Thursday, July 30, 2009

From Burnaby to Coquitlam

Former Burnaby-New Westminster Liberal candidate Gerry Lenoski is going to take a run at being the New Westminster-Coquitlam by-election candidate for the Ignatieff Liberals. Lenoski squares off against Ken Beck Lee at the Executive Plaza Hotel in Coquitlam on August 4.

Lenoski, who was communications chair of Michael Ignatieff's 2006 B.C. leadership campaign, rode the Liberal collapse in B.C. to just 15.4% of the vote in Burnaby-New Westminster last October. Even during the last election Lenoski was hoping Ignatieff would take charge of the party.

Lenoski, a veteran Liberal who worked for Liberal governments in the late 1960s, ran now MP Joyce Murray's New Westminster-Coquitlam campaign during the 2006 election. If he wins the nomination, Lenoski will be the last major party candidate into the by-election race. The other candidates are Conservative Diana Dilworth, NDPer Fin Donnelly, and Green Rebecca Helps.

12 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fin Donnelly will win the by-election.

Lenoski will be a disaster waiting to happen for the federal Liberals.

7/30/2009 9:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Supposedly Ken Beck Lee has signed up 1000 members to support him in his campaign for the nomination. I wonder how many Lenoski has signed up.

7/31/2009 8:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Those Liberal sign-up numbers, if true, are really quite amazing for a riding that is traditionally an NDP vs Tory battleground.

While a fall by election will likely go NDP, it does give the Grits some hope that they may be able to build in the riding at some later date.

Of course, all bets are off if the ethnic Asian vote decides to withdraw its support of the Tories.

7/31/2009 11:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So who says and decides that the Asian vote decides collectively to withdraw its support of the Tories?

What ever happened to people just voting no matter who they are and forgetting about this ethnic vote nonsense?

7/31/2009 9:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is party politics not election politics. When a candidate signs up people to party memberships, it is with the understanding that they will support him/her in a nomination vote. The people signed up are not necessarily representative of the group they belong to. Their loyalty is with the candidate that signs them up.

8/01/2009 6:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"This is party politics not election politics. When a candidate signs up people to party memberships, it is with the understanding that they will support him/her in a nomination vote. The people signed up are not necessarily representative of the group they belong to. Their loyalty is with the candidate that signs them up."


Well not exactly, as no one can compel the new member to vote for
the candidate when that member goes to the ballot box. The member will support that candidate as long as he or she wishes. Things can change rapidly. Seen that happen.

In fact with the internet, it's very easy for potential new members to do it themselves.

Also that "loyalty" exists as long as the candidate does exist on the ballot. Once the candidate is off the ballot, then the member should support whomever he or she wishes.

I've said to many candidates "I'll support you, but if you lose on a ballot, you're on your own, and I'll select another candidate myself to vote for".

Personally I've never believed in 100% loyalty. It's a sham most of the time.

The best thing is to support the candidate who will best be able to win the election and serve all constituents, not just a few within a party who think they have
the edge somehow with the want to be MP.

8/01/2009 9:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You can forget about a Gerry Lenoski campaign. He was handily defeated earlier tonite by Ken Beck Lee who is now the Liberal candidate for New Westminster Coquitlam

8/04/2009 9:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fin Donnelly will be the MP for New Westminster-Coquitlam.

8/05/2009 6:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kudos to Ken.

And why do I get the feeling that the Tories are gonna soft-pedal in this riding?

8/05/2009 12:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Because the Tory power brokers aren't interested in the riding anymore. They got their rewards when Yonah Martin became a Senator despite losing.


The power sauced hacks will move onto another riding they can influence for their own gain.

8/05/2009 8:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

" The power sauced hacks will move onto another riding they can influence for their own gain."

Yeah? ...well which ones? The CPC hacks you talk about have no new ridings where they have a chance. That's why its even hard to find potential candidates. What kind of candidate would look fwd to being treated like a flunky thru the whole process? And if by some small chance s/he won, to be treated like a flunky during the short stay in office before yet another election? Bad bad business. Only flunkies (or those who have recently lost everywhere else) will apply. It will be amusing to see who does.

8/11/2009 9:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Yeah? ...well which ones? The CPC hacks you talk about have no new ridings where they have a chance. "

Yes they do. They'll figure out how they can earn more travel points from St. Germain and other Higher Ups if they can find and set The Perfect Candidate and win a riding that is currently NDP.

Happens all the time.


"That's why its even hard to find potential candidates. What kind of candidate would look fwd to being treated like a flunky thru the whole process?"

A few did, a few possible contenders were used like toilet paper, shit on then thrown away.

"And if by some small chance s/he won, to be treated like a flunky during the short stay in office before yet another election? Bad bad business. Only flunkies (or those who have recently lost everywhere else) will apply."

They get sucked into the story that yes some Commission or Cabinet post will be there for them if they win.

The sad part is the that the voters don't figure much into the equation much anymore as it is all a game as to who can get the most for personal gain.

"It will be amusing to see who does"

Be at a voting place when it happens.

8/11/2009 12:25 PM  

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