The latest polls are out and it shows that change is on the wind — but maybe not the wind many are expecting, says Randy White.
The poll released this week showed the NDP at 45 per cent support, the Liberals at 31 per cent and the Conservatives at 12 per cent. The Greens trailed at six per cent.
“That’s pretty significant,” White said from his home in Qualicum Beach. “The Liberals cannot form a majority government with that number.”
White bristled at suggestions his party was splitting the vote and thus electing an NDP government.
“If the conservatives were not there, the NDP are going to win it anyway. Now it’s time for people to start thinking about the alternative, and not the Liberals who have fallen from grace. That’s why the Conservative numbers are going up. The NDP is going to win anyway and people are starting to look at the practical option here.”
White said neither the NDP nor the Liberals can deal with the major problem at hand, which he said is declining disposable incomes.
“They’re taxing and spending and both parties do that,” he said. “It’s just not palatable to anybody anymore, no matter what party you are a member of. Both parties are going to suffer because of their history and their performance.”
The possibility of governing as part of a coalition government with the Liberals, White added, is a non-starter.
“The parties are too far apart on how to manage money. Federally or provincially, the bottom line for political parties is how they manage other people’s money.”
“I would say living within your means is something that Conservatives are raised on. That is not the fundamental philosophy of the Liberals or the NDP.”
Quite apart from any specific issue, White said it’s not uncommon for governments in power for as long as the Liberals to lose support.
“It’s not unusual after 10 years to change things, if you look at the history of this or any other province,” he said. “When you are in power, you don’t seem to see that. You think you are invincible. The Liberals are at that 10-year mark.”