Earlier this year, Premier Christy Clark hid behind a lame excuse for not being able to attend the western premiers meeting on energy development.
That would have been the ideal forum for expressing B.C.'s concerns and conditions regarding Enbridge's Northern Gateway pipeline.
Recently, the devastating report on Enbridge's ineptitude in handling its massive Kalamazoo river oil spill became a hot news topic. Clark must have been urged by her handlers to talk tough to try and impress British Columbian voters.
As a result of her soapbox-like rant, Clark has been slagged by Alberta's Conservative premier, Alison Redford. No doubt, Redford is not the sort of person who suffers fools gladly.
A successful premier needs to have a well-thought-out ethical vision, as well as the leadership and communicative skills to rally supporters.
Clark must long for the good old days when she was a relatively popular radio talk show host. She could shoot from the lip on any topic and then flip a switch to turn off those callers who criticized her for not knowing what she was talking about.
Lloyd Atkins, Vernon
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