New Democrat nomination candidate confirms past conviction

The provincial New Democrat nomination race in Vancouver-Kensington seems to be headed down a dirty road, just five days before the constituency association's candidate selection meeting. An apparent whisper campaign against candidate Kelly Quinn is alleging the union organizer has a past criminal record. But, in a frank and admirably honest interview with Public Eye, Ms. Quinn put those rumours to rest, confirming she was convicted of assaulting a police officer 23 years ago.

Ms. Quinn explained that, when she was 21, she was caught in the middle of a barroom brawl in Edmonton. The police arrived and started hauling bar patrons outside, including her and a friend. Ms. Quinn says the friend, a troubled underage youth, was being harassed by the police for identification. She tried to intervene. Her friend ran away and a scuffle broke out, during which Ms. Quinn kneed one of the policemen in the groin. She pled guilty and was fined $500, plus community service.

"With a bad mix of youth and alcohol that was over 20 years ago, I've learned some valuable lessons from this," said Ms. Quinn. "I regret this incident. And I've worked hard to become a public servant and a role model for my daughter Catherine. If anything, these lessons learned will make me a more compassionate MLA for the people of Vancouver-Kensington."

Ms. Quinn added she disclosed her conviction to her riding's candidate search committee in August and informed the provincial executive about a month later. She applied for a pardon back in May, but it still waiting for the papers to be approved. A number of British Columbia politicians, both past and present, have had run-ins with the law, including the premier.

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I was kinda feeling sorry for her until I got to the part about the "troubled youth" and how she was only trying to intervene on his/her behalf.

I guess now all that Ms. Quinn needs to do is to swear off of alcohol and get anger management councilling and she will fit right in with the rest of the lot!

A tragic personal mistake

Wow... a bar fight.

Was she also pepper sprayed at APEC or locked up with Svend at Clayquot (or Quebec City, or...)?

Whisper campaign, eh? Seems to me these sort of
last minute desperate smear tactics don't seem to work very well... in fact, if memory serves, they tend to backfire. One thinks of the NPA's smear
campaign againt Jim Green in the last Vancouver election.

Twenty years? A bar brawl? I'd wager that many,
many politicians have far worse, and far less dusty, skeletons in their closets.

A bar room spat 20 years ago. That is some smear campaign. Seems to me the education she received that evening will put in good at the Legislature, what with Madd pissed at the Premier and police raids, the other MLA's might be glad to have this person there!

She has been honest and taken all the steps to ensure those that needed to know, did.

Gee... I wonder who's smearing her... could it be that candidate she's running against who is notorious for this kind of thing?

Why is this a smear? She's a convicted criminal. Fits right in the NDP profile.

Memo to Dix...or as one of Gordo's own.

convicted criminal?? we have one in office right now leader of the province... lol

That's funny .... a barroom spat 20 years ago. We have a convicted criminal leading the province. We have 2 government aides hired directly by the then Finance Minister up for a plethora of criminal charges related to the sale of one of our largest assets, a former ministerial aide convicted of selling crystal meth 3 times in a couple weeks and this is supposed to be a bad on the NDP? Before you Gordon lovers start chirping off - clean up your own cesspool of criminals that are currently in office before looking for teenage faux pas on the opposition.

Oh, sorry. How dare the police officer not get out of the way of Kelly's knee as it was approaching his groin. She's the victim! The police should apologize.

Seems either i am gullible to the nth degree or am pragmatic; don't all citizens try to assist others when sober or drunk?
I mean i think she tried to aid a friend even if just a short time acquaintance.
This seems normal to me , not abnormal.Not to be lauded.
I for one don't expect poles to be saints,
as matter of fact I hope the're not.
Maybe she will get the sympathy vote,but again i think it is normal behaviour to act as she did.
Let's have more real people in the legdge not pompous fools who try the high moral road only to unleash venom on those who fail to toe the line[nonconformists they are].

Seems either i am gullible to the nth degree or am pragmatic; don't all citizens try to assist others when sober or drunk?
I mean i think she tried to aid a friend even if just a short time acquaintance.
This seems normal to me , not abnormal.Not to be lauded.
I for one don't expect poles to be saints,
as matter of fact I hope the're not.
Maybe she will get the sympathy vote,but again i think it is normal behaviour to act as she did.
Let's have more real people in the legdge not pompous fools who try the high moral road only to unleash venom on those who fail to toe the line[nonconformists they are].

Well, what I still don't understand is why this is considered a smear campaign by her opponent? Would Quinn's backers prefer that her criminal past remain a secret? Why would she want to keep it a secret?

Campbell supporters in BC have very nearly the same attitude to their liege lord as do Bush supporters in the US.

No amount of misbehaviour, no amount of mismanagement, no amount of evidence of either will sway them from their devoted adulation of Dear Leader.

I suspect that had Gordon been found drunk in his SUV in Maui with a naked boy and a dead girl his sycophants here in the greatest place in the world would have been able to concoct an explanation that would have allowed them to comfortably continue their worship of him.

Having read the story, I think its just part of disclosure. Who really cares that she kneed a cop in the groin 20 odd years ago. It's not like she bombed her local Conservative or Neo Conservative community office, plotted to overthrow the government, robbed a bank, or killed anyone. Or for that fact, as premier of the province, having previously called on people to resign for much much less than drunk driving down a maui road, and failing to do the right thing and resign over such a public humiliation... I don't think that anyone has anything really to throw stones at Kelly over this.

In reality she disclosed to the party and now publicly what happened, which is more than Campbell has on all the hanky panky involved with the BC Rail deal, and the fact that 2 MA's are up on numerous charges relating to the deal, and now Premier Hypocrisy has changed his tune on the nature of charges relating to the deal from "having nothing to do with any elected official" to "having nothing to do with anyone currently in cabinet."

Hmm kneeing a cop in the groin in self defense or in defense of a friend vs influence peddling, bribery and political interference in the sale of a public asset that's not really a sale... what's more severe??

My final word on this, is that its sad that people within the same party have to resort to such desparate tactics during nomination to try and overtake someone. Its kind of low, but hey... its bc politics, and what would be bc politics be if there wasn't anything wild and wooly going on?

It would be refreshing to have someone that stands up for themselves and the citizens of B.C. Unlike the last 4 years .

It's funny how NDPers instantly turn to name-calling and vicious personal attacks when they're in trouble.

Here's my question: aren't both candidates in Kensington union leaders? If so, why are they so desperate to knife one another?

"having nothing to do with anyone currently in cabinet."
can the Rev Kegler give us the source of this quote - i think that he is making up statements to further his dislike of the current Premier - Getting back to the original thought of this thread - In our youth many people make dumb mistakes and learn from them - this is a simple case and shouldn't be used to judge this person's character now - sounds like good old gutter politics which unfortunately is part of the nomination proceedings for all parties.

Let's face it...Dix is just another one of those Liberal dicks.

"having nothing to do with anyone in cabinet" was a direct quote from Mr. Campbell reported by News 1130 on his return from his latest hawaiian adventure. The date escapes me currently, but I believe that it might have been Thursday the 13th or Friday the 14th of January. As I'm working most of the day, listening to the radio, I didn't have the opportunity to sit and write down the exact time of the quote, however I do recall it was on News 1130.

As for the second part of your post dmb, couldn't agree more. And as for my dislike of the Premier, well I suffer hypocrites and liars lightly, particularly when in opposition they acted in such a pious, sanctamonious manner. I don't need to make up things that Gordo would say to further dislike him. He does quite enough of a nice job shoving his Florsheim into his mouth and contradicting himself, he doesn't need my assistance or anyone elses to accomplish this.

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