Sunday, January 11, 2009

Public Safety for Burnaby Tories

The Burnaby-Douglas Conservatives are out of the gate quick in 2009 raising money.

This week they have Minister of Public Safety and new Senator Yonah Martin joining "candidate of record" Ronald Leung for a fundraiser at the Burnaby Mountain Golf Course.

Maybe we will be getting another trip to the polls sooner rather than later.

15 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hopefully not.

Three elections in four years is too much.

WOuld be interesting to see if Yonah Martin would let go her cushy Senate seat in eight years and face an election.

Guess is that she won't.

She's a good reason why the Senate needs to be either elected or abolished.

1/11/2009 1:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't think its up to the Tories.

Frankly, the Liberals are holding the cards.
And the NDP are on the sidelines.

Enjoy the view.

1/11/2009 1:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dont forget the Bloc.

Three ways are not always what they seem.

There's usually two having the fun and the third gets to watch.

But watching can be alot of fun too.

If you know how to do it right..


The Liberals are regenerating, and rather surprisingly quickly.

1/11/2009 4:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ignatieff's plan is working perfectly, and the federal election will not take place until after the Liberal convention in Vancouver.

The Tories and NDP get to twist in the wind for a few more months.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f0aLkdi3GQo

Enjoy.

1/12/2009 11:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, that is correct.

This will be the tories first chance to test their coffers. How much money can Ronald Leung pull in exactly? If sufficient, this will essentially be his coronation to the candidacy in the next election which can happen anytime.

Iggy wants an election, NDP wants to force liberals into a coalition and wants a us vs. tories election and BQ cant wait to defeat the government and Iggy deos nod, we shall see what happens.

But this will be an excellent chance to see a future cabinet pick standing next to an appointed Senator who is also from Asia and both of them will soon be Harper's poster children for the next national campaign and I expect tories to gain in this key demographics especially in Vancouver Suburbs

1/13/2009 6:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"But this will be an excellent chance to see a future cabinet pick standing next to an appointed Senator who is also from Asia and both of them will soon be Harper's poster children for the next national campaign and I expect tories to gain in this key demographics especially in Vancouver Suburbs"

Oh great, we're hearing that old worn out tape again.

It's like an old 8 track - you play it again and again until the tape breaks.

It would be a very bad idea for Harper to consider Yonah Martin as a poster child for politics, esp. since she is appointed, something that any Conservative worth his or her salt loathe, since the federal Liberals were basted like a Peking Duck for doing the same thing.

1/13/2009 7:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why all the BS over an Asian heritaged minister? We've already had one of those, Raymond Chan of Richmond. He wasn't any good, but still was Asian.

If Ronald Leung does manage to win, that does not guarantee a Cabinet post and even if it did, what difference would it make to the constituents, even to our brothers and sisters who are not Asian?

Seems someone has gotten into the incense and ginseng again.

1/14/2009 2:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know Dr. Ronald Leung, Ronald Leung is my friend. And Raymond Chan is no Dr. Ronald Leung.

Obama is black, he is just as black as Oprah. Does that make Oprah any more qualified to become a president? Certainly not.

HOWEVER, having a Chinese minister and a black president have their own prominence. Dr. Leung is no doubt a cabinet superstar in the making. And for him to be made possible Energy Minister as Steve Chu in Obama cabinet, it will be very significant as it will inspire people of Asian descent to support him for party leadership someday.

1/15/2009 8:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

HOWEVER, having a Chinese minister and a black president have their own prominence. Dr. Leung is no doubt a cabinet superstar in the making. And for him to be made possible Energy Minister as Steve Chu in Obama cabinet, it will be very significant as it will inspire people of Asian descent to support him for party leadership someday.

Yeah right. It really doesn't matter in Canada what background a person has. To compare Barack Obama to Canadian politics is getting a bit much and being a bit silly.

Leung is no Cabinet superstar as he has no proven record of service in government, and you mut realise that geography and previous government experience plays a strong influence. What would you say would happen if let's say Leung did make it to Cabinet, but for some reason that bumped off James Moore who has considerable experience and time in government.

Too often ethnicity gets raised too much at the expense of the real person.

As for party leadership, ethnicity isn't going to matter at all when it comes to choosing the next leader for the Conservatives. Leung won't matter all that much to Ontarians and Quebecers or even those from Atlantic Canada.

If there's specific interests to Taiwanese, let's leave that back where our parents emigrated from.

This is Canada, and we must think of all Canadians, not just us who are from Taiwan, Hong Kong or Singapore and other places.

Have to think of others who are not Asian. Besides being Asian does mean being Chinese or Korean.

People from India are Asians too.

1/16/2009 12:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"If there's specific interests to Taiwanese, let's leave that back where our parents emigrated from."

You are very right. Considering that both of the Chinese councilors on the council are in fact from Taiwan, Taiwanese independence should not even be an issue (FYI the only ones that voted again Taiwan Relations Act were the liberals under Paul Martin).

The same goes for Dr. Leung. As a first generation immigrant he came to Canada to study for his doctoral degree and then moved on to reach deeply into the immigrant community and understood the hardship of new immigrants. Like how African Americans were treated in America, Chinese Canadians to many were considered the descendants of slaves. And someone like Dr. Ronald Leung who is far more qualified than Yonah Martin, an elementary school teacher, in many regards as a cabinet minister is standing through another democratic election and I look forward to see his talent utilized in the next Harper Majority Cabinet as possibly Dr. Steve Chu's counterpart in Canada.

1/16/2009 5:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are very right. Considering that both of the Chinese councilors on the council are in fact from Taiwan, Taiwanese independence should not even be an issue (FYI the only ones that voted again Taiwan Relations Act were the liberals under Paul Martin).

The same goes for Dr. Leung. As a first generation immigrant he came to Canada to study for his doctoral degree and then moved on to reach deeply into the immigrant community and understood the hardship of new immigrants.


Like how African Americans were treated in America, Chinese Canadians to many were considered the descendants of slaves.

Not exactly true with the new immigrants that arrived during the and 1980's. During the 1800's
to early 1900's that may have been true, but there's been a constant stream of immigrants from Hong Kong, and later on Taiwan, many from middle income families and none from what would be called a slave environment.

To compare Chinese Canadian immigrants (especially those who have immigrated to Canada since the early 1980's) to how African Amerians were treated in the U.S.
is being a bit silly.

And someone like Dr. Ronald Leung who is far more qualified than Yonah Martin, an elementary school teacher, in many regards as a cabinet minister is standing through another democratic election and I look forward to see his talent utilized in the next Harper Majority Cabinet as possibly Dr. Steve Chu's counterpart in Canada.

Other than geography and political service there is no "qualification" for appoint to Cabinet. It's based on best fit and showing leadership. Politics has alot to do with it, but remember that Leung if he won is not guaranteed a Cabinet post.

Yonah Martin is the receipient of
political favouristism and patronage something any Conservative should loathe since the federal Liberals did alot of the same thing.

Her appointment is an insult to the real Conservatives in the party those who want a democratically elected Senate.

1/16/2009 6:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why would Taiwan even enter this discussion since it is a Canadian subject and not a Taiwanese one?

Do people from Hong Kong and the PRC (China) not matter?

We are all voting Canadians no matter where we or our hertiage is from.

Let's focus on Canadian domestic issues which are far more important right now.

1/16/2009 9:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a joke to be talking about Taiwan-Taipei-Thailand-or whatever, when it comes to Canadian politics. Why not add Timbuctu, or Tijuana then? You're in Canada now, and while international relations and issues have a place, they have little to do with what the mainstream Canadian has on his/her mind right now. And in your case the only reason it's of interest is because of your own ethnic background and desire to get your fellow former countrymen involved. Will they only be interested in our government when it panders to their ethnicity? Why not be interested in our country and government for its own sake. We're all Canadians now; we're in this together. Let's not give top spot on our issues-list to ethno-centric stuff, please !!!

1/20/2009 3:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, and congratulations to

Yawn-ah Martin

on her well-deserved appointment! What a super-star you are !

Yawn-ah...

And as for Dr. Leung - you're awesome buddy. Speaking of Obama, you're almost at the level of Dr. King, may he rest in peace. No doubt that's why you're also entitled Dr.

Cabinet post? Yeah, for sure, Absolutely! Come work for Merit Kitchens and they'll let you build a few Cabinet posts for their next batch of Ikea Quality...while you wait to get elected next time...

1/20/2009 3:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Will they only be interested in our government when it panders to their ethnicity?"

Yes, when Obama was running for president, people say, stop talking about race, black people will never win, Chinese people will never win, women should just give birth and stay home. But you know what, Obama has proved them all wrong. Whether I am African American, whether I am Chinese American, or whether I am Japanese American, we shall all feel proud that Obama has proved people like you very wrong. I will not stop talking about my race because I am proud of it and if it means just having Chinese voting for Dr. Leung to put him on top over the NDP incumbent who only represent 1/3 of the riding, so be it. I am proud to call Dr. Leung one of our own and I fully expect 90% of our brothers voting for Dr. Leung based on skin color just as black people have in the States for Barack Obama.

1/20/2009 6:11 PM  

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