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03-04-2013, 03:03 PM
rebel diamond
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This "scandal" is a tempest in a teapot. Anyone who doesn't think that political operatives of every major party think in the same terms is just being naive; the big mistake the Liberals made is letting it get out. I mean, sure it looks and sounds really bad, but compared to some of the other things both major parties have been caught doing over the last several electoral cycles this is small potatoes. If the Liberal Party wasn't already in the tank, and half the party and three quarters of the province didn't hate Christy, something like this would blow over in no time.

As for the question of are the Liberals done, yes the BC Liberal party as we know it is done, and probably died with Campbell's resignation. The collapse of a centre-right big tent coalition is a film the province has seen before, and we know how it ends. It's a natural result of a province with a large "centrist" voting block that bandwagons to electoral routs. The Liberal probably will hang around, but will not enjoy the same support among the "reform-style conservatives" as they did for most of the last decade. I can only hope that the result is a true three or four party system.

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