Sunday, August 31, 2008

Married to the...

He's been married to former Prime Minister and international shipping executive Paul Martin in his political career. Now he has a partner in his personal life. Congratulations to Billy Cunningham on his wedding yesterday!

By the way things are going the honeymoon better be short as he may be on the campaign trail by next weekend.

15 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congrats to Bill C. He is a decent guy who wants to do things for Burnaby. I wish him well in his married life & this coming election. Way to go Billy!

9/01/2008 12:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congrats to Bill C. He is a decent guy who wants to do things for Burnaby. I wish him well in his married life & this coming election. Way to go Billy!

9/01/2008 12:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

who was the best man

9/01/2008 1:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

He'll be defeated once again.

He should start looking for another position in banking very soon.

9/01/2008 5:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Liberals will have a very tough time in the next election, because Harper has done an excellent job of 'framing' the Liberals as incompetent and dishevelled.

In Burnaby, that will likely mean NDP MPs.
In other parts of Canada, the Greens and other small parties will surge.

But Bill is still the local Liberal MP in waiting.

So - Were the wedding guests from England able to attend after their Zoom tickets went kaput?

And there was a fascinating interview with Svend Robinson broadcast on Joy TV10 this weekend. (And I thought he was in France.)

9/01/2008 2:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I also believe that the next election will be between the NDP incumbents in the city and the government candidates. Peter Julian however is quite safe and so we will let him serve out his last term. But not so much for Bill Siksay. If as expected we nominate Dr. Ronald Leung as a star candidate to take on Bill Siksay, I expect many of the liberals to jump over to support conservatives since Ronald Leung will be able to literate his positions on security and economy very well especially at such a perilous time. And who else as a candidate of change we can believe in is there other than Ronald Leung. NO WAY, NO HOW, NO DION. God bless Ronald Leung and God bless Canada.

9/01/2008 4:21 PM  
Anonymous tiny tim said...

God bless everyone!
(including Svend)

9/01/2008 4:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I also believe that the next election will be between the NDP incumbents in the city and the government candidates.

Correct.

Peter Julian however is quite safe and so we will let him serve out his last term.

It's not your decision to make. Its up to the voters.


But not so much for Bill Siksay. If as expected we nominate Dr. Ronald Leung as a star candidate to take on Bill Siksay, I expect many of the liberals to jump over to support conservatives since Ronald Leung will be able to literate his positions on security and economy very well especially at such a perilous time.

Doesn't matter. It goes to a democratic vote at the nomination meeting and It's not guaranteed that Ronald will win. He has an uphill battle.

If any federal Liberals want to get in on voting for Ronald at the nomination meeting, they are too late.


And who else as a candidate of change we can believe in is there other than Ronald Leung. NO WAY, NO HOW, NO DION. God bless Ronald Leung and God bless Canada.

A bit over the top.

Never mind that crap, just get out there and start canvassing if you really want to win Douglas for Ronald.

Believing is for lazy people. Taking action to get it done is much different.

Ronald wil have to convince the voters (not the liberals or conservatives) that he is deserving of being an MP.

Besides if he does win, he is a Conservative MP, not a federal Liberal one.

And besides, what happened to your boy Billy Cunningham who gets free ad space in this blog? Doesn't he count for anything?

No vote for him? Well he can always go back to approving TD mortgages.

9/01/2008 5:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"And besides, what happened to your boy Billy Cunningham who gets free ad space in this blog? Doesn't he count for anything?

No vote for him? Well he can always go back to approving TD mortgages."

Billy was never "my boy". It is simply that he was able to motivate enough people to oppose NDP at key times which meant getting Richard Lee and Harry Bloy elected which made him popular on both camps. But he does not get free ad space for his candidacy, but rather, for his consistent opposition to NDP and Mayor Corrigan. And even if Ronald Leung unseat Bill Siksay in October, I am certain conservatives and liberal will still continue their anti-NDP alliance and elect the two incumbnet MLA's in the riding.

I dont think federal liberals in the riding too think that they have a chance either and I am waiting for Ronald Leung's coronation, and no he is not in a "uphill" battle. There has never been a conservative machine in the city for him to fight for unlike anyone who dares challenging Bill Cunningham, and I do predict an easy victory. Once he gets coronated, can liberals like Richard Lee and conservatives like Harry Bloy band together to remove Bill Siksay? Very likely.

We all know how to win against the socialist faction in the city, that is to unite the anti-socialist faction. And I hope the liberals what to do for the sake for them too. And if liberals can flip Peter Julian, before or after the election, then the 20 year long of socialist will be no more along with the fates of their leaders.

9/01/2008 5:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Billy was never "my boy". It is simply that he was able to motivate enough people to oppose NDP at key times which meant getting Richard Lee and Harry Bloy elected which made him popular on both camps.

Richard and Harry could get re-elected without Billy Boy's help.

Besides, Harry is Conservative (or was). Richard has always been federal Liberal.

Cunningham was doing that to shore up his own support base ("I'll help you, but remember me when I run in the next federal election").

It's an old move.

"But he does not get free ad space for his candidacy, but rather, for his consistent opposition to NDP and Mayor Corrigan."

and what about the others who are opposed to Mayor Corrigan?



"And even if Ronald Leung unseat Bill Siksay in October, I am certain conservatives and liberal will still continue their anti-NDP alliance and elect the two incumbnet MLA's in the riding."

That's not exactly a sure thing either. Depends how the voters take a liking to Gordon Campbell who isn't exactly everyone's favourite politician right now.


"I dont think federal liberals in the riding too think that they have a chance either and I am waiting for Ronald Leung's coronation,"

Nomination Meeting. It's done by democratic vote. Not like the federal Liberals who appoint candidates like Bill Cunningham or like Harry who ensures he's the only one in the contest.

"and no he is not in a "uphill" battle.

Oh yes he is. Tough to defeat an incumbent.



There has never been a conservative machine in the city for him to fight for unlike anyone who dares challenging Bill Cunningham,

'dares' challenging Bill Cunnigham?
Who represents a party with an idiot as a leader? Surely you jest.

and I do predict an easy victory.

Once he gets coronated, can liberals like Richard Lee and conservatives like Harry Bloy band together to remove Bill Siksay? Very likely.

Not very. The NDP is pretty tough to defeat. Hope you can accept defeat if it happens.


We all know how to win against the socialist faction in the city, that is to unite the anti-socialist faction.

Actually you don't. The anti-socialist faction has never succeeded in defeating the NDP federally in Burnaby, ever, and there's only 3 instances in the past 30 years at the provincial level (none in North Burnaby).



And I hope the liberals what to do for the sake for them too. And if liberals can flip Peter Julian, before or after the election,

So it's now 'after' is it? The federal Liberals in his riding are nominating in about a week. There was lots of silly talk about Julian joining the federal Liberals about a month ago on this blog. What happed to that? Finally realized it was a silly concept?



then the 20 year long of socialist will be no more along with the fates of their leaders.

Guess again. The NDP will still be around.

Get real go home.

If you really want to work the election end this silly series of commentary you make and get out there with a stack of pamphlets and start working the streets.

Complete a minimum of 60 houses.

That's 60 houses a night for the next 5 weeks.

Writing commentary that the average voter isn't going to pay attention to on a worthless blog isn't going to win any votes.

9/01/2008 6:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"'dares' challenging Bill Cunnigham?
Who represents a party with an idiot as a leader? Surely you jest."

Not the general election. I am referring to the nomination race and the difference between between the LIB's de facto parachute vs. CON's open race. And if we want to talk about the general election, then let us. How many percentage did NDP receive federally in the two previous elections? They won barely a third in the north and Peter Julian did better in the south. So not only will Dr. Ronald Leung coronated as the nominee, he will also be coronated if liberals do decide to side with conservatives in this election to remove Bill Siksay, he too will beg coronated into the federal government and very likely score a cabinet seat counterpart to the one Raymond Chan has now. All that, believe it or not, in six weeks.

"Actually you don't. The anti-socialist faction has never succeeded in defeating the NDP federally in Burnaby, ever, and there's only 3 instances in the past 30 years at the provincial level (none in North Burnaby)."

Not yet anyway. Svend Robinson was always difficult to defeat until diamond-ring-gate, and Bill Siksay is by no means safe. Given the domination of the socialist civic party, you would think the NDP would have beaten the major parties by double digits. It will be foolish for Bill Siksay to actually believe he is safe, because he was never safe from the start.

While there is some truth in what you said, but many things have changed since 2001. It seems that Harry Bloy actually believes that he can take on Mayor Corrigan and he started to pull together various groups of anti-NDP factions and not to mention he also won re-election. It is evident that the city is starting to turn against its socialist incumbents.

"Writing commentary that the average voter isn't going to pay attention to on a worthless blog isn't going to win any votes."

No worries, when the writ drops, those here will do what we need to do to get their own candidates elected. And we too will do our best to maximize the turnout through traditional methods or otherwise.

I do enjoy however reading commentaries here because it does say something about the desire for change in the city. People want change that they can believe. In the past the candidates have not been too impressive when you have people like Lee Rankin trying to unseat strong NDP incumbents. But this year it is the first time NDP has to run against government candidates coming out of conservatives. It used to be that conservatives loath to vote for liberals just to unseat NDP, however, the liberals can switch within a heartbeat. George practically endorsed Bill Cunningham against Bill Siksay and still no tory voters switched.

Now, NDP's advantage over centrist candidates is no more and they are now taking on a huge base whose sole aim is seeking enough marginal votes to unseat the NDP incumbents. With Bill Cunningham becoming a fringe candidates and new breed of tory candidates riding on the coattail of Stephen Harper, it will be an election for Dr. Ronald Leung's to lose as long as he can hold on to those centrist voters willing to side with Harper at least for once.

9/01/2008 8:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not the general election. I am referring to the nomination race and the difference between between the LIB's de facto parachute vs. CON's open race. And if we want to talk about the general election, then let us. How many percentage did NDP receive federally in the two previous elections? They won barely a third in the north and Peter Julian did better in the south.

Doesn't matter. Percentages are analysis tools. What is .6 of 1?
60%. The key is volume, how many voters voted NDP over those who voted Conservative or Liberal? That's what really matters.


So not only will Dr. Ronald Leung coronated as the nominee

That's not known yet. If he has competition for the nomination, he isn't coronated. And consider -- if he is coronated, it means that he's not really up to speed on what it takes to go through a real election. He should face serious stiff competition at the nomination level first.

"he will also be coronated if liberals do decide to side with conservatives in this election to remove Bill Siksay, he too will beg coronated into the federal government"

Not exactly right. 'Coronated'means no competition. The liberals can volunteer to help Leung, but would they mutiny Cunningham? Probbaly not. The Conservatives would be suspicious of all of these wanna be Conservatives hanging around.

"and very likely score a cabinet seat counterpart to the one Raymond Chan has now."

All that, believe it or not, in six weeks.

Not really. There are others deserving of a Cabinet post like Ed Fast. and Leung has to win big and that's not exactly a sure thing.


"Actually you don't. The anti-socialist faction has never succeeded in defeating the NDP federally in Burnaby, ever, and there's only 3 instances in the past 30 years at the provincial level (none in North Burnaby)."

Not yet anyway. Svend Robinson was always difficult to defeat until diamond-ring-gate, and Bill Siksay is by no means safe."

Well neither is Harry Bloy in the context that no seat is safe, but you fail to realize it is difficult to unseat an incumbent.

Robinson was never defeated. He left political office on his own.

"Given the domination of the socialist civic party, you would think the NDP would have beaten the major parties by double digits."

In some elections, they did.


It will be foolish for Bill Siksay to actually believe he is safe, because he was never safe from the start.

Niether was Bill Cunningham, and he isn't exactly the sharpest lawn sign post on the floor.


While there is some truth in what you said, but many things have changed since 2001.

Goes further back than 2001, fella.



It seems that Harry Bloy actually believes that he can take on Mayor Corrigan and he started to pull together various groups of anti-NDP factions and not to mention he also won re-election.

Some people believe in Ogopogo and that the Cancuks can make it to the Stanley Cup Final.

Harry is fooling himself if he thinks he can take on Corrigan.

No contest there. and who would want a person with an anger management problem like Harry as Mayor? (Corrigan is hard to take as he is, but Harry would be worse. He's not a leader).

It is evident that the city is starting to turn against its socialist incumbents. "

I doubt that.


"Writing commentary that the average voter isn't going to pay attention to on a worthless blog isn't going to win any votes."

No worries, when the writ drops, those here will do what we need to do to get their own candidates elected.

Sure, write more junk for a blog that doesn't mean much to the average voter.



And we too will do our best to maximize the turnout through traditional methods or otherwise.

Forget the otherwise. Jsut get your candy ass in gear when the writ drops, get those pamphlets to the door, and haul ass taking signs to the people who want them.

Also be sure to be in the office when it's your turn to be the janitor. The office needs to be swept, and the toilet paper restocked and the toilet cleaned in the men's and girl's cans.

If you want to make yourself useful, forget this blog and get your rear in gear and get out and
find voters for the Conservatives.

If it means going out and delivering signs on a cold wet night, do it.

9/01/2008 9:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"it will be an election for Dr. Ronald Leung's to lose as long as he can hold on to those centrist voters willing to side with Harper at least for once."

And that is exactly what will not happen. Ronald Leung has been the all-but-nominated candidate for more than 18 months. Has he used his time to reach out beyond his own community? Not a chance. Just as George sat on his hands for more than a year after receiving the nomination, so has Dr. Ronald Leung. Both these guys seem to think the seat in Parliament should be given to them. At least Bill Siksay doesn't act like he was born to be an MP.Neither does Bill C.
I don't know who at the CPC headquarters is responsible for the candidates in Burnaby Douglas but if they screw up the rest of the nominations like they have the past several in Bby Douglas, there will be even fewer MPs headed east, not more.

Bill Cunningham has a much better chance than Dr. Leung, but even his odds are pretty long.

9/01/2008 9:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Doesn't matter. Percentages are analysis tools. What is .6 of 1?
60%. The key is volume, how many voters voted NDP over those who voted Conservative or Liberal? That's what really matters."

Percentage does matter. NDP always have close to 90% of the partisan supporters coming out to vote on election days and Liberals do the same with their machines. So to see that they are so closely matched on election day should be a troubling sign to the NDP because they have already maxed out their support since diamond-ring-gate. Same cannot be said between liberals and conservatives.

"Not exactly right. 'Coronated'means no competition. The liberals can volunteer to help Leung, but would they mutiny Cunningham? Probbaly not. The Conservatives would be suspicious of all of these wanna be Conservatives hanging around."
So one questions are there federal liberal operators in Burnaby that actually want to side with Harper? Will Dr. Ronald Leung, easily a cabinet material, be propped up thanks to their support to defeat an NDP incumbent? Mutiny on Cunningham? Does Billy actually believe that he will have his machine polished for a third straight time, not to mention he is in opposition now.

So some believe Cunningham third-time-is-a-charm-hopefully, has a better chance against Dr. Leung. My question is this, why would a candidate that lost two times have a better chance against a government candidate who has more than full a coffer to spend with. If Harry Bloy and Richard Lee are to choose sides, they are to choose to side with Harper.

And once Dr. Leung gets coronated, there too will be enough from the ethnic community to get him elected. And you should not worry about the grassroot support he will have to distribute signs and pamphlets, maybe then I dont even have to do go knocking on doors in cold nights. We shall see how Bill Siksay plans to defend his seat.

9/01/2008 10:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Percentage does matter. NDP always have close to 90% of the partisan supporters coming out to vote on election days and Liberals do the same with their machines.

Well everyone does, so big deal.

It's actually the undecideds who determine the outcome, since one supporter from one party will cancel out the supporter of the other.

So to see that they are so closely matched on election day should be a troubling sign to the NDP because they have already maxed out their support since diamond-ring-gate.

"Diamond-ring-gate"?? A bit over the top, and has nothing to do with Bill Siskay since he will be approaching his third term.


Same cannot be said between liberals and conservatives.

"Not exactly right. 'Coronated'means no competition. The liberals can volunteer to help Leung, but would they mutiny Cunningham? Probbaly not. The Conservatives would be suspicious of all of these wanna be Conservatives hanging around."

So one questions are there federal liberal operators in Burnaby that actually want to side with Harper?

Not many if any.


"Will Dr. Ronald Leung, easily a cabinet material,"

What makes Leung Cabinet material over let's say Ed Fast?

"be propped up thanks to their support to defeat an NDP incumbent?"

Hasn't happened yet.



Mutiny on Cunningham? Does Billy actually believe that he will have his machine polished for a third straight time, not to mention he is in opposition now.

He does obviously. Read what he said in the local paper.



So some believe Cunningham third-time-is-a-charm-hopefully, has a better chance against Dr. Leung.

and some figure the Canucks will
make the Stanley Cup Final.

"My question is this, why would a candidate that lost two times have a better chance against a government candidate who has more than full a coffer to spend with."

Go ask the idiots that support
Bill Cunningham.


If Harry Bloy and Richard Lee are to choose sides, they are to choose to side with Harper.

Harry has played both ends of the rink. He has supported Bill Cunningham many times.

Harry works for Harry. Harry isn't exactly a "must have" for the Conservatives.


"And once Dr. Leung gets coronated,"

Elected. Not coronated. Elected.




there too will be enough from the ethnic community to get him elected.

Considering that those same ethnics
had voted for Siskay. The results say that easily enough. Anyone who figures all Chinese Cdns in Burnaby Douglas will vote for Leung is sadly fooling themselves.


"And you should not worry about the grassroot support he will have to distribute signs and pamphlets, maybe then I dont even have to do go knocking on doors in cold nights."

If you want to be of any worth the
campaign you should.


We shall see how Bill Siksay plans to defend his seat.

The same way he and the NDP have always done. Through hard work, and by volunteers who aren't afraid to go out and deliver signs on cold wet nights and don't waste time politiking on a blog that the majority of voters don't care about.

9/01/2008 10:55 PM  

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