There was an interesting skipped over tidbit in the Falcon resignation yesterday. Falcon caught the Premier napping.
BC’s Finance Minister didn’t bother to inform his boss of his decision to resign until the morning of the deed. No two week notice for Falcon
He was well prepared with an expertly crafted statement primed for release. And Falcon was well prepped for media questions with radio appearances at the ready.
But Clark was caught unawares, forced into the hasty pro tem appointment of Shirley Bond as ‘gasp’ Finance Minister. And an even hastier unplanned announcement of a new Cabinet next week as word spread of three new defections today.
The Clark Liberals are spinning renewal. I’m smelling conspiracy.
Three ministers – including two of the most senior in government – and the Premier’s own Parliamentary Secretary gone in two days. That’s a fifth of cabinet with more rumoured on the way. (BTW, when is Coleman going to pull the plug?)
And who are they? The second and third place finishers in the race to succeed Gordon Campbell. That’s who.
It’s not a great way to build party unity heading into an election. The caucus is likely in an uproar. And the rank and file are muttering about sure defeat – see Twitter to see how they bounce between delusion and despair.
No, it’s not a great way to build unity. But that’s assuming Falcon and the others care about unity. Wrong assumption. Falcon’s move only makes sense two ways (don’t believe the family crap. The guy ran for Premier with an infant in tow). Either he’s given up or he wants rid of the current boss.
I think the latter makes more sense. Falcon’s move is a pretty good way to diminish a leader on her way to a catastrophic election defeat. Especially one who shows no desire to let go the reins of power.
And the one-two Wednesday, Thursday punch of the two runners up really seals the deal for me. This was orchestrated.
Will it work? Maybe but not likely. Forcing out Clark will just drive away another wing of the party. And there’s not really time for another leadership race, one that will eat up scarce dollars and push people apart, not together.
She could go on her own but do you really think that will happen?
Conspiracy or bad luck? At the end of the day I don’t think it really matters. This late in the game voters are more likely to say to the whole nest of them ‘get your act together on your own time, not mine.’