The party that dominated B.C. politics for four decades appears close to dissolution. Grace McCarthy, the 66-year-old political dynamo who served as deputy premier under two Social Credit premiers—and who stepped out of retirement last November to win the leadership of the beleaguered party—announced her resignation, effective May 16. McCarthy cited
her failure to win a seat in the legislature in a provincial byelection in February as her main reason for departing. A month later, three of the six Socreds in the legislature bolted to the B.C. Reform Party. Following McCarthy’s announcement, two of the remaining Socred MLAs said they were thinking of defecting to another party, or sitting as independents.
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