Former federal cabnet minister David Anderson was treated to a five star tribute Tuesday night, hosted by the Sierra Club of Canada's British Columbia chapter. The tribute, which took place in the North Pender Room at Victoria's swanky Hotel Grand Pacific, featured an open bar and a spread of luxury finger food including garlic and gorgonzola bundles, assorted sushi rolls and a wheel of brie with roasted silver almonds, grape and crostini. Those who took to the microphone to praise Mr. Anderson included Conservation Voters of British Columbia coordinator Matt Price, Garden City mayor Alan Lowe and the Sierra Club's conservation chair in British Columbia Vicky Husband. Provincial New Democrat leader Carole James also spoke, as did former provincial cabinet minister Andrew Petter. But it was Mr. Petter's old colleague John Cashore who got in what seemed to be the biggest laugh line of the evening, telling Mr. Anderson "I know what it's like to go through cabinet withdraw. And there's also the experience of caucus interruptus." Mr. Cashore also delivered greetings from Environment Minister Barry Penner, who was unable to attend the event.
March 2, 2006