Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Political Figure of the Year

In a year that saw Burnaby's two NDP MPs re-elected and its civic and provincial politicians go toe-to-toe over Burnaby Hospital and homelessness, none of that really made a difference to Burnaby and its residents. Then again, neither did Burnaby's poltical figure of the year - unless you count an American political firestorm.

Burnaby-raised actor Michael J. Fox was Burnaby's political figure of the year. Despite being unelected the news coverage he received for his endorsement of some pro-stem cell research Democratic mid-term election candidates was the most high profile political move anyone associated with Burnaby made in 2006.

Accusations about Fox overemphasizing his tremors and the fight he had with the right wing talk media was one of the major political battles of the year south of the 49th parallel. In some small part Michael J. Fox's endorsements and subsequent trial by media contributed to the political shift to the Democratic Party in November 2006.

Even though Burnaby council wrote a letter to American news outlets asking for people to not be so hard on the actor who was Spin City's deputy mayor, Burnaby council - not to mention its MLAs and MPs - was a far cry from gaining nearly the amount of coverage the Canadian-born actor garnered in just a few short days this fall.

5 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Agree there.

The Burnaby MLA's were anemic, they didn't do anything beyond what would be ordinary MLA's duties. In short nothing major was announced that was a
major event or project.

City council was ho hum, nothing major out of them, except for Derek's being continuing crabby about everything.

The two MP's? Nothing major from them either. Peter Julian kept going on about the softwood deal, but that was just to get publicity.

2007 will be just as boring politically

Self congratulations will come from the BC Liberals (*yaawwwnn*) and the NDP MP's will keep saying they are "fighting for [name of issue here]"
(more yaawwwnns).

12/27/2006 1:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe in 2007 the author of this blog will feel that it is the time to inform people of who he is.

I think, though, that 2007 will be a fun year in Burnaby politics. We'll likely have a federal election and Billy Boy Cunningham will have a third chance at knocking off Siksay. I think after he came so close in the first two elections he might be able to push it over the top this time. Rumour on the the streets is that Ronald Leung of Vancouver NPA fame is being tapped as the Tory candidate.

Julian will easily destroy whatever the Liberals and Tories put up against him. Is Ryan Warawa going to be the Tory candidate? I was looking at his website and he has a fair amount of endorsements, but not one from Burnaby.

And of course we'll always be able to have a couple of 'interesting' Corrigan quotes if we run out of other stuff.

12/27/2006 6:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Maybe in 2007 the author of this blog will feel that it is the time to inform people of who he is."

He doesn't need to tell anyone who he is. The mystry shall remain.

Would you take the mask off the Lone Ranger in public?

I think, though, that 2007 will be a fun year in Burnaby politics. We'll likely have a federal election and Billy Boy Cunningham will have a third chance at knocking off Siksay."

Hopefully the membership in Bby Douglas will say no to Billy Boy and Billy Boy will go back to auditing accounts at the bank.


"I think after he came so close in the first two elections he might be able to push it over the top this time."

The goal is to win. There are no prizes for second place.


"Rumour on the the streets is that Ronald Leung of Vancouver NPA fame is being tapped as the Tory candidate."

If it's true, its old news. That was
going around for 6 months.

"Julian will easily destroy whatever the Liberals and Tories put up against him. Is Ryan Warawa going to be the Tory candidate? I was looking at his website and he has a fair amount of endorsements, but not one from Burnaby."

Julian should be put out of his misery.
Who wants an MP who does nothing except complain about things he knows nothing about?

Who is Ryan Warawa?? is he running for us within the Liberals?

And of course we'll always be able to have a couple of 'interesting' Corrigan quotes if we run out of other stuff.

The best one I would like to see is

"I will not be running in the next civic election."

But that doesn't guarantee a win for the other side.

In 2007, Team Burnaby will be too busy having "fundraisers" which in reality are money making excercises designed to pay back monies owed, simply because they paid off too many people and spent too much in the first place.

2007 will be boring year in politics
in Burnaby.

12/28/2006 4:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

First off, I'd like to say that Doug Drummond who passed away this year should be the Burnaby Political figure of the year. He did a lot for this city over his lifetime.

I do agree with the second poster that this could be an interesting year with the federal election coming along. I voted Siksay in the last election, but I've decided I'm voting green or liberal this time. I actually met Cunningham during the 2004 election and thought he was a decent fellow. Maybe with Paul Martin gone he can win.

I don't know that much about South Burnaby.

12/28/2006 7:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't know much about South Burnaby?

Welcome to the asylum, friend.

12/29/2006 8:57 AM  

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