The article you just read was brought to you by a few thousand dedicated readers. Will you join them?

Thanks for coming by The Tyee and reading one of many original articles we’ll post today. Our team works hard to publish in-depth stories on topics that matter on a daily basis. Our motto is: No junk. Just good journalism.

Just as we care about the quality of our reporting, we care about making our stories accessible to all who want to read them and provide a pleasant reading experience. No intrusive ads to distract you. No paywall locking you out of an article you want to read. No clickbait to trick you into reading a sensational article.

There’s a reason why our site is unique and why we don’t have to rely on those tactics — our Tyee Builders program. Tyee Builders are readers who chip in a bit of money each month (or one-time) to our editorial budget. This amazing program allows us to pay our writers fairly, keep our focus on quality over quantity of articles, and provide a pleasant reading experience for those who visit our site.

In the past year, we’ve been able to double our staff team and boost our reporting. We invest all of the revenue we receive into producing more and better journalism. We want to keep growing, but we need your support to do it.

Fewer than 1 in 100 of our average monthly readers are signed up to Tyee Builders. If we reach 1% of our readers signing up to be Tyee Builders, we could continue to grow and do even more.

If you appreciate what The Tyee publishes and want to help us do more, please sign up to be a Tyee Builder today. You pick the amount, and you can cancel any time.

Support our growing independent newsroom and join Tyee Builders today.
Canada needs more independent media. And independent media needs you.

Did you know that most news organizations in Canada are owned by just a handful of companies? And that these companies have been shutting down newsrooms and laying off reporters continually over the past few decades?

Fact-based, credible journalism is essential to our democracy. Unlike many other newsrooms across the country, The Tyee’s independent newsroom is stable and growing.

How are we able to do this? The Tyee Builder program. Tyee Builders are readers who chip into our editorial budget so that we can keep doing what we do best: fact-based, in-depth reporting on issues that matter to our readers. No paywall. No junk. Just good journalism.

Fewer than 1 in 100 of our average monthly readers are signed up to be Tyee Builders. If we reach 1% of our readers signing up to be Tyee Builders, we could continue to grow and do even more.

If you appreciate what The Tyee publishes and want to help us do more, please sign up to be a Tyee Builder today. You pick the amount, and you can cancel any time.

Support our growing independent newsroom and join Tyee Builders today.
We value: Our readers.
Our independence. Our region.
The power of real journalism.
We're reader supported.
Get our newsletter free.
Help pay for our reporting.
Opinion

What Must Christy Clark’s Party Think of Her Now?

Her deathbed conversions revealed her true political self: shameless.

By Brad West 22 Jun 2017 | TheTyee.ca

Brad West is a Port Coquitlam city councillor.

Despite strong disagreements on policies and very different values, it was easy for me to admire Christy Clark’s tenacity and commitment to her party’s principles. She was a worthy political adversary whose retail political skills and ability to stick to a message contributed greatly to her party winning an election in 2013 few thought they would.

Her actions since the recent election, however, have revealed her true self: a self-serving, desperate politician so shameless in the pursuit of power she is willing to jettison nearly every position the BC Liberals hold dear and claim as her own positions they previously derided as irresponsible and reckless.

How difficult it must be for the true believers in the BC Liberal caucus to watch as their leader slaughters sacred cow after sacred cow. The scene is becoming quite bloody indeed.

And for what? Does Clark actually believe that British Columbians would fall for this ploy? Is there a sentient being in the province who thinks the premier has had a genuine change of heart, been convinced by previously unknown data or arguments?

One almost feels sorry for the dutiful party faithful who defended the government’s inaction on child care, social assistance rates and free-for-all political donation rules only to have the premier change stances so effortlessly. The humiliation of having to vote for a throne speech committing to policies they have soundly rejected for years is surely a low point in the careers of Mike de Jong, Rich Coleman, Andrew Wilkinson et al.

If there was any doubt as to whether Clark deserved a single day longer as B.C.’s premier, her actions have answered it. When the purpose of holding power is power itself, when power is the beginning, middle and end, when there is no principle that may not be tossed aside without regret for the sake of power, then it is most certainly time for change.

In the dying days of her government, Clark is epitomizing the absolute cynicism that people hate about politicians, damaging her own party and colleagues in the process and capping off an impressive political career in pathetic, almost sad, fashion.  [Tyee]

Read more: BC Politics

Share this article

The Tyee is supported by readers like you

Join us and grow independent media in Canada

Facts matter. Get The Tyee's in-depth journalism delivered to your inbox for free.

LATEST STORIES

The Barometer

What Issue Is Most Important to You This Election?

Take this week's poll