Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Liberal Christmas presents

Billy Cunningham, the Douglas Liberal candidate, is getting yet another special visitor from Ottawa. According to a post in the comments section of this blog, Toronto MP Joe Volpe is visiting Bill Cunningham's campaign office on Thursday during the noon hour. This event, like the Paul Martin event this past Saturday, is not listed on the campaign's calendar on the website.

So far, the former BC wing president of the Liberal Party of Canada has been visited by Prime Minister Paul Martin and hockey legend/cabinet minister Ken Dryden, who opened Cunningham's office. At this rate, a sizable portion of cabinet will have visted Cunningham's riding trying to shore up support for the Martin loyalist.

Cunningham is in a tough race against incumbent MP Bill Siksay of the NDP and Conservative George Drazenovic, whose website has finally been updated.

20 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pretty sad state of a candidate if Billy boy has t rely on visits from Ministers to try and shore up his support.

All those visits do is impress those who are federal Liberal memers anyway.

He should have just kept with his patronage appointment.

Siskay will win Douglas.

12/20/2005 3:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Shows you how well connected Cunningham is.
Who has Sicksay had come by the riding?
Maybe Svend or Libby Davies will come by the riding before election day for him.

12/20/2005 7:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Shows you how well connected Cunningham is.

Doesn't mean a thing. Al that does is provide a show for federal Liberal members, of which quite a
few are hoping for a their turn
at the trough. Or at least be one of those "see and be seen" types.

Billy Boy has already his turn at the trough

If any of those Ministers came into a real office, they would arrive, and then immediately leave
with either a door to door canvass kit and map to do 50 houses on their own, or with a set of tools to put up 25 signs.

Having a cabinet Minister standing around being a display impressing those who are standing around trying to look important isn't going to win any votes.

If they're worth anything, they'll roll up the sleeves and get to work.

If they ask, they get to choose.
if they don't ask, they go where they're needed.

Those "meet the Minister" sessions in the campaign office eat up valuable campaign time, and disrupt
the work schedule.

Time is short in campaigns.

12/20/2005 9:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We will see on election day

12/20/2005 10:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would say Bill Siksay is in a tough fight against Bill Cunningham. He only won by a hair last time.

12/20/2005 10:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I thought Elton John was coming by to help Bill out.

12/20/2005 10:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I thought Elton John was coming by to help Bill out.

if he did, it fits with Billy Boy's habit of getting to know those who shamelessy promote themselves such as Paul Martin.

As for the tough fight, the NDP
will win. Billy Boy will go back to having his snout in the public trough again.

12/20/2005 11:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Who has Sicksay had come by the riding?"

- Some Asian guy with an accent called him "Sexsay" last election at the Capitol Hill debate. If you're going to make fun of a guy's name, at least do it with humour. Kind of like "vote for liberal pork with Bill Cunningham".

And Siksay had Layton earlier in the campaign.

12/21/2005 2:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I dont think Layton counts. If he doesnt show up Siksay's campaign is in real trouble.

12/21/2005 3:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Siskay will do fine with or without Layton. Probably will do better if Layton doesn't go into his riding. Layton won't because he's already been to Bby. New Westminster.

One hopes that Paul Martin doesn't visit Burnaby.

Otherwise the federal Liberal members will smell pork.

12/21/2005 6:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Layton came to Siksay's riding in the first weekend of the campaign.

12/21/2005 6:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So I hear New West mayor Wayne Wright wrote a terse letter to Mary Pynenburg demanding she IMMEDIATELY pull his endorsement from her web site (it was offered in 2004 but he won't be doing the same this year).

She removed the quote, but then used EXACTLY the same words and put councillor Bob Osterman's name underneath them!

12/21/2005 6:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mary got fired from the City for using city resources for her 2004 nomination run, according to one source.

12/21/2005 7:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bill brings in the big wigs to show his supporters he has support. He is doing the right thing. He is the one who is mostly in the media not the others. Also please proof read before you post.
Burnaby is important to these ministers as it should be to us.

12/22/2005 12:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Absolutely. Cunningham is winning the media fight. Does not always result in a victory but everything helps.

12/22/2005 2:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Even traditional Liberal patronage.

12/22/2005 10:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, look at the great things Mr. Justice Smith of the B.C. Supreme Court has to say about Mary Pynenburg!

http://www.courts.gov.bc.ca/jdb-txt/sc/99/02/s99-0298.txt

12/24/2005 12:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here is some encouragement for Cunninham. I would say Siksay supporters are soft with his non performance in the past year and a half.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/ArticleNews/TPStory/LAC/20051227/POLL27/TPNational/Canada

12/27/2005 11:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The NDP machine will be out in force in Burnaby as always, no matter who the candidate is. No one else is putting up much of a fight, just a few opportunist looking for their 15 min. worth. Count 2 for the NDP. If the Conservatives win a minority nationally, next time the party might take the nomination process a bit more seriously and not celebrate religious or ethnic vote stacking by candidates with no money, no organization, no ties to the community, no hope of winning.

12/27/2005 6:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The nomination process in the Conservatives is far more democratic than that of the federal Liberals.

It's equitable to that of the NDP.

Last thing one wants to see is Party interference in the democratic process used to elect a candidate nominee.

Quite simply, let the attending membership decide.

far better than the federal Liberals who have a habit of letting their Great Leader appoint a candidate without any election.

But the federal Liberals are masters of the political appointment. They have that down to a science.

As one can see with Billy Boy.

12/28/2005 10:32 AM  

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