The past few days in BC politics has proven, once again, that there are no set scripts for what transpires in the halls of power. For the past five months – leading up to the provincial election and culminating with the latest Throne Speech – there has been a non-stop playing out of gamesmanship between the BC Liberals and the NDP-Green coalition. As a backer of the former, I have made it my personal goal to figure out what is going on politically as power changes hands between one party and the other. If power means the ability to make decisions, in an elected capacity, on behalf of others this is the place you might want to be as the province is set to go through what the Left triumphantly likes to see as a major sea-change. After all, they have been out of power for going on seventeen years. Meanwhile, we on the supposed Right of the partisan spectrum see sitting in opposition a minor inconvenience that needs to be overcome as quickly as possible before the other side succeeds in destroying the economy. The power of politics or the invisible will of the people has spoken in the oddest of ways by allowing the NDP to team up with a marginal Green Party to defeat the minority Liberals in the Legislature to form government. While I have no problem with that time-honored protocol, I do take exception to anyone calling this an enduring arrangement kept together by the politics of power. It might look a little stronger today than yesterday as (Dr.) Daryl Plecas, the Liberal MLA for Abbotsford, was chosen to be speaker of the house because nobody on the government side obviously wanted to fill the position, which would have cut into its very slim voting edge. Like in a chess game, the opposition Liberals cried foul and promptly expelled Plecas – a known trouble maker in caucus – for going against party wishes in strengthening the hand of the coalition. While I fully understand why Plecas did what he did – an extra $56K in annual salary and perks – it does not make it right. If you are a sitting member of a party in the assembly of the people, you play by its governance as to what you can or can’t do, or else you sit as an independent, or cross the floor. Kicking him out will, in the long run, work well for us, because the party no longer has to worry about Plecas – a political gadfly and professor of criminology – as it gets ready to choose a new leader who will, hopefully, address our less-than-stellar electoral performance in the Lower Mainland in May. Once that is straightened out, the advantage of political power, as tenuously evidenced in the new government, will slowly shift back to power politics as the Liberals make plans to reclaim the mantle. It works in chess so why can’t it work in politics? Ours is the job of reclaiming the standard but, in order to do that, we BC Liberals have to remake ourselves in an image that both reflects changing times and reaffirms core values.