No wonder polls show Christy Clark is the "most disliked" leader in British Columbia.
One voter in North Vancouver learned the hard way what happens when you decide to speak your mind rather than let yourself be used as a prop in a Christy Clark photo-op:
As Clark and several BC Liberal candidates wandered through the produce section at a local grocery store Thursday afternoon shaking hands with shoppers, one voter who introduced herself as "Linda" made the mistake of going off-message:
"Hi Christy. I'm Linda. I would never vote for you because..."
Before Linda could finish her sentence, Clark grabbed Linda's arm and interrupted her:
"You don't have to. That's why we live in a democracy."
Clark then turned her back to Linda and walked away.
That's because interrupting a voter and dismissing their concerns at a photo op seems like an unusual choice for a politician seeking re-election, as many observers later noted:
And it turns out many people felt like they could relate with Linda's feelings of being disrespected and ignored by Christy Clark.
By Thursday evening, #IamLinda became one of the most popular hashtags in Canada as British Columbians took to Twitter to tell Linda they know how it feels too:
Here's a few examples of what they said:
#IamLinda because I can't stand CC lying to BCers all the damn time. No I don't believe U care about low income housing or the people.— Jean Oudy (@jeanoudy) April 28, 2017
#IAmLinda because Christy Clark doesn't care about renters and low wage earners like me.— Dan Jenneson (@DanJenneson) April 28, 2017
#IAmLinda because I'm tired of being nickled and dimed to death while Christy's friends get one free ride after another.— Will (@unionwill) April 28, 2017
#IamLinda 3 teacher strikes (2005,2012,2014) over issues that took SCC 20 minutes to rule against Clark on. 14 years of reduced services.— le grande orange (@bbcoq) April 28, 2017
Well, "thank goodness" we live in a democracy – British Columbians go to the polls on May 9th.
Photo: CBC News.