Just as a new poll suggests that the B.C. Liberals are closing the gap with the NDP in the provincial election race, a movement within the Liberal Party is busy plotting to oust Christy Clark, Global News reported.
The 801 movement — named to represent the minute after polls close May 14 — has, according to Global News, already signed up party members and business leaders committed to "begin the process of putting pressure on Clark to step aside."
There is consensus among pundits that Clark has a tough race in her own riding of Vancouver-Point Grey and there have been rumblings from the business community that they were not happy with her governance, said Gary Mason in The Globe and Mail:
"It didn’t go unnoticed, for instance, that one of the Liberals’ most ardent supporters over the years — the Independent Contractors and Business Association of B.C. — had decided not to run a pre-election, provincial advertising campaign to help the party out as it had in the past. It chose to aid candidates at the local level instead – a move that was interpreted as a clear shot at Ms. Clark’s leadership."
Revelations on this planned coup come the same day as a telephone poll conducted for The Times Colonist reported that, "41 per cent of decided voters would back the B.C. NDP if an election were held today, compared with 37 per cent for the B.C. Liberals".
These numbers reduce the NDP's lead to a tight 4 points, compared to as much as 17 points reported in polls when election campaigning began.
The tightening polls mean we can expect a ramping up on both sides of negative campaigning. "It will just get nastier from here," said Mike Smyth in The Province.
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Creepy Prince George clown.
BC NDP Leader Adrian Dix with the morning paper awaiting a flight from Vancouver to Victoria.
Christy Clark on the campaign plane.
Maple Ridge campaign stop.
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Attacking NDP candidates in Kitimat.
Christy Clark holds court on her campaign plane.
NDP cookies in Richmond.
Adrian Dix campaigns in Sidney.
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Fancy. Cranbrook with the NDP.
A NDP supporter shows a sticker and button made to support NDP leader Adrian Dix.
BC Premier and Liberal Leader Christy Clark during a stop in Vancouver.
Cranbrook coffee time.
BC Liberal Leader Christy Clark seen through glass at Red Rock Grill in 100 Mile House.
BC Liberal Leader Christy Clark speaks with her team on the campaign bus towards Williams Lake.
The May 1, 2013 front page of 24 Hours Vancouver.
Interesting place to put an entertainment guide in Quesnel.
NDP tour of a tree grower.
B.C. Liberal supporters at a rally in Cranbrook.
Waiting for a B.C. Liberal rally to begin.
"I'm crushing your head! I'm crushing your head!" NDP Leader Adrian Dix is framed in the teeth of some vice grips.
Christy Clark's campaign staff on a plane in B.C.
Prince George campaign stop.
NDP Leader Adrian Dix shoots some hoops during a campaign stop in Coquitlam.
NDP Leader Adrian Dix after some basketball in Coquitlam.
NDP Leader Adrian Dix campaign stop in Coquitlam.
Reflections. North Vancouver campaign stop.
BC Liberal leader Christy Clark on the campaign trail in North Vancouver.
Lights, camera, action. BC Liberal Leader Christy Clark addresses the media.
Hitting the airwaves for the CKNW radio debate.
Adrian Dix speaks on CKNW.
Christy Clark speaks to the media.
NDP Leader Adrian Dix at a campaign event in Kamloops.
Adrian Dix listens to a group of seniors.
On the NDP plane from Kamloops to Vancouver.
Christy Clark hops from the bus to the plane on the campaign trail.
Christy Clark drives a tractor.
Landing in Vancouver. Always a breathtaking view.
Campaign photographer trying to get the best shot.
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Christy Clark goes to the dogs in Parksville.
NDP Leader Adrian Dix at Westsyde Secondary in Kamloops.
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Christy Clark leaving Vancouver for Vancouver Island.