Christy Clark said she could have taken more time to talk to Linda Higgins, a citizen who drew enormous attention online when she confronted the BC Liberal leader and said she wouldn’t vote for her last week.
Clark said as much in an interview with Vancouver radio station CFOX on Monday.
“In retrospect, yeah of course, I wish I’d stopped and spoken to her,” Clark told the Jeff O’Neil Show.
“I normally try to, but the thing is, you go to these things and they’re just whipping through, and there’s 100 people to talk to, and I do move a little bit quickly.”
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Higgins, a Sunshine Coast resident, became a prominent name in B.C. media after a CBC News reporter tweeted video of an encounter between her and Clark in a North Vancouver grocery store last week.
The video showed Clark circulating in the store before Higgins greeted her and said, “I would never vote for you.”
This is one of the risks of going out and talking to voters in a grocery store. #BCVotes2017 pic.twitter杭州桑拿/f1bGXHcOES
— Richard Zussman (@richardzussman) April 28, 2017
Clark quickly responded, “You don’t have to. That’s why we live in a democracy.”
“Yeah, thank goodness,” Linda said. “Hopefully, you won’t get elected in.”
Clark subsequently walked away and talked to other potential voters in the store.
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