Gracie's got her finger (prints) on this one

Earlier, your humble organ reported one of the provincial government's supposedly non-partisan electoral boundary commissioners (Louise Burgart) appears to have some partisan connections. Moreover, in a stunning display of due diligence, government didn't even fly her down to Victoria for an interview before Speaker of the Legislative Assembly Bill Barisoff appointed her. All this, of course, is deserving of further investigation. But here's one question that should also be answered: why did New Democrat leader Carole James go along with Ms. Burgart's appointment? Because, according to our operatives, we're assured she did.

This, despite the fact a simple search of the government's Opposition caucus-accessible online media clipping service would have likely revealed Ms. Burgart's fawning pre-election day ode to the Campbell administration. And consider this: under provincial law, Speaker of Legislative Assembly Bill Barisoff would have been required to consult with both Ms. James and Premier Gordon Campbell before naming this former school principal to the commission - giving the vigilant staffers in the New Democrat leader's office more than enough time to do a background check on Ms. Burgart (whose company contributed, apparently without her knowledge, $2,900 to the Liberals). Surely, such matters will be a point of interest for New Democrat MLAs when they gather in Victoria tomorrow for their final caucus meeting before the Christmas holidays.

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These issues are very much a concern, as the boundaries commission isn't just responsible for redrawing our plurality boundaries, they will also be responsible for drawing the proposed STV electoral regions to be presented in time for the 2008 referendum.

I hope they have a strong background in demographics, because this is going to be one fun job.

Most folks probrably know that James voted against the STV. Wonder what the annointed ones position is on the subject. and did James actually support her as a person on the list?

Most folks probrably know that James voted against the STV. Wonder what the annointed ones position is on the subject. and did James actually support her as a person on the list?

The work of a boundary commission requires a fair bit of knowledge of geography, census of population data, and the like. I wonder if Louise Burgart can claim that expertise?

Also, her letter to the Prince George Citizen gives a Fort St James address and yet she apparently lives in the southern Okanagan, in Barisoff's riding, and is an owner of Apex Mountain resort in Penticton. So I would be curious to know about the Fort St James address.

Possibly, if Carol James knew Burghart though the BCSTA she assumed that Burghart was the kind of person we all think of when we think of the more positive aspects of local government, a person who puts practicality before partisanship and has a general and genuine concern for sound growth and development and keeping one's community healthy and attractive. If that were the real Burghart, who would object to having her on the electoral boundaries commission, provided she has an acceptable level of knowledge on the geography/demographics front.

But her decision to sign a perfectly silly "best place on earth" propaganda letter tends to cast doubt on the idea that Burghart really fits that mold of the ideal local politician.

BTW, speaking of the idiotic "best place on earth" propaganda blipverts that ran last year at this time, can anyone imagine the State of Washington, or the Province of Alberta, running such ludicrous commercials in their own jurisdiction?

Labour Affiliation
Teacher's strike
MLA Pay Raise

Now we can add this to the list. Why would Carole be so foolish to have signed off on having a pro-Liberal hack and fundraiser draw up electoral boundaries.

Another David Perry/Carole James special.

Labour Affiliation
Teacher's strike
MLA Pay Raise

Now we can add this to the list. Why would Carole be so foolish to have signed off on having a pro-Liberal hack and fundraiser draw up electoral boundaries.

Another David Perry/Carole James special.

Labour Affiliation
Teacher's strike
MLA Pay Raise

Now we can add this to the list. Why would Carole be so foolish to have signed off on having a pro-Liberal hack and fundraiser draw up electoral boundaries.

Another David Perry/Carole James special.

Carole James is more than a wet noodle, she is as useless as tits on a bull! When will she realise that in opposition YOU OPPOSE!

It looks like someone {Carol's at it again} in the Liberal Party war-room thinks they can weaken Carol James's hold on the BC NDP. Granted, the MLA pay raise issue was a major PR disaster for the NDP, and it will tend to drag down Jack Layton's federal candidates as well.

But the blame for that belongs with PoCo MLA Mike Farnworth, an amiable idiot who has made no secret of his laughably over-reaching ambition to seize the BC NDP leadership for himself. With the pay raise gaffe, whatever tiny hope he might have held out for success instantly evaporated.

However, on the labour affiliation issue Carol James and Jim Sinclair came off with a slam dunk that was a marvel of carefully timed and orchestrated political theatre. As for the Teacher's strike, ... the Liberals lost! I guess {Carol's at it again} didn't notice that, being too busy singing the chorus line of "BeeCee ... the best place on earth" like the complete and utter moron he/she is.

It looks like someone {Carol's at it again} in the Liberal Party war-room thinks they can weaken Carol James's hold on the BC NDP. Granted, the MLA pay raise issue was a major PR disaster for the NDP, and it will tend to drag down Jack Layton's federal candidates as well.

But the blame for that belongs with PoCo MLA Mike Farnworth, an amiable idiot who has made no secret of his laughably over-reaching ambition to seize the BC NDP leadership for himself. With the pay raise gaffe, whatever tiny hope he might have held out for success instantly evaporated.

However, on the labour affiliation issue Carol James and Jim Sinclair came off with a slam dunk that was a marvel of carefully timed and orchestrated political theatre. As for the Teacher's strike, ... the Liberals lost! I guess {Carol's at it again} didn't notice that, being too busy singing the chorus line of "BeeCee ... the best place on earth" like the complete and utter moron he/she is.

Is it the cold that's making everyone duplicate their posts? Budd's obviously in a chilly mood today. So the Libs "lost" the teachers' strike, eh? That would be true if the BCTF had reached its goal of total domination of the school system. As it stands they'll have to settle for controlling the College and some puppet school boards, and those icky parents, bloated on beer and popcorn, can still meddle in educational matters.

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