Wouldn't the NDP just wish they had a leader that was even half as appealing and intelligent as Christy. The media has no real idea if there is a gender gap or not...I think all people, white, brown, male or female, who have any sort of intelligence at all will vote for Christy. I certainly do not find her intimidating...she is wonderful.
— Pam Morrison
Women see the real Christy and therefore are not fooled by all the photo ops. The Liberals should have found a new leader long ago and tried for a NEW honest face to repair the damage they have done with all the scandals. Hard to trust when that trust has been broken so many times.
— Joan Gunn
NOTHING in the scheme of things.As for Clark, the backstabbers in her party do not want a woman as premier. We have seen it all before. Afraid that she might do a better job running the OLD BOYS CLUB. Who knows. As for comments of woman who used to like her, do you people really think that because she would be premier that she would bend to all your needs and demands? Forget it. You may be single moms with self serving attitudes and maybe that is why you are single. That's my opinion, and I hope Christie wins just to show that she can do the job. But in the end as posters said, politicians are all crooks.
— Frenchy, via email
— Judy Green
— Da Wheaton
— Glen P. Robbins
I am a woman and will be proud to vote Christie in. She's got lots of energy and spirit. Adrian Dix is dullville as far as I'm concerned.
— Joanne Meyles
Women do not like Christy Clark because she lies, cheats and is not accountable for her actions for these past HUGE blunders and thefts the Liberals have made. Both leading parties have made mistakes but Christy always puts a SPIN on her actions instead of stepping up to the plate and admitting previous mistakes of corruptness and then trying to fix it ethically....without name calling. Women, teachers and especially mothers, are doing their upmost to teach our children that bullying is not to be tolerated. The Liberal leader is a BULLY. And a desperate one at that as more and more of the BC voters are not able to excuse the tactics the Liberals are using in this fight for power. Extremely disappointed in the 24 Hour News for allowing such a blatant misuse of the paper where people go to to find out what is important news for us here in BC. The Liberals say it is okay to do this because they have the money to pay for this. “It is a publicity tactic” they say smugly.... the reality is that 24 hour news sold out. I know at my workplace it was the hot topic at the lunchroom and NOT ONE person thought it was acceptable to try this hoodwinked publicity. She stated that she wants to be the best mother she can be. I would give her an F grade for her efforts. She is teaching her son that the end results of trying to WIN cancels out integrity, honesty and accountability. Look no farther that this pitiful excuse for a mother role model. She shames the name with her actions. And there you have it .... why woman have distanced themselves from her.
— Barbara Morris, via email
— Julie Cerant McMann
Christie's a fake person, phony and superficial to the core, women pick up on this better than most men, who in many cases are distracted by the physical attributes generally found attractive in a sexual partner.
— Christopher David Brown
I am a woman involved in women' s issues and C. Clark is a better representative as is my MLA than any other at this time
— Caroline Thrane
The reason Clark is not making headway with women is the same reason she is not making headway with most men.
She's a fraud. And she's leading a fraudulent party, from their moniker as "Liberal" to their recent budget forecasts, fraud, fraud, fraud.
I think the problem for Christy is that in our cynical society, we treat all smiles and optimism as fakeness because the person isn't dour and cynical like we are. I think Christy is sincere in her optimism, even if at times it isn't well grounded. She is exactly what the Liberals needed for this particular cycle - a dogged campaigner who doesn't take no for an answer. I've never accepted the premise that the Liberals were so bad they deserved to be drubbed by 20 points. Certainly not as bad as their predecessors who went through four premiers in 10 years and couldn't seem to shake off the tendency to wander into scandal. Evidently other British Columbians are seeing that and disaffected Liberals are pulling into the fold. If we can pull this off, or at least avoid a wipeout, Christy has my gratitude, whatever her other defects as a candidate.
— Brad Hodge
It is definitely her. She keeps saying she is all about families, but her actions have shown the opposite. She is unrelatable to the average women.
— Betty Puffer-Defrancesco
Finally someone pinpointed it into words: Martyn Brown.
"Fundamentally I think the thing that is unnerving to women is this issue around authenticity. Is she the person she purports to be? Is she sincere?"
I am a Liberal. I will vote Liberal. I'm a woman. I am not voting for her. I am voting for the party. Sincere? These photo ops are killing me. Is she actually driving an excavator? I'd have WCB all over that. Today's paper you have her "helping to build a modular home" Are you kidding me? I'd prefer a professional, if that was MY modular home being built. Remember the clean up after the "Riot"...she was photo'd with broom in hand sweeping up...in high heels. Who goes down for a day to volunteer to clean up and sweep in high heels. And her comments on MILFS and Cougars...I can handle those. She's human. I'm not offended. I'm personally a Saber-tooth, 50+. But I'm sure the 30-40 women age group could take offence with her comment. Lastly, on the single mom hardships....I've never been a single mom but I totally believe you when you say most women who are single moms just roll their eyes in comparison to her and her hardships as a single mom. Sincerity is my issue. Regardless, I'm still a Liberal. I think I'll vote today.
— Karen Trinca, via email
If it is gender standing in the way then I say it is just gender jealousy. If you really look at politics and who has been the best for BC, then there really is only one conclusion. Christy Clark for premier and a majority Liberal Government.
— Tom Olafsen
— Claudia Belle
Dianne Watts has not held office simply because she is a woman. She is a successful politician because she has shown a genuine interest in building the city she represents for the better, and listening to her constituency. I would not describe Christy Clark as “sincere” or a “good listener“.
— Ribbity Roo
The Liberals are furthest to the right, Christy is a great leader with super communication skills. Everyone should be able to relate to a single Mom under stress to what degree? She does care about families, and she is 'walking around' talking to people in small communities around the province. Liberals are the furthest right choice in the province for sure, the direction we need to go for small biz to function.
— Lynda Hooper
BC is a Union province and that is the only reason people are voting NDP. I like Christy, and she has vowed to lighten up Government and control spending. There goes wages for all union workers, including Government workers, Teachers, Nurses and these Unions are BIG ones that actually run the province. So there you have it....my opinion and no negative comments need to be thrown.
— Wendy Marks Monkman
I haven't 'warmed' to Christy because of the way she handled the 'milf' subject. She should have 'hammered' that dj interviewer and sent a clear message that woman needed to b treated respectfully. She didn't.
My wife thinks Christy is OK for the position and will support her, but she also hates that Christy always refers to everything as "I" instead of "We" when talking about the party. Perhaps this is her problem because admittedly I don't like it myself. However, I was around for Dix and my background is in poli-sci and I know what the NDP are really all about. Electing them means things are about to get real bad here in BC. It's time to leave and find work elsewhere. BC is dead under an NDP government. There is no money in the bucket and all the money Dix will need will come from business and high wage earners. These two are the people that invest in BC. Already they are leaving. I may as well join them. Dix will kill the BC economy. His project management of the FastCat ferries showed he can't deal with finances. The women of this province aren't thinking through this. They are the reason BC is about to fail. Hope they can live with that.
— Richard Mailhoit
Hillary Clinton wrote about the inability of women to support other women in power. We are our own worst enemies. Adriana Huffington said that her most vile attacks come from other women — people who have never even met her. It's very sad. Christy has worked hard to get where she is and does not deserve the name calling (or the horrible things said to her son). Disagree on the policies. Debate the policies. No one should have to appologize for having loving parents and a wonderful upbringing. When did we become so caustic?
— Debra Antifaev
— Andrea Leonard