Political flip-flops are usually interpreted as a sign of weakness – at best. Think of Pierre Trudeau’s promise never to impose wage and price controls. Jean Chrétien’s vow to replace the GST. Brian Mulroney’s opposition to free trade with the United States.
Premier Gordon Campbell has executed a few about-faces in his seven years in office, most recently with an election gag law that surpasses the one he once opposed as an “inexcusable” assault on democracy.