B.C. Premier Christy Clark criticized for Margaret Thatcher comparison

Andy Radia
Politics Reporter
Canada Politics

B.C. Premier Christy Clark just had her 'Dan Quayle moment.'

During the 1988 Vice Presidential debate, Quayle compared himself to the beloved JFK. To which Democrat Lloyd Bentsen responded: "Senator, you are no Jack Kennedy."

On Monday, at a Liberal Party fundraiser in Vancouver, Premier Christy Clark indirectly compared herself to Margaret Thatcher.

In response to the video, there are many in B.C., today, saying: 'Madame Premier, you are no Margaret Thatcher.

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The reason Thatcher was liked was because she was a politician of conviction, unlike Clark who has gained a reputation of flip flopping and 'playing politics' to win support.

Comparing herself to Thatcher — even indirectly — on the day of her death, on the eve of a campaign seems to be more cheap political gamesmanship.

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On Facebook, political analyst Alex Tsakumis — who never minces his words about B.C.'s premier — had this to say.

Further proof that the Apocalypse is truly upon us: I actually witnessed Christy Clark veil comparisons between herself and Margaret Thatcher. Honestly, this is the most embarrassing train wreck of a public servant I've ever seen. So unqualified. Just disgusting. Comparing Clark to Thatcher is like comparing dog [poo] to caviar.

Some took to Twitter to chide the premier:

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