History repeats itself

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."

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Would Dave Basi and Bob Virk have been involved in these early days?

Prem is a total has-been in the Indo-Canadian community -- he was something big back when Campbell ran for the leadership, but that's over 10 years ago now. He was big in the federal Liberals, but then he found a way to screw BOTH Chretien and Martin at the same time (quite astounding).

Prem was the old face of the community -- now that there are a lot more Indo-Canadians who are savvy about the Canadian political process, they do not want to be bossed around by a guy like that.

Just goes to show, once again, that the BC Libs are behind the eight-ball when it comes to the Indo-Canadian community.

Prem is Old News, he doesn't have any pull anymore, campbell's indo advisors have to recruit new and fresh organizers.

What? Gordon Campbell's so-called Liberals used people with "corrupt practices" in 1994 to grab the Opposition Leader's chair for himself?

Come to think of it, this is what he did in Election 2000.

Yoo Hoo, CanWest: story here.

What? Gordon Campbell's so-called Liberals used people with "corrupt practices" in 1994 to grab the Opposition Leader's chair for himself?

Come to think of it, this is what he did in Election 2000.

Yoo Hoo, CanWest: story here.

What? Gordon Campbell's so-called Liberals used people with "corrupt practices" in 1994 to grab the Opposition Leader's chair for himself?

Come to think of it, this is what he did in Election 2000.

Yoo Hoo, CanWest: story here. Just join the dots.

What? Gordon Campbell's so-called Liberals used people known for "corrupt practices" in 1994 to grab the Opposition Leader's chair?

Wait. That's what he did in Election 2000, too, isn't it? So if we join the dots ...

Yoo Hoo! CanWest? Story here ...

The fact that you believe that Prem Vinning is "washed up" is ridiculous, there are no other major indo canadians in the Lower Mainland who still have the pull of Prem Vinning.

Vinning is washed. No one trusts him, because he is a liar.

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