Sunday, March 05, 2006

The war of words and its ink-stained casualties

The letter war of 2006 has been a heated on in Burnaby's two local papers. With BC Liberals and TEAM Burnaby supporters on one side and the NDP and the Burnaby Citizens Association on the other size, the battle lines have been drawn in the ink. Burnaby Hospital, the Gateway Program, and School Trustee Richard Lee's comments on industrious Asian school children have been at the heart of the battle for several weeks.

BC Liberal John Nuraney and NDPer Raj Chouhan have fired the latest round letters on the Burnaby Hospital issue which became a story when frustrated councilor Garth Evans of TEAM made an issue of it at council a month ago.

The Gateway Program, the road and bridge expansion program of BC Liberal rising star cabinet minister Kevin Falcon, has been a heated one throughout the region. In Burnaby, ex-BCA turned TEAM (with several stops in between) councilor Lee Rankin is leading the pro-expansion cause. The anti-Gateway side has been fairly quiet but the pro-expansion forces are writing letters in quantities usually only seen when an organized letter writing campaign (a technique oft-rumoured to be used by Burnaby-area Liberal organizers) is underway.

Richard Lee (School Board edition) sparked the biggest letter war with his comments about Asian students and academics that Kathy Corrigan challenged as inappropriate. Since then people have been piling on along party lines with past candidates, supporters, and even a candidate's child sounding off on the issue.

Thankfully, Burnaby has not been the site of any floor-crossings lately or the partisan letters section would take up the entire paper.


Anonymous faithful reader said...

Robert Burnaby where have you been? Please dont keep us in the dark like this again. Its been over 2 weeks since your last post. Do you have a full time job now? More communication please.

3/06/2006 12:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually, the link between TEAM and the provincial Libs haven't been as evident as they used to be in this round of the wars.

Richard T. Lee (Prov. - BCL) actually sided with Ms. Corrigan (Muni. - BCA), instead of taking the predictable route of supporting the other Richard Lee (Muni. - TEAM). Garth Evans bringing the whole Burnaby Hospital issue to table is a big step for TEAM being outspoken against the Campbell government and "standing up" for Burnaby citizens.

3/06/2006 10:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The link between TEAM and the prov Libs is still very much there.

TEAM is a Harry Bloy farm team run by the Burquitlam Trailer Park Boyz.

3/08/2006 9:44 AM  

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