Public Eye has made much ado about provincial Liberal supporter Louise Burgart's appointment to the supposedly non-partisan electoral boundary commission. Up until now, though, the provincial New Democrat caucus leadership has seemed somewhat reluctant to make much of a public fuss about Ms. Burgart - despite the fact former boundary commissioner Katherine Hough, ex-premier Bill Vander Zalm and the British Columbia Civil Liberties Association have been ringing alarm bells about her appointment. We won't dwell on the reason for that silence. But those who are concerned about the possibility and perception of gerrymandering created by Ms. Burgart's presence of the commission will be somewhat relieved to know former party president and Surrey-Whalley MLA Bruce Ralston has been assigned to look into the matter.
January 18, 2006