06) CHRISTY CLARK - B.CíS BIG BUSINESS PREMIER
By George Gidora, leader of the Communist Party of BC
Upon taking office, Christy Clark tried to distance herself from the legacy of
Gordon Campbell, starting with a temporary reduction of his enormous tax breaks
to the rich and the corporations, and the first minimum wage increase in over a
decade. But the tax breaks were fully restored after
Until recently, the Premier received a $50,000 annual stipend (on top of her salary) from the proceeds of fundraising dinners attended by big corporate contributors. Her government gives full support to the big business drive for expanded extraction and export of natural resources, while ignoring inherent Indigenous rights and strong community opposition to dangerous projects like the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion, the Site C dam which will flood valuable agricultural land in the Peace River, and the Ajax open-pit mine which threatens environmental disaster for Kamloops.
The verdict is clear: despite wearing a hard hat in her glitzy TV ads, BC's Big Business Premier Christy Clark heads a government totally bought and paid for by corporate interests.
After the 2013 election, the Communist Party of BC made this analysis: "the defeat of the NDP proves yet again that change cannot be won simply through electoral tactics. This is not to dismiss the aspirations of labour and progressive activists who worked so hard to elect a new government. Their courageous efforts over the past twelve years, and during this election, deserved a far better result. But this struggle was not matched by the NDP leadership, which repeatedly dampened any hopes of reversing the damage inflicted by the Liberals, instead calling for "small, realistic" changes. In fact, the NDP (like social democratic parties in other countries) largely accepts the basic premise that the capitalist system can only be adjusted, not challenged. This allowed the Liberals to set the tone for the campaign, falsely pitting "economic growth" against "the environment", when in fact the Liberal record on both issues has been dismal."
At the time, we also pointed out that "the key struggles over the coming
four years will be in workplaces, communities, and wilderness areas across
Since then, a few mass struggles have forced the government to pull back for
tactical reasons, and the NDP caucus in
But the NDP refuses to directly challenge the austerity policies of the
Liberals, or even to roll back
In contrast, the Communist Party of BC gives full support to movements which
defend the interests of working people, including for a higher minimum wage, a
provincial child care program, truly affordable housing, and doubled social
assistance and disability rates. We demand to restore the pre-2001 tax rates,
and to block new oil pipelines, the Site C dam, and the
Communist candidates are campaigning on a platform to win fundamental reforms
above article is from the February 15-28, 2017, issue of People's