Christy Clark should send thank-you card

The NDP in B.C. just took a big step left with the election of Adrian Dix as party leader and we’re sure the B.C. Liberals couldn’t be happier with the outcome.

Dix is a return to more familiar territory for the New Democrats, whose traditional base of support lies with unions. Dix has also been around since the days of Glen Clark, so his roots with the party run deep.

But these two things ultimately could be the NDP’s undoing in the next provincial election.

There are many in B.C. who fear that a Dix-led government would mean higher taxes, higher government spending and a higher level of regulation for business.

Many also deeply fear a return to the Glen Clark years of government and it will be difficult for Dix to shed the fact he was Clark’s chief of staff, who was later forced to resign as part of the Casinogate scandal.

If the NDP were serious about winning the next election, Mike Farnworth was the logical choice. He presented policies with a broader appeal to the more moderate voters of the province, many of whom are itching for a change from the HST-tarnished Liberals.

Farnworth was the candidate to really give Christy Clark a run for her money in the next election.

But with Dix at the helm of the NDP, a Liberal win is pretty much money in the bank.

-Salmon Arm Observer