Original posting from 2:45 p.m.:
Will Premier Christy Clark bow to public, media and most importantly, BC Liberal Caucus pressure to fire Kim Haakstad?
It's Friday afternoon at the end of a particularly disastrous week for the BC Liberal government - reeling in public and private over disclosure of the ethnic voting scandal coordinated directly by Premier Christy Clark's own Deputy Chief of Staff - Kim Haakstad.
There are only 10 weeks left until the May 14 provincial election - having a political scandal story with the proverbial "legs" means that the BC Liberal Party is unable to get its preferred message out and attempt to be competitive with the BC NDP.
That's darn hard anytime you are 16% behind your opponents - but it's impossible when every day's big media story is more bad news about your government or party.
So, regardless of any niceties like who is really to blame or whether it's fair, any political advisor from any political party would come to the same conclusion - you have to fire Kim Haakstad immediately to stop the bleeding.
If not, Christy Clark can start counting the days until she has to pack up her stuff in the premier's office and move out.
When you get advice like this from BC Liberal MLA Kash Heed - not exactly a pristine source himself - you know you are in trouble. Heed told CKNW AM 980's Shane Woodford that:
"There needs to be immediate, appropriate, and significant consequences that were involved in this type of behaviour," Heed said. "If you continue down this particular route the wheels will definitely fall off."
So there's Christy Clark's choice: either heads will roll or wheels will fall off!
And already CKNW is reporting three BC Liberal constituency presidents have quit their posts - not clear if connected to the ethnic voting scandal or not but in these
Not a lot of choice except for the timing - and late Friday afternoon is the traditional time to send out bad news.
Once you've come to the conclusion that someone has to go to pay for the crisis, delaying the implementation can only cause more and more trouble and more coverage.