Will Kelowna West forgive BC Liberal candidate who traded seat with Christy Clark for cushy job in China?

By Nick Valka

The bad taste left in Kelowna West voters’ mouths after Christy Clark’s “parachuting” into the riding seems to be a major factor influencing the electorate’s voting decision for the upcoming by-election.

Residents of the Kelowna West electoral district will hit the polls on Feb. 14 for a by-election to fill the void seat Christy Clark left after resigning from her position back in July following the fall of her minority government.

Lesley McGlinchey, an elementary school teacher in Kelowna, had a problem with Clark ever since she was brought into the riding.

“After she lost her seat in the provincial election, the Liberals were desperate to find their party leader a seat, so she was parachuted into the Kelowna West riding because the Okanagan has long been a Liberal stronghold,” McGlinchey said. “In my opinion, that ‘parachuting’ should be deemed unconstitutional. No one here voted for her and in no way did she represent our riding.”

McGlichey believes that Clark’s motivation solely to be the Premier.

“I believe that she showed her true colours after this recent election; she was to be the Leader of the Opposition,” McGlinchey said. “Instead of assuming that position and representing the riding that elected her, she took her toys and went home. As a result, our riding has been without representation since the election.”

Replacing Clark as the Liberal candidate for the riding is Ben Stewart, who was the previous MLA in Kelowna West and stepped aside to allow Clark to assume the seat back in 2013. He is running against NDP candidate Shelley Cook, Conservative candidate Mark Thompson and Green Party candidate Robert Stupka.

McGlinchey doesn’t have any faith in Stewart after he traded in his seat for a cushy position in China[1]http://www.timescolonist.com/news/local/ex-mla-who-gave-premier-christy-clark-his-seat-gets-plum-post-in-asia-1.675683. The former Premier, Christy Clark, appointed Stewart as BC Special Representative in Beijing.

With a current NDP provincial government, Stewart and the Liberals winning the by-election is in no way a given, but what is known is that it will not change the current balance of power.

[Photo Credit: Province of British Columbia]

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1. http://www.timescolonist.com/news/local/ex-mla-who-gave-premier-christy-clark-his-seat-gets-plum-post-in-asia-1.675683

4 Responses to Will Kelowna West forgive BC Liberal candidate who traded seat with Christy Clark for cushy job in China?

  1. nonconfidencevote says:

    Nah the idiots of West Kelowna voted Clark in and hoped to reap the rewards….now the same weasel that vacated it is back?
    The arrogance to these egotistical sociopaths never ceases to amaze.
    Well if the voting sheeple of West Kelowna are as subservient as I suspect.
    The riding will have its former MLA back again after his short hiatus as a Chinese trade lickspittle.
    How much did the Clark govt pay him in wages to vacate the seat and to sit as a Trade toady?
    I seem to recall in the US a when a politician “sold a safe seat”( promised it to anyone that would return “favors” in the US senate elections ( Obama’s vacant seat) that Governor ended up in prison…..for a very long time.

    Hopefully Ben Stewart will be skewered in this By-election and tossed on the political garbage heap next to Missing Christy.
    But I doubt it.

  2. nonconfidencevote says:

    “Lesley McGlinchey, an elementary school teacher in Kelowna, had a problem with Clark ever since she was brought into the riding.

    “After she lost her seat in the provincial election, the Liberals were desperate to find their party leader a seat, so she was parachuted into the Kelowna West riding because the Okanagan has long been a Liberal stronghold,” McGlinchey said. “In my opinion, that ‘parachuting’ should be deemed unconstitutional. No one here voted for her and in no way did she represent our riding”

    Leslie McGlinchley should check her facts.
    Clark WAS elected by the sheeple in that riding in 2013 ( I remembered my disgust at her By election victory).

    https://www.google.ca/url?url=https://www.kelownanow.com/watercooler/news/news/Kelowna/17/05/09/KelownaNow_calls_election_for_Clark/&rct=j&frm=1&q=&esrc=s&sa=U&ved=0ahUKEwiNg_z3nfPYAhVL_WMKHVpwDFMQFghMMAk&usg=AOvVaw0TOAd0paJu2KThiW3Dd4td
    Hopefully Ms McGinchley doesnt teach Canadian civics class 101.

    • Maybe she meant that no one voted for Clark to be the BC Liberal candidate in the by-election she forced. She just leapt in to BE the candidate.

      • nonconfidencevote says:

        Fair enough but the deciding of who gets to run in a riding is up to the Party….not the voters IN the riding until they actually vote for the nominee at the election.
        Its hard enough getting voter participation at the best of times ( just look at the poll results for a civic election …yawn)
        Are we now supposed to have an election to see who runs in an election?
        Bizarre, wasteful “democracy”?

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