Thursday, May 14, 2009

Little change

After the preliminary count, three incumbents and Kathy Corrigan are headed to Victoria to represent us.

Raj Chouhan, Harry Bloy and Richard Lee were re-elected while Corrigan of the NDP narrowly defeated two-term BC Liberal John Nuraney.

Since the creation of Burnaby-Willingdon, the predecessor of what is now Burnaby-Deer Lake, no MLA has served three full terms in a row. In 1966, Frederick Vulliamy was elected as the riding's MLA. New Democrat Vulliamy died in office and was succeeded by Jim Lorimer. Lorimer won three elections in a row, following up the by-election with wins in 1969 and 1972. After serving in the Dave Barrett government, Lormier lost the seat to Socred Elwood Veitch in 1975. Veitch and Lormier traded the seat in 1975, 1979 and 1983 before Veitch was able to win two conesecutive elections with his victory over the NDP's Joan Sawicki in 1986. Sawicki retired Veitch from provincial politics in 1991 and held off challenger John Nuraney of the Liberals in 1996. Nuraney picked up the seat in 2001's landslide BC Liberal win and held it by a narrow margin in 2005.

Corrigan won the seat this week in one of the NDP's narrowest wins in the province. Not since Veitch in 1975 has a first time provincial candidate won this seat. Given the riding's history, Corrigan will likely have her hands full when it comes time for re-election in 2013.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

With all the squaking about Corrigan not winning this seat in this election now past, it's now on to 2013??

Give it a rest. The seat was not "won" by Corrigan, but rather "lost" by Nuraney because he didn't pay attention to the issue of the Remand Centre, and also didn't have much of a presence other than at giving out cheque functions.

Time for the riding association and BC Liberals in Burnaby Deer Lake to look in the mirror. The real cause of the election of Kathy Corrigian will be seen there.

5/14/2009 9:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kathy Corrigan is a weak candidate. Just listen to her talk. Nuraney blew this election and deserved to lose.

5/15/2009 12:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No shit.

5/15/2009 7:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

and Bruce Friesen split the vote which helped Kathy win.

Nice goin' genius.

5/15/2009 7:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Friesen didn't take many votes away from Nuraney. Nuraney lost on his own merit.

If anything Nuraney's ineptness made it so Friesen didn't get as many votes as he should have. He should have been more cautious on the prison from the get go and then his flip flop was his icing on the cake.

5/15/2009 9:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

John Nuraney was a weak MLA. In this election he sounded especially weak on the prison issue. But Cathy Corrigan weak? Give it a rest - she was great. She knew her issue and she pressed it home.

Lee Rankin is the saddest figure in Burnaby. Two embarassing losses in a very short time. He should not have run. Where will we see him next?

5/15/2009 9:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You'll see him in court.

As a Trial Lawyer.

and yep, I would say despite not being NDP, that Corrigan knew what it would take to win, and brought it home.

Nuraney was a weak candidate, and never admitted his error. He also did not really take care of the riding, only showed up when the government cheque was in his hand to pass out and get the picture taken doing so.

Friesen was a waste of time for the serious voter.

Homeless and the Green Party? Not a correct association there.

Besides the guy honks louder than a moose in heat.

5/15/2009 12:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you look at the two Liberal Ridings the Greens took 6% but in BDL the Greens only took 5% thanks to Nuraney's bumbling campaign. 6% to the Greens would have won it for him but he took the bait hook, line and sinker.

5/16/2009 11:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

But Cathy Corrigan weak? Give it a rest


She was a one issue candidate who several months ago was comfortable with School Board issues not provincial matters.

It will be interesting to see what she does now that it is not even an issue with the prison moving somewhere else.

5/17/2009 12:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where will lee Rankin go now? Hopefully not back to city politics. He has almost no support there after the camapign he and his wife ran last fall.

But out in Coquitlam, Dawn Black won a seat last week meaning there will have to be a federal byelection this October - if a general election doesn't arrive sooner.

What are the bets he will try again at the federal level?

5/17/2009 10:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why would she run federally again. Unless the only reason she was running was that she hoped there would be an NDP majority and now that there isn't she is heading for the hills.

5/18/2009 12:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

She's already got the federal pension pot. That is why she resigned to run in the provincial election.

5/18/2009 10:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So does that mean she can collect provincial and federal pension?

Sounds like a double play to me.

5/18/2009 11:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

She is entitled to her federal pension. It is double dipping of sorts, but she isn't the first one to be able to do that.

Ujjal Doshanjh will get a provincial one.

As for Lee Rankin,the guy should focus on the court room, not a campaign office.

5/19/2009 10:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

With the NDP and Bloc worried about lagging support - largely as a result of Ignatieff's easy ride into the Liberal leadership - the Tories will test the waters with a by-election in the swing riding of NW-Coq.

Early indications are that former MP Paul Forseth will make the run for the Cons.

Who will the NDP run?

5/20/2009 1:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

5/22/2009 10:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good eye. However that means he will probably try to get back into civic politics. Too bad.

5/22/2009 11:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So we have to go through this with Rankin all over again so that he can get his clowncil seat back?

When does this pathetic tragedy end and the curtain comes down?

We'll probably see him manipulate Team Burnaby once again for his own gain once again.

5/23/2009 7:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't know about any Team Burnaby comeback. Don't you think it was pretty much destroyed in the last campaign? The utter incompetence in the camapign management was very sad.

5/25/2009 8:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very true. Problem is, Team Burnaby will blame others for its demise and not do what is needed.

For them to look in the mirror.

5/31/2009 2:14 PM  

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