As the BC Greens announced a negotiating team Tuesday afternoon, a professor emeritus of political science at the University of Victoria says Weaver’s choice of consultant came as a surprise.
“I do not associate him with the Greens,” says Norman Ruff of Weaver’s choice to choose Norman Spector as the team’s consultant.
But Ruff says although surprised, he says it’s a strategic decision that makes sense.
“He’s extremely experienced, in political life at the provincial and national level. If anyone knows the ins and outs to political negations, he would be one of the leading practitioners in the country, I would think.”
He says Spector adds a talented political resource to Weaver’s political leverage.
“[Weaver] is exploiting his position. He probably has more leverage on both of them now than he will have in two weeks’ time when we’re clearer on the numbers.”
He says Weaver will more likely want to move on an issue by issue basis rather than coming to some kind of accord with one party in particular.
Spector was a deputy minister to former Premier Bill Bennett and Chief of Staff to former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney