Who's that we see joining provincial Liberal House Leader Mike de Jong's office? Why it's none other than Joel McLaughlin, former president of the University of British Columbia Young Conservatives. Mr. McLaughlin, who will be working as Minister de Jong's junior aide, was also briefly a project manager for iTrend Research Group Inc. But Mr. McLaughlin, a lieutenant in the Canadian Forces Reserves, is best known amongst the scribbling classes for having been the media contact for the Republicans Abroad Canada in British Columbia during the 2004 election - as reported by The Vancouver Sun's Glenn Bohn. And, according to The Ubyssey's Sara Norman, the Edmonton-born Canadian citizen is in possession of "Republican paraphernalia such as a George W. Bush action figure and a 'Proud Republican' t-shirt."
March 9, 2006