Wednesday, November 03, 2010
Will Premier Gordon Campbell resign this morning?!!! "Significant Announcement" at 11:30 A.M. in Vancouver news conference
BC Premier Gordon Campbell may be resigning this morning!
The premier's office has called an immediate news conference for 11:30 a.m. at Vancouver's Pan Pacific Hotel for what it calls a "significant announcment" by Campbell.
The odds of his resignation continue to go up by the moment, with National Post Ottawa political columnist John Ivison posting on Twitter that "Parliament Hill sources" say Campbell will quit.
Rumours have been swirling for weeks of major caucus unrest with Campbell over the HST, the Basi-Virk trial guilty plea bargain deal and the premier's seeming indifference to the BC Liberal Party's disastrous drop to just 24% in the latest polls, with his personal approval rating at just 9%.
The latest rumour - reported on air by CKNW's Victoria bureau chief Sean Leslie, is that a letter is being signed by BC Liberal MLAs demanding that Campbell resign.
And an "emergency" BC Liberal MLA caucus meeting is scheduled for Thursday in Vancouver, a move that started speculation of Campbell's departure but was dismissed by caucus chair Ron Cantelon.
The October 27 televised address announcing a 15% income tax cut did nothing but harm to the premier's position according to an Ipsos Reid poll that found viewers had a much worse opinion of Campbell after the show.
It found only 11 per cent of viewers had a better opinion of the premier after seeing his show while 43 per cent said their opinion had worsened and 45 per cent said it had no real impact.
Other non-resignation possibilities include Campbell attempting to overturn the federal government rejection of the Prosperity Mine or moving up the date of the HST referendum.