As expected, Christy Clark easily won a by-election in Kelowna last week. She now has her seat in the B.C. legislature. I wrote this at the beginning of July, and it was originally published in The Source, where I have a regular B.C. politics column.
As summer sets in, it's business and patronage as usual in B.C. politics.
The new B.C. Liberal government moved quickly to reward its insiders and friends -- a little too quickly in fact. Whopping pay raises for top political staffers resulted in a sharp public backlash, forcing Christy Clark to retract big salary increases for political aides and her own staffers.