Dallas now in re-runs

Let us now turn our attention to the glamourous world of kiddie politics. When we last checked-in on our hero Dallas Henault, the aspiring young apparatchik was eating at the adult's table (sortof) - working as a provincial Liberal field organizer by-day and a Cactus Club playboy by night. But now it looks like Mr. Henault will be headed back to the ivory leagues. In an email sent to local Liberals and leaked to Public Eye, Mr. Henault writes he will be "starting classes this Monday at UVic, and then full time in September, and will be graduating in April, so I won't be your official organizer anymore." But don't be sad because Mr. Henault writes he will be "working hard in areas like the North, Kootenays and the Okanagan" to build the Liberal's youth wing. The following is a copy of that email.

-----Original Message-----
From: Dallas Henault
Sent: Saturday, July 02, 2005 1:10 PM

Hi everyone,

I hope you are all enjoying the summer, although I hope the weather picks up soon! I just wanted to write this final email in my capacity as your South Island Field Organizer and say thank you for a great year and a half. I enjoyed myself, learnt a lot, and was able to work with a great group of people, the best in the province in my opinion.

I will be starting classes this Monday at UVic, and then full time in September, and will be graduating in April, so I won’t be your official organizer anymore. I will be around, continuing my work with the BC Young Liberals and will again being able to devote my full attention to that very important part of the BC Liberal Party, and continue to build strong youth representation around the province. I will be working hard in areas like the North, Kootenays and the Okanagan.

Thanks again everyone. We had a great team and I look forward to working with you in the future.

All the best,

Dallas

26 Comments

Could Sean's infatuation with the trials and tribulations of someone in his early 20's including apparently watching and observing him at his typical colelge restaraunt job lead us to believe Holman has a fondness for Mr. Dallas?

I gotta agree.

I had a class with the guy at uvic and didn't find him objectionable enough to warrant all the worry ...

Maybe our editor is trying to whitewash the rest by trying to make out as how campus liberalhood isn't all self-promotion and principle as afterthought ... he's not selling me though

So, A university student is planning to go back to school in September? Wow! what a scoop. Sean your investigative journalism never ceases to blow my mind.

I assume when school actually goes into session you will publish a "Broken News" article about how Dallas is now a full time student but "Public Eye" told you that in July?

How can he say, "I will be working hard in areas like the North, Kootenays and the Okanagan," if he's going back to the kiddie politics sandbox in Victoria?

Dallas was completely useless as a south island organizer (look at the results in the south island, where the BC Libs won only the 2 safest seats that monkeys could win, the one seat that was truly a swing was sannich south and they lost it).

Dallas is famous for his flip flops (once a tory now a fed lib) and his total incompetence.

It is no surprise that Gov Caucus or any of the Minstries won;t hire him, although that is what he really wants to do.

Perhaps he's hoping the Fed Liberal largess will come his way ala Forrest Parlee, another useless young federal liberal, who was an EA and now is a Senator's assisstant.

Cheers
Newman

for once i agree with newman: this guy is ridiculous. but i also agree that this is a reasonable scoop, in that it pleases me very greatly that he's not going anywhere.

Well, Newman is always right, afterall.

Famous for incompetence?
Are you nuts?
This guy is the most responsible for bringing back balance to the UVic Student Society...at a university that is so well known for being pro-NDP, that's an amazing feat all in itself.

Hey Newman (aka Rick Sousa) and quietly thrilled (akaLisa Karoway) your train crashed years ago why dont you get overselves. Perhaps if you could get more then 3 people to join a club you'd be successful but untill then I'll stick with the Dallas and Trisha train. As far as I can remember the last two UVSS campaings that Dallas was a part of (in one way or another) were more successful then the self proclaimed Iron Lady/blond bombshell ever was (need I remind you of Skeena?)

Hey BC B**CH W*R*ES 4EVER,

Firstly what a lame name.

Secondly before you start outing people you might want to have the identities & names correct.

Lastly, while Dallas may have had some success at bringing some balance to UVSS (don't forget Andrew McVie), he was hopeless during the provincial campaign and accomplished nothing.

So what good do his forays into UVSS politics if he can't get it together when it counts?

Also from what I understand Trisha was supposedly going to do a bunch of stuff for the Jeff Bray campaign and never showed up.

And if you don't beleive me why then can't these people get a job at the Leg? Because even the people that do the hiring at the Leg have no confidence in their abilities in the real world of politics.

Cheers
Newman


If my memory serves me correctly, I think Girard was working full-time on the Chong campaign as well as doing stuff for a couple others...and I do know that someone else was the Bray campaign's youth coordinator.

I bet if either one actually applied for a job at the leg, they'd have a job in a heartbeat.

While we're straightening peoples facts up "Neuman" maybe you should check yours. According to the Party (aka real world politics) the best organized stops on the leaders tour were those that happened on the SOuth Island. I would think that the South Island organizer might have had something to do with that.

Secondly, "These people" "cant get a job at the leg" because Neuman, neither Dallas or Trisha applied for jobs at the legistlature. (when Dallas agreed to go to work for the party he did so only on the terms that he would be leaving after the election to go back to school)

Not everyone uses youth politics to make a name for themselves and get a patronage job...some of us actually genuily are passionate about politics and about standing up for an ideology and a leader we believe in!!!

The difference between you and I Newman is that I have a life outside of politics and have no problem getting a job outside of it either.

And while we're straightening things up....I assigned Lynette Trombley as the youth chair to Jeff Brays campaign because I volunteered FULL TIME as the schedular on Ida Chong's Campaign as well as helping out with 3 others. Sorry I dont have 8 pairs of feet to door knock on 4 seperate campaigns all at the same time! Guess we cant all be super humans.

Lastly why dont you get some balls and use your real name!!!!!!

Cheers!!

Trisha

Trisha couldn't organize her way out of an open cardboard box...she never "assigned" Lynette the youth chair job...Lynette stepped up to the plate when Trisha abandoned ship to try and make herself look good working on a "winning" campaign. But alas, Karma came to bite her on th butt when Mr. Bray was hired as executive assistant...she didn't apply because she knew there was no way in hell he'd hire her after the way she treated him. Remember what Bill Gates says "be nice to the geek, one day you'll work for him."...while Jeff Bray certainly isn't a geek...that definitely applies in this situation.

Furthermore, her claim that she has a life outside politics...UVic kiddie politics doesn't count...what was her last non-political paying job?

Its funny that Trisha would claim that she never applied for work at the leg, when in fact she did apply right after the election. Looks like all that self-agrandizing pettiness in the young BC Liberals didn't pay off. then again, Its not surprising considering that these kids don't really even do anything other than cheer for Campbell and his buddies. God forbid these people ever think for themselves and contribute to their own party through things like policy and fundraising, rather than being sponges on their party who basically bark like seals when they are told to do it.

I dont understand (or care about the) pettiness posted in a number of places on this one

But let me take issue with 3 things mentioned above. I worked a great deal on Ida Chongs campaign so feel I can speak with some authority

1) Anyone who knows their electoral history should know that OB GH is not "a safe seat that a monkey could win". You will recall that it was won by hte NDP in 89 and 91 and was only won in 96 (by chong) by 600 votes. there are plenty of silver spoon socialists and civil servants in the riding

Polling at the begining of the campaign showed us with a 1 point lead - hardly safe! Victory was a result of a great canvass as well as helping beresford along with some of her screwups

2) trisha giraurd did a great job managing youth and managing the candidates schedule. she was one of the hardest working people on the campaign , her efforts should be applauded

3) dallas also did a great job. i have worked on 20 campaigns over the years and he is one of the most energetic , committed and strategic people I have ever campaigned with

NON ILLEGITEMI CARBORUNDUM EST Dallas !!!

I think some of the commenters should get out on the playing field instead of QBing form their armchairs !

Cal
Nobody is disputing how hard Trisha worked on Ida Chong's campaign,in fact, it probably doesn't surprise anyone. Trisha didn't work hard for Ida Chong, Trisha worked hard to make Trisha look good to Ida Chong. She bailed on Jeff Bray's campaign so she could work on a "winning" campaign and gain favour with a cabinet minister so that she could secure herself a job after the election. That plan backfired when she pissed off Sarah Bonner and the new executive director of the BC Liberal Caucus,the same Jeff Bray she left high and dry after promising to coordinate youth for the the campaign and didn't produce any,including HERSELF after she PROMISED she'd be at certain events. That's why she didn't apply, cause she knew she'd NEVER get hired.

You all really need to get a life, you get so worked up over an internet chat room.

Sheila Orr had a tougher time of winning than Jeff Bray, and she never came around and blamed Trisha Girard. So maybe the onus for losing (besides the fact that it is an NDP riding) has nothing to do with Trisha Girard, but the fact that Jeff Bray/ Sarah Bonner have no idea what they are doing and weren't able to get any people to help their campaign, including youth or big liberals. GET OVER IT. It was 3 months ago.

'and what about graham bruce, Dallas? Too busy plotting your coup attempt of the BCYL and return to kiddie politics to be bothered to make sure that he wins his seat? Too busy playin in the sandbox to do your job right? Or what was it...getting minors drunk? And Trisha...you were completely drooling over Daniel Igali thru the whole campaign. Managing candidate schedule? yeah, I'm sure thats what it was...

hahahaha.....to abcyl and thomas....again i say come on be a man and say it to my face...i think its hilarious and at the same time very sad that I dont even know who you are yet you have NOTHING BETTER TO DO WITH YOUR LIFE then write slander and lies about me and my character or motivation for doing things. My only question...what did I ever do to you??

FYI, I've never "drooled" over anyone thats only for desperate pathetic people (like yourself I'm sure) and what does Daniel Igali have to do with anything??? I never even worked on his campaign aside for getting some youth out to help at his fundraising dinner.....and whats the problem anyways?? are you jealous that I wasnt drooling over you the entire campaign?????

As I said before, I believe in what the government is doing and what they stand for, I believe in the Premier's vision enough to have stood up for it thru the times when Dallas and I got called Nazis and had people spitting in our faces for being BC Liberals to the times when people came to their senses and supported us.

(I'm not some wishy washy federal hack trying to impose my liberalism or conservatism on the uniqueness of the BC Liberal Party so I can make a name for myself in Federal Politics) What have you done to contribute??? Policy may be important and the backbone of a party but it takes a lot of other aspects and types of contribution to make a party succeed.

Spending time fighting back and forth on here is definetly not contributing to the party...in fact its just achieving what the moron who publishes this page wants...turning the people who believe in the same cause against eachother

I am a person who is on the periphral of what is going on. I can tell you that you ALL have your priorities asquew. I fear for the future of the province if these are the type of shinanagins that are future leaders would engage in.

You are all showing that you have not lived life and understood that this party is more than personal upward mobility at the expense of everyone. And its certainly more than mud slinging. I fear that none of you see the common ground or goals that sets this party apart.

So as a person who is not in your club, but hears about the kiddy sandbox bull#**% everday, I would like to believe that this provinces future will lay in the hands of people who are 'problem solvers', diplomats, ambassadors of good will and have the proverbial "balls" to deal with issues when it really counts.

To get to the root of this issue, I like to remind all of you that clubs, government etc are made up of a body of people with different skills etc that can be brought to the table and democracy is not a "top down" proposition. One person desiring to take it all on him or herself can be destructive and paralyzing to the structure as a whole.

If there is one of you who feels that you alone can lead this club to a whole new level, beware of the ones you have stepped on to try to reach your aspiring personal goals. Resentment of such treatment does not fade away over night. It can linger on for years and come back to haunt you later in life. But then again, if anyone one of you is thinking with such narrow vision that you alone can do it all, you probably won't be able to wrap your up and coming brain around what I have had to say.

Try to get along kids, cause I'm counting on you to do the right thing when you make it to the big leagues. Remember NDP verses BC Liberals. Not BC Liberals verses BC Liberals.

Finally someone with an intelligent commment to make. I couldnt agree more with "on the sideline". The entire situation could only really be put so well by someone who has not been personally attacked in what we are calling this "kiddy sandbox". But ALL OF US involved in the youth politics of the BC Liberal Party stand to learn something from what he or she has said. Most importantly NDP vs BC Liberal not BC Liberals vs BC Liberals!!

on the sideline,

When you refer to a "top-down" proposition, one particular person trying to take it on himself, stepping on others to do it, correct me if I'm wrong, but I'm guessing you have a particular person in mind.

You are right that the attacks that have flown back and forth in this comment page have been childish to say the least. But you're also right when you say "resentment of such treatment" (i.e. someone stepping on others to get the power and glory for himself) does not fade away overnight.

Every action has a reaction. I do not endorse nor condone smearing people in the way that has occured on this page. But I can't help but point out that the visceral reaction you see is the fruit of a single root, the actions of the same individual whose Machiavellian tactics have been rotting the BC Young Liberals as an organization from the inside out.

Our organization is supposed to be about promoting our collective BC Liberal vision, about engaging the youth of the province in an effort to make it a better place. It's not supposed to be about coup attempts, breaking every rule in the book, or ruthlessly ambitious individuals driven to usurp the mandate of others at any cost.

That individual needs to realize that this is the ultimate result of his attempts to destroy anything or anyone that blocks or even temporarily obstructs his path to power.

This is not merely a sandbox, it's a garden. Future leaders taking root. And the venom generated by these actions serve only to poison what will eventually spring up from it.

on the sideline,

When you refer to a "top-down" proposition, one particular person trying to take it on himself, stepping on others to do it, correct me if I'm wrong, but I'm guessing you have a particular person in mind.

You are right that the attacks that have flown back and forth in this comment page have been childish to say the least. But you're also right when you say "resentment of such treatment" (i.e. someone stepping on others to get the power and glory for himself) does not fade away overnight.

Every action has a reaction. I do not endorse nor condone smearing people in the way that has occured on this page. But I can't help but point out that the visceral reaction you see is the fruit of a single root, the actions of the same individual whose Machiavellian tactics have been rotting the BC Young Liberals as an organization from the inside out.

Our organization is supposed to be about promoting our collective BC Liberal vision, about engaging the youth of the province in an effort to make it a better place. It's not supposed to be about coup attempts, breaking every rule in the book, or ruthlessly ambitious individuals driven to usurp the mandate of others at any cost.

That individual needs to realize that this is the ultimate result of his attempts to destroy anything or anyone that blocks or even temporarily obstructs his path to power.

This is not merely a sandbox, it's a garden. Future leaders taking root. And the venom generated by these actions serves only to poison what will eventually spring up from it.

While I am no fan of Dallas Henault, I reject Newman's comment that he is a flip-flopper federally. In fact, like myself, he was a former Progressive Conservatives and only joined the Liberals after the Canadian Alliance took over the Progressive Conservatives. He is not alone, since many former Progressive Conservatives went over to the Liberals because they couldn't stomach the far right policies of the Reform/Alliance. If the parties hadn't merged (or had the chosen a moderate leader like Belinda Stronach, Peter MacKay, or Bernard Lord) and Dallas still switched, then I would agree he was a flip-flopper, but I believe that the former Progressive Conservatives are more in-line with the Liberals than the Reform/Alliance/Conservatives/Republicans of the North.

As for the Victoria ridings: Victoria-Hillside, Victoria-Beacon Hill and Esquimalt-Metchosin are safe NDP ridings that would gone NDP no matter what. Malahat-Juan de Fuca leans NDP, especially in the Greater Victoria portions, in fact the BC Liberals won the majority of polls outside the Greater Victoria part of the riding. Saanich South is a swing riding, while Oak Bay-Gordon Head leans Liberal, but is not a safe riding since it went NDP in 1991 and almost NDP in 1996. While it includes the wealthy homes of Oak Bay, which generally go Liberal, it also includes the University of Victoria where you have many student votes who generally go NDP. Saanich North & the Islands is really the only safe BC Liberal riding.

I have to disagree with all of you for this trash talking session about Dallas Henault. He has served as an amazing president and has rebuilt the BCYL making it stronger than it ever has been and can only grow from here. You should all think twice before saying things.

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