See bottom of post for an update.
Many politically active people in BC are grieving right now and there is much angst and blame being laid. I personally have experienced this process and will be for some time to come, well, probably for the rest of my life.
I’m not sure which stage I’m in today yet, but I have passed the disbelief stage for sure.
I may still be working on assigning blame. My first, knee jerk reaction was to blame the Greens for vote splitting. I apologise to my Green friends for that, it wasn’t your fault and you have every right to vote your conscience. I can’t stress that enough.
I decided that the blame belongs first to Adrian Dix, for he threw that election in a spectacular way, with the full help of his top campaign advisors, specifically Brian Topp and NDP President Moe Sihota.
Looking back, Adrian Dix seemed to come from nowhere to take the leadership away from John Horgan, who I believe would have led the party to the proper conclusion, power. Many of us who followed that excercise were surprised and frankly dismayed that such an easy target was chosen to lead the party. With good reason. There were vague accusations of vote stuffing that seemed to be quickly supressed.
At this point I’d like to digress for a moment and point out the fact that the last federal leadership campaign for the NDP was just as shady, with the Ddos attack on the voting system and the installation of right wing Thomas Mulcair, snatching the victory from Nathan Cullen. The reason I bring this up is to make a prediction for the next Federal Election. Mulcair will lose it. He was installed to split the vote from Trudeau. Having said that, it does not matter which party wins, they are all beholden to the same elite cabal.
Now, back to BC. Brian Topp was called in to run the Dix campaign. Topp is business partners with Ken Boessenkool, ex PMO staffer and Clark campaign staffer, also of the Manning Centre for Supressing Democracy. Ian Reid wrote an excellent post on his blog here. Even more fascinating are the comments following his story. Alison at Creekside also offers some insight as to the incestuous relationships behind political campaigns.
While I started out mourning the loss of perhaps the most important election in BC history, I have transferred that grief to mourn democracy in general. In fact, I have concluded that we have never been a democracy, it is a myth drilled into our impressionable young minds at public school in order to train us to accept our enslavement.
Having come to this conclusion, I cannot escape the fact that the only way we will save what’s left of our beautiful homeland is to fight for it. Literally.