Re: Editorial cartoon, Wednesday, July 4.
Your cartoon depicting Gordon Campbell reflecting on the disaster that was once his powerful political machine was right on the mark and most likely, exactly what he is thinking.
Now, don't get me wrong, I was never a huge fan of Mr. Campbell, but unlike the perception of a lot of people, I don't think he 'bailed' because he saw the writing on the wall. Nor do I think he was a quitter.
Even after the 1996 election fiasco when he snatched defeat from the jaws of victory, he stayed on with the Liberals as Opposition Leader until he became Premier.
He faithfully served in political office for 26 years: mayor, MLA, then Premier.
Contrarily, let's take a look at Premier Christy Clark's past which is riddled with unfinished or unfulfilled endeavors/careers.
She attended three different universities, never graduating with the degree in political science she was striving for. Instead of serving out her full mandate as MLA for Port Moody she quit in 2004.
She had a brief foray into civic politics in which it was either the Vancouver's mayor position or nothing. Nothing won out.
Her opportunistic nature was the driving force behind her leaving CKNW to become the Liberal leader and Premier.
Let me be the first to state the obvious: after the BC Liberals are decimated in the next election, I predict that Ms. Clark will be tendering her resignation as leader of the Liberals.
She doesn't have the desire, inner-fortitude and/or humility to carry on the tough fight needed by that party to become a political force again.
Being thrust into the position of a loser will not sit well with her or her ego.
Neil Swanson Coquitlam
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