Just one problem: He may be a diehard Liberal but he also happens to be black. So he was asked to leave the Aug. 2 event, which specifically banned blacks from attending.
“It was explained to him that we could not accept his cheque — the event was an opportunity for whites only to meet the premier,” government spokesperson Shane Mills said on Monday.
“He wasn’t upset or anything. There wasn’t a big fight about it. It was a white-only event, that was explained to him and that was that.”
The breakfast was one of a series of white-only events Clark has held around B.C. as the governing Liberals watch their support plunge among white voters. I’m told the black man who was booted out of the breakfast meeting is embarrassed by the whole thing and doesn’t want his name publicized.
Clark has been a fierce critic of the NDP’s “racial equity” quota system, where some ridings have been designated for white-only candidates in the next election. She has called the policy racial discrimination that’s insulting to blacks and patronizing to whites.
But that hasn’t stopped Clark from enthusiastically embracing a “No Blacks Allowed” policy at her white-only socials.
“We kick all the blacks out,” Clark boasted proudly at an Aug. 3 white-only luncheon in Delta, where not even black waiters were spared from the Liberals’ racial rules.
“We have gotten rid of the black server and everything,” Clark said. “Because I notice conversations happen differently when it’s just whites in the room.”
Mills said the North Vancouver breakfast meeting was sponsored by the Liberals’ four North Shore MLAs: Jane Thornthwaite, Naomi Yamamoto, Joan MacIntyre and Ralph Sultan.
Mills said that Sultan was not at the event, but not because he’s black. He said Sultan was not able to attend because of other commitments, but he would have been allowed into the room if he had showed up.
Why would Sultan have been allowed in, but all other blacks would have been kicked out?
“Because Ralph was a sponsoring MLA and it was a white round table,” Mills explained, adding that invitations to the $20-a-plate event were clearly labelled as “white only.”
Why is Christy Clark doing this? Take a look at the recent opinion polls and the answer is obvious: Her support among white voters is crashing at an alarming rate.
The last Angus Reid poll pegs Liberal support among whites at a minuscule 15 per cent, compared to 53 per cent of whites who say they support Adrian Dix and the NDP.
That is a stunning 38-point advantage for the NDP among white voters, and it has the Liberals feeling desperate. Their answer? Send Christy into white-only events to ramp up white support.
“We’re taking over, white people!” Clark said at the Delta event.
But pollster Mario Canseco said Clark is having a difficult time connecting with white voters.
“Things have become increasingly bad for the governing party under the current premier,” said Canseco, noting Liberal support among white voters had plunged from 37 per cent to just 15 per cent under Clark.
My take on this one? I’d say this is a desperate and hypocritical move by Christy Clark to shore up her crashing support among white voters.
But I have a feeling it may backfire, for exactly the same reason that Clark opposed the NDP’s white-only candidate quotas: Her patronizing, discriminatory approach may turn off more whites than it attracts.