The first day of Christmas

You demanded it and we got it. Public Eye has obtained a list of all provincial New Democrat nomination candidates approved by the party brass. We've also included in that list candidates who haven't yet been approved and whatever public record biographic information we could find. If you know of any other information or candidates we should be aware of, please comment below. The following is a copy of the list.

Alberni-Qualicum

Norma Emerson, peace activist and teacher
Larry Ransom, Port Alberni school district trustee, United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 1518 vice-president, Port Alberni and District Labour Council executive member, grocery store clerk
Bev Denning, Port Alberni school district trustee and chair of the Port Alberni Save our Services committee, an organization against health service cutbacks
David Thompson

Bulkley Valley-Stikine

Bill Goodacre*, Smithers town councillor, former provincial New Democrat Bulkley Valley-Stikine MLA

Burnaby-Edmonds

Raj Chouhan, former British Columbia Farmworkers Union president and provincial New Democrat Surrey-Newton constituency association president, supported Ujjal Donsajh provincial New Democrat 2000 leadership candidacy
Paul McDonell*, Vancouver city council 1999 election candidate, former Vancouver deputy fire chief, former Simon Fraser Health Region chair

Burnaby North

Pietro Calendino, Burnaby city councillor, former provincial New Democrat Burnaby-North MLA
Jaynie Clark, British Columbia Government Employees' Union advocacy coordinator

Burnaby-Willingdon

Tom Sigurdson, former Building and Construction Trades Department political and legislative affairs director, former British Columbia and Yukon Building and Construction Trades Council executive director, former Alberta New Democrat Edmonton MLA, former executive assistant to Alberta New Democrat leader Grant Notley
Dave Myles, provincial New Democrat Burnaby-Willington 2001 election candidate, federal New Democrat Burnaby-Douglas constituency association member-at-large, coffee shop owner, former longshoreman

Burquitlam

Bart Healey, provincial New Democrat 2001 Burquitlam election candidate, provincial New Democrat 2003 leadership candidate Nils Jensen endorser, truck driver

Cariboo North

Sarah Hilbert West, former provincial New Democrat senior research officer and assistant to Aboriginal Affairs and Labour Minister John Cashore, doula
Bob Simpson, former provincial Liberal, business consultant

Cariboo South

Andrew Kormendy, former Ashcroft mayor, Gold Trail school district teacher and career councillor
Alice Stoddard, former Quesnel Women's Resource Centre executive director
Charles Richard Wyse, former Williams Lake city councillor, provincial Conservative Cariboo 1986 election candidate

Comox Valley

Faye Burgess*, physiotherapist
Barbara Price, Comox-Strathcona Regional District director
Andrew Black, provincial New Democrat Comox Valley constituency association president, teacher
Erik Eriksson, Industrial, Wood and Allied Workers Local 363 financial secretary, former federal New Democrat 2004 Vancouver Island North nomination candidate, former Courtney city councillor and Tahsis village councillor, organized Comox Valley MLA Evelyn Gillespie's anti-recall campaign (withdrawn)
Alex Turner, federal New Democrat Vancouver Island North constituency association president, federal New Democrat Vancouver Island North 2000 and 1997 election candidate, teacher

Coquitlam-Maillardville

Kent Becker*, Coquitlam city councillor, former Royal Bank Financial Group Inc. investment manager (withdrawn)
Diane Thorne, Coquitlam city councillor, former National Action Committee on the Status of Women British Columbia representative

Cowichan-Ladysmith

Doug Routley Cowichan Valley school district trustee, Industrial, Wood and Allied Workers Local 1-80 executive member, former Industrial, Wood and Allied Workers Cowichan Valley school district representative, school district custodian
David Essig, Island Trust chair, provincial New Democrat Cowichan Ladysmith constituency association member-at-large
Julian West, Fair Vote Canada executive committee member member, former provincial Green Cowichan-Ladysmith 1996 election candidate, Malaspina University-College mathematics instructor

Delta North

Sukhjinder Sandhu
Guy Gentner, Delta city councillor, TriDelta civic party member, formerly ran for council as an independent, former campaign manager for the New Delta civic party which ran against the New Democrat-backed Citizens Association of Delta, resulted in one-year suspension from the provincial New Democrats, former Rally for Canada Committee organizer, former Burns Bog Conservation Society director
John Shavluk, federal Marijuana Party Richmond East 2004 election candidate

East Kootenay

Patricia Shuttleworth, former British Columbia Nurses' Union vice-president, former Cranbrook Health Council member, maternity nurse
Erda Walsh, former provincial New Democrat Kootenay MLA

Esquimalt Metchosin

Maurine Karagianis, Esquimalt town councillor, former provincial New Democrat Esquimalt-Metchosin 2001 election candidate, former provincial New Democrat ministerial assistant to cabinet minister Moe Sihota

Kamloops North Thompson

Mike Hanson provincial New Democrat Kamloops-North Thompson constituency association executive member, Kamloops-North Thompson Newsletter editor, volunteered as a scheduler and handler for federal New Democrat Kamloops 2004 election candidate Brian Carroll, volunteered for former Kamloops Indian Band Chief Bonnie Leonard in her nomination bid to become the federal Liberal Kamloops 2004 election candidate, owns process serving and document service company, former broadcast and print reporter
Bert Walker, Thompson-Nicola Regional District director and former chair, former operations manager for the Clearwater school district, part-time ambulance attendant, Canadian Union of Public Employees member, threatened with job loss in 2000 when he crossed a union picket line to attend a school board meeting
Anita Strong, Council of Canadians Kamloops chapter chair, deli co-owner
Larry Bancroft, former Kamloops and District Labour Council president, former Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 3500 president, school district support worker, filed a grievance in 2002 against the Kamloops/Thompson school district after being disciplined for allegedly verbally harassing two clerical workers

Kelowna Lake Country

Mike Beutle

Kelowna-Mission

Kevin Hagglund, North Okanagan Labour Council executive member, Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union Of Canada Local 823 activist
Nicki Hokazono, former Central Okanagan school district trustee, Central Okanagan Teachers' Association member-at-large

Malahat-Juan de Fuca

Julie Thomas, Cowichan Valley school district trustee, provincial New Democrat Malahat-Juan de Fuca constituency association executive member
John Horgan, former provincial New Democrat chief of staff to Premier Dan Miller, IdeaWorks Consulting Inc. director

Maple Ridge-Mission

Randall Cairns, former provincial New Democrat constituency association president

Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows

Michael Sather, Pitt Polder Preservation Society president, former constituency assistant to Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows MLA Bill Hartley, Maple Ridge city council 1990 and 1993 election candidate

Nanaimo-Parksville

Nelson Allen, Nanaimo-Ladysmith school district trustee, former Nanaimo-Ladysmith school district chair, criticized school district's "old boys network," asked Education Minister Christy Clark to investigate the firing of controversial Nanaimo superintendent Carola Lane, trustee when the sdistrict purchased Nanaimo Commonwealth Holding Society properties in 1993 for $560,000 or 50 percent above market value, provincial New Democrat Nanaimo-Parksville 1991 nomination candidate, former Nanaimo city councillor and Nanaimo Regional District director, former teacher and certified financial planner
Zeni Maartman, former Nanaimo-Ladysmith school district trustee, British Columbia Automobile Association insurance and membership division manager, former Nanaimo Credit Union commercial insurance broker
Carol McNamee, Nanaimo District Teachers' Association president

Nelson-Creston

Patricia Lakes, provincial New Democrat Nelson-Creston constituency association president
Corky Evans, former provincial New Democrat Nelson-Creston MLA

New Westminster

Chuck Puchmayr, New Westminster city councillor, former Kelvin Residents Association representative
Steve McClurg, New Westminster Downtown Residents Association representative, federal New Democrat New Westminster-Coquitlam 2004 election candidate, former constituency assistant for provincial New Democrat Surrey-Whalley MLA Joan Smallwood

North Island

Brian Giles, Discovery Coast Greenways Land Trustdirector, former Comox-Strathcona Regional District director, former special assistant to Forest Minister Colin Gabelmann, former North Island College Board member
Brenda Leigh, Comox-Strathcona Regional District director and Hospital District chair
Glen Robertson*, former provincial New Democrat North Island MLA (withdrawn)
Claire Trevena, Start Communicating Strategies Inc. partner, Quadra Island Community Association communications director, former BBC World Service editor and CBC Newsworld International senior editor, former Canadian correspondent for United Kingdom newspapers, former United Nations/Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe spokesperson, endorsed by Mr. Gabelmann and Comox-Strathcona Regional District chair Jim Abram

North Vancouver-Lonsdale

Craig Keating North Vancouver city councillor, former provincial New Democrat 2003 leadership candidate, Langara College history instructor,
John Nelson, Pacific Foundation for Understanding Nature director, provincial New Democrat North Vancouver-Lonsdale executive member, federal New Democrat North Vancouver 2004 election candidate, former Steelhead Society of British Columbia board member, former David Suzuki Foundation, Sierra Club of British Columbia and British Columbia Wild researcher

North Vancouver-Seymour

Cathy Pinsent, Hospital Employees Union Lions Gate Hospital Local president and Hospital Employees Union Lower Mainland-Coastal regional vice-president

Oak Bay-Gordon Head

Charlie Beresford*, Greater Victoria school district chair, federal New Democrat Victoria 2004 nomination candidate, provincial New Democrat Oak Bay-Gordon 2001 election candidate

Okanagan-Vernon

Joanne Crawford, John Howard Society of North Okanagan/Kootenay executive director
Juliette Cunningham, Vernon school district trustee and former chair
Jamie Morrow

Okanagan-Westside

Joyce Procure, former British Columbia Nurses Union regional vice-chair, former North Okanagan Labour Council executive member, federal New Democrat Okanagan-Coquihalla 2004 election candidate, public health nurse

Port Coquitlam-Burke Mountain

Mike Farnworth*, former provincial New Democrat Port Coquitlam MLA

Port Moody-Westwood

Karen Rockwell*, Port Moody city councillor, Canadian Office & Professional Employees' Union Local 378 vice-president
Mary-Woo Sims*, federal New Democrat Vancouver-Kingsway 2004 election candidate, former British Columbia Human Rights Commission chief commissioner (withdrawn)

Prince George-Mount Robson

Molly Eichar, University of North British Columbia First Nations Centre instructor and academic advisor, federal New Democrat 1997 Prince George-Bulkley Valley candidate
Wayne Mills, Prince George and District Labour Council president, Prince George and District Building and Construction Trades Council recording secretary

Prince George North

Kathy Jessome, Hospital Employees Union northern region director, former Prince George North constituency association president, organized Prince George North MLA Paul Ramsey's anti-recall campaign
Deborah Poff, University of Northern British Columbia political science and philosophy professor, former University of Northern British Columbia vice-president academic and provost, Sheldon Chumir Foundation for Ethics in Leadership public policy fellow, director with the National Council on Ethics on Human Research, the British Medical Services Foundation, the Minerva Foundation and the Science Council of British Columbia

Richmond Centre

Dale Jackaman*, federal New Democrat 2004 election candidate, former Airspace Action of Smoking and Health Society executive director, Vizon Scitec Inc. information technology director, former United Nations peacekeeper with the Canadian Armed Forces Signal Corp.

Richmond East

Balwant Sanghera*, provincial New Democrat 1996 election candidate, community activist working against violence in the Indo-Canadian community, Order of British Columbia recepient, Burnaby school district psychologist

Richmond-Steveston

Harold Steves*, Richmond city councillor, former provincial New Democrat Richmond-Steveston MLA, former Richmond alderman

Saanich South

Michael Clinchy, former University of Western Ontario zoology professor
David Cubberley, Saanich district councillor, provincial New Democrat Saanich South 2001 election candidate, former ministerial assistant to provincial New Democrat cabinet minister Andrew Petter, former speechwriter for Premier Mike Harcourt
Mehdi Najari* provincial New Democrat 2003 leadership candidate, restaurant worker, bookseller

Shuswap

Michelle Baer
Tony Bell, provincial New Democrat Shuswap constituency association federal riding representative, federal New Democrat North okanagan constituency association director

Skeena

Robin Austin*, Kalum Horseshoe Community School Society employee
Robert Hart*, British Columbia Association of Social Workers northwest branch representative, volunteered for federal New Democrat Skeena MP Nathan Cullen's 2004 election campaign, Children and Family Development social worker
Helmut Giesbrecht*, former provincial New Democrat Skeena MLA
Peter King, Coast Mountains school district trustee, former Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union Of Canada executive member

Surrey-Cloverdale

Ted Allen, Surdell-Kennedy Taxi Ltd. manager, advocated for the installation of cameras in cabs following the murder of Surrey cabbie Al Martin-MacDonald, provincial New Democrat Surrey-Cloverdale constituency association president, Surrey city council 2002 election candidate

Surrey-Whalley

Tim Baillie, British Columbia Professional Firefighters vice-president, provincial New Democrat 2003 leadership candidate Nils Jensen endorser
Bruce Ralston, VanCity Credit Union director and former chair, Bruce Ralston Law Corp. lawyer, former provincial New Democrat president, former Surrey city councillor, former British Columbia Government Employees Union staff representative

Surrey-Whiterock

Mohamed Chelali*, thwarted 2002 assassination attempt on President Jacques Chirac, awarded Legion of Honour, teacher

Vancouver-Burrard

Sharon Costello, Coalition of Progressive Electors executive member, former constituency assistant to Vancouver-Burrard MLA Emery Barnes
Allison McDonald, British Columbia Hydro Corp. administrator
Murray Corren gay rights activist, board member for the British Columbia Human Rights Defenders and the British Columbia Adoptive Parents' Association, teacher
Tim Stevenson, Vancouver city councillor, former provincial New Democrat Vancouver-Burrard MLA
Alec Zuke, organized recall campagainst against provincial Liberal Vancouver-Burrard MLA Lorne Mayencourt

Vancouver-Hastings

Raj Sihota, provincial New Democrat Opposition outreach coordiator, former executive assistant to provincial New Democrat cabinet minister Joy MacPhail
Tony Kosovic, prison guard
Julio Lara*, Latino American Lions Club president, weekly Spanish-language newspaper editor and publisher, Simon Fraser University's campus radio station CJSF Voces de mi Terra host, Hotel, Restaurant and Culinary Employees and Bartender's Union Local 40 activist
Shane Simpson*, community activist, provincial New Democrat Vancouver-Hastings 1991 nomination candidate, former Smart Growth communications director, married to provincial New Democrat Opposition leader Joy MacPhail's constituency assistant Cate Jones

Vancouver-Kingsway

Alicia Barsallo, provincial New Democrat Vancouver-Kingsway 2001 election candidate, former Peruvia student and union activist
Adrian Dix, Canadian Parents for French British Columbia executive director, former provincial New Democrat chief of staff to Premier Glen Clark
Shavinder Parmar, house builder, provincial New Democrat Vancouver-Kingsway 2001 nomination candidate
Roberto Rous, Vancouver Golf Club steward, former Kabataang Makabayan regional director

Vancouver-Fraserview

Harmon Bal
Ravinder Gill, former provincial Liberal Delta North membership chair, resigned in 1996 because the party has been staking the deck in favour of candidates close to party leader Gordon Campbell, bus driver
Kay Hale, Travel Power Personnel Inc. employee
Maya Russell*, NOW Communications Inc. account manager, former provincial New Democrat ministerial assistant to cabinet minister Ian Waddell, married to provincial New Democrat party treasurer David Black

Vancouver-Kensington

David Chudnovsky*, former British Columbia Teachers' Federation president and founder of the Coalition for British Columbia, a group urging the provincial New Democrats to reach an accomodation with the Greens
Kelly Quinn*, Canadian Office and Professional Employees Union Local 378 staff representative, provincial New Democrat executive member, Vancouver and District Labour Council executive director and Coalition of Progressive Electors executive member

Vancouver-Langara

Bev Meslo, British Columbia representative to the National Action Committee on the Status of Women, federal New Democrat 2002 leadership candidate, ran with the support of the New Democrat's socialist caucus, federal New Democrat Vancouver South 2004 election candidate
Anita Romaniuk, Vancouver Parks Board commissioner

Victoria-Beacon Hill

Carole James, provincial New Democrat leader

Victoria-Hillside

Rob Fleming, Victoria city councillor, married to former provincial New Democrat president Maura Parte
Steve Orcherton, former provincial New Democrat Victoria-Hillside MLA, provincial New Democrat 2003 leadership candidate

West Kootenay-Boundary

Rob Chornenki*, Grand Forks 2002 mayoral election candidate, retired auditor
Katrina Conroy, married to former provincial New Democrat Rossland-Trail MLA Ed Conroy

* nomination papers not yet approved, candidacy not yet announced or rumoured

Nominated Candidates

Columbia River-Revelstoke

Norm MacDonald, former Golden mayor

Nanaimo

Leonard Krog, Krog and Company Inc. lawyer former provincial New Democrat Parksville-Qualicum MLA, former provincial New Democrat 2003 leadership candidate

Penticton-Okanagan Valley

Garry Litke, Okanagan Skaha Teachers' Union president

Powell River-Sunshine Coast

Nicholas Simons, Sechelt Nation health and social development director, federal New Democrat West Vancouver-Sunshine Coast 2004 election candidate, editor of the Lower Langdale Tatler, a satirical newspaper

Surrey-Green Timbers

Sue Hammell, former provincial New Democrat Surrey-Green Timbers MLA

Surrey-Newton

Harry Bains, Industrial, Wood and Allied Workers Local 2171 first vice-president

Vancouver-Fairview

Gregor Robertson, co-founder and chair of Happy Planet Foods Inc.

Yale-Lilloet

Harry Lali, former provincial New Democrat Yale-Lilloet MLA

32 Comments

How about b.c liars new list of liars for 2005.How about new year raid and drinking driving police chase.

The NDP list can't be any worse then the 76 BC Nazi assclowns.

HAHAHA looks like the same old, same old from the NDP. No wonder Carole James popularity dropped almost ten percent in a month before she's even been elected! If they ever get their act together they might actually form a decent chance at government, but this is just the same group of clowns who were around when fast ferries, fudge-it budget, stealing money from charity in Nanaimo, and driving BC's economy into the ground were the only orders of the day.

Good work, Carole

Are you sure this isn't a remake of "Night of the Living Dead?

What is scarier…that over 34 of these candidates have ties to organized labor? Or that 25 of them are in some way linked to the former NDP Government that nearly destroyed us? Lali? Do we really need to deprive the village of Merritt ?

Rather than commenting on the First Day of Christmas, I'll just sum up my wishes for the next BC government (NDP or otherwise):

1. Christian Right
2. BC Liberals
3. Union folks
4. Board of Trade guys
5. Greens
6. First Nations
7. Average parents (including immigrants)
8. Under 25s (it'a your future, dudes & "girls"
9. Ivory Tower academics
10. K - 12 Students (it's definitely your future, kids!)

...and a whole dose of awakening...

:-)

D.

Excellent work, thanks Sean. Now we just need the nominating meeting dates.

I agree, the list is top heavy with union people.

I found this:

THERE ARE NOW TWO PEOPLE CONTESTING THE NDP NOMINATION IN THE WEST KOOTENAY BOUNDRAY RIDDING.
ROB CHORNENKI OF GRAND FORKS IS THROWING HIS HAT INTO THE RACE, ALONG WITH CASTLEGAR RESIDENT KATRINE CONROY.
CHORNENKI, IS A RETIRED CREDIT MAANGER, AND AN AUDITOR.

"well i felt it was time to stop complaining about the government and time to do something about it...i'd like to represent the west kootenay boundary area and vancouver....and victoria and get involved in some decision making...and see if we can get some of our rural concerns addressed."

KATRINE CONROY ANNOUNCED HER DESIRE TO RUN FOR THE NOMINATION A FEW WEEKS AGO.
THE NDP WEST-KOOTENAY BOUNDARY NOMINATION MEETING IS SLATED IN FEBURAY NEXT YEAR.

In the Richmond ridings:

1.Richmond Centre, federal candidate Dale Jackaman is likely to run. Dale is a computer professional who recently stepped down as a company senior manager and director.

2.Richmond East, 1996 candidate Balwant Sanghera is likely, but not certain, to run again. Balwant is a school psychiatrist and community activist who was recently awarded the Order of Canada.

3.Richmond-Steveston, Richmond city councillor Harold Steves has been rumored to run.

Good list! I don't know why a non-editorialized presentation of a list drew such a defensive fire storm at the Liberals? If there was something that scared the first few reactions, perhaps it was the candidates themselves?

Is it possible to put a similar list up for the Liberals?

Thanks for posting the list, Sean. I must admit I'm rather appalled at the vitriolic reaction to the list. Can't we get beyond this visceral left-right hate spewing?

And what's wrong with people involved in organized labour? I know many labour activists and to a person they are honest, intelligent, dedicated, hard-working and socially committed individuals. It seems rather classist to me to denigrate people just because they're involved with unions (which are a good thing, in my opinion). Why is a labour person considered worse than a lawyer or small businessperson? Or an ex-flight instructor for that matter? Can't we get beyond the union-bashing and judge people on their merits?

So what if the NDP has union people running. Look at the government it's ALL big business. And for those that say "same NDP because a few old MLA's are running" I say hogwish. The Liberal Nazi's have old Social Credit MLA's (Claude Richmond, Stan Hagen, Graham Bruce) This is directed at you too Holman. I heard you on CFAX a few days ago talking about Harry Laili running and how's it's the same old NDP. Someone emailed in and also pointed out how the Liberals have old Social Credit hacks. Holman's response was something along the lines of "thats how's politics sometimes" Whatever you say you little Liberal Nazi lover


I'm not at all surprised at the number of HEU people running for the NDP. Payback time for the Liberal Nazi's ripping up HEU's contract and STEALING and RAPPING from the workers.


Freeda:

I would think that today - more than any other day - you would have the good sense and decency not to throw the term "Nazi" around. I get the fact you don't like the current government, but think before you post.

I concur with your comments John, and Freeda represents some of what is inside the NDP support base bent on destroying our Province as they tried in the 90's. Yet another reason I must say "Let Us Never Forget"

The fiberal parrot is back. How about that provincial GDP, parrot, 2.2%.What is the fiberal parrot response to this tell all stat. I think I can figure it out. Just look at CanWest today and they will let you know we B.C.ers are just good time charlies.You aren't working hard enough for the 'man', boys and girls.You will be happy to know that the folks at Canwest are digging up some more propaganda for you so you can parrot it self righteously Kevin and John. You both are pretty hypocritical in your petition for fair play with Freeda however as you should be the last to lecture others. However I do agree Fiberals are not as bad as Nazi's though some of them entertain some of the same ideologies. Oh oh ,here comes the commie comparisons for those who believe in workers getting a fairwage.Go for it Kevin, come on, call them commies or lefties, because if you do it will not be the first time or I suspect the last.

2 more candidate comments:

1.Cariboo South, Andrew Kormendy resigned as mayor of Ashcroft citing a lack of support from city council.

2.Burnaby-Edmonds, Is Paul McDonnell, the former Vancouver Fire Chief no longer running for the nomination?

Nomination dates:
Burnaby-Edmonds November 21

Cariboo North November 20

Nice to hear from you again SB,

I suppose in response to your diatribe, I would likely fire back about our Provincial Credit rating - the one tell all measurement that cannot be manipulated or “fudged” by the NDP. It got nuked not once, but twice under your so-called “GDP Correct NDP” Government. Not only has it been upgraded, they specifically mentioned that it was due to the Lib’s ability to actually live within the taxpayers means – a concept so foreign to you NDP’ers.

I am still waiting for Carole James and the NDP misinformation machine to spin the credit rating upgrade.

As for labeling NDP’ers in a stereotypical fashion as you suggested, I have neither desire nor ability to engage in that. Quite frankly, the recent victory of Gregor Robertson, a guy who knows what we all know, that you need a union free workforce to succeed in small business has me perplexed.

Kamloops-North Thompson
Anita Strong has a web site: http://www.anitastrong.ca/

Kevin Larsen: Hahahaha!! I can't stop laughing about what you said. How can the NDP possibly destroy the province, when the BC Liars already have. The Liberals haven't even been in power for a full term yet and they've done more damage then the NDP ever did in their 10 years. By the time the Liberals are out of office, there will be NOTHING left of this province. The damage will be
so damaging and severe, it will be virtually impossible to undo and clean up.

I couldn't agree more that the BC Liars are Nazi's indeed. Their a totally right-wing, facist, dictatorship.



I concur with your comments John, and Freeda represents some of what is inside the NDP support base bent on destroying our Province as they tried in the 90's. Yet another reason I must say "Let Us Never Forget"
Posted by Kevin Larsen at November 11, 2004 03:31 PM

You keep on bringing up the debt Kevin and the fact is that the debt has gone up in the last four years at a rate which will otpace both the Socred and NDP years. You have some delusion that you continue to parrot and I suggest you check out the facts, the real facts and not the one you continue to make up. Nice to hear from you again as you are always very absent in the face of Liberal adversity or when it is not convenient for you. Your anti union diatribes are interesting as they are a polemic for what the liberal party really thinks about working people. Was it 8000 applicants for a decent union job Kevin, at the docks. The consumers are joe public and it is basic economics that they are the ones who can make the real economy go Kevin. Check out the retail sales stats. Hard to buy when you make $8.00 dollars an hour.

We mine as well face the fact that the Liberals will indeed win the election. Carole James has been nothing but a complete disappointment and a joke as a leader. The only time we ever see or hear here, is when she is criticizing the government. She should be coming out with a platform to say what she and the NDP are all about.

The general public and people in general these days are sooo STUPID and RETARDED. They are brainwashed by the Liberals, and believe everything they say. Were not much better then the STUPID RETARDED Americans who ACTUALLY re-elected that fool they call a President.

New Westminster: Chuck Puchmayer, New West City Councillor against Steve McClurg, former federal candidate in New West, Coquitlam Port Moody.

And Kevin, answer me this. How come his production line is non union??? Is it because he's an intimidating, ogre of a business man or is it because he treats his employees with dignity and respect, pays them a liveable wage and makes them feel important.

I honestly believe you'll never get it Larsen. Unions don't exist because the business class looks after the assets of their businesses. They exist because throughout history, there's needed to be a counter balance to the employers like the Andrew Carnegie's and Henry Fords, and Richard Dunsmuir's of the world, who's practices exist even in today's society. For every Gregor Robertson out there, there's at least one to two others who go the exact opposite direction.

And if not the employer, than the government who at both levels bring in or attempt to bring in, draconian measures such as child labour, lax enforcement of workplace safety conditions, and the most recent one in the transportation industry of increasing the maximum hours a commercial driver can work in a 24 hour day to 18.

And if it wasn't for unions Kevin, you wouldn't have pensions, extended health benefits, vacation time, pay for overtime, even the minimal employment standards that exist in BC... Minimum Wage etc. I don't know Kevin, you seem to have a very short sighted myopic view of unions, I would say one that only goes back 10 to 15 years, when things were on the upswing in Canada. History has proven you can't have the pendulum swing hard one way or the other, because it doesn't work. It doesn't work politically, it doesn't work socially and it doesn't work economically. It's easy to sit back and blame the unions for everything wrong with the world. Its a cop out actually.

Media and government now advocate for business, at the expense of the truth alot of the time. And unions do alot of work for working people, union and non union alike. Whats my message through this Kevin? Come up with something better than sitting on your perch blaming everything on working people.

North Island
Brian Giles is apparently a former Regional District Director

Brenda Leigh is a Regional District Director for Area D

Re: Comox Valley
Alex Turner is still teaching, but he is listed here as a former teacher.

just to correct something regarding Bart Healey... he's a courier, not a truck driver and there is a difference. And I count 10 former MLA's as either nominated or running for nomination. Granted, amongst that group there's one or 2 that should have stayed retired (harry lali is one that comes to mind immediately), but also a few good ones like Tim Stevenson and Mike Farnworth, should they both win the nomination races.

As for the decidely "union" background of these people, well alot of them are also community activists and union activists. To paint rank and file members of a union (much like I am, a regular working stiff who does alot of volunteer work for the union in the community) as BIG LABOUR, I believe does them a disservice. Besides, look at what happened to Judy Darcy... the BIGGEST LABOUR person to seek nomination.

Larsen and his ilk practice that age old belief that if you repeat a mis-statement or lie enough times people will believe its the truth. As for businesses needing to be "union free" to succeed, thats the biggest bunch of BS I've ever heard. As previously stated, people like Larsen just don't get it and never will. They believe in the inherit right of the "business class" to run amok freely. And if they choose not to, as Gregor Robertson has, then they have nothing to fear from, from the unions. But I don't think Larsen can get his head around that fact. I'd be interested to know what Larsen's background is.

Mine is as a truck driver and warehouse worker, who's worked both union and non union jobs. And believe me, there is a huge difference in those sectors. And not just in terms of money and benefits. There aren't too many sectors in the economy where non union wages and benefits out perform the union ones. Yet people like Larsen sit here and whine and complain because they think that, as a union person, I should have no political voice or opinion, or that somehow mine's devalued because I'm in a union. I wonder what they do at BC Liberal meetings when people show up there wearing union jackets, because I know brothers and sisters of mine who don't support the NDP, who do support the BC Fiberals because they themselves seem to forget where the wages and benefits they make came from. And thats another point, not all union people are NDP. Just like not all business people buy into the BC Fiberals.

Add two more names in the NDP race in Kelowna-Lake Country: Starleigh Grass is a college student who ran in the same-named riding in the last federal election. Don't know anything about Garth Hamilton.

Seems like its not the same Sean Holman who dug out Doug Walls affair and became bigger than corporate media.Now wheather he is on N W or C FAX he sings Gordo songs.Heard rumour he is running for Liberals from newly created constituency Victoria Parliament Hill.Itwill be a Slam Dunk for him, because he will get 76 of 79 total votes. Not bad for a point guard position.Just like Jagrup Brar may be media relations Cabinet Post.

Yes, sad isn't it. I hear him from time to time on CKNW, and he sounds just like that other closet Liberal hack, Vaughn Palmer. Perhaps he got a sniff of the big business bucks that seem to float around Campbell and the BC Liberals. Or, maybe he aspires to follow in the footsteps of the ultimate media whore, Andy Orr. That lowlife went from CBC legislative reporter to Mike Harcourts press secretary to Gordon Campbell's press secretary. Prostitution itself my not be illegal but really......

Doug Donaldson is running for the NDP nomination in Bulkley Valley-Stikine. He is a councillor with the Village of Hazelton (http://www.village.hazelton.bc.ca), former director with the Bulkley Valley Credit Union, founding director of the Upper Skeena Development Centre and the Upper Skeena Tourism Association, and a joint architect of the Bulkley Valley Community Resources Board.

Re: The list of candidates supplied by the party brass. Was this before or after the "rebellion" started in North Delta? Just for the record, Guy Gentner was kicked out because the Citizens Association of Delta turned their back on the NDPer's who had worked so hard for them in the past, and decided to become political prostitutes.
Some so called NDPer's were accepting co-endorsations from both Citadel and IDEA (the Liberal/Conservative farm team) for years When a motion was passed by both organizations that a candidate must accept only one endorsation, they felt they had a better chance NOT admitting their political stripes, and NOT run for Citadel. (who now don't run anyone for Council, just school board) Since IDEA was Tsawassen based (very right wing) some democratic-socialist purists asked for permission,from the Provincial NDP, to start a new civic party called the New Delta Party. Gotta admit, it was a direct, and very defiant, challenge and when the request was refused the four people who decided to run under "the forbidden name" were suspended from the party. They could have and maybe "should have" run as independants. (without the anacronym) But, they didn't...and the rest is Delta history. And Guy's back ;) Just a side note, one of the former Citadel members is the provincial Liberal candidate here, in Delta North, another on the Federal Riding Exec. of the Liberals. Go figure.

Don't forget there are three main parties in the 2005 Prov Election. Ian Gregson, CUPE activist and Paralympic athlete will be running in Vancouver Hastings against Shane Simpson.

Does anyone know who is Trevor Barik? a pre ordained future Prime minister of Canada? He is one the most powerful people in the world they said. And ordained by the most powerful people in the world and I am anxious to see it play out. I got wind of this on a scanner I was listening to.

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