Dear Christy Clark,
I can't say that I was surprised to see your reaction to Linda when she approached you in the grocery store. The fact that you couldn't carry on a two-minute conversation with an average citizen simply because she won't be voting for you is a pretty clear example of how you feel about the majority of citizens in B.C. -- you know, us middle- and lower-class folk.
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However I do know that you were quite surprised to see the subsequent backlash that spawned a #IamLinda social media storm. You were so shocked in fact you retreated to your go-to move, which is blaming the NDP for the whole thing. A move that almost seems to be a knee-jerk reaction for you these days. You say it before even thinking about how off-base you sound or how easily it can be proven to be untrue.
Remember just recently when you blamed the NDP for hacking into your party's website -- only for it to be proven that in fact it was a mistake from your party. When you were asked questions at the debates about current and urgent issues today, almost every time you would start talking about what the NDP were doing almost two decades ago.
It must have been really tough having to hear a citizen say to your face that they wouldn't vote for you.
So, naturally, when you show up at a grocery store and a citizen approaches you and says she won't vote for you (she didn't get to say much more than that, because you cut her off and walked away) it must be the NDP. I imagine they have nothing better to do with less than two weeks before the election than to have workers waiting at every grocery store across the province in case you show up.
Your insistence on deflecting blame to try and make yourself look like some kind of victim is made even more ridiculous by the fact that you are currently paying employees to drive around in a troll truck following John Horgan. Your giant truck is covered with smear campaign posters trying to disrupt and harass the NDP and their supporters at events and rallies. It must have been really tough having to hear a citizen say to your face that they wouldn't vote for you.
B.C. Liberal Leader Christy Clark addresses supporters during a campaign stop at local candidate Peter Fassbender's campaign office, in Surrey, B.C., on April 29, 2017. (Photo: Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press)
What you don't seen to understand is that your reaction to Linda was such a clear example of how you and your government have turned your backs on us. People such as:
Those of us who are fundraising tens of thousands of dollars every year to provide our children's schools with basic supplies. Or the parents fighting school closures and cuts to services.
Teachers who after a 15-year battle with you and your government have finally won with the supreme court of Canada, forcing you to reinstate all the support positions for our children that you yourself illegally stripped our of their contracts when you minister of education.
Those of us who have lived through the previous "Debt-Free B.C." and "Families First" campaign slogans, neither of which proved to be true by a long shot.
People whose parents are being neglected in a care homes, because 91% of care homes are understaffed.
People who can't even access a doctor or are sitting on a long wait list for surgery.
Parents, relatives and friends of the many children that have died or been seriously injured under the ministry's care.
Christy Clark (C) plays with children while visiting the Dorothy Lam Children Centre in Vancouver, B.C. on Feb.20, 2013. (Photo: Andy Clark/Reuters)
The thousands of parents who either can't find daycare or have daycare but pay a large portion of our income to cover it.
All of these people and so many more feel like you have quite literally turned your back on us. At this point its like you're not even trying to pretend you care.
You could have avoided this if you had just taken two minutes out of your day to talk to someone who didn't agree with you -- you could have used that opportunity to try and change her mind or learn why she isn't supporting you so you could try to be a better candidate. Instead, you rudely cut her off and walked away, and that struck a chord for a lot of us. Only you alone are responsible for your reaction to Linda -- the NDP certainly can't control that.
Citizens across this province that have been failed repeatedly by you and your government, and they are mad.
You look at all those people sharing #IamLinda tweets and see a bunch of NDP plants. But most of us are smart enough to see the truth, which is there are citizens across this province that have been failed repeatedly by you and your government, and they are mad. We have watched you erode every public service that we depend on and we know that your level of corruption and corporate influence is so bad that even the New York Times is taking notice.
Well, guess what, Ms. Clark? We are ready for a change, and in a few short days we might just get our wish. Maybe then you will understand the reality and power behind #IamLinda.
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