Next week Premier, and more importantly BC Liberal
leader, Gordon Campbell makes his way to Burnaby for a party fundraiser. On October 10, the Liberal MLAs for Burnaby - Harry Bloy, Richard Lee, and John Nuraney - plus their orphaned riding of Burnaby-Edmonds will be in fighting form to bring in the cash needed to keep their seats and add another.
As for the other seat, Edmonds, Wednesday night will be the chance for some of the early and eager hopefuls to make themselves known. The crowd at the rubber chicken event will be the people that successful candidate needs to tie into to help finance their battle against NDP MLA Raj Chouhan, who has been getting a slightly bigger profile in recent weeks.
Despite all that inside politics, the real issue will be Campbell's address to the crowd. Expect Gateway, the government's star program, to feature prominently. Burnaby is the main battleground of Gateway as the majority of council wants further debate while the province wants to pave. Thankfully, the Premier has a friendly group
to take the NDP and their allies to task over opposition to more lanes and bridges. Campbell should be happy he not only has his government's record to champion but also another group's support in his fight with the anti-Gatewayers. Additionally, Carole James's position on the issue has done a good job destroying the credibility of many other anti-Gateway groups.
With a situation like that, Campbell's Wednesday dinner guests should be in for a feast, or at least the Premier feasting on the directionless NDP.