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There appears to be a revolt growing within the BC Liberal ranks against Premier Christy Clark.

On Thursday, cabinet ministers met for what was supposed to be a routine meeting to prepare for question period.

Instead, they spent hours crafting an apology for this week’s leak of the party’s ethnic votes strategy, which many within the party are unhappy about.

The Premier still has not personally apologized, however Rich Coleman read out the apology in the Legislature on Thursday.

At press events yesterday, the Premier would not apologize in person.

Sources tell our Legislative Bureau Chief Keith Baldrey that cabinet ministers and MLAs were up all night on the phone, trying to come up with a strategy to deal with the mess.

It’s a possibility the Premier could be forced to step aside or convinced to do so voluntarily.

This afternoon, the riding association presidents of Surrey-Whalley and Surrey-Green Timbers stepped down. A resignation in Surrey-Fleetwood was expected.

They are said to be unhappy about the leak of the ethnic votes strategy and the suddent resignation of candidate Sukh Dhaliwal.

The Premier’s core support in cabinet is said to be down to a half a dozen ministers.

With only 10 weeks to the election, there is not a lot of time remaining for the party to make changes.

The Premier has asked Deputy Minister John Dyble to conduct a review into the ethnic votes memo leak. No word on when that will be completed.

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The thread yesterday speaks to the document related to ethnic votes strategy

This article is focused on a growing crisis for the Premier with a chance of being forced our pushed out of office from within her own party with a mere 10 weeks to go.

2 different things

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having inside reports of revolt was not part of yesterdays news reports.

From the article the following is new

"The Premier’s core support in cabinet is said to be down to a half a dozen ministers."

"It’s a possibility the Premier could be forced to step aside or convinced to do so voluntarily."

Now yesterdays issue is a huge obsticle now for the BC Liberals - but in itself would not be enough to bring about the 2 mentioned things above. There are many other factors that have to be in play - a combination of many things.

The ethnic vote document was stupid - but not resign or be pushed out stupid. With recent Leaks to the news or NDP it sounds like an internal issue brewing which is a topic all of its own

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From the Sun Yesterday


By Vaughn Palmer, Vancouver Sun February 27, 2013

Premier Christy Clark's media availability in her Victoria office Tuesday began with a question about whether the B.C. Liberals were exploring a 10-year deal with nurses a mere 11 weeks ahead of an election in which her government might be driven from office.

Yes they were. "We are in very early stages in talking about that," Clark told reporters. "Just like we want to find an agreement with teachers for a 10-year deal, we want to see if we can find an agreement with nurses for a 10-year deal.

"Labour peace is good for patients," the premier continued. "The idea was (to start) working with the nurses' union as I do think there could be an appetite there."

All very exploratory, Clark emphasized. All very hush-hush too. The Liberals even kept the CEOs of the six provincial health authorities out of the loop, which prompted a strong letter of protest once they caught wind of what was up through other channels.

"We are informed that officials from the (government) are in the process of developing a new collective agreement with the nurses' union which would have an extended term of up to 10 years," they wrote in a letter that was obtained by my colleague Jonathan Fowlie and published Tuesday in The Vancouver Sun.

They went on to complain - "we are alarmed" - about provisions that would preclude the six authorities from sharing in any improvements in efficiency in the system and would lock in the terms for 10 years with no opening to renegotiate.

"This may deny us the ability to

respond to the needs of the system, new technology, different care delivery models and service innovations," they wrote.

"We have also learned that binding arbitration may be the mechanism which would resolve periodic re-openers under the agreement."

And all this at a time when the federal and provincial governments are both capping the share of dollars allocated to health care.

"Our concern is that we are charged with managing health care in the province in a constrained financial environment," wrote the six CEOs. "Any benefits which may arise from any health system redesign should be applied to the cost of providing care ... It would also be irresponsible to allow a third party to determine compensation under the agreement."

In defence, Clark reiterated that the talks were only of an exploratory nature, and "if there's any interest in it, we'll approach the health authorities and get their input into the negotiation on it."

Never mind that the nurses appeared disinterested. Did she even have a mandate to pursue a 10-year deal on any terms this close to an election?

"Nobody was asking me that question six months ago," she replied. "I'm focused on governing as I have been for the last two years. As the premier, it is my job to make sure we continue to govern every single day, so that's what I'm doing."

But hers is a bit of a lame duck government, is it not?

"That's a rhetorical question, is it not?"

Seriously, how could she presume to lock the government into a 10-year deal, this close to an election she might lose?

"At what point does a government stop governing? At what point does a government decide that all you are going to do is campaign? The mandate is until May 14 and obviously there is a writ period before that.

"We are going to continue to govern," she told reporters. "Unless one of you knows that there's a date at which the government needs to stop governing - and maybe I can wait for you guys to let me know when that is, because I haven't seen that in legislation anywhere."

Skip asking the press gallery when the mandate runs out. Here's an opinion, well expressed on the floor of the legislature a dozen years ago, as another government was on its last legs.

"Let me be clear: This government has no mandate to govern. This government is illegitimate in the eyes of the public today. They have no moral right to govern. This government has no mandate to pass legislation, no mandate to make appointments, no mandate to pass a budget.

"So I want to be clear that following an election, should the Opposition be elected to government, we reserve the right to suspend legislation so it can be properly reviewed, to amend legislation or to repeal it. We reserve the right to dismiss any new appointments that this government makes, because this government's regime is over."

The author of that March 19, 2001 quasi-stop-work-order for the then New Democratic Party government? Fellow named Gordon Campbell, then the leader of an Opposition caucus of B.C. Liberals that included a rookie MLA named Christy Clark. Both would be elected to government in weeks.

As it was then with an NDP government down in the polls and running out the clock, so it should be today with the Liberals.

A government in this much trouble, mere weeks from an election, has a mandate to go through the motions - maintain programs, deal with emergencies, and make the best possible pitch to the electorate. But pursuit of deals stretching years beyond election day is the height of presumption.

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You almost get the feeling that they already accept that and the planning is already in place for post election rebuilding.

Will they stay and try to rebuild the BC Liberal name or Take over another party again? Or will they reform under a new name?

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Wasn't it you that started the Christy Clark Apoligizes thread? Maybe you should amend that title. Rich Coleman read a prepared statement written on a plain white piece of paper (with Christy absent) that people assume, maybe perhaps Christy was behind it. No one knows. It had no official letterhead and she has had plenty of time to apoligize for this unethical, most likley illegal 17 page document that leaked from her office. But she hasn't. She's in hiding.

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