Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Bloy Oh Bloy!

As both local papers have reported, the NDP is having a nomination battle to pick Harry Bloy's centre-left opponent for the spring election. The papers correctly report Jaynie Clark and Michael Walton are running. After that it's not too much detail or accuracy from either paper.

The Now website misreported the nomination meeting as March 9 at 1pm. According to the notice it appears to be March 1 not March 9, and local MP Peter Julian will be the guest speaker.

The Newsleader highlights Clark's work history and Walton's origins but neglects their NDP pedigrees. Clark ran for the NDP nomination in Burnaby North last election. Pietro Calendino was nominated against Richard Lee of the Liberals. Walton has been active with the Burnaby Citizens at the civic level and has been NDP president in Burnaby-Douglas.

19 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good luck to either one of them.

It will be bad enough having to deal with Harry's trademark temper tantrums and his arrogance.

Both are NDP lightweights.

Looks like Harry got his wish in wanting a weak opposition.

So what does that mean?

Another four years of Harry being an MLA.

Oh great just what Burnaby needs.

Harry does not even live in the new riding.

Techncially it is a 'foreign riding' to him, unless (once again) he conveniently moves back.

2/11/2009 9:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lightweight or otherwise, either candidate will be another one of those "socialist" candidates out straight out of NDP textbook ideology intellects. BCNDP still fail to find any candidate that actually appeals to the general electorate. Not Kathy Corrigan, not Mondee Redman, not Raj Chouhan, and certainly not here. Appears to be that people are betting against BCNDP based on the double digit lead BCLIB enjoys on the poll.

Back to the topic, Michael as Bill Siksay's henchman has failed at what he does, especially the last election. My money is instead on moderate Jaynie Clark who in 2005 ran against Pietro and lost only with 220 votes to 158 votes. Pietro was coming off a loss in 2001 as a sitting MLA. While neither is going to come even close to touching Harry Bloy, Michael who cant even manage a two-time incumbent's campaign will probably lose badly.

While I disagree with BCA's socialist ideology, out of the city does come several ex-chairwomen who are tending on the moderate side comparing to their federal counter-part. Carole James should be glad that not only will she have her quota fulfilled in Burnaby (I predict three women candidates from NDP in Burnaby as opposed to none in the past decades.), it looks like she will have moderates across swing ridings.

2/11/2009 11:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Any idea if Harry Bloy has anyone running against him at his nomination?

Oh by the way. Siksay doesn't live in his riding either.

2/12/2009 12:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Harry and his gondola will soar over the riding.

2/12/2009 11:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Siksay does live in his Riding. Neither Harry or Richard do. Richard lives in Burnaby Lougheed. I dont know about Johh Nurany

2/12/2009 1:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Unless he parachuted himself into his riding lately he lived in East Van with his partner.

2/12/2009 1:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

John Nuraney does live in the riding between Royal Oak and Sperling.

But Richard and John (along with Kathi Corrigan and Raj Chouhan) do live in Burnaby, which counts more.

Harry does not. He conveniently moved in to Coquitlam to run in the Burquitlam ridig. He previously lived in the Seaforth area (Lougheed to Government St). and before that on Duthie (North Burnaby).

The guy gets around.

2/12/2009 5:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Siksay and his partner live in the Heights and have for several years. He didnt live here when he first ran in 2004.

2/12/2009 6:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Richard lives in an area that was still part of Burnaby North. Geographically that part is now Burnaby Lougheed, but it would be rather silly to insist that Richard move west to be in the new riding of Burnaby Brentwood or what the name of it is.

Harry doesn't live in any part of Burnaby. At all.

He used to. But doesn't now.

But most likely, he'll find it convenient to move back to Burnaby after his win at the "nomination meeting" which will be a useless
event to attend since there won't be any democratic choices.

2/12/2009 8:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bloy represented most of the new BL riding when he was MLA for Burquitlam. That counts more than his potential opponents.

What is the guy to do. Move every time they change the boundaries.

2/12/2009 9:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bloy represented most of the new BL riding when he was MLA for Burquitlam. That counts more than his potential opponents.

That doesn't square, since the new riding does not technically exist until the commencement of the 2009 provincial election. Currently, he represents the existing riding of Burquitlam, not Burnaby Lougheed.

Bloy could not have "representedmot of the new BL riding" since technically it does not exist yet in terms of a represetative district. He like all of the other MLA's are cited in official records as representing the ridings they were elected in after the 2005 election.

What you are seeing now is a transition from old to new. The Parties are converging membership to the new ridings and Elections B.C. migrating into the new ridings.

What is the guy to do. Move every time they change the boundaries.

Apparently that is the argument someone keeps insisting on with the socialist candidate Kathy Corrigan. The fool keeps mentioning that she is representing a "foriegn riding".

Well if she does, and if Harry doesn't move within the new boundaries of Bby Lougheed, he will too.

So will Richard since where he lives now will not be within Burnaby Brentwood, but rather Burnaby Lougheed.

the only one that does change is John Nuraney and probably Raj Chouhan the socialist MLA.

Can't be just one, has to be all of them. Or, just leave the "foriegn riding" nonsense where
it should be.

Alone.

2/12/2009 10:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Apparently that is the argument someone keeps insisting on with the socialist candidate Kathy Corrigan. The fool keeps mentioning that she is representing a "foriegn riding"."

That is a totally different matter. Harry Bloy has an actual office that serves his constituents, while Corrigan sits on the school board in Burnaby thanks to his husband and his socialist civic party. The difference? One represents his voters in Victoria the other one does not. But you are right, riding issue was never an issue anyways, while it may be unfortunate as Kathy Corrigan has stated.

The problem is not so much with people questioning Kathy's quest for power because everyone in Burnaby knows her ambition, in addition to her desire to serve of course. The problem is more with BCNDP is their arrogance, total disregard for an actual "Representative" for the general electorate, and instead focusing on parachuting ideological candidates across B.C..

As an independent and moderate voter, it is difficult for people like me to vote for some of the candidates nominated by BCNDP. They may have strong portfolios, but most of them are, as President Obama may put it, more of the same. It is scary though because it is people like us that will decide the outcome of the election. While Carole James may have her "moderates" nominated across B.C., but the lack of credibility on economy will have her trail by double digits all the way to the poll.

Kathy, Mondee, and Raj are all more of the same. The two candidates in BL too are more of the same. One will not take away the mayor's commitment to be fiscally conservative as he shed ideologies from city budget management. But one fails to see any credibility on economics from BCNDP's candidates so far in the city. Moderates like Kathy and Mondee may gain popularity, but they do not win elections, qualifications do. I will predict another moderate at BCNDP nomination in Burnaby Lougheed, and likely landslide, i.e. double-digit, loss in general election.

2/12/2009 11:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That is a totally different matter. Harry Bloy has an actual office that serves his constituents, while Corrigan sits on the school board in Burnaby thanks to his husband and his socialist civic party.
The difference? One represents his voters in Victoria the other one does not.

Correct, because simply she isn't
an elected MLA. The two are not comparable. She was nominated by the BCA, but again, it is not a socialist party in the true sense since socialist idealogy as applied to provincial politics doesn't exist at the civic level.




But you are right, riding issue was never an issue anyways, while it may be unfortunate as Kathy Corrigan has stated.

The problem is not so much with people questioning Kathy's quest for power because everyone in Burnaby knows her ambition, in addition to her desire to serve of course.

and what about Harry's or John's or Richard's quest for power (well mostly Harry).


The problem is more with BCNDP is their arrogance, total disregard for an actual "Representative" for the general electorate, and instead focusing on parachuting ideological candidates across B.C..

and you figure the BC Liberal Party and government are not arrogant? They indeed are.

and technically if Harry does win
Burnaby Lougheed, he is parachuting since he does not live in that riding. The BC Liberals have parachuted their own on a few occaisions, even at the Party level. One of their past Oraganisers lives in Port Coquitlam but yet was organising ridings in the Kootenays.


As an independent and moderate voter, it is difficult for people like me to vote for some of the candidates nominated by BCNDP.

You're obviously not "independent".

Not voting NDP is your choice as it is mine.



They may have strong portfolios, but most of them are, as President Obama may put it, more of the same.

and the same can't be said for the BC Liberal candidates??


It is scary though because it is people like us that will decide the outcome of the election. While Carole James may have her "moderates" nominated across B.C., but the lack of credibility on economy will have her trail by double digits all the way to the poll.

Now, finally, you're starting to make a bit of sense.


Kathy, Mondee, and Raj are all more of the same. The two candidates in BL too are more of the same. One will not take away the mayor's commitment to be fiscally conservative as he shed ideologies from city budget management. But one fails to see any credibility on economics from BCNDP's candidates so far in the city. Moderates like Kathy and Mondee may gain popularity, but they do not win elections, qualifications do.

Avtually it is a mix of party policy and direction acceptance, and past accomplishment, and also factor in whether the voting public does indeed want another four years of an incumbency government. Qualificaiton does factor in, but it is not a significant aspect.



I will predict another moderate at BCNDP nomination in Burnaby Lougheed, and likely landslide, i.e. double-digit, loss in general election.

Nothing new there.

I predict Harry will be re-elected but the voters there (and especially who is cray enough to work in his office) will have to put up with his trademark arrogance and temper tantrums for another four years.

2/13/2009 6:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

TLDNR
and boring, too.

2/16/2009 10:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Harry is boring, that's for damb sure.

2/16/2009 9:03 PM  
Anonymous Wake me when the election is over said...

This website is boring

2/17/2009 11:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The BC Liberals are boring.

Robert Burnaby is boring.

The idiot that worships Patti Sahota is boring.

The fool that keeps goin' on about Ronald Leung and the Chinese vote is very boring.

This is what happens when the Canucks have a dismal season!

2/17/2009 4:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Robert Burnaby smells.

2/17/2009 9:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

He does. Smell ya later.

2/18/2009 8:04 PM  

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