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.