Christy Clark’s Thanksgiving message to BC women
A few years back I was invited to a “mom blogger” roundtable with Christy Clark. It was a pretty soft PR move on the part of Clark and her Director of Engagement, former CTV anchor Pamela Martin. Nevertheless, Christy did get asked some tough questions at that event but, in my opinion, skirted around most of them like a pro.
Back then, I wasn’t necessarily a staunch CC supporter, but I have to admit, I did like her “Families First” platform, and was optimistic that she would deliver on it. Today, my feelings are strong and solidified. As a mother, as a citizen of B.C., I am definitely not a fan.
I guess I am still on a PR outreach mailing list because this Thanksgiving I received a message from “Today’s B.C. Liberals”. In it, I was apprised to all of the great things CC is doing for women and families in British Columbia. This one line quite irked me:
It was the strong leadership of Premier Christy Clark that finally broke the impasse between the teachers and the government and it’s because of this that we now have a historic negotiated settlement.
“Strong leadership”?? I beg your pardon? Christy Clark was visibly absent throughout most of the education dispute…appearing only towards the end. Even then her public communications tactics were primarily through pithy tweets and dueling press conferences, both of which seemed to only fuel fires.
The message also contained a YouTube video of Pamela Martin interviewing her about the “success” of the education dispute. I found this video a bit condescending and insulting. I sincerely hope viewers realize that it is not, in fact, a media interview – although it is set up to look like one.
No disrespect to Ms. Martin, she’s just doing her job. But, I find it really hard to believe anything coming out of Camp Christy that is flying the “I care about families” flag. To me, the proof will be in the pudding. As far as education in B.C. is concerned, things do need to change. Wheter or not the union and government will actually use the next five years to work towards this change remains to be seen. I’m hoping Christy Clark proves me wrong and shows a genuine interest in bettering our education system through adequate funding, manageable class compositions and a renewed and positive relationship with teachers.
Finally, I was given the opportunity, as a B.C. woman to pose questions to our provincial leaders. In case you didn’t receive this message, I’ll share the opportunity with you here:
What burning questions do you, as a B.C. woman, have on your mind? What do you want to know from your provincial representatives? We are inviting you to engage with your elected officials. Let’s start a 2-way conversation and in the next few newsletters, we’ll get some answers for you.
What would you ask?