Monday, September 22, 2008

Dion in 60 seconds

As the federal election approaches the half way mark, Liberal Stephane Dion makes his second Burnaby tour stop of the campaign tomorrow. The early morning visit to the Burnaby Board of Trade is expected to be a follow up announcement to today's Liberal platform release.

The stop in Burnaby-New Westminster is peculiar on a number of counts. First, Dion has been focusing much of his attention on protecting Liberal seats. In B.C., many of those seats appear to be the centre of races far more competitive than Burnaby. Furhtermore, Lenoski is no Dion loyalist. Not only was Lenoski a supporter of Michael Ignatieff's leadership bid but he was the recipient of compensation for his paid work as Ignatieff's BC communications chair. Lenoski stepped aside early in the candidate selection process only to be brought back in when there was no one else to be found. Finally, with no new news expected in the event that will highlight the B.C.-specific portions of the platform, the Liberals pushed a negative story about Conservative Sam Rakhra into the news so that the travelling press would have a softball question to throw at the Liberal boss.

17 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dion is a joke. Must be embarrassing for candidates to have him drop by.

9/22/2008 11:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Q - Why havent the local papers said anything about Rakra's woes?
A - (advertising)

And how many votes did Jack Layton throw away this weekend when he stuttered and stumbled over his hypocritical marijuana policy?

My guess is 20,000 very important bc votes that will now go either green or liberal.

Hey that's enough to affect a few close ridings - possibly even Burnaby Douglas, which has always been a close NDP/Liberal race. I hear there might be a couple pot smokers up there, too.

9/23/2008 5:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Judging from your silly comments, you must have gotten into a few roaches yourself.

9/23/2008 8:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually he is serious.

Burnaby Douglas is never granted for NDP, especially since diamond-ring-gate. Bill Siksay continues to be low profile and the way Ronald Leung is campaigning, with him walking around the city three times a day, setting up signs outnumbering the NDP counterpart, and simply having much of the platform resonating with the new city dwellers in the city. That is unfortunate. We will let NDP have the pot smokers, we will take over the rest.

9/23/2008 9:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice try by Leung but just not enough Conservative votes in BD for him to win.

9/23/2008 10:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Agree. It's not Siskay alone that will be factor but rather the determination of the NDP to keep him as NDP MP.

Expect the unexpected.

The hunter will be the hunted.

9/24/2008 9:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

History lesson a).

Charles Henry "Chuck" Cook was the Conservative Member of Parliament for a good-sized portion of North Burnaby from 1979 to 1993.

Most of his supporters were, in fact, soft Liberals.

I still remember a young dipper doorknocker pleading with me - if you can't vote for us, please just don't vote for the 'corrupt' Liberals.

Today, most voters would agree that all four of the major parties - Greens included - should be labelled with that corrupt tag.

So - as stated before - if Mr. Dion can coax a five per cent upward move in the national polls, he'll put a few more Lower Mainland ridings into play.

Peter will win BbyNW.
The Tory's unstated campaign against new business regulations will help assure that result.

But Burnaby-Douglas is a toss-up.
Have fun.
(And I still say a guy named Bill is gonna win.)

9/24/2008 4:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

History lesson a).

Charles Henry "Chuck" Cook was the Conservative Member of Parliament for a good-sized portion of North Burnaby from 1979 to 1993.

Um, not exactly. The apportion of that riding was north of Hastings Street, not a "good sized portion" of North Burnaby. Also keep in mind Svend was very much Burnaby's MP back then too.


Most of his supporters were, in fact, soft Liberals.

Probbaly because except for Iona Campagnolo the Liberals always ran weak candidates there.

I still remember a young dipper doorknocker pleading with me - if you can't vote for us, please just don't vote for the 'corrupt' Liberals.

Today, most voters would agree that all four of the major parties - Greens included - should be labelled with that corrupt tag.

So - as stated before - if Mr. Dion can coax a five per cent upward move in the national polls, he'll put a few more Lower Mainland ridings into play.

The way that idiot is going in the polls? You're dreaming in Liberal red.

Even if the Liberals do manage to up their share in Ontario, they won't get much further than they are here in B.C.


Peter will win BbyNW.
The Tory's unstated campaign against new business regulations will help assure that result.

But Burnaby-Douglas is a toss-up.
Have fun.
(And I still say a guy named Bill is gonna win.)

Bill Siskay will win.

9/24/2008 8:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As well wasnt Chuck Cook an MP when the riding was split between North Van and Burnaby.

Apples and Oranges here.

9/25/2008 12:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If Conservative Sam Rakhra and his team were smart, they would ask his opponents to produce crimninal record background checks. There is no telling what this kind of digging might reveal about one of his opponents.

9/25/2008 8:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

More NDP lies.
You guys, gals and others (gosh) are really gonna get a reputation for lying about everything.

Anyhow ..
Chuck Cook's riding included my old home, on Graveley Street west of Willingdon. That's way south of Hastings, and "a good portion" of North Burnaby.

9/25/2008 10:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As well wasnt Chuck Cook an MP when the riding was split between North Van and Burnaby.

Apples and Oranges here.

It is indeed. In terms of area, the North Vancouver portion was much larger in voters and geography than was the North Burnaby part.

It is apples and oranges.

Even with the political matrix.

If someone is comparing Chuck Cook with Ronald Leung, they are quite different people.

9/25/2008 3:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with the previous posters that say Peter Julian will be re-elected. Between Rakhra's problems with real estate regulators and Lenoski's association with companies that were delisted or suspended by the stock exchanges they were trading on, Julian couldn't wish for less reputable opponents. So much for BBY-NW being a swing riding. Julian should win by a landslide this time around thanks to the two bozos that are running against him.

9/26/2008 8:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe Stephane Dion is in Burnaby to get Lenoski's company, Equicom Management Corporation, to release a poll showing that the Liberals are in the lead. Sort of like the poll Gerry's company released in 2006 which showed Joyce Murray well ahead of Dawn Black and Paul Forsyth in New Westminster Coquitlam. For those of you unfamiliar with that fiasco, check the January 2006 archives at www.publiceyeonline.com

9/26/2008 8:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No need. We'll wait for the version that's downloadable to our iPods.

9/26/2008 6:51 PM  
Anonymous John Lloyds said...

Dion's Green Shift is an economic disaster for Canada. If carbon tax is imposed on corporations which emits green house gas, then gasoline and diesel prices will increase because of the carbon tax as the petroleum industry is definitely a polluting industry. Farmer needs diesel to run their farming machines. There is no substitute for diesel. There is no electricity run farming machines. As diesel price rises, and so the food price will increase because of the carbon tax. Sorry, all of us must eat! I do not want Dion to take away my food from my mouth!

Mining uses a lot of diesel and gasoline as well. Because of the carbon tax, metal price will increase. People will be less willing to invest in machinery. So we will have less job opportunity. Sorry, I do not want Dion to take away my job!

The carbon tax will accelerate inflation. Although Canadian will enjoy some tax rebate through the green shift, the Canadian in the lowest income section or those depend on pension will be seriously affected. As the cost of operation increases because of the carbon tax, foreign investor is less willing to invest in Canada. It will also hurt our export because of the higher cost. Canada just simply gives our jobs to the USA where has no carbon tax.

10/01/2008 9:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Carbon Tax (BC Liberals) and Green Shift (federal Liberals) are both dumb ideas.

Two dumb ideas from parties with the same base name.

Who woulda thunk it?

10/02/2008 4:40 PM  

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