Premier Christy Clark put an end to speculation there would be a provincial election this fall when she announced yesterday she will stick to the fixed date of May 14, 2013.
Clark made the announcement on Omni TV yesterday, saying the decision had nothing to do with the recent defeat of the harmonized sales tax her Liberal party introduced in 2009, but rather to maintain political stability given the uncertainty in the economy at present.
Clark became premier earlier this year following a leadership race after former premier Gordon Campbell resigned late last year. She said during her leadership campaign that she was interested in calling an election this year to secure her mandate from voters. However, a poll done by Angus Reid in July showed the Opposition New Democrats hold an eight per cent lead among voters if an election were called today.
Adrian Dix, Leader of the Opposition, said in response to the Premier’s announcement that it is clearly a political move following the defeat of the HST and a rise in support for the NDP. He slammed the government for being out of ideas on jobs and the economy, and that the recent polling suggests British Columbians are responding positively to his party’s agenda for change.