Tomorrow Steven Point, our new representative of the Queen, makes his first throne speech for the Campbell Liberals. The symbolic date, two years prior to the start of the Olympics and 15 months prior to election day is not to be overlooked.
On the one hand B.C. will be getting more "Olympic gold" from its government in the form of Spirit Squares, Gateway initiatives, 150th anniversary funding, and actual Olympic cash. On the other hand, the government needs to show they mean business in communities where the Liberal-NDP fight is tight like in good old Burnaby with big picutre ideas for post-secondary education and skills training, transit infrastructure, and green projects.
Tomorrow is only the opening act to the real show next week when Finance Minister Carole Taylor swoops in with the cash allocations for the province. Despite the dollars being a week away, tomorrow is of significance. This is likely the last substantial sitting of the legislature until the May 12, 2009, election. What gets (re)announced tomorrow will likely be the main set of issues on for Gordon Campbell's BC Liberals to campaign on come the election.
As for the NDP, shifting the debate to areas where the Liberals are weak, namely the ministry of children and families, is going to be their main goal over the next year. NDP leader Carole James already has launched a preemptive strike