The provincial New Democrat nomination race in Vancouver-Kensington is a "tight three-way contest" - at least according to a fundraising email from candidate Kelly Quinn's bagman Neil Monckton. Mr. Monckton writes, "This race is not only about selecting (Canadian Office and Professional Employees Union Local 378 staff representative) Kelly as our candidate - it is about the kind of party we want the NDP to be as we head into this very exciting provincial election" - a comment directed at Ms. Quinn's competitor David Chudnovsky, the former president of the British Columbia Teachers' Federation, whom some consider an extremist. Umendra Singh, owner/editor of The Asian Star, and Ross Street Temple proxy Ravinderjit Shergill are also in the running, but insiders seem conflicted about which of them is competitive. The following is a copy of the email.
----- Original Message -----
From: Neil Monckton
To: Neil Monckton
Sent: Monday, January 10, 2005 10:24 AM
Subject: Kelly Quinn Campaign
With Kelly Quinn's nomination date fast approaching, I am writing one more time to ask for your financial help.
As I mentioned in the letter I sent out before Christmas, for an individual like Kelly who always heeds the call of help from others, it is only fitting we return the favour now.
To recap, the Vancouver-Kensington nomination meeting will be held January 18 and the race is a tight three-way contest (no, not a four-way as I originally had projected). Kelly’s campaign is running on all cylinders under the guidance of some of the best organizers in the city. At present, no candidate has a clear majority of support amongst the 1,047 members in the riding. This contest will come down to pre-nomination organizing and a strong E-day speech by the candidate. For that to happen, we need your support now to make sure we have the best campaign possible. Please consider donating $100, 200 or even $500 to Kelly's campaign right now.
I'll say it again, let's make sure Kelly wins the NDP nomination in Vancouver-Kensington. This race is not only about selecting Kelly as our candidate – it is about the kind of party we want the NDP to be as we head into this very exciting provincial election. None of the other three candidates have the leadership, energy or experience that Kelly offers to the people of this riding. We need to bring Vancouver-Kensington back into the NDP family of ridings and only Kelly Quinn can do that job.
Thanks to those of you who have already contacted me about donating to Kelly's campaign. If have made a pledge, but still need to send in your donation, please send your donation payable to the Committee to Nominate Kelly Quinn at the address below.
P.S. Kelly's campaign needs help mobilizing supporters by phone and on the doorstep in the next several days. If you have some time to spare please call Mike Bruce at 604-251-4720. The race continues to be a tight three-way contest and every vote we get out could be the difference between winning and losing.
P.P.S. If you know you will be making a donation, please send an email to this address and save me some time (please, my new job is keeping me quite busy, so not having to call you and harass you for a donation would be a big help for me - and you).