Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Christy Clark Changing BC



Christy Clark is was in Kelowna on December 21, speaking to a crowd of over 50 BC Liberals she outlined her vision for changing British Columbia. Of the policies she discussed, the underlying trend is evident, greater participation, greater involvement of British Columbians in their political process. These policies included holding a free vote on the HST in the legislature, holding annual party policy conventions, and decentralizing power by empowering cabinet and caucus along with greater attention given to private member bills.

Excerpts from the above video of Christy Clark:

"When I thought about whether or not I wanted to run for Premier of British Columbia, I decided I thought I could help make a difference for people. And I thought I could help them find that seed of optimism inside themselves and help them recognize that they could make their lives better, that that's where change for themselves and for their whole communities, for their whole families exist. It's not the government that does it for you, it's you who does that for you."

"I really profoundly believe that government has a duty, not to communicate what they want to us, their duty is to allow us to have our voice heard and listen to what we have to say."

"We need to stop the flow of information from just coming from Victoria, and change it so that it starts coming up from communities. We need to stop the centralization of power in the Premier's office and empower our cabinet to really be able to make decisions and to respond to the community... We need to empower our caucus, I think we should set a goal for a number of private members bills we pass every year...And then we need to invigorate our political party. I don't think it's good enough to come to you every four years and say, "Hey listen, Can you help me get elected?" I think we should have annual policy conventions, where your ideas are on the floor of the convention, and we have a vigorous arguments and debates over them. I don't think anything should be out of bounds."

7 comments:

The Mound of Sound said...

Scott, just curious. What, to you, constitutes a "Liberal"? Do you really consider the B.C. Liberals to be remotely liberal? Liberalism is inherently centrist, a field that is unfortunately unoccupied in British Columbia politics. Or is the "L" word on their letterhead enough for you?

thescottross.blogspot.com said...

My definition of liberalism is perhaps too complex to be hastily composed in a comment section. I will say I belive it puts a firm emphasis on reason and the individuals ability to govern themselves. Liberalism also sees using government in an egfficient mannet when individual action cannot provide significant services or action.

Your definition is severly problematic and I do not like it. To use left, right, centrist, to descibe a philosophy or ideology is extremely vague and purely relative.

The Mound of Sound said...

Interesting Scott. Many Conservatives would readily agree with your concept - of conservatism. Yes, you're right, it is relative. How then do you distinguish Conservative from Liberal? Do you not think the BC Liberals are inherently conservative?

thescottross.blogspot.com said...

I'm sorry I must not have said that I could not completely delve into what Liberalism is just in a comments section. I, unlike you can not simplify an ideology into one word.

I thought I specified that my partial description of Liberalism was incompete, but I must not have, I apologize.

The Mound of Sound said...

Gee Scott I seem to have got your knickers in a knot. Sorry, didn't mean to rile you up this close to Christmas. And a merry X-Mas to you.

thescottross.blogspot.com said...

Oh no I was only apologetic. The error of you not reading my comment correctly was all my fault. Merry Christmas

marie said...

I am a liberal and I live in BC but I do not consider myself a Conservative in any way shape or form. I consider the liberal government too be centered not too left or too right. And tell us what you consider yourself Mound of sound. You once proclaimed to be a liberal but I beleive you have since swithched to the far right or maybe the far left as you seem to think your way is the only way.

And for what its worth, I do not consider the BC Liberal conservatives at all. If I did, i would not ever be voting in another provincail or federal election ever. And a merry Xmas too you too.