Monday, September 07, 2009

Forseth VI

Paul Forseth appears to be gearing up for a bid for the Conservative nomination in Burnaby-New Westminster. The Conservative nomination opened late last week and the filing deadline is on September 25.


Forseth could be acclaimed, which would put him up against three-term NDP MP Peter Julian. Forseth was elected to four terms between 1993 and 2006 when he lost to Dawn Black of the NDP. Forseth was one of only three Conservatives to lose their seat in the election that brought Stephen Harper to power.


Forseth considered running for the by-election nomination in neighbouring New Westminster-Coquitlam but due to his personal travel did not seek the nomination there earlier this summer. (Black's resignation to become an MLA vacated the seat.) This will be Forseth's sixth election.


Forseth was a probation officer and family court councillor before entering politics.


Sam Rakhra, the 2008 Conservative candidate, is not expected to run. There are no declared Green or Liberal candidates yet.

23 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

My understanding is that former Team Burnaby school board trustee Helen Chang has filed her nomination papers with the Liberal party and is awaiting Green Light Committee approval. She appears to be the only candidate to have filed for the Federal Liberal nomination in Burnaby-New Westminster. She was introduced to the riding association executive at their Annual General Meeting last week by association president Gurdev Dhillon.

9/07/2009 12:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Ayatollah rules!

9/07/2009 7:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

thanks for that

9/08/2009 6:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Ayatollah Gurdev knows all, sees all.

9/08/2009 8:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mr Gurdev is right about helen. She was a hard worker on school board and will be a very good candidate for the liberals.

9/08/2009 7:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gurdev, Dhillion: President and Great Leader, The Ayatollah, Most Merciful, Imperial Grand Poobah, Order of The Jean Cretein Medal of Honour, The Exhalted Sultan of the South Slope.

9/09/2009 11:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And Derek Corrigan is the Grand Jarl of the Yard Apes.

9/10/2009 9:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Doen't matter who Derek Corrigan is, the most important figure in this equation for the federal Liberals is the Sultan of The South Slope, His Most Excellency,
Most Merciful, Imperial Grand Poobah, The Ayatollah Gurdev.

9/10/2009 12:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

racist pigs

9/14/2009 2:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gurdev or Helen. Completely irrelevant - the Liberals will do as well as last time when Gerry Lenoski was the candidate, somewhere south of 6,000 votes or plainly the Liberal colour will not only be red but black and blue after the election day.

9/14/2009 3:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tsk,tsk, arrogance comes before a fall.

9/14/2009 7:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Before Peter Julian's supporters get too cockey, they should realize the 2008 election was an anomaly. The Liberal candidate was a parachute who was installed by party backroomers without any consultation with the riding association. That candidate only spent half the money previous Liberal candidate had spent in 2004 or 2006. In short, the opponent Julian faced was a parachute candidate who campaigned on the cheap. It's not going to be like that in the next election.

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

An anomaly? I distinctly remember one Michael Ignatieff come into Burnaby New Westminster in the last election and no one showed up. Where are the Liberals going to get their votes - not New Westminster and Mayor Corrigan will make damn sure Burnaby votes NDP. As for Helen Chang - she is an also ran candidate, she got pounded by Harry Bloy in the recent provincial election as a Green. Is she hoping to get Chinese votes because she has a Chinese sounding name. Chinese Canadians are not that stupid!!!

9/15/2009 7:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Federal Liberals polled over 13,000 in each of two elections when Mary Pynnenburg was the candidate. In fact Liberals have polled over 13,000 votes in the Burnaby New Westminster area in every election since 1993. They even polled over 11,000 votes when John Turner was leader. The reason for the Liberals poor showuing in 2008 was Stephane Dion and the unpopular lapdog he parachuted into the riding. 7000 traditional Liberal voters either stayed home or voted NDP.
Peter Julian shouldn't view this as a permanent change of allegiance. As for the poor attendance for the Ignatieff visit to the riding, blame the poor
organizational ability of the candidate and his campaign team. The 2008 candidate couldn't get his supporters out because he didn't have any local supporters. That's what happens when you run a parachute candidate.

9/15/2009 8:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Big deal. Peter Julian has won each election since winning his first one in 2004, and he will most likely do so again.

The federal Liberals should find another candidate to choose from, such as why not Lee Rankin?

9/16/2009 9:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Helen Chang went from TEAM Burnaby to an Independent to the BC Greens to now the federal Liberals.

What's next?

A move to the BC NDP for 2013?

9/17/2009 12:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Helen Chang will be too busy with her duties as an MP in the Liberal majority government to be available for running provincially in 2013. In contrast Peter Julian should have a lot of time on his hands over the next five years.

9/17/2009 1:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Re: Lee Rankin

If Lee Rankin wants to run as a Liberal in Burnaby-New Westminster, all he has to do is phone up riding association president Gurdev Dhillon and ask him about it.

9/17/2009 6:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

He can ask, but actually getting The Ayatollah to say "yes" is completely different.


Liberal majority with Chang as Burnaby New Westminster MP. Someone is smokin' wacky tobaccy.

Or having a party with his buddies, Jack Daniels, and Johnny Walker.

9/17/2009 11:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Helen Chang will be too busy with her duties as an MP in the Liberal majority government to be available for running provincially in 2013. In contrast Peter Julian should have a lot of time on his hands over the next five years.

I still say where is she going to get her votes - the Chinese vote in Burnaby and New Westminster is not big enough to bring her over top. Oops I am sorry she is not Chinese but pretending to be a Chinese Canadian.

9/17/2009 3:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Helen Chang will be too busy with her duties as an MP in the Liberal majority government to be available for running provincially in 2013. In contrast Peter Julian should have a lot of time on his hands over the next five years."

Dream on. The area has never received a Liberal MP. It has had a mix of a Reform MP and an NDPer.

Liberal majority? With Iggy as leader? Smoking the wacky tobaccy there.

"I still say where is she going to get her votes - the Chinese vote in Burnaby and New Westminster is not big enough to bring her over top. Oops I am sorry she is not Chinese but pretending to be a Chinese Canadian."

Doesn't matter what she is. The worst part of what she is, is being a federal Liberal.

Don't get the idea that all Chinese Canadians are going to vote the same way. Anyone who thinks that is definately getting into the wacky tobaccy.

9/17/2009 6:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Helen Chang has never claimed to be anything than what she is, a Korean. To suggest that members of the Burnaby Chinese community would not vote for Helen simply because she is Korean, is to sell them short.

9/18/2009 2:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why would anyone vote on the basis of ethnicity? Doesn't make sense since an MP or MLA or member of Council, School Board has to be there for the constituents no matter what they are.

If Jenny Kwan ran in an upper middle class area for the NDP would all of the Chinese people living there vote for her exclusively? Most likely not.

9/18/2009 11:21 AM  

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