Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Learn from Carr

The Green Party ridings in the Burnaby and New West area are going to learn about campaigning from former B.C. Green leader and current federal Green 2010 Olympics critic Adriane Carr later this week.

Last election the Greens won 3,067 votes in Burnaby-New Westminster and 2,822 votes in Burnaby-Douglas. Maybe with a little training they might be able to win a few hundred more votes.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Low and behold

It has been 35 years since a Liberal has been elected MP in north Burnaby. Ken Low, the Liberal candidate in Vancouver East last time, may be the candidate who will end that losing streak.

Low, a civil engineer who immigrated from Hong Kong, is being talked up in Liberal circles as their next candidate in Burnaby-Douglas. Low finished a distant second to the NDP's Libby Davies last October. Bill Cunningham lost as the Burnaby-Douglas Liberal candidate in 2004, 2006 and 2008 to New Democrat Bill Siksay.

The Liberals dropped into third place in Burnaby-Douglas last election, in part due to the unpopularity of then leader Stephane Dion with B.C. voters. Michael Ignatieff, who has already made several visits to the west coast, will likely strengthen the Liberal brand in the province. Last time, less than one in five British Columbian voters cast their ballot for the local Liberal candidate.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Yet again

To no one's surprise Burnaby remains shut out of the provincial Cabinet.

Despite the elevation of nine first time members of the executive council, Burnaby BC Liberal MLAs Richard Lee and Harry Bloy remain on the side. Of the nine new Ministers, two - John Yap and Randy Hawes - are veteran MLAs. The twenty five member cabinet has seven women, including four first term female MLAs.

Despite the lack of a cabinet post, Lee will play a key role in the government's outreach to the Chinese-language community. This role may lead him to Cabinet before the end of the current term if he continues to work at getting the government's accomplishments noticed in the Chinese media.

There is no solid word yet if Bloy plans to seek the Speaker's chair.

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

What the cabinet will hold

There has been plenty of cabinet speculation today over who is in and who is out of Gordon Campbell's cabinet as he begins his third term as Premier.

Burnaby will likely remain on the outside despite the need to shore up BC Liberal support in Burnaby after losing another seat to the NDP. If Burnaby is to sneak into cabinet, Richard T. Lee is the likely bet for a junior portfolio. In a long shot prediction, the Georgia Straight suggested Lee might be one to watch tomorrow.

Thusfar, Harry Bloy has not been the subject of any speculation.

Tuesday, June 02, 2009


Only 31 of 308 members of Parliament have made every recorded vote so far this Parliament. In their ranks is Burnaby-Douglas NDP MP Bill Siksay. Congratulations, Mr. Bill!