The Four Seasons Hotel in Vancouver was the site of much Liberal hobbing and nobbing last Thursday, as the faithful gathered for a fundraising dinner hosted by the provincial party's women's commission. The estrogen count at the $100 ticket event included former MLAs Joyce Murray and Gillian Trumper, as well as Non-Partisan Association candidates Elizabeth Ball, Eleanor Gregory and Heather Holden. To the surprise of no one, Janet Fraser, Gordon Campbell's executive assistant back when he was mayor of Vancouver, was there - as was former city councillor Sandy McCormick and party matriarch May Brown. But there was also some testosterone in the room. Premier Gordon Campbell made an appearance. And former backbencher Bill Bellsey was on hand. But the man drawing the most attention was association board member Alex Tsakumis, who was singled out by commission chair Robin Wilson for purchasing an entire table at the event. Others singled him out for having North Vancouver federal Conservative candidate Cindy Silver seated at his table.
November 19, 2005