Thursday, March 19, 2009

All the Raj in Edmonds

They're not quite to the point of searching on Craigslist like the Refederation Party, but the BC Liberals are seeking a candidate to stand against NDP MLA Raj Chouhan in the fast-approaching election.

Word in the community is, despite a hard sell on the part of the Gordon Campbell organizers, no one has said yes to stand for the government in the left-leaning stronghold. The seat known as Burnaby-Edmonds has gone NDP eight of the past ten times since 1969.

We all await the first reference to the Majority Group or Resort Development.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

How could there possibly be a "hard sell" by idiot organisers who themselves wouldn't touch the riding?

3/19/2009 9:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rumour has it Lee Rankin is trying hard for the nomination, but wants far too much in "future considerations" from the party in the event he loses in this tough riding in May.

3/19/2009 10:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hear Lee got the nod and Brian Bonney is the Campaign Manager.

3/19/2009 11:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


3/19/2009 11:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


3/19/2009 11:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lee Rankin is the perfect candidate.

He has burned his bridges and will never succeed in anything that involves the Burnaby North constituents.

He has burned his bridges with NDP and it will be to have another BCNDP laughing off at Lee Rankin's "challenges".

Does not matter though, at least it shows that he will never have a chance to buddy up with his former NDP "friends"/now foes.

Who are we kidding anyways, if an appoint into Campbell's cabinet cant save a pretty MLA in this seat, what's Lee's chances.

But I think it is time the government to start running candidates from federal conservatives in Burnaby,(such as Harry Bloy who had a much easier time getting re-elected than the rest).

3/20/2009 12:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Harry is running in Bby Lougheed.

Lee doesn't have much of a chance.

An old NDPer facing off againt a current one?

The NDP will go after Lee like a hungry wolf going after a piece of raw meat.

3/20/2009 6:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rankin would have a very good chance of winning although he would have to be working at it 24 hours a day during the election campaign.

The difference with a provincial election compared to him stinking out the municipal one is that more people show up to vote for a provincial election. This makes it harder for the left campaign against.

Not to mention the fact that contributions are tax deductible.

3/20/2009 9:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Doesn't make it harder for the left.

In case you hadn't noticed, Burnaby Edmonds was won by the NDP
in 2005.

3/20/2009 10:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think Lee R might be a good candidate in Bby-Edmonds. I agree that he has probably burned down the house as well as all teh bridges at the municpal level. However he would be a pretty good MLA. He knows Burnaby very well and would represent the constituents of Bby Ed very well.

3/20/2009 12:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

White male who predicts tough times for Kathy Corrigan, Diane Thorne and Gabriel Yiu.

3/20/2009 2:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

However he would be a pretty good MLA. He knows Burnaby very well and would represent the constituents of Bby Ed very well.

Big deal. Alot of people who are politically aware know Burnaby well
and could do a much better job of representing the constituents than
Lee Rankin could.

Carrying too much overweight baggage from his delightful time in manipulating Team Burnaby.

3/20/2009 5:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

White male who predicts tough times for Kathy Corrigan, Diane Thorne and Gabriel Yiu.

"White Male"? Kind of being a bit racist.

Ohter than that, his blog is just one opinion. He's off the mark on a few things. John is going to have a tough go at it in that riding of Burnaby Deer Lake. He messed up the Remand Centre issue badly.

Richard only won by about 65 votes, and the NDP will try to get the riding back, even with a bland
blonde such as Mondee.

The only way she would get a lot of votes is if she walked down Hastings Street wearing a white T-shirt, white string thong and runners.

3/20/2009 7:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh great.,
Mondee is the new Patty Sahota.
Does sexism rule at Burnaby politics???

3/21/2009 1:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe, but one is not to forget that Patti was an Indo-Cdn female candidate defending against an Indo-Cdn male candidate, and that had always been a problem for one sex vs. the other in the ethnic community.

Mondee on the other hand is a Caucasian female, thus totaling NDP candidates in the city to three, likely the most ever in history in a city that has always had a Caucasian male mayor. I am not certain what that may say about the voter support, but certainly in terms of party affirmative action policy, BCNDP has pretty much excelled in it.

Trust me however, while sexism does rule, one is not to forget that racial politics that is well and alive, one name, Barack Obama.

3/21/2009 3:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sex is much much better than racism.

But having said that, Patti Sahota wearing nothing but a sari and comfy sandals would get votes.

Especially if she walked up one of Burnaby's steep streets.

3/21/2009 5:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In the 70's and 80's. Burnaby had 3 MLAs. Two were female, Eileen Daily and Rosemary Brown. Rosemary was black and an immigrant from Jamaica.

3/22/2009 9:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow. Raj could probably sleep through the entire election; with a challenger like Lee Rankin, he's sure to win. And Brian Bonney's managing Rankin's campaign? This keeps getting better and better. I guess the Libs really have given up on Burnaby-Edmonds.

3/22/2009 8:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A bit odd that Bonney is managing Rankin's campaign since Brian got a job with alot of help from Harry Bloy being an Executive Director of the Cdn. Federation of Independent Business.

But Brian has just as much political smarts as rankin does when it comes to playing games.

Wonder how much Brian is getting in terms of compensation. No, it is not voluntary. Look for Brian to be paid and he'll probably get that talent that did so well for Team Burnaby in 2005.

and yep, they'll be paid off too.

3/24/2009 4:43 PM  

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