Friday, April 14, 2006

Campbell in the doghouse with his right-wingers?

The BC Liberal Party is holding a regional forum for its Lower Mainland supporters next Saturday, April 22, at the University Golf Club in Premier Gordon Campbell's home riding of Vancouver-Point Grey. As of mid-week, a mere two dozen supporters had registered to attend. Current BC Liberal membership figures, the lowest in nearly a decade, may explain why the ruling party's supporters are not coming out in droves.

Campbell will deliver a keynote address to his supporters at this event. Longtime allies of the Premier say that he does his best in this environment. Unfortunately, few may be there to witness him on the top of his game just weeks before his fifth anniversary in the provincial government's top job.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not surprising. The people that would be there are oblivious to the notion that anything passed at that "Conference" has no weight with the government.

It's a waste of a weekend having to go and sit there and watch Brian Bonney slobber all over the
Premier like a trained puppy dog.

The BC Liberals aren't volunteer friendly. The NDP is far more volunteer friendly than the BC Liberals have been.

If there's only 24 people at that thing, the BC Liberals will have lost money on it.

4/14/2006 11:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

After paying for a mail piece to every member household about the conference.. they could only muster two dozen? I thought I was the only boycotter.

4/14/2006 11:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

NDP volunteers are trained puppies.
Repeating dogma from their little union books and making like the NDP has no money yet if one puts a dollar amount on the free help they get from union workers (many of who are made to feel uncomforable if they dont support the NDP) they are richer than the Libs.

4/15/2006 1:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Takes money to run campaigns anywhere. Then again, the NDP isn't in bed with corporations quite the same way the Liberals are. No mention of the stench haunting the Liberals of late either. Name your poison, the BC Rail deal, MFCD, or the boondoggle that is these school board companies, proposed by the Fiberals to attempt to make money off education.

Perhaps this soiree at the 19th Hole being poorly attended will show the Maui Owie idiot that more and more, people don't agree with his view of the world.

4/15/2006 2:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

More than likely they are too busy with more important matters such as
family, friends, hobbies while agreeing to his view of the world.

The way the BC Liberal Party is now, there's no need to come out to these artifical things. To micromanaged and the BC Liberals as a party don't care about their own members anyway.

But the real BC Liberal supporters do come out when its important...

... at campaign time to work hard in the local campaigns to ensure the NDP are kept where they belong.

In Opposition.

4/15/2006 8:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Figure that about a third to half of the attendees to that event at the 19th Hole would be riding presidents and vice presidents, so
not many mainstream members at that point.

Then there's the political hacks who will be there (mostly the Bloy Boyz) to give Gordon Campbell stupid looks.

Plus the mandatory staff from the
Cordova Bunker.

So probably about 6 or 11 real ordinary members will show up.

Pretty pathetic.

But watch for much greater attendance at the Premier's Bun Toss in June.

4/15/2006 9:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Liberals recent conference on Vancouver Island was a sellout with over 170 attending. Word has it they are selling out for this lower mainland conference too (200 or more). I have no idea where "two-dozen" is coming from. Then again, Robert Burnaby never likes to back anything up with concrete facts anyway...

4/16/2006 2:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Odd. I got one of those hard sell "URGENT" emails saying that the venue only holds 300 people, and to avoid disappointment I should RSVP "fast". Its fun to see that they've started spinning 200 as a sell out. LM Regional convention 04 was way bigger.

4/16/2006 3:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To anonymous of "3:48pm", the UBC golf club web site even says capacity is 200. Look for yourself online at

Oh - and I went to that lower mainland conference in 2004. They topped out at 150 maximum.

4/16/2006 4:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here's a novel idea. Instead of wasting party money on two conferences, why not have one large one as an event at the Liberal Convention?

Or is the Lower Mainland Conference just put there to keep Brian Bonney and Mark Robertson to actually do something useful for the party such
as taking registration?

Hope so. Receiving registrations is
probbaly something Brian hasn't screwed up yet.

He's screwed up pretty much everything else he has been given.

4/16/2006 9:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was at this event today. Over 270 people were able to fit in the room. Enormous success.

4/23/2006 12:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was at the conference too. Amazing success. Room was PACKED. This party is on a roll!!!

4/23/2006 6:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Amazing. The BC Liberals actually know how to attract volunteers?

4/23/2006 8:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

With about 38 ridings in the lower mainland and 270 people there,

That works out to about 7 people per riding.

Pretty dismal. Some ridings would have more than others, but mostly it's the riding executive members rather than new members that go to those things.

Plus those who want to kiss up to the Premier, or watch Brian Bonney do that.

The rest of the BC Liberal members have better things to do such as family, and it was too nice a day to be wasting on a political event that doesn't mean much.

4/23/2006 10:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, could this blog have been further from the truth if it tried? .... How does 24 suddenly turn into 270?

Some scoop. Yeesh, do your research cause you sure missed the boat on this one.

4/23/2006 11:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

24 or 270, doesn't matter. Could have been better organized. A political meeting at a Golf Course? How exclusive can one get?

Would have been better in a more central location such as Surrey.

But we're sure Brian is flying high on the success of this one.

Too much sugar will give anyone a buzz.

4/24/2006 3:59 PM  

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