Last night I had a short twitter exchange – I could not have written that a year ago – with a diehard BC Liberal supporter. The gist of it was he called BC voters stupid for their refusal to accept the government’s gift of the HST.
And I egged him on.
How stupid are British Columbians, I asked (more or less). Really stupid, he replied (more or less). Make that really, really stupid.
And that is why the BC Liberals are 27% behind the BC NDP.
Three years later they still don’t get why British Columbians don’t trust a government that tells them one thing and does another: That snows them in an election, hits them with a new tax day one of the third term and tells them that a $2 billion transfer from consumers to business is a good deal for them.
And when they reject all the lies and misinformation their first reaction is to call voters stupid.
Yesterday, the Finance minister introduced legislation to fulfill the referendum result. Leading off he made a semi joke, referring to the reintroduced PST as a piece of… whatever.
We all know what he meant.
He went on to call the PST a stupid tax that they’ve made into “better stupid” In the process he demeaned the significant majority who voted to reinstate the “stupid, piece of whatever” tax.
Obviously, the rumours are true. Falcon has checked out. He doesn’t care what voters think of him or his government. He’s not helping the Premier. He’s not helping his party, whatever name it ends up with. He’s telling voters exactly what he thinks of them.
The BC Liberal backer on twitter mirrored Falcon in his tweets. “STUPID! Dumb! Ignorance is Bliss! greatest argument against democracy is a 5 min conversation with the average (you) voter” tweeted the Liberal. And then he told Bill Tieleman basically the same thing.
Everything the BC Liberal government does seems to have the same animus. Krueger and Coleman’s legislative attacks. The poorly executed smear campaign produced by both the BC Liberal Party and their surrogates. The fake public processes. The giveaways to their donors.
All it appears to be doing is driving up the NDP’s numbers. So they react some more.
This is a government that refuses to look at itself to find the problem. That more than anything tells me why they need to be defeated. Not until then will they confront the fact that they are the author of their own misfortunes.
But that’s a year away. What I worry about most right now is how this disdain for voters and what they think will manifest in government decisions.
You don’t want privatization that benefits our friends? Screw you. You don’t want a continued and protracted war with teachers? Who cares what you think. You don’t want a complete resource giveaway at the expense of the environment? We’ve got a Lake you can jump in.
With a year to go there is still a lot of rape and pillage to do. Scary.