Bill Bennett asks BC Liberals to change party name, not policies


Holiday season froze provincial politics for a week or so and rarely someone spokes directly about BC Liberal leadership or upcoming BC NDP leadership race. Liberal contestants are taking a rest in those days, charging batteries and reviewing their policies, before they enter last months of campaign which will be hectic and pressurised not only from members but also from media. Since they are off the hook and out of media eyesight outspoken Kootenay East MLA, Bill Bennett, catches media attention with new ideas and mulling’s about his future under the new BC Liberal leadership.

Mr. Bennett said to The Globe and Mail his constituency asks BC Liberals to change party name on upcoming convention in May do to popularity problems caused not only by HST but also by many other disputable issues connected to the party. He’s stand is that rural BC doesn’t support BC Liberal’s because they think the party is the same as federal Liberals.

Bennett: I’m not naive

“I’m not naive enough to think we can change the relationship of the party with the public simply by changing the name. The Liberals have done ‘lots of things’ that British Columbians do not like, starting with the harmonized sales tax”, Mr. Bennett said in an interview.

On the other side Mr. Bennett threats indirectly to the party regarding his political future as BC Liberal member. He still claims his devotion and membership to BC Liberals and announces intention to vote on party convention on February 12, and leadership vote on February 26, but he said that his future in the party will be known after he acknowledges a name of new leader. This basically means: I’m the member, but if you choose someone who’s not my favourite I’ll be gone. From someone who proudly says that he’s party member and remains as it in the party exercising voting rights on two conventions in less than two weeks, I would expect that he will support new leader whoever that person is for party sake and the future of the party and the province.

According to Mr. Bennett he was approached by his constituency with question would he run for BC Conservative leader in the future, but his response on that question will be directly provoked by the name of new leader of BC Liberals and party’s willingness to change a name in May of 2011. To me this point is not quite clear, but let’s put it like this. Let’s say, hypothetically that Party chooses to change a name in May, but doesn’t change policies and leadership direction, what’s the point of changing name?

New policies and party unity

For me it would be better if Mr. Bennett or his constituency comes out with proposal how to change major policies or how to improve public eyesight regarding those policies. I would like to hear from them what’s the major problem for Kootenay East and what are ideas how to change that and improve their living conditions and push that constituency towards better future. If the BC Liberal party name is the biggest problem for Kootenay East maybe then BC Liberals should think about it and make some decisions on May convention.

When we put aside policy debates and campaign coloured “personal” attacks one thing could be dissected as unique for all five leadership candidates. Liberal party unity and reconciliation is the first priority beside all other problems caused by HST and current Cabinet decisions. That was a reason why Kevin Falcon and other candidates asked Christy Clark to remain in active politics even if she doesn’t win on February leadership vote, and major number of them agrees that Conservative-Liberal coalition must remain strong for a provinces future and stronger growth. As Kevin Falcon said few days ago: “We are not one men play, we are the team”; that idea must be priority for all constituencies and MLA’s if they are really devoted to BC Liberal party.

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3 thoughts on “Bill Bennett asks BC Liberals to change party name, not policies

  1. Linda says:

    There is still the issue of, Campbell’s corrupt sale of the BCR, this is not a done deal, accepted by the BC people. They are not going to let go of this. Christy Clark and her brother Bruce were involved. De Jong did a cover up, and paid all the expenses for the two criminals, out of our tax dollars. There are more documents and letters, coming out everyday, regarding that corrupt sale. We want the BC Liberal government, right out of our province. We are sick of, lies, deceit, broken promises, theft, corruption, being taxed to death, and our money going to the wealthy, and Campbell’s very dirty tactics. All of the candidates running, are all Campbell tainted, and are no better than he is. We are furious, Campbell thieved our rivers and sold them. Our hydro goes up 55%. BC has over 121.000 children living in poverty. So hungry, they are unable to do their school lessons. This is disgusting and shameful. No, no way we want a Liberal government in our province. It will take 40 years, to get BC back on it’s feet. Much of this province, is beyond repair. Campbell has cost our BC mill workers, 36.000 jobs losses. He shut down 51 mills. Some of those mills were shipped to China, along with our raw logs. Child labor in China, is very cheap.

  2. I found your blog on google and read a few of your other posts. I just added you to my Google News Reader. Keep up the good work Look forward to reading more from you in the future.

  3. @Linda:

    It’s great to read all your thoughts and acknowledge your frustration with current BC government. My intention is to start debate and to learn more about people’s feelings regarding current situation.
    I can agree with you about BC Rail case; it will be really good if that story finally ends and all connected persons fully disclose their relationship with BC Rail scandal. On child poverty new government will be forced to answer on all those questions and to move a lot of concrete things on it. How much time BC’s authorities will need to fix child poverty and mills I don’t know but with strong economy and smart programs I don’t think it will take 40 years, on the other side voters and civic society are there to tell them if they’re wrong, for last two mandates voters didn’t think like that. Next chance to install new government will be or in 2011 or in 2013, so be ready and engage your friends to vote against Liberals if you’re sure that some other party is better than they are.
    In mean time you can contact current BC Liberal and NDP leadership candidates and present them all problems and see what they will answer to you, but also later if they get a power ask them to show you results of their work.

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