Paterson: Premier's rhetoric may help you enjoy holiday rum and eggnog

Premier Christy Clark is the Capital News 2013 Newsmaker of the Year.

It's not a surprising choice, really.

Clark owned local headlines throughout June and July during her Westside-Kelowna byelection campaign. She returned to the region often throughout the latter half of the year to announce funding, meet business owners and speak to media.

So don't be surprised when you see several other local media outlets also crowning Ms. Clark as headline queen of 2013.

And while you see, hear and read about the premier's whirlwind adventure that landed her in an Okanagan riding, you're bound to notice repeated rhetoric.

For your reading—and drinking—pleasure, I've piggybacked on what others have done for hockey analyst Pierre McGuire, Fox News host Bill O'Reilly and even Prime Minister Stephen Harper by creating the Premier Christy Clark drinking game (Okanagan edition).

Think of it as a way to enjoy—or, perhaps, tolerate—repetitive end-of-year news recaps.

And with B.C.'s recent modernization of liquor laws, playing the game may become easier, and more convenient, than ever.


Premier Christy Clark drinking game rules:

- Every time Clark refers to the region as, “the cradle of free enterprise,” take one drink

- Every time Clark mentions Bill or WAC Bennett, take one drink

- Every time Clark promotes liquified natural gas, take one drink

- Every time Clark says “pollsters” or “pundits” take two drinks

- Every time Clark speaks highly of Ben Stewart, take two drinks (preferably of a Quails' Gate merlot or chardonnay)

- Every time Clark speaks of Westside-Kelowna residents' “hopes and dreams,” finish your drink.


If you feel dizzy or lightheaded 10 minutes into the game—which is quite likely—you may want to remove rules, or reduce consumption amounts, accordingly.

Cheers to an enhanced news consuming experience. Please play responsibly; never drink and drive.

Twitter: @PatersonWade


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