Don't bet on this horse race

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

Hi,

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.

Regards, Neil

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).

11 Comments

So, we have the former head of one of BC more militant unions against a current CUPE staffer? Carole James seems to be trying really hard to re-examine labour's role in the NDP.

Carole James and today's NDP, just like the old NDP but more evasive in terms of policy, sounds like a winner to me.

Hey polkaroo,

It's COPE, not CUPE.

And what are you trying to say, anyone who's served members of a Union shouldn't be allowed to put themselves forward for political office?

We need more folks like that, and less of the featherbedders we have now with the Campbell Liberals.

Sorry my mistake on the CUPE v. COPE thing, there is obviously an enormous difference there.

Anyone who wants to can put themselves forward for political office, I have nothing against that. My point was that Carole James new NDP looks a lot like the old NDP that managed to turn two consecutive majorities into the biggest loss in BC history.

You would think part of making the public forget about the past would be finding a new face and direction for the party. Looks to me like they have found a figurehead and nothing more, just look at the candidate roster - different names but all the same union ties, beefs and special interests.

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hi i read your recent updates on the vancouver-kensington nomination i also believe its a tight three way race between the canidiates. i also have been watching this tight race since i live in the riding, the only think i have noticed is that ravinder shergill hasn't lied or pushed her way in this nomination she is a heu member and a resident of the riding she is one ordinary person trying to make a differance if that matters today. she has seen the damaging effects of health care by the cambell government and i feel alot of people are worried about her honest approach she is offering. compared to anyone i am convinced she has genuine concerns about us ordinary people.
thanks raju

hi i read your recent updates on the vancouver-kensington nomination i also believe its a tight three way race between the canidiates. i also have been watching this tight race since i live in the riding, the only think i have noticed is that ravinder shergill hasn't lied or pushed her way in this nomination she is a heu member and a resident of the riding she is one ordinary person trying to make a differance if that matters today. she has seen the damaging effects of health care by the cambell government and i feel alot of people are worried about her honest approach she is offering. compared to anyone i am convinced she has genuine concerns about us ordinary people.
thanks raju

hi i read your recent updates on the vancouver-kensington nomination i also believe its a tight three way race between the canidiates. i also have been watching this tight race since i live in the riding, the only think i have noticed is that ravinder shergill hasn't lied or pushed her way in this nomination she is a heu member and a resident of the riding she is one ordinary person trying to make a differance if that matters today. she has seen the damaging effects of health care by the cambell government and i feel alot of people are worried about her honest approach she is offering. compared to anyone i am convinced she has genuine concerns about us ordinary people.
thanks raju

First of all CONGRATULATIONS David Chudnovsky regarding the Vancouver-Kensington nominations. I am very happy to know that someone with such an awesome history got the MLA title. For all that I know Ravinderjit Shergill should not have been in the nominations.

nobody needs to get some political education david was not elected as a mla but only a canadiate for the ndp to represent kensington. to be an mla he has to wait till may 17 2005.
also narjeet it is nomination not nominations.

nobody needs to get some political education david was not elected as a mla but only a canadiate for the ndp to represent kensington. to be an mla he has to wait till may 17 2005.
also suzy it is nomination not nominations.

Ravinderjit shergill also known as Ravinderjit Puar hits the headlines in the Vancouver Sun:

'Six Feet Under'
Daughter of Vancouver Sikh leader nabbed in U.S. ecstasy sting, allegedly tells agents how family runs gang. Do it our way, or you're ...'Six Feet Under'

Kim Bolan
Vancouver Sun
July 7, 2005

http://www.canada.com/vancouver/vancouversun/news/story.html?id=57e546c0-406a-4f21-8892-cabd934688ee


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