Did Gordon Campbell take the BC Liberals down with him when he fell?
Gordon Campbell is gone.
“Praise the Lord”. That’s what they are saying around BC Liberal Headquarters. “Is it too late,” is the next sentence.
Probably. The two main untainted contenders have ruled themselves out. The party is in shambles and nothing will get done over the next six months as the government focuses on which one of the lesser lights in Cabinet will come to the rescue.
But lets get back to basics. Why now? What’s really going on over there in the Premier’s office because you can bet your bottom dollar this was not planned.
Look at the evidence. Last week he recruited a new Chief of Staff and Press Secretary. Do you think he got either of them to leave their well-paid jobs with the offer of a week’s employment in the Premier’s office. I don’t think so.
A few days before that he told the media he wasn’t going anywhere. He was looking forward to a vote of confidence at the upcoming convention and turning things around.
And then you have the evidence of the actual press conference, pulled together at the last moment, with a slap-dash arrangement of flags, no colleagues and no questions. Reminds me of one of those tarmac press conferences given by a departing dictator as the rabble struggles to break down the locked gate in the terminal.
So what really happened? Looks to me like he was pushed mighty hard by someone, most likely a combination of his caucus and the party.
Last weekend Global reported an emergency BC Liberal caucus meeting had been called for tomorrow. This morning former lobbyist Brian Kieran – of BC Rail fame – said two sources told him that at least 17 Liberal MLAs had signed a letter telling him he had to resign.
And then there’s the November Convention vote. The vote actually took place in October. It was to be reported out at the Convention. The word is that it was bad, very bad.
So I’d say there was no long discussion with family and friends. Campbell went after clutching the ledge as long as he could, like a villain in Die Hard.
The only question remaining is “has he killed the Liberal Party” for a generation, for an election or not at all? Whatever. He’s hurt it bad.