Monday, October 06, 2008

Variety pack

A few timely topics:

Bob Rae is campaigning with third time Burnaby-Douglas Liberal also-ran Bill Cunningham at SFU this week. Does this mean the old Paul Martin crew in BC are about to throw their lot in with the old NDP Premier?

Independent Voice is campaigning to promote their slate for next month's civic election. This is probably a good move to get a head start as others tend to be waiting out the national election.

At the end of the month, John Nuraney is holding his pre-election fundraiser with Attorney General Wally Oppal, the most high profile of Gordon Campbell's class of 2005 to make a run for a second term. Should be an interesting month for the BC Liberals who are in two very tough by-election contests in Vancouver.

Tom Tao, who took a couple of runs at office in 2005, appears to be stepping up for city council.

Communist George Gidora is running in Burnaby-Douglas in his fourth attempt at Parliament.

In Burnaby-New Westminster Marxist-Leninist Joseph Theriault is making his sixth consecutive run for Parliament. Also in Burnaby-New Westminster, Libertarian Ismet Yetisen is seeking office and seems to be concerned with tuition.

24 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

re: was the Carbon Tax Gerry Lenoski's idea?

Our sources within the Liberal party tell us that at the 2008 lpcbc policy convention two constituency associations submitted policy resolutions calling for a revenue neutral carbon tax. Those constituency associations were Vancouver-Quadra, where the policy chair was Dirk Brinkman, Joyce Murray's husband, and New-Westminster-Coquitlam where the policy chair was Gerry Lenoski. Our sources within the Liberal party also tell us that the relationship between Dirk Brinkman and Gerry Lenoski is similar to that between Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy!

10/07/2008 1:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Which "voice" is the real voice in their campaign? The voice of the provincial Liberals or the voice of the BCA fan club?

10/07/2008 2:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually you mean the voice of the Delta BCA fan club.

10/07/2008 2:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Frankly, I alway thought the carbon tax grew out of the tax shift proposals that were discussed during the days of the Glen Clark NDP government.
Polluter pay and all that rot, you know.

If the NDP wants to backtrack and campaign against those ideas, ... go ahead. But I think the voters are largely on-side with the polluter pay principle - as long as corporate polluters dont get a free ride.

I'm guessing that the NDP's incoherence on this issue is making Gordon Campbell very happy.

10/07/2008 4:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gordon Campbell trying to play the centrist card....didnt we see this before?

In 2001, he promised a right-wing government and he almost wiped NDP out. In 2005, he appointed a pro-carbon tax finance minister Carole Taylor and how many seats did he get? Talk about failures. Not knowing where your base will be the biggest mistake Gordon made. Carbon tax, as I strongly believe, will be the nails on the coffins for centrist MLA's, such as John Nuraney.

10/07/2008 6:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

don't forget if John gets defeated the NDP will be succesful in defeating Richard Lee and Harry Bloy too. None have particularly strong support bases that have them in strong safe seats.

10/07/2008 8:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

For John to lose to a foreigner who knows where the base is, I wonder if Gordon Campbell is ready to call it quit. There is a difference between trying go mainstream and go populist. Going mainstream means what you stand for actually benefits the majority. Going populist on single issues, or worse, on images, mean that you are just trying to say what people want to hear. Carole James has retreated from that, if Gordon Campbell thinks going populist is the way to win elections, we will prove him very wrong.

10/07/2008 9:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

For John to lose to a foreigner who knows where the base is, I wonder if Gordon Campbell is ready to call it quit.

John losing to a "foriegner"? That's laughable, and again rather silly.


There is a difference between trying go mainstream and go populist.


Going mainstream means what you stand for actually benefits the majority.

Not nessesarily.



Going populist on single issues, or worse, on images, mean that you are just trying to say what people want to hear.

Wrong on single issues. Right on image. Every politician says what chosen people want to hear. Take Gordon Campbell (please!). He's not a populist currently.


Carole James has retreated from that, if Gordon Campbell thinks going populist is the way to win elections, we will prove him very wrong.

Gordon Campbell may be faced with reality and may return to the Legislature where he started at.

10/07/2008 9:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

don't forget if John gets defeated the NDP will be succesful in defeating Richard Lee and Harry Bloy too. None have particularly strong support bases that have them in strong safe seats.

Yes, because Burnaby-Willingdon''s demographics mirror the other two exactly.

John Nuraney's success (or lack thereof) has very little impact on the other two races. Both Lee and Bloy have their own issues to worry about.

10/07/2008 10:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

True, but there's a huge commonality between all three.

They will face an NDP that will be
a challenge to them. The NDP will build on their successes in the federal election and later the civic if there are wins at either levels.

Be there when it happens.

10/07/2008 11:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nothing wins an election easier than a good candidate who is well known in the community.

Richard Lee and Cathy Corrigan both fit that mold. Upstanding, sincere and desirous of positive growth in the city.

10/08/2008 10:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Richard Lee and Cathy Corrigan both fit that mold. Upstanding, sincere and desirous of positive growth in the city.

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I would argue with Cathy Corrigan. Maybe political nerds who read this website or 25% of the small amount of people who actually vote in civic elections know who she is but Burnaby Jane or Joe Sixpack don't know who she is.

10/09/2008 12:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Last night there was an all-candidate's debate in Jack Layton's home riding, and the NDP leader tried to send an Ont. MPP in his place.

The audience voted NOT to allow the substitute.

http://thestar.blogs.com/notebook/2008/10/the-seat-that-s.html#comments

10/09/2008 11:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Speaking of the NDP ...
Has anybody heard what's happening to the economy?

Bill Cunningham looks better every day.

10/09/2008 5:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bill Cunningham? You've got to be joking.

What could he possibily do that Siskay or Leung couldn't?

10/09/2008 6:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anyone seen this gem from the Fearless Liberal Leader.....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6xbs7wXvh2Q

10/09/2008 9:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

and this is who Bill Cunningham and his supporters hope becomes Prime Minister?

Give it a rest.

10/09/2008 11:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tory times are tough times.
NDP times are spending times
We need something different.
Like a return to balanced budgets.

10/10/2008 11:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A BC NDP MLA is calling for a Liberal MP

http://thetyee.ca/Blogs/TheHook/Federal-Politics/2008/10/09/CubberPenn/

10/10/2008 12:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fascinating!
A new CTV poll gives the Liberals the lead in what they call the 10 battleground swing ridings in BC - including Burnaby-Douglas.

http://www.ctv.ca/mini/election2008/static/bc.html

Too bad they don't break down the numbers more.

10/10/2008 3:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Too bad you don't pay attention to the larger picture.

Tory times are tough times.

Interesting - what where the times
in the early 1980's when the Liberals were in power led by Pierre Trudeau?

NDP times are spending times

True, but so are Liberal times spending times. The Liberal spending on government has never been matched by the Conservatives.


We need something different.
Like a return to balanced budgets

The Tories have brought in balanced budgets. What's the point here?

10/10/2008 4:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fascinating!
A new CTV poll gives the Liberals the lead in what they call the 10 battleground swing ridings in BC - including Burnaby-Douglas.

http://www.ctv.ca/mini/election2008/static/bc.html

Too bad they don't break down the numbers more.

There's nothing in there that is attributed to the 2008 election. What you see are 2006 election results.

Bby Douglas is a key riding and has been for quite a few elections, nothing new there.

10/10/2008 4:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would say that on election night you will see Siksay increase his vote tally to 18,500-19,000 votes, Cunningham lose (thanks to the fearless leader) 1,000 votes to end up around 15,000 and the Conservatives gain 500 votes max to 14,000.
Greens? Who cares they run flakes in this riding. Then again they do that in most ridings. If people actually thought they could win they would avoid them like the plague.

10/12/2008 10:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not bad.

The Greens? Who cares. They aren't exactly 100% Green.

They (like us) use chemical solvents in cleaning their house, (bleach is not environmentally friendly) drive gasoline powered cars, probably wear clothing that is a 50/50 cotton polyester mix, and their campaign office? Certainly not environmentally friendly with the photocopier (toner powder), computers (mix of toxins in the CPU) and the clothes on people are probably a nylon mix and most likely no 100% cotton flannel thong underwear for the men or women.

10/12/2008 11:23 PM  

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