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The premier you don’t know, but should

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British Columbia politics has the most vicious history of partisanship of any in Canada, a preference for political bridge burning over building. Nasty campaign tactics, threats against candidates, even the occasional outbreak of violence were hallmarks of B.C. politics from the creation of the Social Credit coalition in the ’40s for the next half century. The environment extended to internal party relationships, often too painful to watch. At least that was the picture until recently.

It’s far too early to say that a door has been firmly closed on that past, but there are signs voters may be tiring of bloody politics. The last provincial election tentatively showed the Liberals the door. The B.C. Greens elected three MLAs, and together they and B.C. Premier John Horgan completed prying the 16-year-old coalition of Liberals and Conservatives, grouped under the B.C. Liberal flag, from power.

In the nearly two years since forming an apparently shaky Orange/Green alliance, Horgan has had to manage a raft of political challenges — the TMX pipeline, money laundering in B.C. casinos, alleged embezzlement in the B.C.........

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