|"And he's back to selling Christy for leader yellow T-shirts"|
Harry Bloy's reign as the hapless Minister of Social Development is mercifully over after Clark did the obvious - demoted Bloy after a series of errors and failure to learn on the job.
It went on longer than it should have because, after all, membership has its privileges and Harry Bloy was the only BC Liberal MLA to be in the "I Support Christy Clark for Leader" club during the party leadership battle.
And he stays on as Minister of State for Multiculturalism, a junior job that still leaves Bloy room for creating and international incident or two.
It's a reminder that politics is a tough game and even the premier's patronage has its limits.
Bloy is replaced by Stephanie Cadieux, who is replaced as Labour Minister by Margaret MacDiarmid - the BC Teachers Federation will be thrilled at that appointment! MacDiarmid as Education Minister was at loggerheads repeatedly with the BCTF, as well as the Vancouver Board of Education.
A BCTF news release in January 2010 gives the flavour of that relationship:
'From the Lower Mainland and the Island to the North and Interior, school districts are speaking out about devastating cuts they will have to make because of government cutbacks and underfunding,' said Lanzinger. 'Instead of taking the warnings seriously, the minister has been busy denying the problem, making up excuses, and blaming school districts.'"
Clark seemed a little testy in speaking to reporters today about the, err, non-demotion.
“It’s a refocusing of Harry Bloy’s responsibilities,” Clark said. “You’ll interpret it how you like.”
It's no longer a Bloy's World.