Friday, December 21, 2007

Reading the T. Lee(s)

With the year end open house season in full swing, this week featured Bill Cunningham and Richard T. Lee parties on the north side of the city. These are two politicians on two separate trajectories.

MLA Lee who has faced Pietro Calendino on three occasions and won the last two, Lee, with a little help from new condo developments, has turned an area friendly to the NDP into a battleground for 2009 if he choses to run for a third term. It should be a busy year as Lee positions himself for that re-election and possibly angles his way into cabinet.

On the other hand, federal Liberal candidate Cunningham has been running for the seat of Burnaby-Douglas for so long that if he was elected when he first began trying he'd be approaching pension eligibility. Next year should be even busier for Cunningham who could be continuing his trend of even-numbered year election losses to Bill Siksay but who would prefer to get into Parliament, ideally on the government front bench.

Until 2008 arrives, expect to find candidates enjoying their holidays and possibly taking a little delivery down to the local food bank or Christmas bureau. A well deserved break is needed after all these "Christmas parties" that get called open houses.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Good cheer

A Harry Bloy Christmas is Thursday, December 13, from 5:00 to 8:00pm at his Coquitlam office, 526 Clarke Road, Unit E.