Renewing the faith

Speaking of Rich Coleman, according to our operatives the former provincial Liberal solicitor general and now forest minister, will be holding an appreciation barbeque for friends and supporters this Sunday. The annual charred chicken event, which has been going on for the last 10 years, is being held at a private farm in Milner. Approximately 400 to 500 Coleman converts are expected to attend.

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Before Budd asks--yes! I will be there!

The potato salad at this event is famous. And every political type from Surrey to Hope comes out.

If there's one thing Jordan likes its a free bun-toss!!
Especially if it includes Ed McMann-ing for the "Minister of Housing, Ranges and Other Kitchen Appliances".

You're right, Jordan, I was going to ask. Now, here are my next questions.

Will you be serving Fraser Valley corn (the world's best by a very wide margin) and will the chickens be organic (expensive, but a nice gesture if the riding association can afford it)?

Will Mr Coleman be pretending that all is well as regards his removal from the Solicitor-General's post that was his home turf, his passion, and his raison d'etre, ... or will he allow that he is watching developments on the crime control front with an experienced eye, and will not be afraid to speak his mind should he see softness and small "l" liberalism creeping into the BC justice system?

Yeeee Haw!

Praise the Lord and pass the butter.

"If you see Jordan... he makes me sick..."

You know, what can I say about Rich Coleman other than YOU'RE IN THE WRONG PARTY BUDDY!

Time to come over to the NDP where you belong and dump the namby pamby Liberals.

With Rich Coleman as an addition, we can go back to the good old days of the shit-kicking, beer- drinking, welfare-cutting, crime-fighting, business-supporting NDP of the Glen Clark days!!!

'Ears to that!!!

Dagmar

"If you see Jordan... he makes me sick..."

You know, what can I say about Rich Coleman other than YOU'RE IN THE WRONG PARTY BUDDY!

Time to come over to the NDP where you belong and dump the namby pamby Liberals.

With Rich Coleman as an addition, we can go back to the good old days of the shit-kicking, beer- drinking, welfare-cutting, crime-fighting, business-supporting NDP of the Glen Clark days!!!

'Ears to that!!!

Dagmar

I think you two may have already hit the open bar pretty good...

Jordan, ... you have conspicuously failed to answer any of my questions, about the corn, the chicken and the ex-Sol-Gen. Why?

Me, I'd be happy if Jordan goes, gobbles, guzzles, gabs, and comes back and tells us what the magic number* is that activates Mr. Coleman's stealth campaign for the leadership.

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*as in Poll/Disapproval/Campbell

So who is Patrick Kinsella supporting, Rich Coleman or Christy Clark?

Yawn. That old chestnut? Don't you lefties have anything better to speculate on? The BC Libs are simply too busy bringing good government to fair British Columbia to be concerned with such backroom shenanigans.

As for corn, I'm not sure why we've never done corn at the Big BBQ. Lots of different salads, but never corn. I guess I could ask around, if Budd really thinks it's such an important issue.

As for SolGenning, one can be assured that Mr. Les has things well in hand. The Forests Minister is busy working on other files like softwood, pine beetles, Asian market expansion, replanting strategies, and housing.

OK Jordan,

You may be right (and certainly not left).

Perhaps now is not the time.

Maybe we should wait until, oh say, three weeks into the Basi/Virk proceedings.

Well Jordan, to be frank, yes the corn is a big issue. I should modify my earlier post. Corn from the Saanich Peninsula is also of outstanding quality. But the point remains that a Fraser Valley political BBQ held at this time of year and NOT featuring Fraser Valley corn has been inappropriately designed.

As for ex-Sol-Gen Coleman, I can see you are operating under strict party discipline in all your remarks here so perhaps it's unfair to taunt you further for an answer that you are forbidden to give. But for most others here I think the point is clear, that Coleman could not have been happy to have been forced out of the Sol-Gen post simply to avoid any intense debates on crime and justice issues as between himself, on the more conservative side of these issues, and newcomer Wally Oppal on the liberal side. I was looking forward to seeing that little conflict play out issue by issue over the next four years. Gordon Campbell surprised the Hell out of me by pre-empting it so summarily.


It must be exciting to have such a direct pipeline of information from cabinet as you do, Budd. I can just see the ministers, chatting away behind closed doors, and then sharing the inner workings of government with you.

Les is the SolGen, not Oppal, BTW.

Ah,... nice try Jordan. That's hardly the point, is it? The point is that Oppal is Att-Gen and Coleman WAS the Sol-Gen, and everyone could see some controversy coming up due to their apparently quite different opinions about crime, justice, etc. Premier Campbell terminated that possibility by removing Coleman from the Sol-Gen portfolio, which obviously must have been a blow to Coleman since it's clearly the portfolio he loved.

In fact, during the election campaign I think you were cheering lustily in the final week as Coleman held some highly publicized photo ops to profile the crime issue and his tough-guy, top-cop approach. As I recall, you were quite vocal in describing these photo ops as MAJOR vote getters for the BC Liberals and were wondering out loud why it hadn't been done sooner and even bigger. Or have I got that wrong, Jordan???

Sigh. Oh Budd.

Coleman took a nothing portfolio, one that folks like you claimed was a "make-work" job, and turned it into a major ministry. After four years, his success at that led the Premier to promote him to Forests, an even larger portfolio with a myriad of challenges facing it. Campbell wanted a problem solver in that post so he put Coleman there.

Did Coleman like being SolGen? Of course; and most agree he was very good at it. He grew the role and handed over a solid file to John Les. Now he's working to solidify Forests and Housing, which faces all sorts of challenges.

That's the way Campbell runs his government: he puts good people in the weak files so they can fix them.

My suggestion to you, Budd, is watch what Coleman and the other ministers do over the next two years and then judge Campbell's choices.

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