The provincial election is just over two weeks away, and all eyes are going to be on the party leaders Wednesday night for the televised debate.
On the heels of the last heated debate, Global BC Legislative Bureau Chief Keith Baldrey says each candidate has to make some changes.
Baldrey says Liberal Leader Christy Clark’s answers need to be more clear.
“Christy Clark has to be better prepared, she sort of seemed to take the radio one, which was also on television, seemed to take it for granted that it wasn’t as important as the T.V. one ‘so I’m not gonna prepare as much… Some of her answers seemed a little vague and just not that informative.”
He explains NDP Leader John Horgan needs to be more cautious on T.V. with how he challenges Clark.
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“And when he moved in close to her and sort of said ‘I’m just gonna look at you because I know that’s what you like,’ I think that rubbed a lot of women the wrong way and I don’t think he’s gonna repeat that on Wednesday night but he will be more aggressive and more in your face than Adrian Dix was in 2013.”
He says Horgan made some simple errors in the last debate that could’ve been avoided.
“He studied the previous debate and realized you don’t interject and step on the other guys’ lines and you don’t turn and face them, and what does he do immediately? He interjects and stepped on everybody’s lines and turned around and faced Christy Clark.”
And Baldrey says Green Party Leader Andrew Weaver needs to not just focus on Clark.
“I think really, he has to engage, and he will because the format is different this time, there’s not quite as much free for all, you know every candidate gets a minute here, three minutes there, two minutes there, so he’s gonna have more time on the stage.”
In other words, Bladrey says Weaver will need to speak up more.
“It’s in his interest to…. really paint a difference between himself and John Horgan because the Greens are strongest on Vancouver Island by all accounts, those seats held there by and large by the NDP.”
Baldrey was a guest on CKNW Weekend with Tim Dickert.