The provincial Liberals are giving the New Democrats a huge photo opportunity on the eve of the upcoming election. Today, government caucus members received a personal invitation from Premier Gordon Campbell to attend "a reception in honour of the National Caucus of the Conservative Party of Canada" at the Royal British Columbia Museum on January 25. The Conservatives are in Victoria for their annual caucus retreat. Premier Campbell's invitiation and the reception will likely be used as evidence by those looking to confirm the Liberal's rightward drift. But an insider says the premier would also be inviting MLAs to a reception with the federal Grits if Prime Minister Paul Martin and his crew were in town. The following is a copy of that invitiation.
The Honourable Gordon Campbell Premier of British Columbia requests the pleasure of your company at a reception in honour of the National Caucus of the Conservative Party of Canada at the Royal British Columbia Museum, 675 Bellville Street, Victoria, BC, on Tuesday, January 25, 2005 at 5:30 p.m.
Please present this invitation at the reception registration table
Dress: business attire