Being a grassroots Liberal isn't a contradiction in terms

Earlier, we reported a pro-Liberal leaflet was slipped under the windshield wipers of cars parked outside the provincial New Democrat's nomination meeting in Saanich South. The leaflet, which was distributed by agents unknown, didn't identify who produced it. But, in an interview with Public Eye, plain vanilla Liberal member Paul Daynes admirably owned up to being the author. Mr. Daynes explained, "I think the left, to their credit, are socially active and get out and put their viewpoint out to the public. And I think, on the centre-right, it's always been my personal feeling that we're a bit lazy. So I just decided to exercise my right to free speech and association" by putting together the leaflet.

He added, "I sent out a few emails (with the leaflet) to my circulation list, which would be about 10 or 15 people. And they sent it off all over the place. And the responses I've had back have been incredible. People like the Chamber of Commerce said they were going to send it out to all of their members. I've had a couple of industry associations say they were going to send it out...And now it's all over the province." Mr. Daynes handed out those leaflets in person at the British Columbia Federation of Labour convention earlier this month.

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