One has to feel for Premier Christy Clark, no matter what one's political affiliations may be.
In one week she was faced with a former Liberal MLA, John van Dongen, yet again, demanding an investigation into the 2003 sale of B.C. Rail, this time focusing on Clark's reputed role in the sale, or her attendance during discussions on the sale. The conflict charge arises out of her brother's and ex-husband's connections to the sale at the time.
She said she was glad to "put a fork" into the allegations. But we think she'd rather put a fork into some of her critics' eyes.
And then her sincere and important work on anti-bullying is somewhat overshadowed when the mother of Amanda Todd is told she cannot attend the bullying forum - even as an observer - even though other parents who have lost children to suicide are at the event.
The rationale is that her appearance, given the recent suicide of her daughter, may upset some younger people at the event. It's a debatable rationale - but even if it was a solid rationale - the way it was handled was clumsy and insensitive.
And then, to top it off, more leaked correspondence from the Burnaby Hospital's citizen consultation committee paints a picture of calculating and out-of-touch Liberal insiders more intent on spinning than fixing health care in the city.
Meanwhile, over in the NDP camp, Adrian Dix watches as Mike Farnworth shares more damning correspondence from the committee.
Dix doesn't even comment on the brouhaha, seemingly too busy making friends with the business community and allaying their fears to be bothered to either get, or appear, negative.
All this during the week that is exactly six months before the next provincial election. Perhaps Clark is saying to herself, "It can't get worse - can it?"
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