Last month, Public Eye reported Premier Gordon Campbell met with a number of Indo-Canadian community leaders on December 11, including veteran federal Grit organizer Prem Vinning, as part of an ongoing effort by the provincial government to strengthen relations with that community. Today, Indo-Canadian Voice editor Rattan Mall published a fascinating and detailed account of that meeting, which apparently didn't go so well for the premier. According to Mr. Mall, in the wake of that meeting, some community leaders are alleging "Campbell's campaign knowingly allowed Indo-Canadian corrupt practices in his own leadership takeover of the BC Liberal party from Gordon Wilson in 1994!"
"The Liberals told me that Campbell's campaign managers approached Indo-Canadians to get out the vote because they knew how good they were at that. There was no leadership convention, so the leadership voting was carried out by phone and each vote had an access code. What many Indo-Canadians did was to get a stack of membership forms and then submit them with the money. Then they were mailed access codes for each form. There were no checks made to verify names. So many firm supporters of Campbell ended up phoning the number again and again, punching in the different codes."