EDITORIAL: A major change for B.C.

B.C.’s new premier elect Christy Clark may have given the Liberals a new lease on political life, but how will the leadership change affect the Fraser Valley?

B.C.’s new premier elect Christy Clark may have given the Liberals a new lease on political life, but how will the leadership change affect the Fraser Valley?Clark is a Vancouver-based premier, as were predecessors Gordon Campbell, Ujjal Dosanjh, Glen Clark and Mike Harcourt. She is likely soon going to be a Vancouver MLA, as it’s expected she will run in Campbell’s Vancouver-Point Grey seat.Her practical knowledge of this area isn’t as strong as is the case with her closest contender for the job, Kevin Falcon, and considerably less than Abbotsford’s Mike de Jong. In her stint as a talk show host, she on occasion showed a startling lack of understanding of the South Fraser area. She defined it, primarily, as just another part of  Metro Vancouver, and didn’t seem to understand some of the unique circumstances here.Her learning curve is undoubtedly going to be steep, given that she has an entire province with which to become familiar.However, her first job is to unite her party. All but one of the six South Fraser Liberal MLAs backed Falcon, who is almost sure to stay in cabinet, likely in a senior position. Finance has been mentioned repeatedly, and there are suggestions he could become the point man for the pro-HST sales force.Expect leadership candidate Mike de Jong to stay as well in a senior post.Clark has suggested she may have a smaller cabinet. She is sure to want some new faces around her as well.Residents will be anxiously waiting to see what Clark says about topics such as the provincial spending, transit expansion, education, and health services. Even though a provincial election is theoretically two years away, there are issues like the HST referendum looming.B.C. residents will be watching her closely.– Black Press