It looks like federal Conservatives aren't the only ones who get to break bread with the premier. Over the weekend, Gordon Campbell attended a dinner with the federal Liberals' British Columbia caucus at the Water Street Cafe in Vancouver. The dinner, which was held in the cafe's upstairs room, was the informal part of the Grit's day-long election readiness retreat. Including gadflies and staffers, about 50 people showed up for the event, where the premier delievered a pre-dinner speech focusing on Asia-Pacific trade and federal-provincial relations. Following the speech, Jack Austin is said to have taken off his senatorial hat and wished the provincial Liberal leader the best of luck in the upcoming election. Vancouver mayor Larry Campbell was also invited to the event but didn't show due to illness.
February 14, 2005