The British Columbia Federation of Labour is reminding affiliates their New Democrat campaign donations can be credited against the $300 per delegate fee required to send warm union bodies to the party's upcoming convention, Public Eye has learned. The reminder, penned by federation secretary-treasurer Angie Schira, was sent out earlier last month. According to the porkchop crowd, this letter isn't particularly newsworthy. Similar stationary was sent out just prior to the 2003 leadership convention. Nothing to see here, everyone go home. But conspiracy theorists are convinced the letter is part of a putsch to maximize the number of labour loyalists at convention - delegates who will vote against whatever de-affiliation resolution makes it to the floor.
September 11, 2005