By now most people have read the sordid tale of the Portland Hotel Society.
Lost in all this as usual are the taxpayers and in particular the constituents of Jenny Kwan’s own riding.
They are lost because she ,during her teary eyed press conference yesterday, pledged to step away from politics and take a sabbatical.
This is of litle help to the people of her riding,Vancouver-Mt.Pleasant because it means they will not be represented in the house as long as that sabbatical continues.
In my view that is a sham.
It is also, in my opinion, scandalous, that the current leader of the BCNDP ( Adrian Dix) and the two leadership hopefuls ( John Horgan and Mike Farnsworth) have not come out and taken a strong stand and asked her to step aside.
In fact they haven’t said anything. How do they think the voting public will take them seriously in 2017.
Stepping aside for Kwan and taking a stance by leadership would be the right thing to do.
Somebody said to me yesterday even if she did resign and a by election were held the riding would still vote BCNDP.
My answer? So what! The people of Vancouver- Mt. Pleasant should be represented in the house like all other ridings.
As far as Kwan goes? She would be able to run for nomination in the lead up to the next election and if she wins, she’s the people’s choice.
But her actions yesterday have silenced the people of her riding, and that’s wrong.
The BCNDP Leadership and Kwan should be ashamed, no matter how you spin it!