Earlier, we reported the Non-Partisan Association's returning officer Jacques Leger would be reviewing 194 questionable names on the civic party's membership list. Those names were identified by mayoral nomination hopeful Sam Sullivan's campaign as possibly not being eligible to vote at tomorrow's nomination meeting. But there has been some backroom grumbling about Mr. Leger might not be the right man for that job. The reason: said backroomers point out his wife Mary Pynenburg is the federal Liberal candidate for Burnaby-New Westminister. And Mr. Sullivan's competitor, former provincial cabinet minister Christy Clark is also a card-carrying Grit. But, in an interview with Public Eye, association president Paul Barbeau said Mr. Leger "has acquited himself perfectly in this process. There is absolutely no reservations on the part of the organization with regard to the independence of our returning officer."
September 23, 2005