Mr. Horgan’s attempt to sell “We can either delay that decision and create uncertainty and instability over the next 12 months … or we can do what I believe is always the right thing and ask British Columbians what they think.” as rationalization and justification for calling a provincial election one year earlier than scheduled foundered on the fact that calling an election for October 24, 2020 was clearly and indisputably an attempt to shanghai a majority government not through good governance but by having their actions and governance obscured by COVID-19.
The enormous benefit to the ability of the NDP to win a majority government in an election held now and the numerous disadvantages and barriers to the NDP ability to win a majority government if the election is held a year from now as scheduled (October 2021) are so obvious that even political doublespeak cannot misdirect or mislead voters from the reality October 24, 2020 best serves the interests of John Horgan and the NDP.
That the priority of John Horgan and the NDP is to look out for their own self interest and re-election is consistent with the NDP use of the position of Speaker of the Legislature to induce Liberal backbencher Darryl Plecas to deliver the government to the NDP and the position of BC Premier to John Horgan after the BC provincial election in 2017.
Horgan’s words “…or we can do what I believe is always the right thing and ask British Columbians what they think.” give the appearance that Mr. Horgan supports the right of citizens to choose to either consent to or to reject government actions and behaviours.
However, the reality is that Mr. Horgan’s words serve to bamboozle any who fail to note that Mr. Horgan was very careful about not specifying the issues and matters Mr. Horgan and the NDP will ask British Columbians about. Or more importantly, the issues and matters Mr. Horgan and the NDP will avoid asking British Columbians about in their attempt to win a majority government.
Holding an election while the massive deficit spending by both the federal and BC governments delays and serves to hide the economic and financial costs of COVID-19 and COVID-19’s negative impact on the finances and financial future of Canadians, is undoubtedly a major motivation for calling an election
Unfortunately for the future and well being of BC citizens the attempt to ensure British Columbians do not see or think about any issues that would have a negative impact on the popularity of Mr. Horgan and the NDP and their ability to win a majority of the seats and hold onto power is also an attempt to ensure British Columbians do not see or think about important issues; issues that will have major impacts on British Columbia’s economy and finances, on the ability of the BC government to provide services and on the finances and standard of living of BC citizens.
The behaviour of politicians and political parties has made it clear that playing political games, using political doublespeak, avoiding issues that perturb or agitate voters and seeking any advantage in pursuing power and winning a majority government is business as usual for politicians and political parties.
However in calling an early election for October 24, 2020 John Horgan and the NDP have crossed a line. Not because the interests of John Horgan and the NDP are a priority for them; not even because John Horgan and the NDP have put their interests above the interests of BC citizens whose interests they are suppose to serve.
Because in seeking to avoid any negative impact on their winning a majority government, John Horgan and the NDP seek to ensure that major issues facing British Columbia and British Columbians are not recognized, acknowledged and addressed.
Successfully avoiding the recognition and the need to speak to and address major issues, in particular the negative costs and effects COVID-19 will have on British Columbia, will deny the voters in British Columbia their right to give direction to the BC government on how to prioritize and address the issues, costs and effects.
The choices and actions of John Horgan and the NDP have made their willingness to pursue their political and personal interests to the detriment of the interests of the citizens of British Columbia a major issue, if not THE major issue, of this election.