If the provincial New Democrats throw rocks at the Campbell administration's gaming policies during the upcoming election, they could be doing so from a glass house. After all, since the Liberals were elected, a number of the party's election candidates have either profitted from those policies or worked to facilitate the expansion of slots in British Columbia.
Last year, for example, Vancouver councillor Tim Stevenson voted in favour of installing 600 machines at Great Canadian Gaming Corp.'s Hastings Racecourse. He's now running for the New Democrats in Vancouver-Burrard.
New Westminster councillor Chuck Puchmayr, another election nominee, also supported gaming in his community. Last year, he joined fellow councillors in unanimously approving Gateway Casinos Ltd. Partnership's Queensborough casino, which will see 248 new slots added to the provincial total.
Then there's Malahat-Juan de Fuca candidate John Horgan, whose company IdeaWorks Consulting Inc. was hired by Vancouver casino proponents to "developed a sophisticated campaign in 2003 to convince Vancouver city council to lift a moratorium on slot machines" - a story broken by brother muckraker Charlie Smith.
And let's not forget about Victoria councillor Rob Fleming. Last year, the Times Colonist's Norman Gidney reported the future Victoria-Hillside election candidate would "support a casino" in the city. Of course, none of this changes the fact the Liberals broke their election promise to "stop the expansion of gambling that has increased gambling addiction and put new strains on families." But, if the New Democrats criticize that broken promise, some of them risk being attacked as hypocrites.