Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Politicial story of the year

The city's dominant political issue of the year was also the city's dominant politician. Mayor Derek Corrigan was everywhere.

According to Maclean's, he leads the best run city in Canada. That feat alone should be the top story, but Corrigan did other things this year.

He laid the groundwork in past years by standing up to VANOC and the province. He continued to build this year, overseeing a council that brought a new library to town and changed the way garbage pickup worked. He also continued to fight with the province and was a non-joiner as far as the Olympic love-in went.

With the NDP in solid control of the two federal seats, city hall and school board, Corrigan and the NDP team built on the city's left-wing dominance by electing the mayor's wife Kathy Corrigan as MLA for Burnaby-Deer Lake, the city's safest Liberal seat on paper.

With the NDP-linked Burnaby Citizens in firm control, Corrigan has dominated the city in a way few politicians have. For that the mayor, despite the city's faults, is the political story of the year.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

The city has faults?

Such unfounded allegations need to be backed up with facts and figures!

12/30/2009 12:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I will agree that without his help his wife wouldn't have gotten elected MLA.

12/30/2009 2:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

She would have gotten elected anyway. The damage was already done before the election started and Nuraney didn't help correct it
even though he could have.

Nuraney left a wide open net and all the NDP had to do was get the puck and slapshot it in with poor
stickhandling from the BC Liberals.

A textbook example of what an MLA should never do (largely ignore his/her riding, bring in someone from Back East who knows piddly-diddly about local issues), and
never ever leave citizen's concerns to the last minute (new remand centre).

The NDP is far more organized than anything that exists in Burnaby Deer Lake.

It also helps alot if there is actually a riding association in Burnaby Deer Lake that the serious political volunteer can be a part of.

That hasn't existed in about 6years. Think about it -- dismal attendance at AGM's, an overly protected and overzealous Regional Organizer at one of them, and dismal levels of activities for the members throughout.

A disaster waiting to happen, and it did.

12/30/2009 3:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


12/30/2009 11:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Exactly. That's how many felt when
Nuraney lost an election he could have easily won.

It's also a good label for his Riding Assocation Executive and the
paid people on his campaign team.

If he lost why would they be paid?

Enjoy the new year, kids.

12/31/2009 8:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Gentleman John" would have been appalled at such deplorable language.

12/31/2009 10:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Gentleman John" should be ashamed of himself for letting the riding go like that and not paying attention to his constituents.

His customer service at his A&W's is alot better than the customer service he gave to his constituents.

and they told them what they think of his constituency service and his party.

12/31/2009 10:30 AM  
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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nuraney only blew it because he didn't handle the prison thing properly. He would have won otherwise as Corrigan did not have anywhere near a solid political background.

1/03/2010 10:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Probable, but your statement still puts the blame on the result of the election on Nurnaney.

So your statement is very much true.

Nuraney lost the election because
he didn't handle the Remand Centre
issue. There were other migating factors, but that was a biggest one.

He simply did not pay attention.

Textbook case.Congratulations.
you read that one properly.

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