In an interview today, Paul Daynes, who has single-handedly proven grassroots provincial Liberals aren't mythic creatures, talked about his experienced handing out anti-New Democrat leaflets at the British Columbia Federation of Labour's convention. Deadpanning, Mr. Daynes said "I can reveal to you one very, very interesting aspect of this whole exercise. I've discovered a large number of B.C. Federation of Labour delegates - at least the ones I spoke with - have a very unusual set of priorities. Basically, they wanted me to have sex with myself. And they seemed particularly obsessed with Premier Campbell going away and having sex with himself." The following email, which seems to have become something of a holy relic among Liberals, provides a more in-depth account of that experience.
From: paul daynes
Sent: December 2, 2004 3:58 PM
Subject: SPEAKING OUT
Re: Taking a Stand at the BC Fed Convention for Good Government
On Wednesday , I stood outside the BC Fed Convention and stood up for good
government. The persistent misinformation campaigns emanating from public sector unions and the BC Federation of Labour are wearing on me.
I don't blame the rank and file members. Rather, these tactics are driven by the union leaders and bosses who see the return of an NDP government as an opportunity to call the shots again - no matter what the cost will be to average British Columbians like you and me.
And I don't need to tell you what a disaster the 1990s were for this province. I don't want to go back. But I am realizing that there is a real threat that the NDP and their ideological bedmates could take over the controls in BC again. I am not prepared to see that happen. That's why I decided to stand outside the BC Fed Convention and hand out a simple flyer.
On one side of the flyer, it has positive headlines from three years of economic growth and renewed prosperity under the BC Liberals. On the other side, it has ten years of negative headlines to remind us all of what happened under the NDP.
So, there I was, with an accomplice, passing out our flyers to BC Fed delegates. We even passed one to Carole James. I hope she had time to read
it before she marched in to take her orders.
The December cold became decidedly more frosty when some delegates started to read what we were handing them. They are not used to contrary perspectives, evidently. In fact, it became downright abusive. But we stood our ground.
One union guy came over and lectured us on the "evils of outsourcing". This I found very ironic. Earlier, I had been told in the coffee shop that the union movement would be importing union officials from all over Canada and even the United States to fight the May election against the Liberals.
This raises a key point - are British Columbians going to be allowed to decide this election, or are the union heavies and the NDP going to use their muscle - from all over the continent - to bully their way to victory?
We stuck it out for a couple of hours. It was a small act in favour of good
government and a strong economy.
Toward the end of our adventure, one delegate approached us and said: "This is good stuff". And he meant it. He was from a public sector union that loves to spend their members' dues on partisan advertising. I was heartened that at least one BC Fed delegate issued his quiet dissent against the bosses. I'm sure there were others.
We can't take this election for granted. I urge anyone who reads this - who cares about free enterprise and good government - to take a stand. Whether it's writing a letter to the editor, speaking up, giving money, or volunteering.
We simply cannot afford to go back.