.
The BC Conservatives need a public outcry/revolt, and who knows, the frustration levels are high enough to trigger that very thing.
I have voted Social Credit, NDP, and the Liberal coalition, but a new centre/right party is needed to replace the current bunch of character defects with an entire new group of actors.
Then, when they have been in too long, they will have earned their time to be turfed out, just like the Socreds and NDP before.
Roland Seguin, Langley