Christy Clark, embattled B.C. premier, announced a 30-minute TV special on the Liberal government’s plans for B.C. for the next four years, while paying tribute to the late Lady Thatcher at a fundraising dinner on Monday. While attacking her main competitor, Adrian Dix, leader of the B.C. NDP party, the premier vowed to balance the provincial budget, eliminate debt, and expand the economy via projects such as the $25-billion oil refinery in Kitimat, B.C.  An Angus Reid poll from March 11 to March 23, shortly after Clark was forced to apologize for a leaked strategy on enticing ethnic voters, shows the premier and the reigning Liberals at an approval rating of 25%, down from 31% three months earlier. NDP leader Adrian Dix stood at 49%, B.C. Conservative leader, John Cummins at 20%, and Green Party leader, Jane Sterk at 32%. Clearly the campaign will be an uphill battle for Clark. In reference to the upcoming battle and the death of Baroness Thatcher, Clark drew from the record of the former British Prime Minister, calling the Iron Lady “a woman who endured the most withering criticism but never wavered and stuck to her guns.”

Rachel Emery is a graduate of Political Science and an avid news-reader. She enjoys writing pieces on political analysis and world events, as well as environmental issues. In her spare time, she enjoys cycling, walking by the water, and rowing.

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